Keith H
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ATR Training

Keith H

BACKGROUND: Civilian, Instructor

12 Years Instructing

PH: 828 234 5817

Available Courses

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Ladies Defensive Pistol Basics
Female lead instructor. An opportunity…
Basic, Women's Only Courses, Seminars / Lectures Basic
Next class: Jun 22
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NC Concealed Carry
Don't just get your certificate, get an…
Basic, Intermediate, Concealed Carry Training, Seminars / Lectures Basic
Next class: Sep 14
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P2: Protection Pistol Skills
If you carry a concealed handgun or plan…
Intermediate, Advanced, Concealed Carry Training, Seminars / Lectures Intermediate
Next class: Sep 28
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P3: Practical Protection Pistol
Next level concealed carry skills and pr…
Intermediate, Advanced, Concealed Carry Training Intermediate
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Protection Shotgun
Understand and Tame the most effective c…
Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Shotgun, Seminars / Lectures Basic target icon

About ATR Training

Keith has always loved to learn, and to teach and share knowledge.  He is a student first, and instructor, second.  Early training centered around Dave Spaulding of Handgun Combatives, and Massad Ayoob of MAG. Soon thereafter joined the family of Rangemaster Certified Instructors, and has obtained all of the Rangemaster Intructor Certifications. NRA certifications include Advanced Pistol Instructor, and Range Safety Officer.  Additional partial list of training includes Gunsite Academy, Sig Sauer Academy, Shivworks, Modern Samurai Project, The Complete Combatant, Defense Training International, The Rogers Shooting School, Thunder Ranch, FPF Training, Symtac Consulting, 360 Performance, Langdon Tactical, and more. 

ATR Training (originally A Triggered Response) was founded to be able to bring back the many lessons learned training with the highest level national instructors and schools to the local area of Hickory/Conover, NC, and share them with our local citizens.  For over 12 years, we have taught NC Concealed Carry, and multiple different Protection Pistol class curriculums.  In the recent years we have added Protection Shotgun classes, as well as OC spray training as well.  

Keith, Brian, Jennifer, Thomas, Larry, and our other ATR staff love to work with all levels of shooters and responsible citizens, from brand-new shooters on up.   We even have ladies-only classes available.

We would love to see you in one of our classes soon.

Courses Taught

Concealed Carry Training, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Shotgun, NRA Courses, Women's Only Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual), Seminars / Lectures, Combatives / Less Lethal, Concealed Carry License, Specialty Other, Legal Aspects for Use of Force / Avoidance

Class Instructors

Brian W

Brian W

Jen H

Jen H

Keith H

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Rangemaster Certified Professional Protective Pistol Instructor
Rangemaster Certified Protective Pistol Instructor

Rangemaster Certified  Master Firearms Instructor       
Rangemaster Certified  Advanced Firearms Instructor       
Rangemaster Certified  Firearms Instructor    

Rangemaster Certified  Defensive Shotgun Instructor   

NRA Certified Advanced Pistol Instructor

Deadly Force Instructor:  Massad Ayoob Group certified.       

Deliberate Coaching: The Complete Combatant.   

Red-Dot Pistol Instructor: Modern Samurai Project. Scott Jedlinski.

North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor

Law of Self Defense Instructor - certified LOSD/Andrew Branca

Instructor:  NRA Personal Protection In The Home

Instructor:  NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home

Instructor:  NRA Basic Pistol

Instructor:  NRA Refuse to be a Victim

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

Certified OC (Pepper Spray) Instructor - Agile Consulting

Over 1100 hours of profesional firearms training
Well over 400 hours of formal Instructor training in firearms skills and tactics, as well  and use of force and legal topics. cancellation policy icon


Cancellation Policy

Refunds are not available for ATR classes unless ATR must cancel the class for some reason.
Classes will be run rain or shine, unless the weather conditions are deemed unsafe.
If class cannot be run due to inedquate number of registered students 14 days prior to class, it may be cancelled.
There may be other potetntial reasonse, but we will make all efforts to accomodate registered students.
If desired, a full refunds will issue a refund via paypal or venmo. does not have a refund capabililty.
Students can also apply thier registration toward any upcoming similar class for which they are qualified, or may also "bank" the class credit for up to 2 years pending further schedule announcment.  

Reschedule Policy

If classes are not run on the date originally scheduled, they will generally be considered to be cancelled.
If we can offer another date immediately, registered students will have the option to keep thier spot.
If students would like to remain on "the list" for first refusal of the next offering for that class, they will have preference for the next class.

Refund Policy

No Refunds or Reschduling.
Each class demands a large amount of time and effort that goes far beyond the classtime itself.  It is our commitment to run the classes for our registered students, therefore we ask commitment from you as well at the time of registration.

If you are unable to get to the class and date for which you registered, our policies do not allow a reschedule.
On rare occasions of exigent circumstances, in which we have an upcoming similar class with available seats that you are qualified to take, we MAY reach out to accomodate you in one of those classes, but this will be rare and should not be expected.

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RELEASE, WAIVER, INDEMNIFICATION, HOLD HARMLESS, AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT WHEREAS, in consideration of being permitted to attend a course for instruction in firearms, for the instruction in firearms, for use of premises, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Undersigned agrees to the following:                                                                                              Init:_________

Undersigned agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend Keith W. Harper (hereinafter referred to as “Instructor”), and ATR TRAINING from any and all fault, liabilities, costs, expenses, claims, demands or lawsuits arising out of related to or connected with: Undersigned’s presence at and/or participation in the course of instruction; the discharge of firearms by Undersigned; Undersigned’s presence on or use of range, buildings, and premises (‘Premises‘); and, any and all acts or omissions of Undersigned.                                        Init:_________

    Undersigned furthermore waives for himself/herself and for his/her executors, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs and next of kin, any and all rights and claims for damages, losses, demands and any other actions or claims whatsoever, which he/she may have or which may arise against Instructor (including but not limited to the death of Undersigned and/or any and all injuries, damages or illnesses suffered by Undersigned  or Undersigned’s property), which may, in any way whatsoever, arise out of, be related to or be connected with the course of instruction; the Premises, including any latent defect  in the Premises; Undersigned’s Presence on or use of said Premises; Undersigned’s property (whether or not entrusted of Instructor); and the  discharge of firearms. Instructor shall not be liable for, and Undersigned, on behalf of himself/herself and on behalf of his/her executor, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs and next of kin, hereby expressly released the Instructor from any and all such claims and liabilities.                                                                                          Init:_________

Undersigned hereby expressly assumes the risk of taking part in the course for instruction in firearms and taking part in the activities on the Premises, which include, but are not limited to, instruction in the use of firearms, the discharge of firearms and the firing of live ammunition.                                                                            Init:_________

Undersigned hereby acknowledges and agrees that Undersigned has read this instrument and understands its terms and is executing this instrument voluntarily. Undersigned furthermore hereby acknowledges and agrees that he/she has read, understands and will at all times abide by all range rules and procedures and any other rules and procedures stated by the Instructor.                                                                                                             Init:_________

Undersigned expressively agrees that this instrument is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by law, and that if any provision of this instrument is held invalid or otherwise unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be impaired thereby. No remedy conferred by any of the specific provisions of this instrument is intended to be exclusive of any other remedy, and each and every remedy shall be emulative and shall be in addition to every other remedy now or hereafter existing at law or in equity or by statue or otherwise. The election of any one or more remedy hereunder by the Instructor shall not constitute any waiver of Instructor’s right to pursue other available remedies. This instrument binds Undersigned and his/her executors, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs and next of kin.

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