New Group LLC

New Group LLC

5.0 (3)
1 hire on
2 employees
2 years in business

About this pro

We specialize in training Professionals in the safety, use and carry of firearms.  Providing NRA Pistol, Texas License to Carry (LTC) and Defensive pistol and carbine skills training in a professional, private and secure environment with beautiful, private and safe facilities in Central Texas.

For those with no experience, we can provide well maintained and high quality weapons and ammunition to try the shooting experience - even if you don't currently own a firearm.   We're flexible that way! 

Introducing a nervous or even fearful person to shooting in a fact based, no pressure environment.   The gratification of taking a student from very little skill to one of confidence and simply seeing the "light come on" is awesome.

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Cedar Park, TX 78613
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3 Reviews


  • Brian Slaughter

    My wife’s inexperience with guns made her hesitant to attend, but she left with the confidence to get her LTC! John’s focus on safety, individual attention, and encouraging demeanor easily handled the needs of our group with varying skills. The private space we had made it even better! We will be back! Thanks John!

  • Charles Brooker

    Cannot imagine what finer instruction would look like. John brings a highly intentional approach to firearm training that is highly informed, thoughtful and comprehensive. My wife and thirteen year old daughter, both of whom were reluctant to touch a gun, completed the training with a gained appreciation for the firearm as a tool and as something that can be enjoyed safely. I did not have previous handgun experience either, and not only learned much, but now eager to learn more. Thank you so much, John!

  • Gus Chavira

    Very patient with folks regardless of experience. Safety was paramount throughout and he used a variety of firearms to acclimatize everyone which help dispel any fear of guns. Lastly was very knowledgeable and was able to transition to potentially license to carry should that be your objective.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We start with plastic demo pistol (S.I.R.T. Pistol) and then progress to a suppressed .22 with optic and no hearing protection to master the basics and get comfortable firing a real gun.  No questions are stupid or inappropriate- I am here to answer all the questions and correct all the silly stuff a client learned from TV or the Internet.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

US Army Intelligence Corps Veteran

USPSA Limited Class, B Shooter

Texas Run and Gun Competitor

Texas EMT-B and Search and Rescue Tech

Texas DPS Certified License to Carry Instructor

NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Typical classes consist of 5-7 students, often couples.  My rates are $100 per person including range fees for Class and Live Fire required for Texas license to Carry.

I do custom classes including intro to pistols, tactical movement, safely using a holster, and other tailored coursework.   I also partner with other instructors with various military backgrounds to bring skills requested but not in my wheelhouse.  

How did you get started teaching?

I've always enjoyed the role as "coach".   Prior to formally instructing in weapons/defense I spent 8 years as a Porsche Club of America high performance driving instructor.  During that time, I learned some very useful skills in teaching content in a high stress, rapid paced environment.  

What types of students have you worked with?

Fellow First Responders, Law Enforcement retirees, ex-military service members, single women needing to develop defensive skills, Mom and Dad's and their older kids.   

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I've recently had several students that wanted to bring their spouses along to get their License to Carry in Texas.   We went from nervious and hesitant to asking if they could shoot that X weapon one more time before we end for the day.  And they are reported to be wanting to go to the range as much as the spouse that drug them into this sport.  Now that is gratifying.   

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Your life could depend on the firearms instructor you choose.  Make sure that you choose someone that has a measured approach, taylored to the student's specific needs.  An instructor that has the real training that comes from military or law enforcement background.  Be wary of testosterone fueled or over the top sounding/feeling people and go with quiet competance and watch the reviews.  In today's world, it's hard to hide bad instruction.  

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Decide why you want to seek firearms and/or defensive training.  Is it sport, necessity, insurance jsut in case.  Knowing where you are coming from and communicating that to  your instructor will help them/us/me to tailor our approach to you and to focus on your specific needs and desired outcomes.

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