Tom Dowdy



Tom is an NRA Training Counselor, is a NRA certified Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, and Texas License to Carry Instructor. Tom trains and certifies instructor candidates as NRA Instructors, Range Safety Officers, and prepares Standard Operating Procedures Manuals for gun range owners. Tom has a long history in firearms, including serving in Vietnam in the US Army, and growing up on a large ranch where carrying a gun was an everyday occurrence to protect livestock. Tom has been training firearms students for the past seven years and is one of the top two or three NRA trainers in the Houston metro area.

Tom's formal training includes:

  • Military training on several weapons systems.
  • Two Day Defensive Handgun at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
  • Four Day Defensive Handgun at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
  • NRA Basic Pistol and NRA Pistol Instructor Courses
  • NRA Rifle Instructor Course
  • NRA Shotgun Instructor Course
  • NRA Range Safety Officer Course
  • NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor Course
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Course
  • NRA Training Counselor and Chief Range Safety Officer Development Course
  • Texas Department of Public Safety Concealed License Instructor Course

    As an independent instructor for Thunder Gun Range Tom teaches pistol, rifle and shotgun students from beginners to advanced shooters. Through his independent company, Handgun Skills, LLC, teaching at Thunder Gun Range he offers twenty three different training classes and has a team of five highly trained and capable instructors on his team teaching various classes, including clay shooting taught by a Level III clays instructor. Tom also trains and coaches students in preparing them for 3 Gun competitions. He is also the Match Director for the monthly 3 Gun Match at Thunder Gun Range.

  • BASIC PISTOL INSTRUCTION/REVIEW
    This class is designed to teach or review range rules, rules of gun safety, proper operation of semi-automatic pistols or revolvers, shooting positions, and read more...
    LENGTH COST SLOTS DATES TIMES
    2-3 hrs $50 12 01/06/2018 2:30PM - 5PM

    2-3 hrs $50 12 02/03/2018 2:30PM - 5PM
    Register by 6PM two days prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting
    This class teaches you to operate almost any revolver or semi-automatic pistol, rules of gun safety, shooting positions, basic shooting fundamentals, ammunition knowledge, recognizing & clearing malfunctions, care & maintenance read more...
    9 hrs $130 12 01/13/2018 9AM - 6PM

    9 hrs $130 12 02/10/2018 9AM - 6PM
    You must register at least two weeks in advance of the class to allow time for instructor to order and receive required NRA Student Training Materials. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    Intermediate Pistol
    Teaches mental awareness, review of shooting fundamentals, clearing malfunctions, drawing from a hip holster, multiple target shooting, & balancing speed & accuracy read more...
    3 hrs $75 12 01/09/2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM

    3 hrs $75 12 02/06/2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM
    Register by 6PM two days prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.




    NRA Basics Of Personal Protection In The Home
    Teaches knowledge, skills, & attitude essential for using a handgun safely in self defense of the home & family read more...
    9 hrs $160 12 12/30/2107 9AM - 6PM
    You must register at least two weeks in advance of the class to allow time for instructor to order and receive required NRA Student Training Materials. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    NRA Basics Of Personal Protection Outside The Home
    Teaches knowledge, skills, & attitude essential for self defense, as well as legal and moral considerations read more...
    14-15 HRS $225 12 01/27/2018 8:30AM - 5:30PM

    12 01/28/2018 10AM - 5PM
    You must register at least two weeks in advance of the class to allow time for instructor to order and receive required NRA Student Training Materials. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    Advanced Pistol
    Teaches safely drawing from a holster, firing 2 shots rapidly, shooting while moving, timed shooting, timed malfunction clearings, basic defensive tactics, competitive shooting read more...
    7.5 HRS $175 12 03/17/2018 8:30AM - 5PM
    Register by 6PM five days prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    Defensive Shotgun Basics
    Teaches the basic gun safety rules, shooting fundamental and skills needed to operate a carbine in a defensive situation read more...
    2.5 HRS $60 6 01/20/2018 12PM - 2:30PM
    Register by 6PM the day prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    Intermediate Tactical Shotgun
    High speed presentation, reloading techniques, use of cover, time pressure read more...
    8 HRS $175 6 03/31/2018 9AM - 5:30PM
    Register by 6PM two days prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    Advanced Tactical Shotgun
    Close quarter battle maneuvers, mid and long range shooting, tactical read more...
    8 HRS $175 6 03/31/2018 9AM - 5:30PM
    Register by 6PM two days prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    Defensive Rifle Basics
    Teaches the basic gun safety rules, shooting fundamental and skills needed to operate a carbine in a defensive situation read more...
    2.5 HRS $60 6 01/20/2018 9AM - 11:30AM
    Register by 6PM two days prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    Intermediate Tactical Rifle
    Specific techniques used for close quarter defense and mid-range defensive encounters read more...
    8 HRS $175 6 03/24/2018 9AM - 5:30PM
    Register by 6PM two days prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.


    Advanced Tactical Rifle
    Close quarter maneuvers, sprinting off the "X", head shots read more...
    8 HRS $175 6 04/28/2018 9AM - 5:30PM
    Register by 6PM two days prior to the class as class will be cancelled unless at least four people pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if there are four pre-registrations. You can register for this class at www.handgunskills.com or call Tom Dowdy at 713-854-1986. Do not show up as a walk-in unless you have verified the class has enough pre-registrations to conduct the class.