Events that create lasting memories
Shooting Leagues at the club are an important part of the club’s activities. The leagues allow for new shooters to learn proper gun etiquette and techniques by shooting with more experienced members. The leagues are also a terrific way for new members to meet a lot of other members creating stronger relationships and membership bonds.
The Dallas Gun Club is committed to a very robust Instructor Program comprised of two components: Resident Instructors and Guest Instructors. Members who would like to schedule instruction should with Resident Instructors contact them directly. Guest Professional Instructors will be scheduled in advance and members will receive notification of the dates.
Instructors who wish to be added to the program should review the Instructors Manual located on the DGC Website and then contact John Calandro III.
I'm a professional shooting instructor located in Dallas, Texas. I also compete in NSCA Sporting Clays tournaments as well as USHA Helice tournaments. I have over 10 years of coaching experience teaching everyone from beginners to experienced shooters how to improve their shooting. I am skilled at teaching Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap, FITASC, and Helice as well as those wishing to become a better wing shooter. Making the student a better shot while also making the sport more enjoyable and fun is my number one goal. I do not limit myself to one teaching method, as I believe there are advantages to learning multiple ways to break targets and each technique has its distinct advantage.
• 3 Time National Championship High School Coach
• NSCA All Americans in both Sporting Clays & FITASC
• Multiple Collegiate Scholarships winners
• State Team members
• Regional Team members
• Team USA Helice 2020
• NSCA Master Class Shooter
• Texas Cup 28 ga. HOA 2020
• DGC Helice 1st place Spring 2019
• ASC Helice 1st place & HOA Fall 2019
• Cottonland Helice 1st place & HOA Fall 2019
• S. Central Regional Farewell Cup Champion AA class 2016
John Calandro IV
• NSCA Level 1 Certified Coach
• Master Class Sporting Clay
• Founder Highland Park Shotgun Team 2012
• Coach Highland Park Shotgun Team 2012-2017
• 1,000+ Hours Teaching
• Sporting Clays and wing shooting specialist
• Excel with beginning and intermediate shooters and provide a friendly environment to advance at your pace
• Shooting Competitive Sporting Clays since 2005
Shea was born and raised in McAllen, Texas where she attended Harvest Christian Academy High School and then went on to Texas A&M University. Shea graduated in May of 2016 from A&M with a degree in Agribusiness and a minor in Russian. After graduation, she went to work for The Calandro Group as a Registered Client Associate in Dallas, Texas.
Shea's shooting career did not start with shotguns; that came later. She actually started off as a pistol shooter because that's what her parents did. Her parents started teaching her to shoot pistols around the age of six or seven, and she became competitive at the age of ten.
Participation in shooting pistol competitions led to the opportunity to shoot for Team Smith and Wesson in the Sportsman's Team Challenge event. One of the events in the challenge was shotgun, and she had never shot that before. Her father took her out to the local gun club to shoot skeet and, after that, she was hooked.
Since then, Shea has been shooting shotgun sports for the past fourteen years. During that time, she won two national championships for Texas A&M University and was the first woman ever to win an overall World Championship in Helice. She is also one of the youngest members to ever serve on the board of the Higgins Branchini Shooting Foundation.
Russ Arnold is a life member of the NSCA, NSSA, ATA, and USA Shooting. He has a long-standing membership with Dallas Gun Club. His professional background includes teaching and coaching for over 40 years and running the National Collegiate Clay Target program for over 10 years. Russ teaches all clay target disciplines including international style but specializes in sporting clays and FITASC.
Throughout his career, Russ realized his passion is a coach training and training the trainers. He is a National and Texas 4-H Shotgun Trainer, an NSCA Level 3 instructor, and is on the NRA National Coach Development Staff. One of his greatest accomplishments was becoming an NSCA certifying instructor—there are only 16 in the country. Russ has certified over 100 coaches including National Champions and Olympians.
Russ teaches the Carlisle Academy Method of Shooting. Almost anyone can talk a shooter onto a target, but an effective coach will identify the cause of the miss and then make the necessary corrections in the shooter’s fundamentals. Although Russ spends a great deal of time with a Shotgun, he is not a professional shooter seeking ways to supplement his income. He is a professional instructor who has dedicated hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to perfect his craft, resulting in a better coach and coach trainer.
John Calandro III
Head Instructor (Level III)
NSCA Level 2 Instructor
Shoot Director for
• 2015 Texas State Championship
• 2019 Texas State Championship
• 2019 Texas State FITASC Championship
• 170,000 Lifetime registered NSCA sporting targets
• 2019 Western Regional AA FITASC Champion
• 2019 Grand Slam AA FITASC Champion
• Helpful in coaching all levels of competency.
• Specializing in, Sporting Clays, FITASC, Helice, and Wing shooting.
Todd Bender was named the first Master Instructor for the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), has been trained by the UK’s Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA), and is an Honorary Fellow in England’s Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors. Over the years he has compiled 26 NSSA World Championships and been named to a record 35 consecutive Men’s First All-American Teams. Todd is also the only shooter to record three consecutive back-to-back 550x550s at the NSSA World Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In Overseas competition, Todd won the Over-All Championships at the Canadian Open (1998), the English Open (UK) (2003), the Australian Nationals (2008), and the New Zealand Nationals (2011).
Dallas Gun Club Member 40+ years
NSCA Level One Certified Instructor
Avid Skeet and Sporting Clay Shooter
Life time Bird Hunter
Cyle (pronounced Kyle) is a NSCA level 0ne certified instructor, a member of the Texas State Sporting Clays Association board of directors and avid sporting clays competition shooter. He has been competing across the US and England for the past 6 years. Cyle’s specialty is working with newer and experienced shooters on fundamentals, gun fit and eye dominance assessment.
Annabelle Ayres began shooting at the age of 8 yrs. old in Benton Louisiana. She quickly became a prodigy in the sport and she was professionally coached by some of the best instructors in the world. She quickly progressed to the rank of Master Class as recognized by the National Sporting Clays Association and was the youngest female ever to obtain that recognition when she was only 13 yrs. old. She was also the youngest female to win a Ladies National Title, earn Team USA honors and All-American Team honors. She is a consistent threat to beat most of the men she competes against and has done so at numerous large scale shooting events.
Six Time Sporting Clays Ladies National Champion NSCA
Two Time Ladies World Champion
Ladies National FITASC Champion
Ladies World English FITASC Champion
Professional Sporting Clays Association Ladies Champion of Champions
Two Time Texas State Champion Ladies
Runner up Diamond Classic
Browning Briley HOA
Two Time Team USA Ladies Captain
Annabelle brings over 10 years of shooting experience at the highest level to help her students learn the techniques of clay target competition and refining their skills to become better shooters. She teaches with the philosophy of Visualize, Execution, winning to become a Champion. Annabelle loves teaching others and especially our younger generations to guide them to become future successful shooters themselves!
Annabelle is a certified National Sporting Clays Instructor and referee.
“Who do you trust with your Mental Game?"
At the 1972 Olympic Games, Lanny Bassham failed in his attempt to win the Gold Medal in International Rifle Shooting. He had a mental failure resulting in his taking the Silver instead. Frustrated, Lanny wanted to take a course in controlling the mind under pressure. After looking for such a seminar and not finding satisfaction, Bassham began to interview Olympic Gold Medalists to discover what they were doing differently to win.
What he discovered was game-changing. Bassham created a system of mental control he called Mental Management®. Within the next six years, Lanny Bassham dominated his sport, winning 22 world individual and team titles, setting four world records, and winning the coveted Olympic Gold Medal in Montreal in 1976.
For the past four decades, Lanny has taught Mental Management® to the sport and business communities' elite. His clients include PGA tour players, the FBI, US Navy SEALS, and the Olympic teams of USA, Great Britain, Canada, India, Japan, Republic of China, Korea, Australia, even shotgun shooters Todd Bender, Gebben Miles, Wendell Cherry, Kurt Grates, Andy Duffy, and Scott Robertson.
His offices are in Flower Mound, Texas, and is the author of With Winning in Mind, Mental Management for Shooting Sports, Winning Skeet, and Winning Sporting Clays.
“When I need to sharpen my mental skills, there is only one man on the planet that I go to, Mr. Lanny Bassham.” - Todd Bender
“If you need help with your mental game, Lanny is the best! He knows what he is talking about and has the titles to prove it.” - Wendell Cherry
Guest Professional Instructors:
I was introduced to the world of skeet when I was just eight years old. I competed in and won my first two World Skeet Championships as a member of Trinity University's shooting team; I won three more World Championships after that.
I have dedicated my life and career to helping champions hone their craft, teaching the basics to people who have never before shot, and helping everyone in between.
I put skeet and sporting clays shooters at ease and show them how to engage with their targets on a reflexive, instinctual level, and tailor lessons to each shooter's strengths and weaknesses.
I am driven by a passion for shotgun sports, my genuine love of helping others succeed, and by the conviction that skeet and sporting clays are for anyone who wants to learn.
Over a more than thirty-year career, I have trained dozens of champions and hundreds of new shooters. Whatever your skill level, I am committed to guiding you toward the fulfillment of your goals.
Shooting Accomplishments and Instruction
Five-time World Skeet Champion
One of the National Skeet Shooting Association’s first Master Instructors
Utilizes a time-tested teaching format that has been proven effective for more than thirty years
Featured on Shooting USA
Written over 60 articles on shotgun shooting
Regular column in Clay Target Nation, the official NSCA/NSSA publication
Published in ClayShootingUSA
Author of two books on shooting: A Method for the Magic and The Moment of Truth
Private lessons and full and half-day group clinics
Works with youth shooting programs such as SCTP and 4H
• Certified FITASC Helice Referee
• 8 X USA Team Member
• 2019 Team Silver Medalist World Championship
• 2019 Senior Silver Medalist World Championship
• European Champion Team Gold
• Team Gold Medal North American Championship
• 2 X Gold Medalist Team World Championship
Shooting sporting for 31 years.
NSCA certified instructor 30 years.
NSCA head instructor for 8 years.
USSCA and NSCA all American a combined 30 times.
Two-time vet national champion.
Two-time super vet national champion.
Inducted in the TSCA hall of fame 2006 and the NSCA hall of fame in 2009
NSCA Level 3 Instructor & Carlisle Academy Master Instructor
Traveling Instructor and target setter
Well versed in multiple shooting styles and methods
Specializes in communicating shotgun shooting methodology & problem solving
2020 Ducks Unlimited Continental – Main Event – HOA
2020 World Super Sporting – Main Event – RU
2020 USA Sporting Clays Team – SuperVet Sporting
2020 USA Sporting Clays Team – SuperVet FITASC
Fiocchi Pro Staff sponsored shooter (Fiocchi Ammunition)
2018 PSCA (Professional Sporting Clays Association) Pro Shooter
2017 USA Sporting Clays Team – Veteran
2015 USA Sporting Clays Team – Veteran
14-time All American &/or Veteran All-American
6-time FITASC All-American
3-time NSCA Zone 7/All-Region Team
4-time Sub-Gauge All-American
2018 Nationals – Kreighoff Kup Veteran Champion
2018 Nationals – Fitasc Veteran RU
2017 PSCA Senior Champion for Tour Stop #4
2017 World English Veteran Team Gold Medal
2017 World English Vet 5th
2017 Kachina Open RU & Vet Champion
2016 Veteran RU National Champion
2016 California State FITASC RU
2016 Arizona State FITASC Veteran RU
2016 Arizona State 5-Stand RU & Vet Champion
2014 Northeast Regionals Veteran Champion
2014 Western Regional FITASC Open RU & Vet Champion
2010 Small Gauge HOA Vet National Champion
Brad has 1000’s of hours of coaching experience teaching all levels from beginner to advanced. He has helped take multiple beginners all the way to making the NSCA All-American Team and is the full-time coach of multiple world champions, including the
#1 ranked Veteran (55 and up) shooter in the world.
5 Top 5 Finishes at US Open
2010 National Champion
2011 World Championship R/U
2013 World FITASC R/U
19 Time All American
10 Time Team USA
Contact: To book your lesson with Brad Kidd
Colette Rogers: (214) 897-6597
I’ve lived in East TN my whole life. I’ve been competed in NSCA competitions since 2017. I enjoy Sporting Clays and love helping people improve their shooting ability.
Current Sponsors: Remington Ammunition, Promatic, Cole Guns, CompNChokes & Ultimate Shooting Accessories
2022 North East Regional: Main - 3rd
2022 North Central Regional: Main - RU, FITASC - HOA
2022 World FITASC - Orvieto, Italy: Junior Team Silver
2022 South Central Regional: 5 Stand - HOA (with a 100)
2022 Gamaliel Cup: Main - HOA
2022 World English - San Antonio: Junior Team Gold
2022 Seminole Cup: Main - HOA, FITASC - RU
2021 NSCA Nationals: Main - 3rd
2021 North Central Regional: Main - M1, 5 Stand - HOA
2021 World FITASC - Hungary: Junior Team Gold, Junior Individual Silver, 13th in Open
2021 US Open: FITASC - M7, Jr RU
2021 Southeast Regional: Main - HOA, FITASC - HOA, 5 Stand - RU, Jr CH
2021 Gamaliel Cup: Main - HOA, FITASC - M1, 5 Stand - M1, Super Sporting - M1
2020 (2020 forward, concurrent rankings only specified for World competitions)
2020 NSCA Nationals: Main - M2, FITASC - M7 & Jr CH, Super Sporting RU & Jr CH
2020 South East Regional: Main - M5, FITASC RU
2020 South Central Regional: Main - M4, Prelim M1
2020 North East Regional: Main - M5
2020 Georgia State: Main - M1, Prelim - HOA
2020 American FITASC Grand Prix: Main - HOA
2020 East Coast Championship: Main - HOA, FITASC - HOA
2020 Seminole Cup: Main - M3
2020 Gator Cup: Main - M5, Super Sporting - HOA
2020 North American FITASC: Main - M4
Contact: To book your lesson with Todd Hitch
Colette Rogers: (214) 897-6597
2023 Tournament Schedule
The Dallas Gun Club hosts multiple nationally recognized open and invitational Skeet, Sporting Clays, Trap, and Helice tournaments throughout the year. Please select a link below or visit our events calendar to find additional information.
April 16 — Club Championship Open Helice
May 19-21 — Lone Star Open Helice
Aug 11-13 — Big D Open Helice ..... Flyer
Nov 18-20 — Fall Classic Helice
Email email@example.com to register for the event
2023 NSSA Skeet Tournaments
April 21 — Pacific Sporting Arms Southwest Classic Mini ..... Results
April 22-23 — Pacific Sporting Arms Southwest Classic ..... Results
August 25 — Pan American Mini ..... Registration
August 26-27 — Pan American ..... Registration