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Is Your Family Ready to Defend Themselves?

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

Is Your Family Ready to Defend Themselves – defensive considerations for those who have multiples firearms and multiple family members.

Who are you preparing to protect and have you given THEM the tools to protect themselves(wife,husband,son, daughter,significant other)?

NOTE-all of these thoughts and considerations are age dependent for children.



Family readiness considerations:

1)Gradually introduce the concepts of personal protection to family members vs. forcing it upon them.

2)Speak with everyone about awareness and how, as a family, you can better pay attention to what’s going on around you. Recruit kids to be “look out” for you when you have to check a phone message or direct your attention to a task in public. Kids find this game fun and you’re helping to develop their awareness skills early on.

3)Talk to them about guns, why you carry one, safety, the dangers associated with them and make it clear to them that it’s not to be discussed with others unless at the range or a shooting event.

4)Are family members familiar enough with the guns you own to operate them in a time of need both at home or in public, possibly grabbing your CCW firearm if you are down or injured.

5)The simpler the manual of arms of a handgun the faster they can learn & adapt. A striker fired handgun can be put in the eye-line, sights aligned and trigger pressed with minimal practice.

6)Do you frequently switch between “carry guns”? YOU may be familiar with and have the ability to quickly and accurately shoot every gun in your collection but can they? Switching between guns thus requires everyone be familiar and have the ability to operate.

7)Do they know where you carry your firearm(s) on your person and where you store them at home? Do they have access codes to gun-safes? (age appropriate)

8)If firearms are staged at home for protection make sure the guns they are familiar with and can operate are separated from all others, are ready and accessible to them. Having a safe full of multiple guns looks good to you but may be detrimental to them during a bad situation.

9)Disengage ego from the idea that YOU will always be the primary protector. Consider yourself team leader not sole protector. Finally, you may be the first killed, injured or not even there.


See also Home & Family Defense Skills

Personal Defense Ammo: Buckshot

Posted on: February 4th, 2014 by admin No Comments

The decision to utilize buckshot as a defensive load should be based on a number of factors:


1) Context in which you will most likely utilize firearm. Will you ever be using the shotgun outside of the home? Are you LE, MIL?


2) Area in which you live. Is your house or apartment located in a heavily urban area or close to neighbors?


3) Construction of your home. Where will buckshot pellets go if you miss your intended target, the distance is great enough that a few pellets hit target but one or more pellets miss target or the pellets over penetrate the target and continue onward?


4) The performance of the buckshot itself combined the specific shotgun you will be running it through and the pattern it prints on target at various distances. What is the greatest distance you can shoot inside your home? Your property?


5) The shotgun, how it is set up. Is it modified in some way for better performance of your rounds.


6) Could I utilize a smaller size buckshot like #4 in my personal context or is 00Buck the way to go?


7) Do you know and have control of where your family members are inside your house at all times?


These are all factors that should be considered prior to selecting buckshot for personal defense and especially for home defense.


Last weekend in our Practical Shotgun Skills 1 course I saw a variety of buckshot loads perform in a variety of ways, which is pretty standard for shotguns. One that stood out which I had not had a chance to test out was Hornady Critical Defense 8 Pellet 00Buck. See pics below, both targets engaged from 3- 7 yards.

Hornady CD 00

Note the tighter pattern of Hornady Critical Defense Load.


Rem 8 Pellet 00

A bit more spread of this Remington 8 Pellet 00 Buck.


Both are acceptable out to 7 yards however the Hornady performs better, remaining together longer and printing a tighter group of pellets and wad. This tighter performance will allow shots from greater distance and more precision when combined with proper sight and trigger management.


My preferred 00 Buckshot round has been the Federal Flight Control load, it still is. However I was impressed with the performance of the Hornady Critical Defense load and will picking some up for testing and as a back up load in case I cannot get ahold of any of the Federal loads. So, just some things to consider when selecting your home defense load and a couple options to pick up and consider testing in your gun because what works well in mine may not work so well in yours.






Home+Family Defense Seminar

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

The MDTS Home and Family Defense seminar is a four hour interactive lecture based course providing attendees with knowledge, skills, and information to properly prepare an effective home defense. Understanding the mindset you need to have, the mindset of potential assailants and common home vulnerabilities is key to an effective home defense. It is strongly suggested that you attend this seminar with a spouse, partner or other family member since they will likely be the only “Help” you will have until authorities can respond.


Seminar topics include but are not limited to:
Home Defense Mindset & Family Preparation
Mindset of Home Invaders vs. Burglar
Layering Security Measures for Home Protection
Common Home & Apartment Vulnerabilities- Security Systems, Locks, Doors & Windows
Response Planning, Individual & Team (Spouse, Son or Daughter) Tactics
Communicating with Family, Contacting & Communicating with Authorities


****Contact us today if you would like to host MDTS at your range or facility or come to us here in the Mohawk Valley region for a Home & Family Defense Seminar. We have range and classroom facilities available that can accommodate large groups (12+), semi-private (2-4) or private training (1 on 1).