DECEMBER 2022 UPDATE
The holiday season is always a busy one for me, performing 3 nights a week at Santa’s Wonderland in College Station along with weekend performances with many other bands. Behind the scenes there’s work going on with range and website maintenance, scheduling guest instructors and planning for our own 2023 home and road classes. John and I are also working on an update to our Strategies and Standards for Defensive Pistol Skills book, for early 2023 release.
I am available for private weekday training. Doug Greig is also available for private weekday and some weekend sessions. Contact us for details.
Upcoming classes with space available:
- **Defensive Pistol Refresher – Jan 14, 12-3
- Stop the Bleed – Jan 14, 3:30-5:30
- Defensive Shotgun – Jan 21, 10-3
- **Personal Tactics Skills – Jan 28, 9a-1p
- **Handgun Coaching – Jan 28, 2p-4p
- Force on Force Instructor (Baton Rouge) – Jan 27
- Tactical Scenarios (Baton Rouge) – Jan 28
- More Scenarios (Baton Rouge) – Jan 29
- Basic Pistol 1 – Feb 4, 9a-noon
- **Basic Pistol 2 / LTC Completion – Feb 4, 1p-4p
- **Two Person Team Tactics – Feb 11
- Basic Rifle Skills – Feb 19
- Advanced Shooting (Ben Stoeger) – Feb 21-22
- Practical Shooting Skills and Drills (Ben Stoeger) – Feb 23-24
- Practical Shooting Fundamentals (Ben Stoeger) – Feb 25-26
- **Defensive Pistol Skills 1 – March 4, 9a-1p
- **Personal Tactics Skills – March 4, 2p-6p
- **Defensive Pistol Skills 2 – March 11, 1p-5p
- **Low Light Shooting – March 11, 6p-9p
- **AT2 Force on Force Scenarios – March 12, 1p-5p
- Intermediate Rifle Skills – March 26, 10a-4p
DEFENSIVE PISTOL REFRESHER / STOP THE BLEED
To start the year off, a 3 hour course to knock the rust off your skills. 50 rounds of coaching drills, the 50 round NRA CCW course of fire, and 50 more rounds of shooting the standard Texas License to Carry shooting test or a modified version of that drill tuned up to challenge graduates of our Defensive Pistol Skills courses. Weather permitting students will also get a shoot house run, and a short classroom refresher presentation on recent changes to state and local gun laws. This noon-3pm class is perfect for those that haven’t done any shooting or holster work in the last 30 days or more.
We will also offer a Stop the Bleed training session after the range course, useful as new or refresher training in this topic.
Winter is a great time to practice shotgun skills. In January we are offering a half day Defensive Shotgun class focused on home defense: ammo selection, patterning, shooting from cover, armed movement in structures, and more. Suitable for traditional shotguns and the Shockwave-style firearms. This class is highly recommended for family members in homes with defensive shotguns that need some range time and skills with that gun.
PERSONAL TACTICS SKILLS & HANDGUN COACHING
The Personal Tactics Skills is an indoor, lecture, demonstration and hands on course teaching critical concepts about “what to do” in the typical self defense situations. It includes instruction in proper selection and use of pepper spray, and discussion of home and in public armed self defense incidents. It’s part of our Defensive Pistol Skills Program required sequence. Because it’s not a live fire class, many students skip over this important class, only to end up needing it to finish their coin eligibility.
In January we’ve paired it with a 2 hour Handgun Coaching block suitable for shooters of all levels.
Have friends or family members that put “get self defense training” on their New Year’s resolutions? These two classes would be an excellent first step, particularly if combined with an online License to Carry course. Students enrolled in Handgun Coaching could shoot the LTC shooting test as part of that course, and Handgun Coaching would meet state requirements for online LTC completion.
BATON ROUGE ROAD CLASSES
I will be returning to the FRC range in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the end of January to teach my Force on Force instructor, Tactical Scenarios and More Scenarios courses. Their facility has a 2 story indoor shoot house, which will allow me to run some new scenarios using the stairs and split level design. Registration is open for those courses – come join me on the road!
HISTORY OF THE PIE CHART TARGET
I continue to research the history of handgun training, and my blog article on the origins of the infamous “pie chart” target got a lot of attention.
PAUL MARTIN DRIVING COURSE AAR
Paul recently had the opportunity to attend a tactical driving class.
KR TRAINING STAFF NEWS
Doug Greig attended and passed the Department of Public Safety’s new First Responder handgun course. DPS is also allowing instructors to offer the course to carry permit holders, as a higher level tactical and defensive pistol course. Karl is scheduled to attend this training in early January 2023. We will have more details about the course and our plans to offer it to students after more of our team attends the instructor certification course at DPS.
I was a guest on the CCW Safe Podcast. Part 1 of my episode can be heard here.
SONG OF THE MONTH
I frequently perform in the Round Top/Fayette County area with the Black Cat Choir, voted best band in Fayette County for 2021 and 2022. We recorded some audio and video from performances during the October Antique Week. Here’s a version of our cover of Jackson Browne’s “Running On Empty”. The audio from this video got some airplay by a LaGrange radio station in October and November.
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We look forward to training you!
Karl, Penny and the KR Training team