R.E.T.Bulletproof CHL Firearms Training.com

My name is Rickey Townsend, Owner of R.E.T. Bulletproof CHL Firearms Training.com. I started this company in  2016 because I noticed a lack of Black representation in the gun community. I would see women coming to the gun range where I train and feel extremely uncomfortable while their significant other attempted to teach them about firearms. Sometimes it's hard to believe that you can do something until you see someone who looks like you in that position.


My firearms back ground started in 2001 at Homeland Security {Federal Aviation Administration}. In 2014, I became a {NRA} certified Pistol Instructor and was certified by the {Texas Department of Public Safety} as a CHL Instructor. I've learned a lot about firearms in the last 20 plus years. But by no means would I ever consider myself an expert in firearms because there's always room for improvement.


My goal is to teach both men and women how not to become a victim, whether it be from theft, domestic violence or  sexual assault. I think it's imperative that both men and women feel like they're in control of their own safety and have the capability to protect their families from any kind of assault whether they're out at the movies, at home relaxing, at the mall shopping or with their families at the park.


I just want to empower both men and women and make sure that they are properly educated and informed on how to protect themselves and their families and not become a victim to an assault.





                                                Obstacles and Challenges



My main obstacle and challenge has been being a minority in the business.  When I first started, I couldn't get any information from anyone. Everywhere I’d go for information, I couldn't get it. My Instructor in the NRA had informed me that it would be hard for me because of the color of my skin.


It's been a struggle. Months after completing my NRA classes, I returned back to my NRA Instructor with several questions on how I could obtain this license and got no response. But, I didn't let that stop me. I continued my pursuit to gather the information that I needed.


My next challenge was the Texas Department of Public Safety.  While attending the training for my CHL/LTC Instructors license, there was a middle aged Caucasian female sitting in front of me in class. While the class was on break, she turned to me and said out of nowhere and stated “Don’t give up on what you are trying to do. Doors are going to be closed in your face but, don't you ever give up when that door closes.  You keep going. Don't stop until you have accomplished what you have started.” I took that as a sign from my God.


The strangest thing was that after the class ended, I found that lady to thank her for her words of encouragement, and to my surprise she didn't acknowledge me! She acted as though she had never said a word to me.  Now go figure that. But, I appreciated the words of encouragement and used them as fuel to continue on with my quest to succeed in this business.



So! After all of that, I proceeded to start up my business only to find out from the Texas Department of Public Safety that I needed to take the Texas Occupational Code Manager’s Exam. Another obstacle but, I persevered.  At this point, I had to stop all business operations until I passed the exam which I could not take for another 3 months! So, let me just say that there were many obstacles and challenges then and now. I’m sure there will be many more to come but, I’m determined to get what I need to help educate as many people as I can about guns and gun safety.
















 Get in touch with us at (817) 703-3085. We look forward to talking to you.

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BulletProof CHL Training.com

5904 S. Cooper STE 104 PMB 252

Arlington, Tx 76017





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