For those that have asked about an Advanced Training Weekend: If you attend the 3 courses on January 30th (Basic Pistol 2, Defensive Pistol Skills 1 and Low Light Shooting) and Advanced Training 2 on Feb 6th, that combination of courses is the same curriculum as the older Advanced Training weekend format, minus only the short unarmed and defensive knife skills sections. Due to instuctor availability it is unlikely that we will offer a 2 day Advanced Training weekend in 2010.


In February we will be hosting two days of snubnose revolver-specific classes, taught by Claude Werner. Claude teaches with the Rogers school, which is a very old, very respected shooting school. Claude is a top revolver shooter in IDPA, and has been a regular presenter and attendee at the Polite Society conferences for many years. He will be offering two 1-day courses. The first day is all live fire and gunhandling. The second day will include shooting, force on force (using Code Eagle marking rounds fired out of student guns), and other instruction. While a snub is rarely anyone's first choice as a personal defense firearm, many own snubs and carry them. If you carry one, you should be training with it, and this is an excellent opportunity to train with one of the best in the country. Classes are $200 per day. Limited to 12 students per class. Level 1 required to attend level 2.

Check our main page or schedule page for more class details.


After the Ft. Hood terrorist attack I was interviewed by a political blogger friend. My responses to the list of questions he sent was converted into a blog post here


Austin PD Citizen Observer alerts

The Austin PD maintains a Citizen Observer alert distribution list, where citizens can get updates on crime patterns that may affect them. Those living in Austin should subscribe to this free newsfeed.

Unconscious Incompetence

My friend, Paul Gomez, led me to this quote, "People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it." -- Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 1999, Vol. 77 No.6, 1121-1134, Kruger & Dunning.

Tom Givens adds: In our discipline, this means that very often, people are woefully unskilled and unprepared, but think they’re ready for the fight of their lives. They know so little, that they don’t realize how little they know. The purpose of professional training is to identify those skills you need, and instill and ingrain these skills, bringing them to a useful level. Train as if your life depends on it (it does!).

Another Reason You Should Not Use a SERPA Holster

The following was sent to me by Tom Givens, who got it from another instructor.

At a recent Summer Firearms training I witnessed an officer practicing the support hand (only) reload and stoppage drills. The officer had inserted his G21 reversed, into his Serpa holster and was unable to draw it out, until the holster had been partially disassembled. A screw was removed and a part of the holster fell out, allowing the pistol to be drawn. I mentioned this to a list member who reported the following regarding Glock pistols, and I’ve subsequently had notice of the same circumstance taking place with a S&W M&P.

From a technical evaluator: “I was able to duplicate the problem. Look inside the empty holster. Along the back wall, there's a plastic bar that starts in front of the trigger guard and ends about halfway to the bottom of the holster. As the gun is inserted, that bar is compressed against the holster body by the dust cover, creating a friction fit. If you insert the gun upside down as described, that lever is compressed first by the front sight, then by the balance of the slide, creating the same friction fit. The trouble starts after the front sight clears the end of that bar. The front sight is taller than the slide, and after the end of the bar clears the front sight, the bar snaps down onto the slide. When you try to pull the gun back out, the bar catches the front sight, locking the gun in place. You can correct the problem by removing the screw that holds the bar in place, or you can slide a long narrow paddle of some sort in to raise the bar above the front sight allowing it to clear. Fatal flaw: This cannot be corrected while in the fight. The gun is stuck. I could duplicate this holster failure with Glocks 17, 21, and 23 and the appropriate Serpa for each. Unknown how other designs might be impacted. If users insist on keeping the Serpa, they must not employ this particular method of reloading the gun. There are many other, high quality, holster options which have no such problems.”

Negligent Discharge Website

Firsthand account (with photos) from a gun owner who shot himself in the leg by failing to obey all 3 of the NRA gun safety rules. Safe gunhandling requires constant attention.


NRA Law Enforcement 3 gun match highlights

Video of the Austin PD team, including KR Training student Mike M., competing in an NRA Law Enforcement 3 gun match in San Antonio


Brazos Custom 5" Pro Series Open Gun chambered in .38 Supercomp.Pictures are up on this thread on Brian Enos' forum, or they can be provided via email:
The gun is newly chromed, and is available immediately (normally, these have an 18 month wait!). It has 15K rounds on it, at this point. The last group shot with it, right before it went off for chrome, was 3/4" at 35 yards. The gun has a new Brazos Ultragrip on it, and a new Brazos Custom Bigmouth Magwell. $3500 firm - includes shipping to your CONUS FFL, or delivery within a couple of hours of Austin, TX. 512.771.2431

A right handed Safariland paddle holster for a Glock 34/35.  The model number is 5188-683-411.  $25. Calico M-100 22LR carbine with collapsible stock and 100 round magazine for sale.  $550


1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste .. And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable . But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.


1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake.. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again.  If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.
4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like.. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.
7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.
8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

from the TX_CHL yahoogroup:
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.


Live Bird Wing Shooting Clinic

Saturday December 12th from 9:00 – 3:00
Learn all the basic wing shooting presentations in a real time environment. Receive professional instruction from an NSCA & NSSA certified instructor. All instructors are professional guides and hunters and can help spot trouble areas in your shooting game. This event will be held at Spanish Oak Hunt Club Southeast of Taylor, TX just 40 minutes from Austin. Each Hunter will shoot up to 100 clay targets in our wooded 5-stand target range. Each Hunter will shoot up to 5 live Quail or Chukar in our special Hunter training field. Each Hunter will receive lunch and drinks in the club house. Cost = $175.00 per hunter. Includes targets, birds, lunch, drinks and professional instruction. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Only 5 spots available for this clinic. This level and quantity of instruction would cost much more anywhere else. Joe Schram Wing & Clay Shooting Sports 512-296-0535

Student Airsoft Force on Force Group forming

Taken AT5? Interested in more Airsoft FoF scenarios? There's a couple of former students in Austin who'd like to do more. If you're possibly interested in participating, drop them a line at
(While the student group is intended for graduates of KR Training Force on Force courses, these group events are not associated with or sanctioned by KR Training. KR Training airsoft and safety equipment will not be available for use during these events.)

Karl, Penny and the KR Training crew