We have a few classes coming up in November and December. We won't be offering any live fire classes at the A-Zone in November and December due to deer season. Tom Schaefer will be offering CHL classes in November and December as usual.

Edged Weapon Defense
Nov 8, 2009, 9a-5p
Tactical Arts

Leslie Buck and Erwin Ballarta (former DPS trainer) are offering another session of their popular Edged Weapon Defense course November 8th in Austin. Why should someone with a carry permit take knife training? Because there are places you can't carry a gun, and having a knife is better than relying on hands and feet alone. At very close ranges, a knife has some advantages over a handgun. Anyone that is serious about being well prepared for self-defense should have knife, gun and unarmed skills. Compared to a handgun, a knife is lightweight and low cost. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this excellent training opportunity.

AT-5 (force on force)
Nov 21, 2009, 1p-5p
A-Zone Range
AT-5A (low light force on force)
Nov 21, 2009, 6p-8p
A-Zone Range

Force on force training is the next step beyond live fire training. The AT-5 and 5A classes run drills similar to those in DPS1, DPS2 and AT-1A, except we use Airsoft guns and live opponents. Graduates of DPS1 or any other class where drawing from a holster is taught can attend this course. The best way to learn how not to get shot, and how to get hits on a real attacker, is to practice those skills against a live opponent. Live fire training by itself does not adequate prepare you for a real confrontation. This will be the only AT-5 offered until fall 2010.

Practical Unarmed Combat
Dec 4, 2009, 6p-10p
Smithville Recreation Center
Extreme Close Quarters Concepts 1
Dec 5, 2009, 9a-5p
The Farm, Smithville
Extreme Close Quarters Concepts 2
Dec 6, 2009, 9a-5p
The Farm, Smithville
Dec 4-6
The Farm, Smithville


Southnarc returns to Central Texas to offer his unarmed combat and close quarters training. These classes integrate live fire, Simunition, unarmed and knife skills. Attend the PUC or ECQC level 1 courses as standalone, or the entire weekend for $450. Graduates of the recent Combined Skills do not need to take PUC because that material was covered in the Combined Skills course.

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


Photos from our 2009 trip to Australia, including match photos from an Australian IPSC club match we competed in, are here.
PDF versions of the October 2009 Gun World and Concealed Carry articles on the Polite Society conference now online in the archive section.


Here's a good video of a real armed encounter between a carry permit holder and an armed robber in a hotel lobby.
Video of bullet impacts recorded at 1 million frames per second.



The amount of practice one does may not be nearly as important when the flag flies as how recent your last practice was. The easiest way to ensure you had RECENT practice is to engage in dry practice at home on a frequent basis. Here is a suggested dry fire practice regimen that takes only a few minutes to complete. We suggest this routine 2-3 times per week to maintain your skills.

CLEAR YOUR GUN. Remove all live ammunition from the dry fire area.
1. Draw to the ready. Draw like you mean business! Remember that the gun should be low enough for you to see the hands and waistline of an assailant, your trigger finger straight. Do this 10 times.
2. Draw to the ready, once. From the ready, bring the gun up to the eye/target line, get a quick sight picture, and get the slack out of the trigger, but do not press. Do this 10 times.
3. Draw to the ready, once. From the ready, present to the target and press off a good hit, quickly. Do this 10 times.
4. From the holster, present to the target, get a quick sight picture, and get the slack out of the trigger, but do not press. Do this 10 times.
5. From the holster, present to the target and press off a good hit. Do this 10 times.
6. From the ready, gun in dominant hand only. Present to the target and press off a good hit. Do this 10 times.
7. Same as above, but with the non-dominant hand only. Do this 10 times.
8. Start at ready, slide locked open on empty magazine. Have a magazine in your pouch, with at least one dummy round in it. Do an emergency reload. Do this 5 times. Clear the gun. Put the dry fire target away. Out loud, say to yourself,” this session is over.” Leave the dry fire area. Some minutes later, in a different room, load the gun and say out loud, “this gun is now loaded”. Holster the gun on your person or put it in its proper storage location. Be serious about safety. When a session is over, IT IS OVER. Put the gear away. NEVER SAY JUST ONE MORE TIME.

Where Will You Need Your Gun?

Many, many people, including some who should know better, mistakenly believe that your home is the most likely place for one to need to use a defensive firearm. To me, this premise is obviously incorrect, so why do so many people believe it? The answer is simple. Whether you read the newspaper, search the internet, or watch TV news, most of the legitimate self defense stories occur in the defender’s home. Since most of the defensive incidents you become aware of happened in the defender’s home, you begin to become convinced that the home is where most attacks take place. There is a ridiculously easy explanation for why the home is so overrepresented in these reports. According to various studies, about half of the households in the United States contain firearms. So, when at home, 50% of the US population has access to guns. Conversely, only 3% of the population has a handgun carry permit, so the vast majority of the US population does not have access to firearms when away from the home. Duh….. If you don’t have access to a firearm when attacked, you will not be able to defend yourself with a firearm. So, the only reason the majority of successful defensive gun uses occur in the home is that is the only place most people have access to a gun. Simple. In fact, you are far more likely to be attacked in a life threatening manner away from home. Thus, one should be armed whenever one is away from home. That is the purpose of a carry permit and skill with a personal sidearm—the sidearm is the weapon carried away from home. To illustrate, here are some statistics from the United States Department of Justice, looking at Robbery Locations for the year 2007: Street- 43.8% Commercial- 13.9% Residence- 15.2% Banks- 2.1% Gas station- 2.6% Miscellaneous- 16.8%. So, you are almost three times as likely to be robbed on the street than at home, and in the home only accounts for 1 robbery in 6. Similar patterns exist for rape, aggravated assaults, etc. In fact, good locks, an alarm system, and proper lighting can reduce your risk of violent crime at home to very low levels. Once you leave your home, though, you have no control over such items. The one thing you can control is having your emergency safety equipment with you, so you can respond to emergencies that occur away from home. Remember, the gun you left at home won’t help you anywhere else.


KR Training graduate and IDPA competitor Mark Berglund will be teaching another session of the Post-CHL #1 class at Austin Rifle Club on Oct 31. Click here to read the Post CHL#1 course brochure.
If you missed out on our Defensive Pistol Skills 1 classes this year, this course teaches similar skills.


My "Two Target Standards" was recently added to this collection of handgun drills.


The Microsoft Gun Club is alive and well in Redmond.


With the passage of AB 962, anybody purchasing handgun ammunition will have to register with the state starting on February 1, 2011. What this means to gun owners in California, and the rest of America, will have repercussions for years to come. This two-page report by KR Training assistant instructor and NRA News contributor Howard Nemerov analyzes the impact of California’s AB 962 on future ammunition prices and availability for both California and the rest of America, as well as an analysis of political fallout for the entire country.

Karl, Penny and the KR Training crew