Almost 2 dozen courses have been added to our summer schedule with a few more courses likely to be added in the following months. In response to the summer heat and the ongoing ammo crisis (shortages & price increases), we have made the following changes:


Returning to the schedule this summer: Defensive Pistol Skills 1 Backup Gun. This 4 hour, $80 course is an opportunity to train with your subcompact pistol or snubnose revolver: that pocket gun you carry a lot and never practice with because it's no fun to shoot. A previous DPS-1 BUG class was documented in this article for Concealed Carry magazine.


The 2 hour, $40, 200 round Skill Builder pistol class returns this summer, on July 6th, and possibly some weekday evenings if there is interest. Skill Builder is suitable for students of all levels.


In response to a lot of requests, we are offering another NRA Instructor training weekend June 1-2-3, offering NRA Basic Instructor training, NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor training, NRA Pistol Instructor Training, and NRA Personal Protection In the Home Instructor training.


On July 27-29 we'll be offering both the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course and the instructor training for that course. The NRA PPOTH course is split into an 8 hour course (July 27) and a 6 hour course (July 28). The 8 hour course is similar to our DPS-1 and DPS-2 classes; the 6 hour course is similar to our DPS-3 course. Graduates of DPS-1 and DPS-2 can attend the 6 hour course without taking the 8 hour course.

To get certified as an instructor, you have to be an NRA PP "In" The Home instructor, attend and pass all 14 hours of the PPOTH course, and attend an additional 16 hours of training which will occur on July 28 and 29.

This is the only PPOTH course and PPOTH instructor training course we will offer in 2013.


We will be hosting a 2 day competition pistol course taught by Robert Vogel on August 3 & 4. Robert is an IPSC Grand Master and IDPA Distinguished Master in multiple divisions, with World Championship titles in both IPSC and IDPA. The two-day course will include content useful to competitors in both IPSC and IDPA. Tuition is $450, ammo required is 800 rounds. Register for this course with KR Training through our usual process.


The KR Training Shooting Team competed in the 2013 Polite Society Tactical Conference at Rangemaster, in Memphis TN. Dave Reichek won the match, and Karl was 3rd overall, continuing the team's tradition of top 5 finishers at this event. Karl partnered with Caleb Causey (Lone Star Medics), Brian Brown, and James Webb to run a 16 person force-on-force scenario involving post-shooting medical treatment of multiple casualties, and KR Training graduate and Austin-area martial arts instructor Leslie Buck (Tactical Arts) ran his own training block on knife defense. The Polite Society conference is an annual 3-day event that provides attendees the opportunity to train with dozens of national level trainers. Many KR Training graduates were in attendance at this year's event. This video includes footage of the live fire part of the event and interviews with some of the trainers that attended.

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit, coached by Kevin Jimmerson, assisted by Karl and Penny, is competing in the Scholastic Pistol National Championships at Ft Benning, GA, and the Joint Service Academy Combat Weapons Competition (3-gun) in Springfield, MA in March.


Our low cost Home Defense Tactics course (3 hours, $60) discusses home security, lighting, low light tactics and home defense scenarios using "red guns" and flashlights in an actual residence. I'd like to offer a few Home Defense Tactics courses this summer, and I'm looking for students interested in hosting a course. If you host the class, you get 2 free slots, and those under 18 in the house are welcome to audit the course as well. Class size is limited to 8 students (not counting those in the home), minimum of 4 paying to attend for a class to "make". The course is normally held on a weekday evening from 7-10, although some Sunday evenings this summer are available also. If you are interested in hosting a course, contact me.


Changes to gun laws are being debated in many states and at the national level. Uncertainty about future regulations continues to drive people to purchase guns that may be banned by proposed legislation and to purchase ammunition. Gun business such as Magpul and Beretta are threatening to relocate from anti-gun states to pro-gun states if their home states pass proposed gun and magazine bans.

In Texas, most of the gun laws being discussed at the Capitol would expand firearms freedoms: open carry, campus carry, lowered CHL training hours, and other measures.


The Truth About Guns blog writer Tyler Kee reviews our Defensive Long Gun class

The Department of Justice's own analysis is that most of the new gun laws being proposed won't make anyone safer or prevent any crimes. Here's the NRA's markup of the source document.

KR Training assistant instructor and PJ Media blogger Howard Nemerov on "Failures of Gun Control", using data from gun control advocacy groups own websites

Gun Owner's Guide to Surviving Mass Shootings

Shooting at Detroit tax preparation service caught on video

Designer Concealed Carry Purses

Debunking the Pro-Gun Myth Debunker, Part 3

Gunfight analysis from Law Officer magazine

Austin City Council passes resolution supporting the President's gun control proposals (ban all the guns and magazines we recommend as optimal for personal defense)

Advice on how to break up a dog fight (article recommended by Austin PD K-9 officer)

John "Hsoi" Daub blog highlights


We recently hosted IPSC Production national champion Ben Stoeger for a 2 day course. Common wisdom is that it takes 250,000 rounds or more to reach Grand Master level in IPSC competition. Ben achieved that goal with less than 6000 rounds fired, through intense dry fire training which costs nothing but time. No range fees, no ammo, no drive time, no fuel costs. Just use the gun you already have, inside, in the cool A/C.

Noise and recoil are part of the fun of shooting, but our natural reaction to it is to blink and flinch in anticipation of the shot. The best and most effective way to learn how to press the trigger without jerking, yanking, blinking and twitching is dry fire. When you finish reading this newsletter, spend 15 minutes dry firing your pistol. Find a place in your house that is a safe direction for dry firing (aim at something capable of stopping a bullet, not an interior sheetrock wall), unload your pistol, stick up a post-it note, back up 3 steps, and practice the skills you learned in class:

1) basic trigger press, keeping the sights aligned with the target before, DURING, and AFTER the shot (hold the sights on target for a count of 3 after the gun "fires")

2) Start at a ready position, finger OFF the trigger. Look at the post-it note. Imagine the line between the target and your eyes. Tell yourself "go!". Get the gun up to that eye-target line, get the sights on the target, and press the trigger straight back smoothly, without moving the sights off target.

3) Same drill as #2, but start with your pistol in its holster, or your pocket, or however you carry it. Start with your hand on the gun, and work all 4 positions of the draw.

4) Same drill as #3, but start with your hands relaxed at sides, gun concealed.

Ben has some free dry fire tips on his website, as well as a book full of 15 minute dry fire drills you can buy in print or e-book format.

Tom Givens recommends dry firing every 3-4 days, so it's never more than 3-4 days since you last handled your gun. No matter how busy you are, you should be able to find 15 minutes twice a week to practice a skill that might someday save your life.

We look forward to training you!
Karl, Penny and the KR Training crew