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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.

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MDTS Concealed Carry Principles

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by admin No Comments

PRACTICAL CONCEALED CARRY SKILLS, 9/11, ONTARIO NY. Only a few of these left this year, don't put it off until next year, get into one now! MDTS Principles of Concealed Carry: 1) "Possession does not equal proficiency” – Clint Smith 2) Carry your gun, it is useless if you don’t have it when you need it. 3) Limit cover garments to one layer over concealed handgun. 4) One of the few elements we have absolute control over in a fight is the equipment we bring to it; be prepared by investing in quality guns and equipment. 5) Avoid purchasing clothing one size bigger to conceal the wrong handgun in the wrong holster for you and your body type. Buy guns, holsters and support gear that fit you, your body type and current clothing choices. 6) Eliminate having to modifying cover garments to aid in clearing garment for access; have one-two robust methods of access that work with any type or garment regardless of design or weight. 7) Firearms must be reliable, serviceable, ready and accessible to both hands. 8) The firearms manual of arms should be relatively simple; it may not always be you utilizing it (i.e. wife, son or daughter). 9) Mechanical safeties, slide stop/release, de-cockers should be accessible when operating one handed WITHOUT compromising the final firing grip, strong & support sides. 10) Ammunition selected for carry must be reputable, factory loaded defense cartridge compatible with shooter and firearm. 11) Holsters should be rigid, secure, familiar, compatible to the carrier’s personal and environmental circumstances and allow one handed re-holstering. 12) At least one illumination tool, spare magazine, edged weapon and tourniquet should be available and accessible to both hands. 13) As a general rule, primary tools (tools you rely upon to protect your life i.e. -firearm, edged weapon) should be carried at the hips forward. Secondary and tertiary gear carried hips rearward. For defensive purposes a gun is only as good as you are at accessing and presenting it, under pressure. 14) Environmental awareness, situational awareness, physical awareness and proper concealment are the primary means of handgun weapon retention. #picoftheday #mdtstraining

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MDTS Concealed Carry Principles:

General

“Possession does not equal proficiency” – Clint Smith

Carry your gun, it is useless if you don’t have it when you need it.

One of the few elements we have absolute control over in a fight is the equipment we bring to it; be prepared by investing in quality guns and equipment.

As a general rule, primary tools (tools you rely upon to protect your life i.e. -firearm, edged weapon) should be carried at the hips forward. Secondary and tertiary gear carried hips rearward. For defensive purposes a gun is only as good as you are at accessing and presenting it, under pressure.

Environmental awareness, situational awareness, physical awareness and proper concealment are the primary means of handgun weapon retention.

Clothing

Limit cover garments to one layer over concealed handgun.

Avoid purchasing clothing one size bigger to conceal the wrong handgun in the wrong holster for you and your body type. Buy guns, holsters and support gear that fit you, your body type and current clothing choices.

Eliminate having to modifying cover garments to aid in clearing garment for access; have one-two robust methods of access that work with any type or garment regardless of design or weight.

Firearms

Firearms must be reliable, serviceable, ready and accessible to both hands.

The firearms manual of arms should be relatively simple; it may not always be you utilizing it. It may be a wife, son or daughter.

Mechanical safeties, slide stop/release, de-cockers should be accessible when operating one handed WITHOUT compromising the final firing grip, strong & support sides.

Ammunition

Ammunition selected for carry must be reputable, factory loaded defense cartridge compatible with shooter and firearm.

Holsters

Holsters should be rigid, secure, familiar, compatible to the carrier’s personal and environmental circumstances and allow one handed re-holstering.

Support Gear

At least one illumination tool a spare magazine an edged weapon and a tourniquet should be available and accessible to both hands.

 

MDTS Course Schedule

 

Concealed Pistol Skills

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by admin 2 Comments

The MDTS Concealed Pistol Skills is a force-on-target, force-on-force and scenario based course focused on the essential elements of concealed carry. A number of concealed carry skills and fundamentals of precision and combative marksmanship will be presented and drilled via force-on-target. Modifiers will be introduced to simulate realistic stress and environmental considerations such as movement and verbal interaction with an unknown contact then drilled extensively. Finally, attendees will engage in force-on-force scenarios testing fundamental decision making, core skill sets and the attendees ability to deal with possible real life situations. This is the closest you can come to an actual gun-fight or a critical personal protection incident in a safe environment. There is NO LIVE FIRE IN THIS COURSE AND A PISTOL LICENSE IS NOT REQUIRED. It is strongly suggested that you attend this course with a spouse, partner or other family member since they will likely be the only “Help” you will have until authorities can respond.

 

This course is a combination of lecture, discussion, dry-fire drilling, force-on-target drilling and force-on-force scenarios. It is recommended for both new and seasoned gun owners/carriers due to the dynamic, self evaluation benefits associated with this type of training. *For safety reasons this course is limited to 10-12 participants depending upon range or facility.

 

Course content will include but is not limited to:
Firearms Safety/Training Safety
Personal Protection & Concealed Carry Mindset
Legal Considerations and Justified Use of Force Overview
Firearm, Clothing, Holsters and Support Equipment Considerations
Communicating with Family, Contacting & Communicating with Authorities
Threat Recognition & Managment
Challenge & Control of Unknown Subjects
Practical Pistol Skills
Concealed Pistol Deployment Skills
Force-On-Target Drilling
Force-On-Force Scenarios

 

Equipment List:
Pistol simulator – blue gun, red gun, SIRT Trainer or airsoft pistol (we will have a number of pistol simulators available but may not have one that is identical to your personal carry firearm), comfortable clothing or duty uniform, paintball mask (these can be found at WalMart or Dick Sporting Good stores),  sturdy belt & strong side holster that replicates your every day carry set up and fits your airsoft pistol, eye protection, weather appropriate clothing, hydration, note taking materials and cover garment.

 

NOTE:
Airsoft pistols, SIRT Trainers, Blue Guns and both inside and outside the waistband holsters and face masks will be provided but supplies may be limited, it is strongly recommended you utilize any equipment that best replicates your daily carry gear.

 

****Contact us today if you would like to host MDTS at your range/facility or come to us here in the Mohawk Valley region for one of our Concealed Pistol Skills courses. We have range and classroom facilities available that can accommodate large groups (12+), semi-private (2-4) or private training (1 on 1).

Concealed Carry Mistakes

Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by admin No Comments

Probably the single biggest mistake that individuals who carry concealed (guns and/or knives) is “picking”. Frequently touching where the gun is or adjustment of the weapon. This is done mainly as a reassuring gesture or to adjust after changing a position like from sitting to standing.

 

To prevent this the concealed carrier must:

1) have confidence in their safe gun-handling skills, abilities and choice of concealment garments

2) have a comfortable holster or sheath set-up that fits body type

3) have good personal, situational and environmental awareness understanding that you are almost constantly being observed by someone when in public and that police as well as criminals pay attention.

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Concealed Carry Considerations

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

A few MDTS Concealed Carry Considerations

 

Why are you carrying a pistol?

 

Are you carrying or want to carry because you just got a new handgun and just want to “strap it on” for the day? Are you carrying because it’s your god given right? Are you carrying because you want to be ready to protect yourself, your family or someone else? Maybe today is the day a guy walks into your store, the office you work at or the mall you are shopping in with your wife. WE don’t get to choose when bad things happen; the criminals, emotionally disturbed, active killers and terrorists do.

 

If you have a concealed carry license and choose to carry your firearm or even a personal defense knife for self defense it’s important the only people who know you are carrying is you, a partner or a family member. The information you present, via how you dress, walk, consistent physical actions (like always adjusting a holster when get out of the car), all give you away to the watchful observer. There ARE watchful observers; other CCW holders, police officers, soccer moms and even a criminal or two.

 

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That’s quite a lump on his side….

 

 

Think like the bad guy

If you carry concealed, a handgun or perhaps a personal defense knife, do you display an overt signature of readiness to those in your environment? Have you considered what information you present to those observing you? If you were a criminal, looking at potential victims, what intel would you look for? How would you select the victim? Does a gun or knife scare you or are you used to seeing such everyday tools of your trade? Will a handgun taken off an unconscious victim fetch a good price down the street? Can that pocket knife this person has be used to assault someone else you have had your eye on or does the gang need weapons?

Size?
Strength?
Type of clothing?
How they walk – do they exhibit signs of some type of injury?
Do they display signs of readiness or possible resistance like the pocket clip of a knife or a bulge under a shirt or coat?
Do they continually touch a certain area around the waistline?
Which is the victims dominant hand?

 

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If someone can snap a pic of you this close without you knowing….

 

 

Concealed, open or a little of both 

The image we present to those in our environment is key to successful or unsuccessful concealed carry of any personal protection tool. This image can be broken into (3) categories:

1) Covert – you understand the how, what and why of concealed carry and practice it every time you go out.

2) Overt – you consciously choose to display a force option. This is what Law Enforcement officers do, this is what some advocate as a means to “discourage” criminals from selecting you, this is what open carry advocates do to demonstrate their 2A rights (I will leave that issue for others to discuss).

3) Ignorant – NO IDEA how, what or why to conceal carry and shouldn’t be doing so.

 

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Some Generalized Guidelines for Practical Concealed Carry

 
*Elements of these guidelines adapted from Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts Principles of Concealed Carry

 

Remember – “Possession does not equal proficiency” – Clint Smith

 

  • Carry your gun! It is useless if you don’t have it when you need it
  • Dress around the handgun and check yourself prior to exiting a safe area
  • Limit cover garments to one layer over concealed handgun
  • One of the few elements we have absolute control over in a fight is the equipment we bring to it, choose wisely
  • Firearms must be reliable, serviceable, ready and accessible to both hands
  • The firearms manual of arms should be relatively simple; it may not always be you utilizing it (i.e. wife, son, daughter)
  • Mechanical safeties, slide stop/release, de-cockers should be accessible when operating one handed WITHOUT compromising the final firing grip, strong & support sides
  • Ammunition selected for carry must be reputable, factory loaded defense cartridge compatible with shooter and firearm
  • Holsters should be rigid, secure, familiar and compatible to the carrier’s personal and environmental circumstances
  • At least one illumination tool, a spare magazine and an edged weapon should be available and accessible to both hands
  • As a general rule, primary tools (tools you rely upon to protect your life i.e. – firearm, defensive knife) should be carried at the hips forward. Secondary and tertiary gear carried hips rearward
  • Situational, environmental and physical awareness AND proper concealment are the primary means of handgun weapon retention, you retain the handgun not just the holster

 

 

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Something stands out here to the discerning eye..

 

Is that all?

No. The gun, the holster, on body, off body, body type, belts, environment, placement, mode of dress….. the list goes on.

 

There is a lot more to practical concealed carry for personal protection but probably the most important question you need to ask and ask every time you “gun up”  is – Why am I carrying? We all have our reasons and they are all correct, for us. However, it imperative to remember that your perception of the world, the people around you, may not be the same perception they have. What you see as a “display of rights” may be an invitation for violence or selection. Readiness for any situation includes awareness, willingness and preparedness and they all apply to practical concealed carry.

 

 

 

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