June 2011 is the 20th anniversary of the first class publicly advertised class offered by KR Training - a session of Beyond the Basics, offered through the UT Informal Classes program. Thanks to all our customers, as well as the current and former instructors and shooting team members who have been a part of KR Training history!


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from John Holschen, of InSights Training: " When it comes to preparing for individual security….amateurs think equipment, students think techniques, experts think tactics."


The classes listed above are all the courses we plan to offer this summer. By mid-July we plan on cutting back to morning classes only, with a few indoor classes scheduled for the afternoon. In addition to teaching, I will be shooting a few club matches in June and July (and maybe August), because it's fun. There are lots of great matches going on at Austin Rifle Club and Best of the West almost every weekend, and the Bryan IPSC club has relocated to the Fayette County Sportsman's Club, where the Austin IPSC club used to shoot, so those in the Fayette and Lee County area have a new option for pistol competition.

Another session of our popular and inexpensive Home Defense Tactics class is scheduled for June 29th, 7-10 pm at a student home in the Hutto area. This class teaches how to do a security assessment of your own home, and provides training in home defense tactics, indoor movement with firearms, coordination with family members, and other topics.

Night matches resume at Best of the West with events scheduled for June 11th and 25th. More details here.

"A Girl and a Gun" will run women's only action pistol matches 9-12 noon, on the 2nd Sunday of June, July and August at Best of the West. Beginners welcome, loaner equipment and guns available. $25 per event, $60 for all 3 matches.


Many good gun bills passed, all headed to Gov. Perry's desk for his signature.

Senate Bill 321 has finally passed in the Texas Legislature and was sent to Governor Rick Perry for his signature. This NRA-backed legislation was authored by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) and state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington in the district of our A-Zone Range).  This bill prohibits employers from enacting and enforcing bans on employees transporting and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work.  If signed into law, this act will take effect on September 1, 2011.

This measure applies to both public and private employers, as well as all lawfully-owned firearms - not just firearms in the possession of Concealed Handgun Licensees.  However, SB 321 does not authorize an employee to possess firearms on any property where such possession is prohibited by state or federal law, and the provisions of the bill do not apply to the following:

·         Vehicles owned or leased by the employer and used by the employee for work purposes;

·         School districts, open enrollment charter schools, and private schools as defined in Section 22.081, Education Code;

·         Property owned or controlled by a person, other than an employer, that is subject to a valid, unexpired oil, gas, or other mineral lease that contains a provision prohibiting the possession of firearms on the property; or

·         Property owned or leased by a chemical manufacturer or oil and gas refiner permitted by TCEQ and on which the primary business conducted is the manufacture, use, storage or transportation of hazardous, combustible, or explosive materials; however, employees at  these facilities who are CHLs may store firearms (including rifles or shotguns) in their private motor vehicles in parking areas located outside of secured and restricted areas which contain the physical plant, are not open to the public and which are constantly monitored by security personnel.

House Bill 25 by state Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) and state Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) will extend the right to carry a handgun to your boat or personal watercraft without needing a Concealed Handgun License– a right which law-abiding Texans currently enjoy in their private motor vehicles.  For many, these vessels – especially on weekends in some parts of the state – are, for all practical purposes, an extension of one’s home.  It will remain an offense under HB 25 if the handgun is not hidden from plain view, the person in possession is engaged in criminal activity or a member of a criminal street gang, or the person is not eligible to possess the firearm under state or federal law.

House Bill 716 by state Representative Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) and state Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) will allow properly-permitted landowners or helicopter owners to contract with third parties to ride on these aircraft and take depredating feral hogs and coyotes.  This bill will help control the population of these animals and reduce cost to landowners.  The Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission will retain authority to ensure that these operations are run in a safe and effective manner. 

House Bill 2560 by state Representative Ralph Sheffield (R-Temple) and state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) will prevent the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from adopting or enforcing rules restricting a foster parent’s ability to transport a foster child in a private motor vehicle if a handgun is present, as long as the foster parent is a Concealed Handgun Licensee and the handgun is “in the possession and control” of the foster parent.  This is intended to mean that the firearm could be stored in the glove box, console or trunk of the vehicle.  State agencies should not create disincentives to foster parenting by forcing those individuals to forego their Second Amendment rights!

Senate Bill 766 by state Senator Craig Estes and state Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) limits the ability of local governments to sue owners or operators of sports shooting ranges, and requires an expert report on whether ranges meet generally-applicable industry standards before a civil action suit can be brought against them.


Glenn Meyer's article about the recent Tom Givens shotgun class, posted on The Firing Line. Hsoi's review here...and another Hsoi blog post about shotgun ammo carriers here.

Center for Disease Control resumes its anti-gun propaganda effort - as reported by Howard Nemerov for Pajamas Media

21 Findings about Modern Sporting Rifle Owners - from National Shooting Sports Foundation

The Joyce Foundation pays journalists to write anti-gun articles presented as "news" in major newspapers - from Buckeye Firearms Association

New data on handgun "stopping power" reinforces what we already knew and what we teach in class. There are no magic bullets, no magic calibers. The ability to shoot a sufficiently powerful bullet with precision and speed is what matters.

Hsoi reflects on "lessons learned" from the June 4th AT-6 class. Post #2 on this topic.

A good personal security checklist, courtesy of Practical Firearms Training.


Karl, Penny and the KR Training crew