KR TRAINING MAY 2009 NEWS

UPCOMING CLASSES

Lots of new classes added for July-November 2009, including a Reloading class in June, Defensive Long Gun in July, and the new Defensive Pistol Skills 2 class. Check the schedule page for details. We will also be offering our usual monthly CHL new permit and CHL renewal courses. Tom Schaefer has also started offering a monthly Beginner Pistol course that is conducted with .22 caliber handguns. This five hour small group course is limited to 5 students.

DEFENSIVE LONG GUN

A lot of people have been asking for another Defensive Long Gun class, so it is on the calendar for July. Can't find rifle of pistol ammo? Shotgun ammo appears to be available everywhere, and Defensive Long Gun can be taken with a shotgun or rifle or pistol caliber carbine. A limited number of loaner guns are available for use with student-supplied ammo. I favor rifles and pistol caliber carbines over shotguns for personal defense, but the shotgun can be a very effective personal defense tool in many situations.

TAKE OUR CLASSES WITH A .22

Can't find pistol ammo? Until further notice we will allow students to use .22 caliber guns in any non-CHL class we offer. CHL students must meet state requirements to use a handgun .32 caliber or greater for the shooting test.

POLITE SOCIETY CONFERENCE

We are back from a very successful trip to the US Shooting Academy in Tulsa, OK for the annual Polite Society Training Conference. Our force on force scenarios were recorded by the Shooting Gallery show, and they will be seen on national television on an upcoming episode of the Outdoor Channel's Shooting Gallery show. Massad Ayoob's blog post about the Polite Society conference is here. A few pictures and a short writeup is on the KR Training website here.

AUSTIN RIFLE CLUB VOTE ON PISTOL BAYS

The membership of Austin Rifle Club passed the proposal to build 5 shooting bays on the ARC property.  It is projected to take approximately 60 days to complete the project, with work to begin this month. Thank you to all of the KR Training students that supported this initiative. It is expected that several forms of action-oriented firearms competition (IPSC, IDPA, Steel Challenge and Cowboy Action Shooting) could all return to the Austin area once these bays are constructed.

RANGEMASTER NEWSLETTER

This month's Rangemaster Newsletter has several excellent articles. One covers the upcoming Combined Skills Class that we are hosting in September, another covers self defense ammo for the .38 snubnose revolver, and another provides data from real shooting incidents.
http://rangemaster.com/newsletter/2009-05_RM-Newsletter.pdf

RANGEMASTER GUNFIGHT SUMMARY

In this month's Rangemaster newsletter, Tom Givens summarizes "lessons learned" from analysis of incidents involving his students, plainclothes FBI agents and plainclothes DEA agents. The average shot distance was from 4-15 feet (not yards). Defenders were in plain clothes with gun concealed. (Givens: "this does not mean ' gun in glove box in car', this means 'gun in a holster worn on your body'). High probability of more than one assailant. Most occur in public areas, parking lots, malls. NOT at home or while defenders are in their vehicles. Average number of rounds fired: 4 (span from 1-11). More details in the May Rangemaster newsletter.

CITIZINE ARTICLE

I co-authored an article on handgun safety for the new Austin-area free publication "The Citizine". The editor of this publication is a KR Training graduate. http://citizinemag.com/features/commentary/34-basic-pistol-safety.html

SHOT-CALLING SLO-MO VIDEOS

KR Training shooting team member Roy Stedman has posted shot-calling instructional videos on youtube.com. If you do not blink when the gun goes off, you will see the sights at the instant that gun starts to recoil. By observing where the sights were at that final instant when the bullet left the barrel, a good shooter can "call" the shot as a hit or a miss. All of the top shooters "call" every shot and know, even without inspecting the targets, which shots were good and which were bad. This is an important skill that every shooter should strive to develop. These videos provide an excellent training tool you can use to train your brain to see what it needs to see to shoot well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJAPbf_TVs8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcpLKi7hN8E

ARMED CITIZENS NETWORK JOURNAL

The May eJournal is up on the website (http://www.armedcitizensnetwork.org/EJournal.html.

BRYAN SHOTGUNNER TAKES BRONZE IN WORLD CUP

Two-time Olympian Connie Smotek, of Bryan won the bronze medal in Women's Skeet with her third-place finish in World Cup competition in Cairo, Egypt. Entering the final in fifth place with 70 targets in thequalification, Smotek shot a perfect round of 25 for a total score of 95. Smotek's was the third medal won by Americans in the competition. http://www.nssf.org/BP2/current

AIRSOFT TRAINING GEAR

New resources for Airsoft-based training gear:

http://bradsairsofttargets.com/ - scaled down metal targets suitable for backyard or garage practice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pE728I7370 Video from IPSC Airsoft from Hong Kong

http://www.tacticalairsoftproductsofva.com/store.htm Need a fancy 1911 Airsoft clone? Tactical Airsoft Products of Virginia

http://www.cedhk.com/show.php/Object927 Airsoft IPSC products from Hong Kong - they ship to the US

http://www.cedhk.com/show.php/Object916 A shooting timer that can pick up the sound of an Airsoft gun. (Doesn't work for real guns though).

regards,
Karl, Penny and the KR Training crew