COVID-19 Update


UPDATE JUNE 25 – Per the Executive Order issued by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, all businesses that provide goods and services to the public must now require employees and visitors/customers to wear a mask or face cover in order to enter and remain on the premises. The requirement of a face covering does not apply if covering the nose and mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual. This executive order goes into effect Friday, June 26 at 6pm and ends Monday, August 3 at 6am. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, handkerchief, or disposable masks, as well as our new Defender Face Covers. Our goal is to provide you a fun, safe and enjoyable experience at our facility, while remaining in compliance with our local and state governing officials. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

UPDATE MAY 25 – Ranges are open to full capacity effective today.

UPDATE MAY 1 – New facility hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. We will allow up to 30 persons at one time in the retail store. The range will still be open every other bay to ensure 6ft distancing between shooters.

UPDATE MARCH 30 – The ranges will be reopened beginning Tuesday, March 31 during regular business hours. Shooters will be spaced every other bay and must practice social distancing and CDC guidelines for the prevention of the spread of the virus while in our facility. Our ranges will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day. Training classes will resume with limited number of students for safety.

UPDATE MARCH 27 – Per Attorney General Ken Paxton’s issuance of emergency stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders may not regulate or restrict the sale of firearms, our retail store will reopen Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29 from 10am-5pm for in-store shopping. We will abide by regulations of no more than 10 persons (including staff) in the retail area at any time and maintaining a 6 foot distance from others at all times if possible. Please continue to practice the CDC guidelines for prevention of the spread of the virus. We will continue curbside pickup services during this time as well. Store hours until further notice will be closed Mondays, open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.

We are well stocked at this time of ARs and ammo.

We would like to extend our thanks to State Representative Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) for requesting this opinion, and State Representative Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) and State Senator Pat Fallon (R-Prosper) for sponsoring and passing House Bill 3231 during the 2019 legislative session, legislation which strengthened and made important clarifications to Texas’ state firearms preemption statute, and to Governor Greg Abbott for signing the measure into law.

UPDATE MARCH 25 – We are closed to the public, however, we are happy to announce we can provide you with phone orders and curbside pickup! Curbside orders are available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. The last pickup time allowed is 5pm.

Here’s how it works: call 817-935-8377 to speak with a Retail Associate and place your order over the phone. Your transaction will be completed and you will be provided a time frame to pick up your order. Or you may email with your name and a callback number and a Retail Associate will contact you to facilitate your order.

Upon pickup, you must present the card that was used for the purchase as well as a valid ID. Purchases will only be released to the person who placed the order and once all applicable information is verified. For firearm purchases, you will be able to complete your paperwork in the safety of your vehicle. Firearms will not be released prior to background checks being completed.

We have continual restocks of firearms and ammo coming in this week, and we are currently stocked in the following:

9mm defensive
45 ACP
300 blackout
300 subsonic

We’re all in this together – and we’re here to serve you in every way we can!

UPDATE MARCH 24 – Per the Executive Order Stay At Home issued by Tarrant County, we will be closed to the public at beginning at 11:59pm tonight through April 7th. HOWEVER, we have direct approval from the Mayor’s Office that we may conduct over the phone and email purchases with curbside delivery. Therefore, you MAY purchase product from us during this shutdown time and pick up your product. Further details will be posted tomorrow. Firearm purchases will be required to complete all necessary paperwork, and a valid ID will be required at time of pickup for any ammunition or other such items that are age restricted by law.

If you have recently purchased a firearm from us and are waiting on your approval status, our Staff is diligently staying on top of it, and as soon as we receive a Proceed status for a customer, we will contact that customer immediately for pickup. If you have not been contacted yet, your status is still delayed. Please be patient during this time.

Our new hours during this period will be Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

UPDATE MARCH 23 – Effective Tuesday, March 24, our Retail Store hours are changed to 10am-6pm. No more than 10 persons (including staff) will be allowed in the retail area at any time. You will be required to maintain a 6 foot distance from others at all times if possible, and we ask you continue to practice the CDC guidelines for prevention of the spread of the virus.

UPDATE MARCH 21 5:45pm – The Shooting Center is closing early at 6pm, and will be closed Sunday, March 22.

UPDATE MARCH 21 – We are sold out of .223 ammo. We still have 9mm and 40/45. As soon as we receive another shipment we will let you know.

UPDATE MARCH 20 – We are well-stocked in ammo, including plenty of 9mm, and .223/5.56 ammo.

UPDATE MARCH 19 – The City of Fort Worth revised the State of Emergency that was originally declared on March 13. Per the new declaration effective as of 12:01am, March 19, 2020, all shooting or weapons firing ranges are to close. Therefore, in compliance with the City of Fort Worth, Defender Outdoors Shooting Center’s indoor shooting ranges are temporarily closed to the public and to Members for recreational shooting. The retail store remains open, and our business hours remain the same.

Clay Sports Ranch remains OPEN for shooting, as they are outside of Fort Worth City limits and the ordinance does not apply.

– Training Classes WILL CONTINUE as scheduled; we have confirmation directly from the City of Fort Worth that we may continue Training Classes. Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, including Instructor(s). Attendees will be as spread out as much as possible, and we respectfully ask any student to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines for protecting yourself and others around you.

– Per the Occupancy Limit Emergency Declaration, we will be limiting the number of patrons in our Retail store at one time to no more than 80.

UPDATE MARCH 18 – All Training Classes are now limited to no more than 12 students at a time. License to Carry Classes are limited to no more than 15 students at a time. Students will be spread out as much as possible in the classroom as well as on the range. Classrooms and ranges are being regularly wiped down and sanitized.

UPDATE MARCH 17 – All FMJ 9mm, .223/5.56 ammo will be available behind the Check In counter, or please ask a Sales Associate. All 9mm, .223/5.56 ammo is restricted to no more than 100 rounds per person.

UPDATE MARCH 16 – The following events have been canceled. We hope to be able to reschedule at a later date: Defender 4 Year Anniversary, Wild Game Cooking Series Ft. James Gaines, and the Spring Pistol Shooting League.

Dear Defender Outdoors Family,

We, like most of you, have been closely monitoring information regarding the Coronavirus and wanted to provide you with an update on how Defender Outdoors is working hard to keep you and your family as safe as possible.

Safety has always been the highest priority at Defender, and that is not changing. In addition to our normal cleaning routine, we are diligently cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, classrooms, and restrooms so you will continue to have the safe and enjoyable environment you’ve come to expect. In addition, our air filtration system has always been best in class and continues to provide you with fresh, clean air on the range.

Employees have been instructed to follow our policy on washing hands, avoiding touching face, nose and mouth, and if sick, to stay home.

As of now, our business hours will remain the same, and all classes and events will move forward as scheduled. For your convenience, we have plenty of hand soap and hand sanitizer available during your time with us.

In the event anything should change regarding schedules or facility hours, we will promptly inform you. We look forward to continuing to operate as usual, and to serve you in the best capacity we can.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and continue to come see us.

Defender Outdoors Management