handgun Archives | MDTS
Modern Defensive Training Systems

MDTS Training

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.

Please share! Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

Posts Tagged ‘handgun’

Concealed Pistol Low Light Skills

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by admin No Comments

This course takes your Concealed Pistol Skills and applies them in a low/no light environment. This course will provide attendees with the most up to date concepts and strategies for effectively controlling their environment and potential unknown contacts, attackers or home invaders with light. In this course students will learn concepts of firing, manipulating and operating a firearm with and without a flashlight in a low/no light environment. A number of low light skills will be presented and practiced via force-on-target drilling. 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 in reduced or no light. 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
Illumination Tools and Tool Selection
Low Light Shooting Techniques
Use of Ambient Light Sources
Target Identification and Engagement
Proper & Improper Lighting Methodologies
Low Light Problem Solving & Strategies
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 Low Light 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).

Please share! Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

Extreme Close Quarters

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by admin 2 Comments

If you carry a firearm on duty or as an armed, responsible citizen, have you considered what it would be like to engage a threat at contact distance? Maybe you’re  thinking that you never allow anyone to get that close because you are always situationally aware and in control of every situation. If  thats your line of thinking then you probably never do things like stand in line at a store, go to a movie, attend a meeting, sporting event or social function. All of these examples place others, often unknowns, within arms reach on a regular basis. The fact is you won’t get to choose when, where or how a violent spontaneous encounter happens, the bad guy does.

Watch this video, study it and consider your current level of training:

 

So what skills will you need to navigate a situation like this? Have you only shot your handgun at paper targets? Have you done any pressurized force-on-force training against a resisting, non-compliant partner or opponent who is actually trying to strike you or take your gun away?

 

 

iPhone Pics 167

 

 

Some considerations:
1) What is your current fitness level? Watch the video again and note how long deputy Mitchell had to grapple with, run from, avoid and fight with his opponent; it was awhile. Do you have gas in the tank for that?  Getting Back Into Shape

 

2) Have you trained and conducted live fire from a viable retention shooting position? Viable meaning you have tested it out with simmunitions or airsoft or marking cartridges or some type against someone trying to muzzle avert you or grab your gun and take it away.

 

3) Where is your support hand when shooting from the retention position? If your support hand is on or near the gun, why? For retention purposes? When the opponent knocks you out because neither of your hands is defending your head no retention position in the world will help you keep that gun. The support hand should be active, up and ready to protect the face, neck and jawline.

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 7.18.19 PM

 

 

4) Is the muzzle flat along your side pointed directly at the opponent or angled downward at a fixed, known angle? As seen in the video above and as seen in pressurized force-on-force training the opponent will more often than not close space and attach to keep you in range for their strikes. A natural reaction is to extend the support hand, push danger away or block incoming blows. If your muzzle is flat, or at an unknown angle how will you know if your rounds are going to strike your opponent or yourself? The higher the muzzle of your gun travels the more chance of shooting your support hand during contact AND the higher the muzzle travels the more of your weight goes back on the heels enabling an aggressor with good forward momentum to knock you over and onto the ground.

 

 

5) What will you do if your muzzle is averted or your rounds have minimal effect on your opponent? Do you have standing grappling skills? Are you capable of retaining the handgun against realistic pressure of assault by an aggressive assailant?

 

 

6) What will you do if the handgun malfunctions? At extreme close quarters you may not have time or space to conduct immediate action, tap-rack. Do you have other physical defense skills or knowledge on how to utilize the malfunctioned handgun as an impact tool force option?

 

 

These are just a few things I thought about when I first watched this video. Training and practice shooting at paper targets and steel is fun but if you never test the skills and techniques you have learned against a resisting opponent, its all just theory. Just because something looks good and puts holes in the anatomical target zones of a paper target doesn’t mean it will work in real life. Train a skill, practice that skill and whenever possible, test that skill.

Chris

 

 

Please share! Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

New Course – Defensive Fundamentals

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by admin 1 Comment

MDTS is proud to collaborate with William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting to offer our clients the Defensive Fundamentals: Mindset & Techniques course. This 8 hr. program of instruction offers a unique insight into the essential Mindset & Physical Techniques necessary to navigate a defensive shooting. A combination of break out interactive lectures and fundamental pistol operation skills this course provides the end-user with the physical gun-handling skills AND the essential mindset to implement those skills under extreme duress. Understanding yourself, the criminal and the conflict is the focus of this course. How to prepare for and deal with a defensive shooting, before, during and after is essential to WINNING and returning home safe. If you own a handgun for personal defense, in or out of the home, this course is mandatory to your defensive training, development and readiness.

 

Ballistic Radio Interview with William Aprill – 2/16/14 

Ballistic Radio Interview with William Aprill – 7/14/13

 

Course content will include but is not limited to:

  • The 5 W’s of Risk
  • Legalities of Deadly Physical Force
  • Fundamentals of Gun Handling
  • Rapid & Accurate Threat Engagement
  • Emergency Gun Handling
  • Decision Making & Critical Thinking
  • How Criminals Select Victims
  • Deselection Strategies

 

Equipment List:

  • NYS Pistol permit
  • serviceable pistol
  • comfortable clothing or duty uniform
  • 200 rounds ammunition
  • minimum of 2 magazines/speedloader & holders
  • sturdy belt & strong side holster only
  • eye & ear protection
  • weather appropriate clothing
  • hydration
  • note taking materials
  • cover garment

 

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

First time this course is being offered:
Defensive Fundamentals: Mindset & Technique – May 10 – Uniondale, NY

Please share! Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

Defensive Fundamentals: Mindset & Technique

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by admin 1 Comment

MDTS is proud to collaborate with William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting to offer our clients the Defensive Fundamentals: Mindset & Techniques course. This 8 hr. program of instruction offers a unique insight into the essential Mindset & Physical Techniques necessary to navigate a defensive shooting. A combination of break out interactive lectures and fundamental pistol operation skills this course provides the end-user with the physical gun-handling skills AND the essential mindset to implement those skills under extreme duress. Understanding yourself, the criminal and the conflict is the focus of this course. How to prepare for and deal with a defensive shooting, before, during and after is essential to WINNING and returning home safe. If you own a handgun for personal defense, in or out of the home, this course is mandatory to your defensive training, development and readiness.

 

Ballistic Radio Interview with William Aprill – 2/16/14 

Ballistic Radio Interview with William Aprill – 7/14/13

 

Course content will include but is not limited to:

  • The 5 W’s of Risk
  • Legalities of Deadly Physical Force
  • Fundamentals of Gun Handling
  • Rapid & Accurate Threat Engagement
  • Emergency Gun Handling
  • Decision Making & Critical Thinking
  • How Criminals Select Victims
  • Deselection Strategies

 

Equipment List:

  • NYS Pistol permit
  • serviceable pistol
  • comfortable clothing or duty uniform
  • 200 rounds ammunition
  • minimum of 2 magazines/speedloader & holders
  • sturdy belt & strong side holster only
  • eye & ear protection
  • weather appropriate clothing
  • hydration
  • note taking materials
  • cover garment

 

NOTES:
* 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.

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

Please share! Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

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.

 

PCC2

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?

 

PCC1

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.

 

Photo 298

 

 

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

 

 

Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 7.08.52 AM

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.

 

 

 

MDTS Schedule 

Please share! Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

Speed & Trigger Dev Drill

Posted on: December 2nd, 2013 by admin No Comments

Trigger

 

This drill and target are an adaptation of Ron Avery’s Trigger Bar Target drill. I first saw this drill in early 2000 and it helped me diagnose and improve on some trigger management issues I was having and improve my speed.

 

We use this target to help:

1) Develop a shooters speed via the use of tempo

2) Monitor and diagnose trigger management issues

3) Monitor and diagnose grip management issues

 

This drill requires 15 rounds total and begins at 3 yards.

The shooter fires five round on each vertical bar beginning with the bar on the left. The first five rounds are shot at a tempo of approximately 1 round per second. The goal for each set of five rounds fired is to keep all five rounds in a tight group in the middle of the first vertical bar. The next five rounds are shot at a slightly faster tempo, one round per every half second. The final five rounds are shot at an accelerated tempo of one round per every 1/4 second. You will notice each group becomes a little bigger than the last as shot tempo is increased. Do your best to keep all rounds in the vertical bar.

The shooters tempo can be dictated by a partner counting out loud. For example, for the first bar the count would be one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand and so on. Break the shot on the number. So, following a tempo of one-one-thousand, the shooter will shoot when they hear ONE, pause during the one-thousand and fire again on TWO, pause during the one-thousand, etc.. This takes approximately 1 second to say. Eventually, the shooter should be counting the tempo to themselves. Download the PDF (see link below) print it out and take it to the range. Directions for the other tempo’s are listed on the target.

Please share! Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

MDTS Pistol Drill Target – “Chase” Drill

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by admin No Comments

A printable pistol accuracy training target that makes practice fun

 

Some of us here in the Northeast are limited by the rules imposed at our respective range when it comes to firearms training and practice. No rapid fire, no movement, no drawing from the holster. “Change ranges or move” isn’t that easy for people who have established lives, families and jobs in this region of the country or in our home state. The number of ranges is also very limited from county to county, state to state. So, how do we get decent training while adhering to such rules. Here is one solution (I hope to post others over the next few months) that I have found to work well under these restrictive conditions allowing me to work on essential skills and get a decent shooting practice session in vs. just going to the range with no definitive plan of action. That is also worth mentioning; have a plan whenever you go to the range. Ammunition has been limited, prices are high and time is limited. Get the most out of your practice session in the fewest number of rounds.

 

I shot a drill called the “Chase” drill with some friends several years ago (2008?) Wherein one shooter engages a designated target and the second shooter (partner) immediately located and shot the same designated target, attempting to put their round through the same hole as shooter 1. Its a fun drill and has great value in my opinion so I drew up this target, range drill sheet. It can be used for practice in two (probably more) ways:

 

1) As a precision marksmanship practice tool – Start at 2/3 yards and slow fire one precision shot into each triangle then increase distance by one yard. We see in classes that once a little pressure is introduced shooters groupings start to open up, sometimes significantly. So, use this target to practice those marksmanship skills learned in class.

 

2) Chase Drill – as described above, use this target to “Play practice” the chase drill with a shooting partner. Don’t go in any defined sequence if you are the first to shoot. Pick the top right triangle, then a middle one, then one on the far right and so on. Your partner has to locate where your round went and do their best to rapidly place their round right on top of your round. If you miss a triangle the drill begins again and they get to go first. If they miss the hole you punched in the triangle you continue to lead the drill. Have fun and let me know how you do.

 

Printable Chase Drill Target

 

 

 

Please share! Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr