My wife and I took your class Sept 20 and were very impressed and pleased. We have since received our license to carry and had no problems. Thanks again for the great class and advice.

Travis B.

Thanks Richard… Ken highly recommends you and I greatly value his opinion. I want instruction on safety for me and my wife and  more “awareness and situational self defense.”


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Instruction for your Texas License To Carry Handgun, NRA Firearms Safety Courses, private one-on-one instruction, private group classes, intermediate and advance handgun, shotgun and tactical rifle courses.

Our Team

Bear Ventures is a law enforcement professional owned and operated business since 2006. Our courses instruct on relevant Texas laws so you can make the best decision for you and your family in real life situations.  Who better to gain knowledge from than an experienced Texas Police Officer. Our License To Carry course exceeds the State's minimal requirements. The course is approximately 5 hours plus range qualifications, never just the minimal requirements. Do you really want to risk your liberty on minimal requirements ? Review detailed course information on our Course Information and Registration page. **LTC Courses ARE NOT Handgun training courses; you must be able to safely; load, unload, manipulate and accurately fire your handgun before attending any LTC course.**

Our course includes; power point & lecture style instruction, required documents, Range fee, Target fee, issuance of state examination, current version of the Texas Handgun Law book (Issued by TXDPS-PDF format) and other firearm safety books. Unless stated during registration, the course does not include refreshments however you are welcome to bring you own. Our instruction is designed around Texas laws, case law, common sense and reasonableness. Our instruction offers you a better understanding of  relevant Texas law including: LTC regulations, Self-Defense, Use of Force, Use of Deadly Force, Contact with Law Enforcement, Weapon Retention, Safe handgun storage practices and other related laws for defense of yourself, your family and your property. 

Our Firearm Courses offer instruction for safe use of a handgun for self-defense in your home, office or in public.  These courses are offered in basic, intermediate, advance and low light. The courses offer shoot - don't shoot, move & shoot, clearing rooms, use of cover with numerous live fire exercises.  


Private group rates are offered for all courses, quotes on request.

“Can't say enough great things about Bear Ventures and Richard.  He has a perfect balance between keeping the classes informative and engaging, while appealing to people with broadly different skill and experience levels, while injecting humor and levity at just the right dose and also steering toward the conservative end of the spectrum.  He walks the line between the clear and not so clear laws and real world experience to keep you and your family safe.”


Tom F,

Allen, Texas

Providing professional instruction and training for firearms, related laws and topics including safe use and self-defense with a firearm from experienced Police Instructors.

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Mr. Deggs,

BTW thank you very much. The class was very informative and you taught in a way that kept the course serious and at the same time you were able to keep me laughing the whole evening. So BZ sir.

Jack N.

Great CHL course, taught by a police officer - someone who really knows the law! I would highly recommend it to anyone!!


Sadie Shelton

Texas Gun Law book-Cover LTC laws, CHL laws, Self-Defense laws and any other gun related law in Texas.

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"Richard with Bear Ventures is an extremely professional instructor who draws on his real world, law enforcement experience to personalize his courses. He brings a comfortable sense of humor to serious subjects and keeps the material interesting."



Dallas, Texas

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