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Advanced Training 2
Feb 28, 2009, 9-5p
A-Zone Range


The AT-2 class is the most important class we offer and everyone that has a CHL _should_ take this course. Why? Because gun people tend to oversimplify self-defense down to "have a gun and be able to shoot". In reality, most people will see, talk to, and interact with lots of other individuals, but will rarely become involved in an actual shooting situration. In AT-2 students participate in ten or more scenarios simulating realistic situations, where the students practice recognizing danger, taking action, communicating with others, and interacting with responding officers. In some (but not all) scenarios, students will participate in simulated gunfights with live opponents using Airsoft guns and inert training weapons. These scenarios allow you to practice everything that you would do in a real situation. Almost every student makes one or more mistakes in these scenarios. It's better to make the mistakes in training, where the consequences are low, then to make those same mistakes in a real situation where the consequences are high. We only offer this course 1-2 times a year because of its complexity. We have spaces still available in the Feb 28th session. I strongly encourage all our CHL-level students to take another look at this course and consider attending. We won't offer it again until Sept or Oct 2009. The only pre-req for AT-2 is a CHL. Completion of Defensive Pistol Skills and/or AT-1 is recommended but not required. AT graduate Paul Barnett's class diary can give you more insight into what goes on in the course. We've updated the course since Paul took it, but his observations are still valid.

AT-1A Low Light Shooting
March 7, 2009, 6p-9p
A-Zone Range


Most defensive shooting situations happen at night, yet the vast majority of shooters have never shot at night or in low light. This course teaches techniques for shooting in low light and covers flashlight selection and techniques for using a flashlight and a handgun. This course will be co-taught by Tom Hogel, who is a SureFire certified Low Light Shooting instructor. The only pre-requisite for AT-2 is a CHL. Completion of Defensive Pistol Skills and/or AT-1 is recommended but not required. We won't be offering this course again until the fall.


We have added more classes to our schedule:

Reloading Class
March 14, 2009, 9a-2p
A-Zone Range


Ammo prices keep going up and supplies remain scarce. You can load your own ammo and save 50-75% per box over retail prices. Depending on what type of reloading equipment you buy, you can 'break even' on your initial investment in equipment within a few hundred to a thousand rounds. The more ammo you load, the more money you save. John Kochan will be offering a "hands-on" reloading class at the A-Zone on Saturday, March 14th. Space is limited in this course. We will add another session if there is interest.

Basic Pistol 1
March 21, 2009, 9a-12p
A-Zone Range
Basic Pistol 2
April 4, 2009, 9a-1p
A-Zone Range



The March 7th and April 18th Basic Pistol 1 courses are sold out so we added another BP1 course to the schedule. With the increase in people taking BP1, demand for Basic Pistol 2 has also increased, so we've added another BP2 to the schedule also.

Defensive Pistol Skills
March 28, 2009, 9a-12p
A-Zone Range
Handgunning: Beyond the Basics
March 28, 2009, 1p-5p
A-Zone Range



The March 7th Defensive Pistol Skills class is sold out, so we added another session of this popular course. Handgunning: Beyond the Basics is an excellent companion course to Defensive Pistol Skills. Defensive Pistol Skills focuses on 0-5 yard shooting and initial instruction in how to draw from concealment. Beyond the Basics focuses on improving speed and accuracy on multiple targets from 5-15 yards, which is the area where most pistol shooters have the most difficulty. These classes can both be taken in the same day.

NRA Instructor Training
May 29-31, 2009
A-Zone Range
Airsoft Force on Force Instructor Training
June 27-28, 2009
A-Zone Range
Airsoft Instructor FoF Scenarios
June 28, 2009, 1p-5p
A-Zone Range




We'll be offering another 3 day block of NRA instructor training in May. The first day (Friday) will cover the basic instructor training and Home Firearm Safety training. Depending on student requests we will offer Pistol, Rifle or Shotgun instructor on Saturday and Sunday. The Airsoft "force on force" (FoF) instructor course originally scheduled for February has been moved to June 27-28. During the course, Airsoft FoF instructor trainees will design scenarios and learn how to conduct FoF training. On Sunday, June 28th, the instructor trainees will run a short course that will be open to a limited set of students. This will provide students a low cost opportunity for scenario training similar to AT-2 and provide instructor trainees an opportunity to practice their teaching skills with supervision.


When you go to the range to practice, we recommend having all of these items in your bag:

1) Eye and ear protection. Use both every time you shoot.

2) A notebook and pen. In the notebook you should have written down a plan for what you plan to practice. "Shoot until the box of ammo is empty" is not a training plan. A training plan can be as simple as "shoot 5 shot groups at 10 yards until I can put all 5 rounds inside a 6" circle" or as complex as some of the drills we have on our training tips section.

3) Gun oil and gun cleaning gear. A bore snake and/or cleaning rod, solvent, D-LEAD wipes, patches, Q-tips.

4) Tools - screwdriver, allen wrenches. Whatever you need to take your gun apart.

5) Dummy rounds or snap caps in every caliber you plan to shoot. Why? Because everybody flinches, and the only ways to fix flinching are dry-firing and "ball and dummy" exercises where you mix live and dummy ammo. If the only shooting practice you are doing is live fire with real ammo, all you are doing is teaching yourself to flinch. Ammo and range fees are expensive. Dry firing is free and will make you a better shooter. Rangemaster has an excellent dry firing webpage. Dry fire at home before you go to the range, then put a few dummy rounds in your gun when you are at the range. If the sights (or the whole gun) dips or jerks when the gun goes "click" instead of bang - you are flinching and need to do more dry firing to correct that problem before you shoot more live ammo.

6) At least four magazines for your gun. We recommend numbering the magazines with a Sharpie or some other method, so that if you have a malfunction you can note which magazine and what kind of ammo caused the malfunction.

7) Band-aids, lens cleaner, D-LEAD wipes (for your hands) and other convenience items.


ALSPPC will be hosting an IPSC style Rifle and Shotgun match on March 8 at the Fayette County gun club. There will be 4 shotgun stages and 2 rifle stages. Expect distances of 300 yards for Rifle. It would be a good idea to know your zero. Round counts are still being determined.

2009 American Action Shooting Association (AASA) Nationals Challenge (individual timed fire event) begins on Friday, March 20th.  AASA Man-on-Man Shoot-offs Nationals begin Saturday, March 21st and ends Sunday, March 22, 2009.  AASA .22 Caliber Nationals Challenge can be shot on Friday or Saturday as time allows. Events will be held at the Bullet Hole range in San Antonio. For more information


The Central Texas Training Group (CTTG) is a loosely organized group of shooters and martial artists that hosts occasional practice sessions and training events at private facilities in the Smithville area. KR Training students are invited to join the CTTG forum at CTTG members attend training courses all over the state and also host traveling instructors such as Paul Gomez (TacPro) and Louis Awerbuck (coming in June to teach a shotgun course).

The Austin Rifle Club has not yet finalized plans to build action shooting bays at their private facility between Manor and Elgin. Most ranges do not allow realistic defensive shooting practice and prohibit drawing from concealment, shooting on the move, shooting faster than once per second, and other essential skills. Due to the closing of three Austin area ranges in 2006, IPSC, IDPA and Steel Challenge competitions are no longer held in Travis County and shooters interested in those types of competition must travel to La Grange, Temple, Waco and Bulverde (north San Antonio) to compete, or to our facilities to train.

The ARC range proposal is the Austin area's "last best hope" to create a facility where armed citizens can practice and compete in matches using realistic shooting skills. This proposal will come up for a vote at the ARC March meeting. If you are not an ARC member, join. Membership gives you access to a private rifle and pistol range for $100 annual membership fee. If you are a member, please show up for the meeting when the bays are to be voted on. A small but vocal contigent of ARC members oppose this project and are trying to shut this effort down for a variety of reasons. The club has a viable construction plan and financial resources to do this right if enough interested members come out and support the initiative. In every class students complain about having no place to practice. This is your opportunity to do something about it.


Senator Jeff Wentworth is recruiting co-authors for his bill allowing faculty, staff, visitors, and adult students with concealed handgun licenses to carry on college and university property.

HB 410 by State Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) which would eliminate the notification requirement and associated penalties for a CHL. Current law requires a CHL to display their license when they are in possession of their firearm when stopped by law enforcement. The first failure to display can result in a 90 day suspension and the penalty becomes more serious with subsequent infractions. There are no notification requirements or penalties for the legal possession of a handgun by persons without a concealed handgun license.

HB 267 - HB 267 by State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) as filed, harmonizes state and federal law and allows Texans to purchase shotguns and rifles in non-contiguous states. Current federal law allows interstate sales and transfer of such firearms, but out dated sections of the Penal Code limit Texas residents to purchasing of long guns in neighboring states, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. National Instant Check System has denied the purchase and transfer of such firearms to Texas residents based wholly on Texas state law.

Contact your state legislators and let them know you support these bills!

Karl, Penny and the KR Training crew