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MDTS is a New York based firearms training and personal protection consulting company. We specialize in pistol, concealed carry, shotgun, carbine, defensive knife, less lethal, physical defense and threat awareness training courses. Mobile training courses are available in N.Y. and abroad. Contact us to host a training course at your range or location. Click logo below to see schedule of classes near you.

Pistol Skills and Drills

Practical Pistol – Skills & Drills

The MDTS Pistol Skills & Drills course focuses on shooting. Certain skill sets chosen by the instructor and/or topics and skills requested by the student body. Once topics are chosen the day will be spent drilling proper technique via live-fire drills under the guidance of MDTS instructors and staff. Topics may include but are not limited to: fundamental marksmanship, manipulations, surgical speed shooting, strong hand only shooting, support hand shooting, bilateral shooting, movement, cover & concealment, positional shooting, close range and extended distance shooting and much more… The skills & drills course provides attendees with the opportunity to fine tune previously learned skills or learn new ones while putting a lot of rounds downrange in an organized practice session format. Content will challenge those new to shooting as well as the experienced shooter. A proper understanding of safe gun-handling is required prior to enrolling in this course; Practical Pistol Skills 1 is highly recommended prior to attending.

Equipment List:

NYS Pistol License
serviceable pistol
comfortable clothing or duty uniform
300 rounds factory loaded ammunition MINIMUM – 500+ is BETTER
minimum of 3 magazines/speedloader & carriage system – 4-5 is better
sturdy belt & strong side holster only
eye & ear protection
weather appropriate clothing
note taking materials
cover garment


Optional Equipment:

lunch for a full days class


*Price for this class INCLUDES range rental.

** If you have a .22 conversion kit for your pistol you can use it during this course but it is highly recommended you attempt to shoot the majority of the course with your carry ammunition caliber. You WILL need a minimum of 200 rounds of regular ammunition which you will be shooting.

***Lunch is limited to 30-40 minutes max and is often a “working” lunch where discussion of specific aspects related to the days class or a module of instruction is presented. Therefore it is highly recommended you bring a bag lunch.

2 Responses

  1. Chris Rice says:

    Wondering if you hold pistol course in the Utica NY area.

    • admin says:

      Chris, in the Utica area, yes. Deerfield Fish & Game Club in Deerfield NY. Will probably have something on the schedule there in April. Until then, we have a knife class in New York Mills and pistol classes in Oneida NY at the Oneida Rifle Club indoor range. Check the schedule page for details.

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