Katy-area business offers safe space to learn gun safety

General Manager Curtis Alberts (left) and Assistant General Manager Cameron Sanders showcase available firearms.

General Manager Curtis Alberts (left) and Assistant General Manager Cameron Sanders showcase available firearms.

Curtis Alberts said several of his colleagues opened Boyert Shooting Center to welcome anyone ranging from those who have never held a gun to experienced war veterans.


Alberts—the general manager of the Katy-area business—said the firearms industry once had a bad reputation for customer service, but good customer service is key to creating an informed and safe community.

“We wanted to build a place where women, families and the whole community felt comfortable shooting,” he said. “In our trainings, we teach that just because you have a concealed handgun, it doesn’t mean that’s the best option.”

The facility has been on South Mason Road since 2015 when it was bought and rebranded by shooting enthusiasts and veterans, Alberts said. The center focuses on teaching good judgment and the responsibility that comes with handling guns.

Guests receive side-by-side guidance from staff to safely interact with firearms.[/caption]

In the Handgun Essentials Program, Boyert instructors teach guests how to identify a dangerous situation, how to get out of it as safely as possible and how to avoid placing oneself in a potentially harmful environment, Alberts said.

Boyert is the only shooting center in Katy that offers a digital simulator, Alberts said. The room is made up of realistic handguns and a large screen. He said it is a great option for beginners to practice accuracy and speed—and for parents who want their children to practice safe firearm handling without holding a real gun.

Alberts also said they have partnerships around the community, including with the University of Houston Downtown Police Academy and Marine Moms, who use their space to prepare and send care packages to deployed soldiers.

All active law enforcement and military shoot for free, and retired law enforcement and military shoot for half off.

“Just because someone walks into a firearm store, it doesn’t mean that they want to carry or need a gun for self-defense,” Alberts said. “People do it as a sport or hobby. Some come to relieve stress every few months, and others just want to feel comfortable handling a gun.”

Guests practice shooting at indoor range. Guests practice shooting at indoor range.[/caption]

General Manager Curtis Alberts of Boyert Shooting Center recommends following these guidelines when handling a firearm:
1. Treat every gun as if it were loaded
2. Avoid pointing a gun at anything that is not meant to be shot
3. Keep a finger off the trigger when handling a gun
4. Know what is beyond a target
5. Lock and store guns out of reach from children and others without proper firearms training

Boyert Shooting Center
1200 S. Mason Road, Katy
281-693-4867
www.boyert.com
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.- 8p.m.,
Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., closed Mon.
By


MOST RECENT

In-person appointments for driver license renewal and replacement are now being offered at driver license offices across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded services offered at driver license offices.

New guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas students given access to thousands of books, news articles for summer reading through TEA partnership

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish.

The State Fair of Texas is expected to return in 2021. (Courtesy Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)
State Fair of Texas cancels 2020 season

This is the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that the event has been called off.

trash
Katy City Council postpones vote on new trash, recycling services contract at July 6 meeting

Council members wanted more time to examine the proposals. The existing contract expires Aug. 31.

COVID-19 patients now make up an estimated 43.4% of ICU patients in Harris County hospitals, up from 38.1% on July 3 and 25.5% on June 22.
As Harris County hospitalizations rise, COVID-19 patients now take up more than 40% of ICU beds

COVID-19 patients now make up an estimated 43.4% of ICU patients in Harris County hospitals, up from 38.1% on July 3 and 25.5% on June 22.

face mask
July 6 COVID-19 data shows 1,017 confirmed cases in Katy-area ZIP code 77449

About 55% have recovered out of the 1,017 confirmed cases in ZIP code 77449.

Early voting is underway in Harris County. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
DATA: More than 80,000 Harris County residents cast ballots in the first week of early voting

Early voting for the July 14 primary runoff election began June 29 after Gov. Greg Abbott postponed the original date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pharmacist Emily Smith opens a cooler for a patient to place their self-swab coronavirus test at a Walmart drive-thru testing site in McKinney on June 29. (Shelby Tauber/The Texas Tribune)
Poll says Texans' hopes for quick return to pre-coronavirus life are fading

Texans remain focused on the coronavirus pandemic and are less optimistic about returning the state to normal quickly, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas agriculture commissioner joins voices calling for reopening of tasting rooms, taprooms

In a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said demand from distilleries and breweries provides an important revenue stream to the state's farmers.

vote
Fort Bend County official: Early voters 'turning out in record numbers’ for July 14 primary runoff

2020 primary runoff voter turnout totaled 5.66% for the first week of early voting when including in-person and mail-in ballots.

CBD American Shaman at Park Row
CBD American Shaman opens in Katy area

The business opened June 19.