I've had several requests and inquiries about our older AT weekend training block. Due to instructor schedules we are currently not able to offer it in a 2 day format. However: the material is available by taking Defensive Pistol Skills 1 and 2, Low Light Shooting, and AT-2, all of which are on our spring schedule.


In response to requests we've added a Defensive Pistol Skills 2 class on Feb 6. This class, when combined with Defensive Pistol Skills 1, contains the same material as the old AT-1 class. This course is strongly recommended for graduates of Defensive Pistol Skills. It is also useful and relevant to those competing in IPSC and IDPA, as it provides instruction on speeding up your draw and proper techniques for reloading and malfunction clearing.


Also coming up on March 20 is our popular Beyond the Basics course. This course covers material not included in Defensive Pistol Skills 1 or 2. The focus of this course is on improving speed and accuracy on targets in the 5-15 yard zone, and increasing speed on multiple targets. These skills are relevant for personal defense and are of major importance to those shooting IPSC, IDPA and Steel Challenge competition.


Our AT-2 class is coming up March 13th. This one day course is all "force on force" where you face live opponents with "red guns" and Airsoft guns in realistic scenarios. Why is force on force training important? Because it teaches you skills that cannot be learned shooting lead at paper targets: how to read pre-fight cues, how to communicate, think and react to one or more live people. Just as you cannot learn unarmed fighting skills without sparring, you cannot learn gunfighting skills without force on force training. A recent article on explains the importance of force on force training for police. The author's points are equally valid for armed citizens.

A CHL is required to attend AT-2. Completion of Defensive Pistol Skills is recommended but not mandatory. This will be the only AT-2 offered this spring. We will be offering a second force on force class (AT-7) in April. Those scenarios and situations will be complex, so this course is only open to students that have prior force on force training experience.


Tom Givens will be returning in October 2010 to teach his Combative Pistol 2 class. This is an advanced level course for shooters at the AT-4 level and beyond. If you aren't yet at that level, there's time between now and October to get there.

The Recipe for Personal Defense Preparation

from John Holschen, instructor with InSights Training
1. Get a handgun you will carry and can shoot well, in a caliber you can handle, fill it with cartridges that go "bang" every time you pull the trigger, launching a hollow point bullet that reliably expands. (Gear/Ingredient selection is done. The ingredients are in the refrigerator and/or cupboard. Now you have to make something with them.)
2. Get safety, gun-handling, marksmanship and mindset training. (Basic Pistol 1 & 2, Defensive Pistol Skills 1 and 2)
3. Practice to develop proficiency.
4. Have the gun at hand when you need it.
5. Get tactics training (force-on-force (AT-2 class is coming up March 13).
6. Practice to develop proficiency. (Monthly IPSC, IDPA, and Steel matches at Austin Rifle Club and other ranges in Central Texas are great practice opportunities)
7. Have the gun at hand when you need it.
8. Practice to maintain proficiency.
9. Have the gun at hand when you need it.


I've had several conversations this month with students that were considering, or have gotten, Utah carry permits as a way to carry in Texas without "going through the hassle" of getting a Texas permit. The Utah class is shorter in length and the fees are cheaper. Reasons getting a Utah permit is a bad idea:

1) You will be arrested by Texas cops and tried in Texas courts when you violate Texas gun laws. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Going to court is a far bigger "hassle" than sitting through a Texas CHL class.
2) The cop that pulls you over may not be familiar with the "loophole" in Texas law that allows residents to carry on non-resident you may end up getting hassled on the side of the road.
3) Your money and your data go to another state. If everyone in Texas got Utah permits, it would appear that no one in Texas carries. That would significantly weaken the power of our lobby with the Legislature. Sending your CHL money to Utah helps Utah, not Texas.

I have a fundamental problem with people that think that training to be well prepared for a life-or-death situation, including learning the details of relevant state laws, is "a waste of time".

I've also been told by some potential students that they want a Utah permit so that they "won't have to tell cops I'm carrying when I'm pulled over". This requirement was removed from Texas law during the last legislative session, and even when it was required, it was not a significant problem for permit holders. The success of the Texas CHL program is due, in part, to the support Texas CHL holders have received from law enforcement agencies in Texas, and DPS specifically. Our Texas CHL system works, and we have been able to adjust it to make it better for permit holders since its inception. "Cheating the system" by opting for a Utah permit is the wrong thing to do, and I encourage those that have Utah permits (and not Texas permits) or those considering this option to do the right thing for your own education and for gun rights in Texas by getting the Texas CHL.


Austin gun show controversy

During a recent Austin gun show there were multiple arrests related to private individuals selling guns within the show and out in the parking lot. What got the individual sellers in trouble is that they sold to felons and illegal immigrants. Selling a gun for cash to a random stranger at a gun show is a bad idea. We recommend that for your own protection, that you consider requiring private-sale buyers to display a CHL (since this guarantees that the person is eligible to legally purchase a firearm) or at a minimum get a copy of the buyer's driver's license. Of course, doing the transfer through a dealer, so that a background check can be conducted, is one way to ensure that the buyer is a law abiding person.

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.

This was in last month's e-news but I am including it again. Travis County Sheriff's Office also uses this site
In the past month I have received multiple alerts about burglaries, robberies and other crimes occurring in different Austin and Travis County neighborhoods. If you are not in Austin or Travis County, check the Citizen Observer site to see if agencies in your area use it. This is a great way to get timely crime data.


A negligent discharge at a Houston shooting range results in major injury. I'll say it again: "It's OK, it's unloaded" is NOT an excuse to violate gun safety rules. The guy that got shot in Houston is crippled for life as a result of someone else's failure to obey basic gun safety rules. When you are at a public range, pay attention to what's going on around you. If a muzzle is pointed at you, move so that you are not in the bullet's path.

Shooting and Personal Protection iphone Apps

There are several new apps now available for the iPhone. The folks at Disaster City, part of TEEX, have developed a free iPhone app that provides basic instructions in what to do in a variety of natural disasters (flood, hurricanes, etc.). The Double-Alpha Academy has also recently released an iPhone app designed for scoring IPSC matches. Search for these in the iPhone App Store. The Disaster City app is free, the IPSC scoring app must be purchased ($45).

DoD Ft. Hood report

Austin Gun Rights Examiner Howard Nemerov reviews the DoD report on the Ft. Hood shooting.

More guns, less crime in 2009

Gun sales peaked in 2009, and violent crime dropped 10%.

Cool Videos w/ Reactive Steel Targets from the Rogers School

Upcoming guest instructor Claude Werner (snubnose revolver class) teaches at the Rogers school, which is one of the oldest and most respected shooting schools in the country. They do not have to do any significant advertising for new students because most of their business comes from military, law enforcement and word of mouth. They use steel targets that appear and disappear in many of their classes, as shown in these videos.

911 audio of self-defense shooting

911 audio from a real self-defense shooting. In general the armed citizen does and says all the right things in this incident.

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