By far the most common questions I answer online and in person are about what gun(s), holsters and gear to buy. Recently I sent all the assistant instructors of KR Training a gear survey form. The lists below are the holsters, mag carriers and ammunition we carry. In part 1, I listed the guns, sights and gun modifications we use. Follow up posts will list home defense guns (pistols and long guns), medical gear and more.
What ammo do we carry? Some people listed more than one (for primary and secondary guns)
By far the most common questions I answer online and in person are about what gun(s), holsters and gear to buy. Recently I sent all the assistant instructors of KR Training a gear survey form. The lists below are the guns, sights and modifications we use. Follow up posts will list holsters, ammo, medical gear and other items.
CARRY GUNS (PRIMARY)
The preferred (larger) carry gun. Some people had two different “primary” carry guns in their responses.
Glock 19, 9mm (4 people)
Glock 48 9mm (4 people)
S&W M&P 9mm 1.0 4.25″or 2.0 compact (3 people)
S&W M&P Shield 9mm (2 people)
CZ P01 9mm
SIG 320 X Carry 9mm
STI Staccato P DUO 2011 9mm
Glock 17, 9mm
Springfield XD 1.0 4″ 9mm
Springfield XD mod 2 9mm
CARRY GUNS (SECONDARY)
Smaller guns, carried in non-permissive environments and/or as backup guns with the primary. Some did not list a secondary gun model.
S&W M&P Shield 9mm (3 people)
S&W airweight j-frame .38 sp (3 people)
Glock 43 9mm (2 people)
Sig P365 9mm (2 people)
SIG 938 9mm
Dawson Precision “Charger” solid black rear, narrow fiber optic front (6 people)
XS F8 night sights (2 people)
S&W M&P Shield factory (2 people)
10-8 Performance (solid black)
Dawson “Charger” solid black rear, Trijicon HD tritium front
Factory rear, Dawson Precision fiber optic front
Ameriglo ProGlo tritium set, orange front
SIG factory night sights
Some of us are now carrying red dot sights or lasers on our carry guns
Professor David Klinger, currently teaching at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, served as a patrol officer in the Los Angeles and Redmond, Washington police departments, later earning degrees in sociology, justice and history. During his time in uniform he shot a knife-wielding criminal that was attaching his partner. His 2004 book “Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force” compiles excerpts from interviews with law enforcement deadly force incident survivors with commentary and observations about the ways using deadly force can affect an officer’s life.
The book is divided up into five sections: Choosing the Badge and Gun, Basic Training, Holding Fire, Pulling the Trigger, and When the Smoke Clears. Choosing the Badge and Gun discusses the decision to become a police officer and accepting the responsibility to use deadly force, if needed, as part of that job. Basic Training covers the ways officers are trained, particularly with regard to survival mindset.
Holding Fire is the most interesting chapter, because it details situations where officers could have shot, but chose not to – in cases where not shooting was appropriate, and some in which it could be argued that firing was the best solution. The “draw but don’t shoot” problem is one that’s far more common, both for law enforcement and armed citizens, and sometimes gets forgotten in discussion of the more exciting details of incidents where shots are fired.
The Pulling the Trigger section focuses on what officers were thinking and experiencing during the incident itself: the decision to fire, reaction to being shot at (and/or shot and hit), and what they perceived as the shooting was happening. As with the other sections, the focus is more on officer interviews and individual stories and less on lists and data, as would be expected from a sociologist & historian. When the Smoke Clears explores the aftermath, from a personal perspective.
On 5/1/2020, KR Training will resume training on a limited basis, complying with all directives from the Texas Governor’s office regarding class size, social distancing and other preventative measures.
While KR Training will continue to sanitize and clean high contact surfaces and minimize classroom time during our courses, students in May courses will be also be required to sign an additional COVID-specific liability release. We encourage everyone to continue to take precautions to minimize their potential exposure.
In order to meet guidelines, class sizes have been reduced and additional sessions of some classes are being scheduled to accommodate those already registered. Scheduling of courses for July-October, and any discussion of running summer USPSA matches is still pending as we wait on updated guidance from state officials.
The video of officer Kyle Dinkheller being killed during a traffic stop became a widely used training film. The independent video producer behind the “Officer Involved” documentary has produced a documentary specifically about the Dinkheller incident. I recently ordered a copy and watched it.
The film is very personal, with interviews with Dinkheller’s family and co-workers. Particular attention was given to an incident that occurred prior to the fatal traffic stop, in which Dinkheller was (allegedly) forced to write and hand-deliver an apology letter to a big donor to his sheriff’s campaign, because Dinkheller pulled over (and chewed out) the donor for failing to get out of the way of multiple emergency vehicles heading to a high priority call with lights and sirens. Some of Dinkheller’s co-workers believe that his hesitation to escalate during the traffic stop was influenced by that disciplinary action, which does not appear in his permanent record.
The film includes minimal information about Dinkheller’s killer, and minimal analysis of the incident itself from a tactics or marksmanship perspective. Recommended only for those interested in learning more personal information about the officer and how the aftermath affected his family, friends and co-workers.
It appears that at the current time, the film is not available on streaming services, only as a DVD that can be purchased from the official website.
“We do not react to a situation, we respond appropriately.” That was the phrase that burned itself into my memory as John Murphy of FPF Training said it with a loud and booming voice while discussing the topic when to use force. You *must* think and be able to articulate why you took the actions you did during the course of a fight. And his class was all about that.
We gathered at the A-Zone Range owned by Karl Rehn of KR Training in Manheim TX. Mr. Murphy did a quick role call and we got started.
First item of the day was watching a few short videos and having a class discussion afterwards. We then transitioned into a Stop The Bleed course, OC (pepper spray) skills and Mr. Murphy’s take on Managing Unknown Contacts (MUC first coined by Craig Douglas of Shivworks).
We had a short break for lunch and then we headed to the range. The range portion was extremely informational. All the videos we had watched, MUC skills and discussions about accuracy under stress came together. Shooting drills were often very short, extremely fast paced, timed and some data or metric was being collected. My personal favorite part was when we got to draw, fire 2 shots at a 4 inch group at 3 yards. Using a timer, you were told exactly what your draw to first shot, your split time and then final shot was and if needed, critique on your drawing or shooting technique. I was pleased to learn how to control split times down to the quarter second, it wasn’t easy, but I learned how.
It all came together seamlessly. I doubt anyone questioned why we were shooting small groups at fast paces under stress, because that’s how most gun fights for armed citizens go. Another key point is Mr. Murphy knew when to tell spicy jokes and when to be completely serious.
An unexpected but welcome training technique was, at random times (when guns were in holsters and no one was on the firing line), he would start yelling “RIGHT LEG TOURNIQUET! RIGHT LEG TOURNIQUET!” until everyone clued in and put a TQ on their leg. It was timed. Not everyone completed the task successfully but it was homework.
Overall I highly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of getting training. If you are competent at drawing from concealment and can hit a 5 inch group at 5 yards in 5 seconds, then take this course. It will be an overview of all the street skills you need for EDC and it will help you find what you are good at, if you can articulate your actions and what you can improve upon.
10/10 will train with John again.
(KR Training will be hosting FPF Training again in 2021, details to be announced later this year. FPF Training is hosting KR Training’s Advanced Handgun course June 13, 2020. FPF Training hosts their own classes and traveling trainers at their Culpepper, VA facility and teaches many road courses at locations all over the US. Visit their site for more information.
On February 26th, I joined about 100 other Texas gun owners and testified before the Texas Senate committee on State Affairs. They were soliciting input from citizens on what changes we would like them to consider in the next session. The top two issues most brought up were constitutional (no permit, no training) carry, and eliminating or reducing the number of gun-free zones.
We were originally limited to 3 minutes (or about 300 words), but due to the large number of people present, our time was cut to 2 minutes per speaker. I wrote out what I was going to say, and submitted a written copy of it as part of my testimony.
My name is Karl Rehn. I represent myself and my company, KR Training. I have been a firearms trainer since 1991, certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the Department of Public Safety, NRA, Rangemaster and the Force Science Institute.
In response to the passage of Senate Bill 1857, DPS created a 2 day training course to teach armed teachers the skills they need to protect students. I teach several sessions of this course each year to church security teams and school personnel. There are several hundred instructors certified by DPS to teach this class, but adoption of this program is severely limited by school district policies prohibiting permit holders and graduates of this higher level course from carrying on school property.
Active shooter incidents in White Settlement, Sutherland Springs, and Tyler all provide examples of armed individuals taking immediate action and saving lives. Statistics show an average of 6 people are shot, per minute, in active shooter situations. Police response times are measured in minutes. An armed person present when the attack begins can act in seconds, as the defenders in White Settlement did. Data from schools in which permit holders are allowed to carry report no problems, and none have been shot in error by responding police.
When the carry permit law was passed back in 1995, cities were not allowed to make their own rules adding new restrictions on permit holders, because our state constitution clearly states that regulation of the wearing of arms is a state power. Despite this, school districts have been allowed to make their own policies and override the judgment of the legislature and the experts at DPS that created the armed teacher course.
School district administrators are not experts in firearms training. The trainers at DPS that designed the course and set the standards are the best qualified to assess whether an individual has the ability to carry safely at a school. The Legislature needs to amend SB 1857 to mandate that any graduate of the DPS-developed School Safety course, school employee or visitor, be allowed to carry on K-12 school grounds, including at sporting events and other functions.
Here is a link to the entire 9+ hours of testimony. My part is around 7:05-7:09.
The course was originally developed specifically for armed teachers. I’ve found that the course has wider appeal, particularly for church security personnel, and I’ve enhanced the course by incorporating the slides from the ALERRT Civilian Response to Active Shooter course, the DHS Stop the Bleed course, training in how to draw from concealment (taken from the NRA CCW curriculum), and two additional shooting tests: the officer shooting test from a major metro Texas city police department, and the FBI agent qualification shooting test.
Each time I teach the School Safety course, I submit paperwork to DPS. They have records on everyone that has attended the course. DPS currently prints “instructor” on carry licenses held by instructors. It would be simple for them to also print “school” on the license for those that have passed the School Safety course, indicating that person has had a higher level of training. The law could be modified to allow holders of that enhanced license to carry places regular permit holders are currently prohibited, such as schools.
Most of those testifying really wanted the restrictions on carry in prohibited locations removed, and the training requirement eliminated. What I’m proposing is a much smaller step forward than they wanted, but one I think has a better chance of passing. And just like the original carry permit program, with its 10-15 hour training course and restriction only to concealed carry has led to the 4-6 hour course, the blended online/in person course, and open carry, getting the law changed to allow some permit holders to carry on school property would be a small step forward that could lead to improvements in the future.
The reason there were 100+ gun owners testifying at that committee hearing was because Rachel Malone, the Gun Owners of America Texas lobbyist, organized them. She sent out info on how to structure a 3 minute talk, ran a practice session the night prior to the hearing, rented an AirBNB so 15 people that came in from out of town to testify had a place to stay, ordered pizzas for people to snack on when it became apparent that none of us would get to speak before 3 p.m., and ran a Facebook Messenger chat keeping everyone updated. As a result of the collective effort, gun owners outnumbered the “Moms Demand Action” folks, and the gun owners that spoke did a good job speaking for the cause.
I’ll be returning to the Capitol March 11th to give the same testimony to a committee specifically discussing school safety.
KR Training instructors John Daub and Tracy Thronburg attended and passed the Force Science certification course held at DPS HQ in Austin in February. Also shown in the picture are Andrew Branca and Marty Hayes, who traveled to Texas to attend the course. John and Tracy join Karl and Sean Hoffman as graduates of this 40 hour course on KR Training staff.
INSTRUCTOR AND COACH DEVELOPMENT
Classes of interest to instructors and coaches coming up this spring include:
*To attend the NRA CCW Instructor course, you must be an NRA Basic Pistol instructor and have taken the NRA CCW student class. Sign up for the Apr 17 NRA CCW student course to meet the CCW student class requirement.
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