The Price of Owning a Handgun & CHL in the State of TX

Fortitude88

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This thread is written from the POV of a first-time firearms owner, brand new to guns. I have just purchased my first firearm and completed my CHL course - these are the recorded associated costs for new items with shipping and taxes (where applicable) included.

Firstly, if a person has never shot or owned a gun before (myself), it would be reasonable to assume that shooting one at a gun range would be an appropriate first step. Here are the associated fees for a first-time visit to a gun range (I wear eyeglasses and brought ear-plugs, so I was not charged for vision/hearing items):


  • Range Fee: $20.00
  • Ammunition - 100 rounds of .45 ACP ($23.95/box X2 boxes): $47.90
  • Rental Gun: $5.00
  • Two Paper Targets ($1 ea.): $2.00

Total: $74.90

Secondly, a person decides on a gun they want to own. Clearly, this decision and the associated ammunition - as well as the quantity - are subjective. Thirdly, providing the person wants to carry the firearm legally on their person, they need to attend a CHL course and get their CHL. These were my associated fees for this process:


  • Firearm - 1911 Kimber Ultra CDP II .45: $1,267.30
  • Ammunition - 1,500 rounds of .45 ACP: $775.40
  • Ammunition Storage Box: $20.00
  • Holster - Milt Sparks Versa Max II, w/ clips: $178.33
  • Headphones - Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs: $49.17
  • CHL Course: $100.00
  • CHL: $142.00
    • Range Fee, to qualify for CHL: $11.00
    • Ammunition - 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition, to qualify for CHL: $17.00
    • B-27 Paper Target, to qualify for CHL: $1.00
    • Digital Fingerprinting Service: $10.43
    • Passport Photographs: $10.00
    • Shipping Fees for Application Materials via USPS: $5.75

Total: $2,587.38

Grand Total: $2,662.28
 
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Buckles

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Cypress, TX
Congrats on the new gun and CHL.

Most of us dont start out with a $1200 handgun, at least I didnt. But it can get very expensive either way.
 

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The Price of Owning a Handgun & CHL in the State of TX

Can I borrow a box or 2 of .45?
 

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