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Tom’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. NRA Training Counselor
  2. NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  3. NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun Instructor
  4. NRA Certified Personal Protection In The Home Instructor
  5. NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor
  6. Texas License to Carry Instructor
  7. Defensive Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun Instructor
  8.  3 Gun Competition Instructor

Tom Dowdy, Owner

Tom Dowdy, owner of Handgun Skills, LLC, is a decorated war veteran and was an expert marksman in the US Army.  He is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, a NRA Training Counselor, and a Front Sight Lifetime Guardian Member where he completed defensive shooting training in multiple years.  He has had extensive training through NRA instructor courses, Combat Focus Shooting with pistol and carbine through I.C.E Training (Rob Pincus), the military, and many years experience with guns starting at age 9.  While Tom is an independent instructor, he is also the designated NRA instructor at Thunder Gun Range, 17234 FM 1314, Conroe, TX 77302 and is the Match Director for 3 Gun Matches and Defensive Pistol Matches.  As a NRA Training Counselor Tom trains and certifies other shooters as NRA Instructors.

Tom has a patient but focused teaching style that allows students to learn in a relaxed atmosphere aimed at a high retention of the material taught.  Teaching methods include use of total participant involvement, multiple training aids that allow better absorption of material, and through use of positive feedback to assess students learning speed.  Handgun Skills, LLC goal is to enable students to improve and hone their shooting skills through gaining the knowledge, skills, and proper attitude to achieve their shooting goals, whether it be basic fundamental instruction or advanced instruction in pistol, rifle, or shotgun.

David Gaines, Instructor

David Gaines is also a NRA Training Counselor and an independent instructor that has worked with Handgun Skills, LLC for several years.  He is an MBA, has a diverse background that includes, being a licensed paramedic, Program Director of a college EMS program, working in the oilfield services industry, then moving into the firearms business as a Federal Firearms Licensee, gunsmith, certified firearms instructor, and certified DuraCoat applicator of custom gun finishes.  David’s style of teaching mirrors the Handgun Skills philosophy of providing focused training in a relaxed atmosphere where students retain a high percentage of material taught.

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David’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. NRA Training Counselor
  2. NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  3. NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun Instructor
  4. NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  5. NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  6. Texas License to Carry Instructor
  7. Certified Gunsmith
  8. Factory Certified Dura Coat Applicator
  9. Owner of Gulf Coast Firearms & Houston Firearm Transfers
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Bill’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
  2. NRA Range Safety Officer
  3. NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Instructor
  4. NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  5. NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  6. Texas License to Carry Instructor
  7. Hoffner Rifle Instructor
  8. Non-NRA Tactical Rifle & Shotgun Instructor
  9. Close Quarters Combat Instructor
  10. Home Defense Consultant

Bill Wendler, Instructor

Bill Wendler is an independent instructor team member whose passion is “Total Self-Defense” training.  He believes students should be trained beyond basic proficiency, to where they have gained expanded expertise to prevail in a defensive encounter, whether it be for self-protection or protection of a family member or fellow citizen facing a deadly threat.

Bill’s has completed extensive training in the combative aspects of pistol, rifle, shotgun, knife, and hand-to-hand self-defense.    In addition to extensive NRA training Bill has trained with Hoffner Training Academy, Suarez International, I.C.E. Training, Target Focus Training, and Krav Maga.  Bill’s focus as an instructor is to prepare students for the various real threats in today’s unsettling society, including Home Defense Preparation, Situational Awareness, Active Shooter Preparation & Response, and Proactive Personal Self Defense.

Eddy Tessier, Instructor

Eddy is currently a Canine Handler/Investigator for a local law enforcement agency and an independent instructor with Handgun Skills, LLC. He is also the Firearms Instructor, Taser Conducted Electrical Weapon Instructor, and a Field Training Officer for his agency. He teaches pistol, shotgun, and carbine classes for the agency. Eddy has been in law enforcement for 16 years and holds a Master Peace Officer certification as well as Firearms Instructor, Instructor, Special Investigator, Cyber Crimes Investigator, and Jailer certifications through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Eddy also holds a Taser CEW Instructor certification through Taser International. Eddy is also a National Rifle Association certified Pistol Instructor, Personal Protection in the Home Instructor, and Range Safety Officer. He is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association. Eddy is a factory certified Colt Model O armorer and factory certified Glock armorer. Eddy also holds numerous other certifications and has attended numerous firearms related training classes.

Eddy believes in a relaxed atmosphere for training to advance the students’ knowledge and skills through focused training to achieve their goals and retain the information provided to them. Eddy feels students must be engaged in the learning process to help them develop critical thinking skills.

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Eddy’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. Master Peace Officer
  2. TCOLE Firearms Instructor
  3. NRA Pistol Instructor
  4. NRA Range Safety Officer
  5. NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  6. NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  7. Patrol Rifle Instructor
  8. TASER Instructor
  9. Glock & Colt Armorer
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Don’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. NSCA Level III Clays Shooting Instructor
  2. NSSA Level I Skeet Instructor
  3. NRA Range Safety Officer
  4. NRA Certified Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
  5. NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun Instructor
  6. NRA Certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  7. Texas License to Carry Instructor

Don Hollon, Instructor

As an independent team instructor, Don Hollon is the team expert on any type of clay shooting sport. Don is a NSCA Level III Sporting Clays Coach and a NSSA certified Skeet Instructor. His teaching ventures include Sporting Clays, Skeet, 5 Stand, and Trap. Don coaches corporate students at multiple Houston shooting centers, Dallas, and San Antonio. Don is also a professional competitor in clay shooting with Beretta and Winchester sponsoring him. Don’s students include a Junior Shooting Team, intermediate, and advanced shooters. If you want to learn clay shooting from an expert Don is our team expert teaching clay shooting. Don also holds certifications as a NRA certified Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun instructor, as well as a Texas DPS certified LTC Instructor.

Robert Dameron, Instructor

Robert Dameron is an independent instructor team member whose served in the US Army for seven years. He worked on the Nike Hercules Missile and Patriot Missile Radar Guidance Systems, was an NCO Academy Graduate, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. While in the Army Robert qualified as an expert marksman in rifle and pistol shooting. Robert is a NRA Endowment Life Member and while currently working as an independent insurance agent representing AFLAC he has a passion for teaching others safe gun handling and marksmanship skills.

Robert has joined Handgun Skills, LLC as an instructor and has taught pistol fundamentals classes and worked as a Range Safety Officer overseeing corporate team building events. Robert has extensive knowledge of pistols and rifle that he loves sharing with students. Robert is a NRA certified Range Safety Officer, NRA certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor, and NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor.

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Robert’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. NRA Range Safety Officer
  2. NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  3. NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  4. NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
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