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Firearms Training and Instruction

GUN CLASSES, SHOOTING LESSONS, LICENSE TO CARRY, CONCEALED CARRY, PRIVATE FIREARMS INSTRUCTION AND ARCHERY CLASSES

Learn handgun, shooting or archery basics, get your Texas license to carry permit (formerly Texas concealed carry license), improve your shooting or archery skills, or sign up for one of our advanced shooting classes and take your marksmanship to the next level. We make firearm and archery training safe, fun, accessible, and extremely productive. Our safety conscious instructors are certified and ready to share their knowledge and love of the shooting sports with you. Buck & Does Mercantile offers a premier indoor shooting range for taking your License to Carry – concealed carry class in San Antonio, TX.

We are Proud Members Of:

Brian Petree

Brian is a 31-year veteran of law enforcement, who served the majority of his career as a Criminal Investigator in the Narcotics Service for the Texas Department of Public Safety.  He recently retired as a Criminal Investigation Division Lieutenant. Brian has trained with numerous agencies, including the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Border Patrol, United States Customs Service, and countless state and local agencies.  He has also trained with Thunder Ranch, Gunsite, and many other private training entities.  Brian was a founding Lieutenant of the Leadership Development Unit, and assisted with the creation of the DPS Command College. As the commanding officer of the Criminal Investigation Division Training Unit, Brian developed and taught intermediate and advanced tactics and firearms courses to hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel.  Brian maintains a law enforcement commission as a Special Ranger with the Texas Department of Public Safety, and is a licensed Instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  He also holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master Peace Officer certifications with the State of Texas.

Teaches:

" John Smith "

John Smith

Archery Instructor

John Is a 11-year United States Navy Veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Africa as a Master at Arms Second Class as well as the Global War on Terrorism in Southeast Asia, as a Machinist
Mate Second Class. He currently serves in Coastal Riverine Squadron 1.

John has been in the archery business for over 10 years, and has been a shooter for nearly 20. John got his start shooting in the Cub Scouts and never stopped learning.

Fast forward to now, John is a USA Archery Level III certified Instructor, an NFAA Member, and an ASA member.. John is also an assistant coach for the Texas Warrior Archery Program helping wounded veterans get into the sport.

Teaches:

" Kari Grayson "

Kari Grayson

Kari received her Masters from Texas State University and taught private piano lessons and general music for over 20 years. Her love for teaching led her to a new passion of shooting and firearms education, including teaching safe and responsible methods for gun handling. Her most popular class at Buck & Doe’s Mercantile is her Women’s Shooting 101 class. Kari is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor, USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) Certified Instructor, USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Instructor, Department of Public Safety Certified LTC (license to carry) Instructor and an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer. Kari loves equipping people with the knowledge, skill and attitude necessary to operate their firearms in a safe and controlled environment. Kari is proud to be the chapter leader for the Well-Armed Woman shooting chapter. The only one in the San Antonio area.

NRA Certifications: Certified Rifle Instructor, Chief Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor and Home Firearm Safety Instructor.

Other Certifications: Texas License to Carry Instructor

USCCA Certifications: Concealed Carry and Home Defense Instructor, Women’s Handgun and Self-Defense Fundamentals Instructor, Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Instructor.

Check out our class schedule and sign up here.

Teaches:

Ron Benton

Ron Benton

Firearm Instructor

Ron is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer. After college, Ron served 4-1/2 years as a United States Marine Infantry Officer, before joining the US Army. Ron retired as a Colonel upon completing 24-1/2 years in the US Army. As a combat veteran, Ron was an Army Ranger and earned the Airborne Parachutist badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Air Assault Badge. Ron was the recipient of numerous awards and badges, including foreign airborne wings. In his spare time, Ron was the Military Reserve World Champion Bull Rider (PAFRA). Ron enjoys helping new shooters by instilling confidence in their ability through personalized instruction, as well as assisting seasoned shooters hone their skills.

Teaches:

Don Benton

Don Benton

Firearm Instructor

Don is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer. After graduating college, Don served in the United States Army for over 20 years and served as an officer in Armored Cavalry, Infantry, and Aviation Units. Don was a senior Army Aviator, flying AH-1S Cobra and AH-64 attack helicopters. Don also received his Paratrooper wings in three countries, the United States, Germany, and Canada. After retiring from the Army at the rank of Major, Don spent 19 years as the Division and District Sales Manager with a national health insurance company. Don also serves as our range manager and is passionate in helping promote the shooting sports through training and education.

Teaches:

Jeremy Mancos

Firearm Instructor

Jeremy is a USPSA Master class Carry Optics shooter who specializes in pistol mounted optics and movement-based training combining speed and accuracy. He is well versed and experienced in both competition and defensive shooting. His wide range of instruction knowledge makes him the ideal instructor for both brand new shooters and experienced shooters.  In addition to these qualifications, Jeremy is also a USCCA certified instructor.

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A Few Words from our Clients

A friend and I visited the range for the first time yesterday, and you know as soon as you walk in the door that this is a quality operation. The place was immaculate, the staff knowledgeable and friendly, and there was a great selection of firearms and accessories. We had a great time shooting on the well-lit range with excellent ventilation. The value for the dollar is great, and it’s is without a doubt the finest range and retail operation of its kind I’ve ever visited. There’s no doubt this will be our go-to range from now on!

– Haskell M

Amazing experience with Mr Ron private lesson, he made me feel comfortable confidence and sure of myself, I highly recommend anyone wanting to educate themselves with good knowledge of handling a weapon to pick up the phone and call them you are not going to be sorry, this is my first try I will be back.

– Sandra Gallardo

Took my LTC class with instructor Ron Benton. I honestly thought it would be a boring class, falling asleep, etc. Boy, was I wrong! Very informative, laid back, cracking jokes. I really enjoyed myself. I will recommend everyone I know to come take his class because I know they will have a great experience as I did. Thank you Ron.

– Joshua Rice

Buck & Doe’s is such a great to learn gun safety. The staff is so helpful on any level your at. Their instructors in my opinion are the best and I look forward to learning more. If you have any interest in practicing your second amendment right, this is the place to to start or continue.

– Curtis Kilgore

Disappointed I didn’t come here sooner! Great place and experience. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Ron Benton was my instructor and he was professional, courtesy, knowledgeable and friendly. Atmosphere wasn’t super uptight or stiff but safety was addressed first and foremost. Plan on coming back real soon!

– Cuong Nguyen

Great spot to get the supplies to exercise your 2nd Amendment right and do a little shopping! Nice selection of smoker and cast iron supplies. Huge supply of holsters made locally. Gun range was clean and solid with reasonable rates.

– Julie Winter

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