KR Training May 2024 Newsletter


March and April were very busy with more than a dozen classes, a road trip to teach 3 classes in Ohio, an Austin church security conference that brought more than 30 shooters to the A-Zone for a range session, and a feature article in the Austin Chronicle. This newsletter includes information on classes we’ve added to the schedule for April through August. Waiting for a particular class? Let us know and we’ll try to find a date for it in our remaining open dates!

Upcoming classes with space available:




Courses marked with *** are classes that count toward the Defensive Pistol Skills Program challenge coin.
Prices and registration links are at

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Dynamic First Aid May 11

Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics will teach a one day general first aid class on Saturday May 11. This class is suitable for students of all levels. It teaches essential skills needed to keep yourself or another person alive before more trained medical personnel can arrive on scene. I have taken more than 3000 hours of pistol training, but I have used the medical skills learned in Caleb’s classes more times in real life than any gun skill. This is one of the most valuable courses we offer and I highly recommend it.

Caleb is also offering a private 2 hour Family Medical Readiness course to anyone in the Austin/Elgin/Giddings area, available on Friday May 10. Contact Caleb at the link below to schedule it.

Intro to Competition Pistol May 18 & Summer Matches

Doug Greig and Greg Howard will teach a 6 hour intro to competition pistol class at the A-Zone on May 18. This will be great for those interested in coming out to shoot our summer matches, which will be on Wednesday evenings in June and July (click for dates and registration).

Beyond Basics Rifle – May 19

Doug Greig continues our popular series of rifle/carbine courses with Beyond Basics Rifle May 19 for those past the beginner level.

Beyond Basics Handgun & Top 10 Drills – June 1

I’ve paired Beyond Basics Handgun and Top 10 Drills on June 1. Beyond Basics Handgun is for anyone at the carry permit level or higher. It’s a required course for those pursuing our 40 hour challenge coin completion. Top 10 Drills can be taken as a stand alone or back to back with Beyond Basics Handgun to provide a 2 hour block of focused practice and evaluation.

Home Defense Shooting Skills / Basic Pistol 1 – June 9

June 9 is an all-basics day suitable for new gun owners, family members or anyone that wants basic instruction in shooting fundamentals and safe gun handling. Basic Pistol 1 is in the morning, and our basic level Home Defense Shooting Skills class applies those fundamentals to the common tasks of home defense: accessing a gun from a table or locked box quickly, moving to cover, verbal challenges, shooting under stress. The Home Defense class can be taken with a pistol, carbine, rifle or shotgun or multiple guns can be used during the course.


I have collected up all the discount codes we have set up with vendors we recommend. Alumni of KR Training classes will find them in the monthly e-news email. You’ll have to open the email and scroll to the bottom to find them. It’s a reward for actually opening and reading the email!


I am available for private weekday training. Doug Greig is also available for private weekday and some weekend sessions. Contact us for details.


Re-take any class you’ve taken before for half price! Contact me to get the alumni discount code. Firearms skills deteriorate without practice. Most ranges don’t allow drawing from a holster, shooting quickly, moving or shooting from cover. If you don’t practice the skills you learned in class, they won’t be there when you need them.


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San Antonio-based professional shooter Ted Bonnet passed away last month after a long illness. Ted was one of my first shooting coaches, back in the early 1990’s. He won the IPSC World Championship in the Limited division the first year the field was split into Limited (iron sights) and Open (compensated optic guns). That match was held at the Bisley range in England, back when UK gun laws were better than they are now. He practiced for that match by going to the range on every cold, rainy day South Texas got, preparing himself for the typical English weather expected at the match. That hard work paid off with a major match win. He was the first US shooter sponsored by CZ and shot major matches for them for most of the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

He taught classes for decades, and started his own shooting competition format – American Action Shooting – running its national championship in San Antonio each year. Up until the very end, he was running matches and getting out on the range every week. Ted was also a staunch 2nd amendment advocate. The last time I saw him in person was when we were both at the Texas Legislature lobbying for permitless carry. He made great contributions to the shooting community in Central and South Texas, and he will be missed. I was told that anyone wanting to donate to a gun rights group in his memory should give to the Firearms Policy Coalition – a group that has done tremendous work fighting for gun rights in the courts.


In March the Black Cat Choir played a lot of shows in Round Top as part of the biannual Antique Week festival. It brings thousands of people and dealers to Central Texas to buy and sell. Round Top is right down the road from La Grange, and we play that ZZ Top classic at every show. This fan shot video (he came up onstage with us) includes me playing a synthesizer solo using my best ZZ Top guitar-ish sound.

Black Cat Choir plays ZZ Top La Grange


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