We Train Too!

 Here at Train Protect Defend, we stress the importance of continuing education training and skills improvement.  We believe in this so much that we are constantly training to improve our skills and learn new techniques and disciplines. Owner and Chief Trainer, Walt Mayfield, has been doing just that for the past few weeks.  At the beginning of September, he attended the Texas First Responder Carry Instructor course along with 28 other instructors across the State. During this course, Texas DPS Instructors went into detail on how to perform and conduct the many live fire drills and how to deliver the classroom content created for this course.  This three-day course included a night time-low light course which was very beneficial to the audience in which this class is indeed an incident that involves first responders typically occurring at night. Walt was in one of the first three groups in Texas that attended this training. Now that Walt is a certified Instructor we will begin offering this course in December of 2023.


He hit the road again a week later and traveled to Cascade Wisconsin to attend the USCCA AR-15 Instructor class. This was only the second class offered to USCCA Official Partners by the staff at USCCA headquarters. Walt got the opportunity to train with 24 other instructors from around the US. This was another great course with a lot of range time. Walt successfully completed this course and obtained his instructor certification.

We are glad he’s back and look forward to offering these great classes.  Walt shot over a thousand rounds just in the last few weeks between these courses and his normal personal development and maintaining his shooting skills.

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365 Days Later with Train Protect Defend

365 Days Later with Train Protect Defend

1 Year Ago Walt Mayfield left his full time corporate job following God’s direction, and decided to take his passion for safety and firearms full time. With hard work and creativity in business, he’s still going strong and doing new things after a year. From new skills and services he’s taken Train Protect Defend to a place where it can only get bigger and better! We as a family and as a company have seen God’s hand and provision over again and are we are excited about what the future holds. 

In the past year we have been at numerous gun shows helping people get what they need to protect their family. We have provided Texas LTC courses and Basic Handgun Lessons to help people know how to efficiently and safely use a firearm. And as a company we have worked alongside USCCA and local gun ranges to provide the training people need when they do have to use these means to protect them and their family. 

Walt’s family has stepped in to help him make this business a success. Mckenna Mayfield, Walt’s daughter, has taken the special role of firearm sales. She goes with him to gun shows across DFW to help with the sale of firearms. She said her favorite thing about going to these gun shows is getting to meet so many different people with similar interests. She has developed amazing friendships with other vendors and loves the atmosphere at these shows. Molly Mayfield, Walt’s other daughter, has taken on the role of social media and marketing. She helps capture all the classes and private lessons and keeps everyone up to date on future events and promotions. Her favorite thing about this is being able to use the power of social media and influencing for something that can actual help someone and their family. 

Walt’s wife has been such an amazing help around gun shows and helps with the backbone of the business with the financial side of things. They all work together to ensure that the company is growing and showing success. She comes to gun shows to help with sales and ensures that there is support for set up and tear down. She goes over the numbers after every gun show to make sure all of the records are kept up with. 

Walt has successfully completed the following courses in the last year, USCCA Certified Instructor, USCCA Range Safety Officer, and the USCCA Certified Training Counselor.  Walt also completed the State of Texas First Responder Carry Course Instructor Certification and he will be headed back to USCCA HeadQuarters in Wisconsin to complete the new AR-15 Instructor course. These courses have greatly expanded the training opportunities offered to our students.

The family’s dedication to this business is the backbone of its success. As a business they strive on following God’s direction and training people daily to help them use a firearm safely and efficiently. Train Protect Defend would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped us grow the company in the last year. We cannot wait to grow more in this next year!

Why carrying a handgun matters

Considering the recent shootings, you might be asking what to do in this situation. It is hard not to wonder what would happen if you were put in a difficult situation like a mass shooting or even a minor incident. Having the idea of getting rid of guns will never turn into a reality. Guns will never get out of the hands of evil. It is our choice whether we will take a stand and do what we can to protect ourselves. Having these tools to protect ourselves is important because first responders will take a lot longer than you will if you are present in the event. The average response time for first responders/police is 7 minutes. In the Columbine shooting, 10 people were killed and 12 were wounded in 7 ½ minutes. You can see with this example how every minute risks more and more damage being done. 

We want you to make educated decisions about carrying a gun because it is vitally important to feel safe in this world. There are certain resources that can help you feel more confident in carrying a gun. We at Train Protect Defend always recommend training and education to keep you informed about shooting and firearms. Getting your LTC gives you more protection in the event that you need to use your firearm. Finally having support like USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Associations) can help you feel even more confident carrying on a daily basis. 


Why should you get your Texas License to Carry?

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When out talking to people more than one person will say “but you don’t need a license to carry in the State of Texas anymore”, and that is correct. But my response to them is “you should have one”. There are many reasons.

  • Airport: License holders have protections related  to the accidental carrying of a firearm in the secured area.
  • Business: Businesses may choose to allow licensed carry on their premises.
  • Government Meetings: License holders can carry in a meeting.
  • University Campuses: License still required to carry on university campuses; “Campus Carry” is unchanged. 
  • License can be used as an alternative to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check for gun purchases.

  • Personal Identification: The license must be accepted by most businesses as a valid form of personal identification.
  • Voter ID: The license is a designated document for voter ID.
  • Texas Handgun License holders can carry firearms in states where Texas has a reciprocity agreement or state law recognizes the Texas Handgun license.

While these are just some of the benefits, having the training and the experience of shooting through getting your license to carry it makes it all that much worth it. We want you to feel safe and comfortable with the methods you choose to protect yourselves a firearm. With our training you will walk away feeling proficient and confident in using your firearm.

Go to this link below for more information on why getting your Texas LTC helps protect you!