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Chris has streamlined his teaching approach to be both practical and efficient..He has a way of putting very complex material into “layman’s terms”. Rather the student is a beginner or seasoned practitioner, attending his class will hone your skills to make you more confident in your abilities... Looking forward to future training with MDTS!!!read more
I completed Practical Pistol Skills 1 after having a pistol that I have never shot. Chris was a wonderful instructor. He knows how to differentiate the instruction to the ability level of the shooter and still keep the more capable shooters engaged. He and his assistant were patient and helpful and knowledgeable. Tasks were broken down to simple steps so all could follow them but most important of all was the way safety was repeatedly stressed. I gained confidence in my ability to use a gun without feeling like the novice that I am.read more
Chris is one of the best instructors I have had for pistol skills. Doesn't matter if your a new shooter or an experienced shooter you will learn something from any of his classes. After just one course i'm hooked and will gladly be taking more classes in the future. I highly recommend MDTS to anyone who wants to sharpen your skill set.read more
Awesome class! I highly recommend it to anybody that is going to carry a pistol.
Just completed Practical Pistol skills 1 after being a pistol owner for almost 2 years and hardly using my pistol. I feel 100% more confident and comfortable carrying and using my pistol. Not just at the range but in a real life event. Very new to carrying/shooting, Chris was spot on in his instruction and made it SO easy so newbies to learn. Even for students that are familiar with shooting this was a great course, Chris individualized teaching to each and everyone of his students. I would recommend this course and MDTS training to anyone, moms, dads, young, old...Chris uses such an individualized approach anyone can do this ! I look forward to taking another course with Chris in the near future.read more
MDTS gives us Long Islanders the opportunity to train realistically and exposes the average gun owner to a new level of practical shooting skills.
I grew up shooting a 12 gauge...not an exotic weapon, but after taking Practical Shotgun, my eyes were opened to so much more about the operation and handling of that tool. What a great class and Chris is excellent. I will look forward to more training in the future with him.read more
The best firearms training I've taken to date. Over the course of taking practical shotgun 1 and 2 I've learned more than I could have imagined. Highly recommend and couldn't have asked for more out of each class.read more
I've had a combined total of over three weeks of firearms training now, from several different trainers/schools, and MDTS is the best of them. Chris hits the right balance of working the fundamentals and applying them in challenging ways. No ego, no nonsense, just quality instruction. And a lot of fun.read more
If you own a shotgun for home defense this training course is a must. Chris Fry and William Aprill go over great concepts on using a shotgun in a home defense environment and analyzing the profile of an assailant. Also learned awesome methods to properly handle your shotgun and make effective reloads. Chris and William are great instructors, hoping they’ll be back in So.California for more training classes!read more
To start with I'm a neophyte when it comes to the shotgun to it didn't take much to dazzle me with shotgun skills (which Chris definitely did). But what really struck me was Chris' depth of knowledge of the subject and his ability to convey this knowledge to both beginners and experienced shooters with an dexterity that is reserved for true masters of their craft. I have been training and teaching self defense for 25 year and running a full time school for 16 of them and I have a HUGE appreciation for how Chris layers the concepts and skills in his class. Get to one as soon as you can.read more
Chris' knowledge, experience, and passion for teaching is obvious in how he conducts his class. He filled the class with technical knowledge, fundamental skills, and then had students apply them in complex, decision based skills. Further he runs a same, fun range where learning is encouraged and safety is paramount. He is a true teacher and someone whom I look forward to training with again.read more
I took this class yesterday and LOVED it. I learned more in one day than I have in months. The training was extremely helpful as well as enjoyable. I think the lecture portion was very valuable and I will be utilizing much of the information in every day life. I can say I am definitely more prepared than I was 2 days ago. I recommend everyone take this class. There is always room for improvement.read more
Victor Robinson Jr.
When I first became a gun owner in 2013 I didn't have any illusions about the need for training.At the same price point that other trainers offer these beginners NRA classes, Chris's Practical Pistol 1 offered a beginners class that still challenges more seasoned shooters but allows novices to learn with noticeable improvement towards the end of the course. I recently took one of his courses and at this range every single time you eject a magazine they land right in the sand which resulted with me having 2 malfunctions that day.Thanks to the skills I learned 4 years ago I didn't miss a beat. His courses are civilian minded,the drills make you think and not just mindlessly putting holes in paper,self defense shootings ,incidents and real world data will influence the content of his courses , Chris and the other instructors who help out are very knowledgeable and will answer any questions you have.Regardless of your skill level you cannot attend one of his courses and not walk out a better shooter.He is one of the few instructors willing to provide training in Long Island beyond the NRA offerings and I especially recommend MDTS to those who have no formal training at all.read more
Every time I take one of these classes I never feel like there could have been more content. Each skills are all built upon from other skills learned that day. From beginner to pro there is always something new learned in each class. Chris is very down to earth and approachable as are all the other instructors. I would highly recommend any and all of his courses.read more
Chris was an amazing instructor, anyone looking to learn a lot in a little time? You'll gain a lot more confidence in your equipment! You should join these classes!read more
Chris is an excellent trainer. Very knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions. Will be looking forward to training with him again.
Great class, very hands on, and lots of feedback. I would recommend his class to others!
Chris is an excellent trainer. His class is designed to make everyone feel comfortable regardless of skill level. I look forward to more training with MDTS in the future!read more
I've been in Law Enforcement for 28 years and decided to take a "Civilian" based CC class with MDTS, I'm also a firearms instructor for my department and I have to say this was one of the best trainings I've ever attended!! Chris is very patient and level headed, his range demeanor is top notch. As a trainer, it is awesome to get training from someone who is passionate about what they are doing and someone who actually Coaches students individually.read more
Chris is a great teacher. Chris has a great attitude, and is very approachable and he encourages any and all questions you may have. It's obvious he loves what he does and he is very good at it. His first concern on the range is safety, and it shows. Everything he teaches is spot on. I took the Practical Concealed Carry Skills course and it was great. He teaches you how to draw from the holster correctly. How to get on target quickly. How to smoothly squeeze the trigger. The correct hand grip. Everything he teaches I teach in my classes. I will attending his Practical Skills 2 course in Sept. and I am looking very forward to it.read more
Chris is an excellent instructor, not only for fundamentals but about all aspects of concealed carry. His courses are a must for anyone that carries or wants to carry. Chris has several experts onsite to assist during the class Looking forward to the next classread more
Chris always updates and improves his classes so they are never the same even after years of taking them. Not only are they very informative and safe, they are very fun too. I encourage you to take one!read more
The classes are well organized, well planned, the instruction is top notch, and atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. Those looking for firearms and modern self defense training in NY should take classes with MDTSread more
Mdts training classes are the best. The skill level and trading method of Chris are awesome. With the help of Rob and Tommy the classes run smooth and you learn a lot more than you sign up for. Thanks for a great time and experience can't wait for the next one.read more
Once again i would like to thank Chris Rob and Tommy for another awesome training class. Chris' knowledge skillset and teaching methods are nothing short of impressive. Ive attended a bunch of pistol training classes and my skill level has drastically improved. I definitely take alot home at the end of the day, this level of training keeps me sharp in between classes. I certainly enjoy seeing old friends we train with and meeting new ones, although they are serious class' we do get some really good laughs. Thanks man Russ Bread more
I really get a lot out of Chris' classes. Somehow he can make a group class seem more like 1 on 1 and can tune into each person's individual needs.
When I took my first class from Chris several years ago, I was at an impasse, I was shooting a lot but could not hit the side of a barn. Chris spotted the problem (my strong side arm got all tensed up) and I was off to the races. I make it a point to attend Chris's classes every time he comes to my club, because Chris's training is the real deal, things I need to know to use a pistol safely and effectively. When Chris comes to town, I urge my friends to sign up. JUST DON'T TAKE MY SPOT!!!!!read more
Chris Fry has been a practitioner in, and teacher of, various self-defense schools and methodologies for decades; he has trained with the giants of the field, and continues to learn from the best. This is apparent in his teaching. He expertly takes this multidisciplinary knowledge and works it into a curriculum that is practical and helpful for all of his students. His thirst for self-improvement is never-ending. Chris compares and contrasts various techniques, and explains why he does something, without being judgmental of others. He continually reviews multiple sources of information and freely shares it with his friends and students without reservation. Moreover, Chris is friendly and engaging, making his class fun. I can't recommend more highly any classes taught by M.D.T.S., regardless of your personal skill level or experience.read more
Chris Fry rocks! If you're a firearms novice or seasoned veteran, I'm sure you'll get something out of his courses. My recommendation is to take his Low Light Considerations class. Amazing experience and now I'm confident I can defend my family in any nighttime home invasion situation. Take one of Chris's classes and I can guarantee you'll take more!read more
Good informative information and excellent training company.
Tom Tos McGuire
John Willey Jr.
Chris is an excellent trainer and skilled in many facets of self-defense. His style is to build up a person's skill set with clear instruction to the group and then action on the range. Each new piece builds upon the last one. By the end of the course, you've learned proven and useful skills to take home and develop further. I'll admit, sometimes the reality of not performing well under stress can be humbling, but the only failure would be to not apply those lessons towards your future training and preparedness! Safety is paramount at all times, but this review would not be complete without mentioning just how much FUN the classes are! Chris and his team are a bunch of great guys, hands down. For anyone serious about improving their skills and protecting their home, family and self, sign up for a class.read more
Just got back from attending Practical Pistol 1 today. This was my first time training and I went into it with an open mind and willingness to hear what I was doing wrong. In fact I was hoping to have the instructors find flaws so I could work on changing them. Right after the first drill Chris was able to point out something I was doing that I never thought was a problem, but just being made aware I was doing it (looking over my sights to check placement after my shots) I was immediately able to improve my grouping on the next drill. Throughout the rest of the day Chris and E.J. (the instructors) were able to help me identify a few more weak points and provided useful info on how to alleviate them. On the other side, when I was performing well, they added levels of complexity to the drills (like moving while reloading) that helped push me just a bit more. I honestly feel like I walked out of today's course a better shooter than when I walked in. I also feel much more confident in my ability, and have a clear path on how to continue progressing my skills. I would absolutely recommend MDTS to anyone. Whether a complete novice or an experienced shooter. The ball is now in my court to apply the skills I learned today (I absolutely plan on drawing and dry firing each time now, the point about different clothing behaving differently was an excellent one) and I hope to be back with Chris and MDTS as soon as possible. Awesome experience.read more
Chris not only has excellent technical skill, he's clearly given a lot of thought to how to teach his material. He is clear and systematic, and he presents the material in a way that everyone can understand. He's extremely conscientious about making sure everyone in the class, from novice to advanced, is learning and progressing- he is genuinely concerned with making everyone better. I recommend him enthusiastically and without reservation.read more
I know Chris as a friend and as an instructor. Having watched him teach I was extremely confident in his ability to train myself and my wife on small knife concepts and applications. He was also kind enough to spend time instructing my wife in defensive pistol. I would highly recommend training with Chris and M.D.T.S. as often as possible.read more
I've been training with Chris for 10 years. The quality of his classes are excellent and tailored to the unique needs of a civilian who takes self defense seriously. He can equally push the beginning and experienced shooter to improve their skills in the context of the class. Chris has a holistic view of self defense and is constantly improving his own skills and his classes.read more
Lori Lagone Schulze
As the The Well Armed Woman LI Chapter Leader I have had the opportunity to train with the "best of the best" training instructors, and I have to admit that Chris is at the very top of that list. I was highly recommended to his Practical Small Knife Skills course. I was so impressed with the content of the class and my new found skills (not to forget "fun" taking the class), that I needed to return for another class with our chapter members. All we can say is Wow!! Thank you Chris for another amazing night of learning and training. TWAW LI can't wait for our next class!!! 5 Plus Stars!!!!read more
Great night with Chris !! Long Island Well Armed Woman chapter in Small Knife Skills course. !!!
Best trainer I have worked with , have worked with several and Chris by far has the best attitude and ability to pass on information and skills,
MDTS classes are thorough, upbeat and safe. Chris is a great instructor who welcomes challenges and works with each student individually. No matter your skill level, MDTS provides a great learning experience.read more
Chris hands down has definately one of the top programs going. From the first time shooter to experienced more experienced professionals it's always an informative learning experience. Chris's practicality and techniques and knowledge in so many different platforms and styles is top notch knowledgeable and it saddens me to have left NY and to miss out on the classes. I've spent numerous hours in his classes sometimes taking the same class numerous times and it is well worth the investment in time and money. Anyone looking to take the first or next step in their knowledge I highly recommend any of these programs . DEFINATELY one of the best in the countryread more
Took a couple classes with Chris so far. I have nothing but good things to say about him and his instructors. They were able to fix a lot of my bad habits and give me the tools necessary to shoot more accurately and faster.read more
Rae Aoi Kami
Excellent, articulate instruction taught with well thought out drills and skill application. His perspective is relatable and he is able to make it invaluable as it translates our own skills to focus on. Very common sense, very much about what works for a student.read more
I've enjoyed my education at every class I've taken with Chris. Each one has been invaluable to my development.
I have completed or enrolled in a number of courses with Chris. He is a professional that offers practical skills in a no nonsense manner. Money well invested. Bring ammo as you will be shooting.read more
Hands down one of the best instructors out there. Get in on an MDTS class and I guarantee you will take more training with Chris.
Took Practical Pistol 1 today and I'm sorry I didnt sign up for it the day I got my permit. This class really is worth the time and money. Thanks Keith.read more
Kelly D Venden
I have taken several courses with Chris, he runs a well organized, safe, educational class that has the perfect blend of confidence building and the fundamentals of developing self discipline required for responsible gun ownership. I believe in his instructional style of continually training and educating oneself. Stay safe and God bless.read more
Jose Da Costa Castelhano
Took my 1st class n it was great. Very worth the time n money. Going back for more asap.
Taken 2 classes so far. Plan for more. Excellent trainer not tied to a specific mindset or dogma (LE, Military, etc...). Offers practical training for what an American civilian could/would face. Teaches several methods for you to explore and find the best for YOU. So good, I sent my wife for his basic handgun class ('cos she ain't gonna listen to me no how ;-) ), and she enjoyed it immensely. And yes, classes are VERY friendly towards female shooters. 5 stars/. Bravo.read more
Christine And-Michael Soto
10/16/16: Practical Pistol Skills 1 (Sackets Harbor, NY) : Chris, thank you for a great first experience. I had an amazing time and learned more then expected. You and Jimmy are a great team and awesome instructors. I am excited to get my next training on the books with you. This is a class I would recommend to everyone regardless of your experience level. As a women and first time hand gun owner, this is a must take class. You will leave this class with a great foundation and knowledge of how it utilized your pistol as a defensive tool. You will leave this class with confidence to carry daily and the desire to train harder. Thank you MDTS team for providing me with these skills that will help me to continue developing myself as a Well Armed Women.read more
Chris Fry is an outstanding orator and conveys his material utilizing a well thought out curriculum. Chris has the ability to engage his students, and keep them focused on the subject matter, while keeping things lighthearted and interesting. If you are not incorporating reality based "force on force" evolutions in your training than you are doing yourself a disservice. The MDTS curriculum is focused on the applicable laws of self-defense, the physical capabilities needed to defend yourself of another, the proper physical tools, the right mindset, and testing preconceived theories in a reality based training environment that forces people out of their comfort zone. Thus far I've taken 2 classes with MDTS and am currently signed up for an additional 2 classes. I highly recommend Chris Fry and MDTS for your training needs. Go train! Michael Reedread more
To start Chris is a great down to earth guy. He wants nothing but to give you the most value he can while keeping his classes very affordable. Great classes for any skill level. I had only got my permit 4 days before before I took the pistol 1 course. Safety is #1 in his classes and he also makes them enjoyable. Loved switching it up from paper to steel in the class kind of like instant gratification. There is never a dumb question and no shortage of one on one help to get you to shoot as good as anyone else in the class.read more
This is the 4th class I've participated in. I encourage anyone who owns a weapon to get training from MDTS Training. The classes are filled with information and techniques that through practice will help you improve your skills. I am always proud of myself when I finish a course because they are truly so challenging. Worth every penny no lie! Check his course schedule and book a spot. You will not regret it! Thanks again to Chris, Dan and Fred!read more
When my colleague told me that we were going to this training, I was dreading it because I just received my permit and had gone to the range maybe twice and thought I'd be lost at this seminar. I was also super intimidated by my gun and handled it like it was a grenade. After taking this course, I walked away with a passion to learn more and a real appreciation for the privilege of carrying concealed. When my gun malfunctioned at the range I'd put it down and yell for my friend to help me, now I can clear a malfunction in seconds. I never wanted to wear my pistol and after this course, I never want to take it off. This course should be mandatory for anyone who carries. Chris, your an amazing instructor and I'm thankful to have learned from you. Thanks again looking forward to future courses!read more
I took Chris' knife skills seminar yesterday and had a fantastic experience. Chris is a great instructor and teaches at all levels. I had very little experience with knives entering the course, but left feeling much more prepared and knowledgable. I highly recommend his seminars.read more
Raymond E Anne
Our knife course was well thought out in presentation. Chris's patience as well as encouragement and observation of his students made for a great learning experience. My opinions were altered as we progressed and renewed my confidence in my own abilities( if I practiced). Thanks, Chris!read more
Just got home after taking Chris' practical knife class. It was so much fun. The learning curve was huge for me, the pacing moved but was just right, and the take home skills/knowledge will be a life saver/game changer.read more
Always a great time training and learning from Chris. He's an excellent trainer who teaches great core and fundamental skills. His curriculum is a solid progressive based learning system. It's serious training for serious people who want to improve their survivability. He's also very personable and easy to talk to either at class or via email or social media. I would highly recommend him to anyone of any skill level. Always a humbling experience.read more
I highly recommend Chris Fry and M.D.T.S for any training that a new or experienced gun owner may need. As someone who has over 20 years of military training and 10 years of martial arts training I find Chris Fry to be one of the most competent trainers that I have ever had the pleasure of training with. His courses are well thought out in both theory and execution. Each course starts with the basics and then quickly ramps up. The tempo and rhythm are challenging yet achievable, and each evolution builds on the last one and involves the last skill set learned. Chris not only gives outstanding lectures and platform instruction but also demonstrates what the drills expectations are, yet his most admirable skill is how he coaches on the firing line. He is not military or law enforcement trained yet possess the skill and training methodologies that teach you what we need to know no matter if you are military, LEO or a civilian in need of quality training.read more
Very instructive class at New Paltz with Chris Fry. I hope to get one A-HA moment out of each training class. This one moment makes the whole class worthwhile. My A-HA moment on Saturday involved knives and knife carry. I hate folders; I own folders, but I am not coordinated enough to deploy a folder during periods of stress. Sooo...I carry a small, fixed blade. Easy to access and deploy weak side, not so easy strong side. I saw Chris carrying a "clinch pick" mounted just below horizontal at about 10-11 O'Clock during one of the breaks. A-HA! New addition to my EDC, easily accessed and deployed with either hand. Thanks Chris!read more
If you want to build your confidence level and gain a lot of useful information and skills, attend a class from MDTS. Very helpful and informative. Looking forward to attending my next class!!read more
Professional, concise, engaging, practical, fun... I could go on and on. Put MDTS on your training calendar to experience the program for yourself.
Chris is definitely the best instructor I've trained with. He is very knowledgable and teaches you in a way that you can understand. Also Chris does not have a military or law enforcement background so he teaches things that he has learned and experienced from taking classes himself and things he's faced in real life situations.read more
Chris is one of the most articulate trainers in the business. In 26 years of police work I have seen almost every major trainer in the business and Chris is one of the best. He has a unique prospective as a civilian concealed carry holder and life long, elite level, martial artist. He has a deep understanding of empty hand, knife, handgun, and long gun. Chris is especially competent in the extremely close quarter range. Chris could teach to a spectrum of clients from absolute beginners to elite level competitor's, law enforcement, and military. MDTS is one of the few companies I regularly recommend for training.read more
Without a doubt the best firearms instruction I've received at this time. Chris' ability to explain his methods and have them make 100% since is a huge part of what makes him an amazing instructor. To date I've taken 3 of his handgun classes 2 shotgun classes and 1 knife class. At every class with his help I've been able to grow as a shooter. I highly recommend his classes to all of my friends and have been since my first class in 2011.read more
Chris Fry is at the forefront of modern defensive training today, presenting multidisciplinary problem-solving material that is equalled by few instructors anywhere. He brings a depth of experience and understanding to coursework that makes every moment of tremendous benefit to students. He is also a gifted coach, able to identify and address student needs in a supportive and positive environment. Highest possible recommendation!read more
Chris Fry is one of the finest coaches around, beyond a shadow of a doubt. I constantly learn new things from Chris every time I train with him. MDTS is one of my go-to places to keep my skills and knowledge sharp.read more
Kristoffer Taruc Sarreal
MrByron Micheal Brown
Worth it every bit... Learned a ton of great practical skills and knowledge... Looking forward to practicing and taking future courses
Excellent instruction from season shooters to day one gun owners. Well worth a day at the range when you're considering the lives of you and your loved ones.read more
Chris is an excellent multidisciplinary trainer. Anyone seeking out training, whether it be firearm, knife or empty hand, would be well served to seek him out.read more
Jeremiah David Jackson