Sheepdog Marksmanship Training

Upcoming Classes

Combined Basic Pistol & LTC 24 FEB Sign Up
License to Carry 27 FEB Sign Up
NRA Basic Pistol Course 6 March Sign Up

Why us?

  • Personalized Handgun Training – small classes (no more than 8 students) on private property
  • Classroom and range on same site (no range fee)
  • Handgun Training plans designed to meet individual needs and experience
  • I’m available to conduct training any time. If you don’t see a course, call or email me and we’ll get one set up! Classes are available during weekdays!
  • Why Sheepdogs? It’s all about attitude and mindset. As firearms owners, we should strive to always be watching and be aware of the world around us.
  • Handgun rentals and ammunition available by request. Contact for details.


My training is designed to develop confidence and competence with whatever firearm you choose to own or carry. My pistol courses are centered around small classes, typically 6 or less, to provide the best individual and personal attention.


Whether you are new to handguns or firearms in general and feel nervous about taking a class, or are very experienced and comfortable around firearms, I will meet you at your experience level and work with you to meet your goals.


With two tours at the US Army Marksmanship Unit, and a “Master” classification with the US Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), my handgun training courses bring over 20 years of experience to the client.

Help protect our 2nd Amendment rights and Joint the NRA Today!

  • Establish the fundamentals of shooting first!
  • Small classes focused on the individual
  • Private class and range in a relaxed rural environment – just outside of Gatesville, TX
  • You won’t find a more enjoyable place to shoot


About Me

I graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 and spent the next 20 years as a Field Artillery Officer. I retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving as the Commander of the US Army Marksmanship Unit. An avid competitive pistol shooter, I love to share my experience and teach others.

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(512) 912-6412

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Gatesville/Jonesboro area

7 thoughts on “Sheepdog Marksmanship Training

  1. I came to the basic pistol class with pretty much zero knowledge or experience. I actually dreaded attending the class, so much was my fear of guns. At the completion of the class, I felt confident in both the basic knowledge of how my gun works, and also in actually shooting it. Jim is very calm, patient, and encouraging, and I highly recommend his class.

  2. Jim was an awesome instructor for the Basic Pistol Course. My friends and I learned a lot and left with confidence. Jim was very thorough with the information and dedicated time to each of us. We can’t wait to attend more courses offered by Sheepdog Marksmanship.

  3. Jim was an imaging and instructor. His patients and attention to detail were so essential when it came to instilling confidence in our class. I would recommend any and everyone who wants to learn firearms to take his course. We had a blast.

  4. I want to give Jim the highest possible recommendation and I’m trying to get my friends to come up to his place. Even if you’ve been shooting for years, like me you probably have room for improvement.

  5. Great class for anyone from beginner to experienced with individualized training. Improved my shooting accuracy and Jim was a wonderful instructor.

  6. Jim was an excellent instructor for the Basic NRA pistol class. He was thorough, patient and encouraging for this first time handgun shooter. I came having never shot a pistol and left with confidence.

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