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Private Lessons

Learning to use a firearm with a group of strangers can be intimidating. Or maybe you’d rather train at a faster pace. Book a one-on-one lesson with a Shoot Smart certified coach or instructor for a customized learning experience. Work with your instructor to develop a personalized firearm lesson that fits your goals and experience level. Flexible scheduling options on weekdays, weekends, or evenings give you the freedom to book based on your schedule. Shoot Smart instructors have coached over 4,000 people on their path to firearms proficiency. Join the club today by scheduling your first lesson.

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If you have a question about firearms training, or would like more information, please complete the form below and you will receive a quick response from one of our qualified instructors.

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Alliance Lesson Schedule

Benbrook Private Lesson Schedule

Grand Prairie Private Lesson Schedule

Featured Instructors

Joe Loza

Joe Loza
Alliance Store Manager/Instructor

Specialties: New Shooters, LTC Prep, Holster Use, Rapid Fire, Increasing Accuracy Under Stress, Low Light Shooting, Moving and Shooting, Competition Traning.

Home Range: Alliance

Availability: Sunday - Friday

Originally from Riverside, California, with thirteen years of active duty military experience and extensive training with leading industry professionals, Joe has a wealth of firearms and tactical knowledge to share with his students. From beginner to advanced shooters, Joe is ready to work with anyone who is eager to learn and has a passion for proper firearms handling. Joe has been a part of the Shoot Smart family for over 8 years and has instilled firearms confidence in hundreds of students. Joe is one of three Shoot Smart instructors to recently become USCCA certified instructors in Concealed Carry & Home Defense and Defensive Shooting Fundamentals.

Instructor Q&A

  • Why do you enjoy shooting?
    • I enjoy the challenge as well as the confidence it builds to protect yourself and others if necessary.
  • What's your favorite part about teaching lessons?
    • I love giving others the confidence and excitement that comes with increasing their shooting skills.
  • #1 Safety Tip?
    • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
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Joyce Gould

Specialties: New Shooters, Women, LTC Prep, Basic AR-15 Skills, and Holster Use.

Home Range: Benbrook

Availability: Sunday - Thursday

Joyce came to us from a family of hunters, law enforcement officers, and military personnel. Being surrounded by these people, Joyce grew up an avid shooter and has been enhancing her own skills and training since she joined our team over three years ago. She is also the Chapter leader of Benbrook Well Armed Woman. She has a passion for teaching anyone but has a special love for working with first-time shooters.

Instructor Q&A

  • Why do you enjoy shooting?
    • At the age of 10 I took my first shot. My parents made sure that my siblings and I had a respect for firearms, and an understanding of how to handle them safely. I like that shooting challenges me mentally and physically.
  • What is your favorite part about teaching lessons?
    • I especially love working with new shooters and experiencing their very first shot because it can be a very empowering and life-changing moment.
  • Fun fact
    • I used to jump out of perfectly good airplanes for fun!
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Andrew Bailey

Specialties: New Shooters, concealed carry from holster, purse, and backpack, AR-15 skills, defensive pistol and shotgun training, urban environment and home defensive training, and youth shooter training

Home Range(s) Alliance & Grand Prairie


- Alliance: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Saturday

- Grand Prairie: Tuesday & Friday

After spending time as a USMC combat engineer, Andrew joined the Shoot Smart family in 2017. He quickly became a great instructor sharing his vast knowledge from his experience in the Marines, numerous courses, and certifications. Andrew is especially good at helping students take their LTC skills to the next level and work on concealment methods and defensive pistol tactics. In addition, he feels called to train others so that they can protect themselves and their loved ones should they ever need to. Andrew is one of three Shoot Smart instructors to recently become USCCA certified instructors in Concealed Carry & Home Defense and Defensive Shooting Fundamentals.

Instructor Q&A

Why do you enjoy shooting?

  • Shooting has always been something I understand and pick up quickly. I enjoy the challenge of constantly refining my skills mentally and physically. I have always felt a call to protect people by training myself and others so that they have the skills and confidence to be in charge of their own safety and to protect their loved ones.

What is your favorite part about teaching lessons?

  • I probably get more excited than my students do when I see the improvement and leaps forward they take. I enjoy developing a close relationship with my students so that I know them and can be of better service to their needs. My favorite thing is receiving thank you cards as well as whole families that come in together to learn and knowing that you have made a difference in their lives.

#1 Safety tip

  • Respect firearms but do not fear them. Learning everything you can builds knowledge and confidence in order to handle them safely in all situations.
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Cain Abalos

Cain Abalos

Specialties: New Shooters, experienced shooters, concealed carry from a holster, AR-15 skills, defensive pistol, and shotgun training.

Home Range: Grand Prairie

Cain is one of the newer members of the Shoot Smart team joining us in Summer 2020. He quickly made a name for himself by being promoted to Shift Supervisor and becoming a certified instructor in that short amount of time. Cain’s background in competitive shooting gives him plenty of experience and knowledge to help new and experienced shooters reach their goals.

Instructor Q&A

Why do you enjoy shooting?

  • Shooting has been a family passion for many years. However, my passion has always been to help those who are unsure if a firearm is the right choice for them. By the end of our lesson, my goal is for you to feel safe and comfortable when handling a firearm.

What is your favorite part about teaching lessons?

  • I love teaching people how to safely use a firearm and defend themselves if needed. Especially those who start out scared or apprehensive around firearms.

#1 Safety tip

  • In my opinion, the most important safety rule is to treat every firearm as if it is loaded at all times. Following this simple rule will prevent the majority of accidents from happening.
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Find The Perfect Firearm

Need help selecting the perfect firearm for your needs? Let our experienced instructors assist you in finding not only a good fit but a gun that's easy to shoot during a Find Your Fit Consultation. During your 1- hour consultation, you will discuss your specific needs with your instructor, and they will suggest some makes and models that meet those needs. Handle each firearm to see which feel best in your hands, then take the best feeling out to the range to test fire them with your instructor.

The Find Your Fit consultation fee is $85 and includes:

  • Test firearms
  • Targets
  • Lane time
  • Consultation services.

Save $50 on a new firearm when you decide to purchase it from Shoot Smart the same day as the consultation.

Blaster to Master Lesson Package

Save money and train more with this package.

Find training that fit's your budget, skill level, and busy schedule with the Blaster to Master Lesson Package. Get five private lessons for the price of four. Buy now, book later, start training.

Price: $340

Savings: $85

Locations & Hours


Mon - Thu: 10AM - 9PM


Fri - Sun: 9AM - 9PM

Fort Worth Alliance
10305 North Fwy (I-35W)
Fort Worth, TX 76177

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9455 Benbrook Blvd
Benbrook, TX 76126

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Grand Prairie
2440 W. Main St
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

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