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What will the threat be?

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by admin No Comments

What will the threat be? This young man walks up to homes in nice neighborhoods, rings the doorbell to see if anyone is home then breaks in; with a gun. What if you were home during such an incident or came home during the break in? Is this who you picture having to verbally engage, go hands on with or point a gun at? Being “ready” means more than being alert and having a gun or knife. It means you need to have a place in your head for a variety of situations, a variety of possible threats AND have the willingness and ability to take action when/if required. It may be a gang of men on motorcycles chasing you down a highway or three men with hammers or maybe it will be a young man with a gun. Create a space in your head for it because it’s out there. #mindset #training #mdts #readiness #awarewillingprepared #willingness



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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NEShooters Summit 2014

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by admin No Comments

This will be five years that I have taught at the NEShooters summit in Pelham, NH. Training conferences like these are an excellent opportunity to sample and attend training on a number of personal protection and shooting oriented topics with some great instructors with varied backgrounds from all over the U.S. It is also a great way to connect with like-minded people while getting some excellent training. Come join us this year.

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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


*** 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

MDTS Update: Courses Added

Posted on: January 5th, 2014 by admin No Comments



MDTS has offered our In-Extremis Personal Medical block of instruction as a module or add-on course in classes since 2009, its nothing new. By request from clients, this year we will be offering that information in two stand-alone courses as well.


Check them out and keep an eye on the schedule page:

In-Extremis Medical Seminar

In-Extremis Medical Skills 



In-Extremis Medical Skills

Posted on: January 5th, 2014 by admin 1 Comment

The In-Extremis Medical Skills course provides instruction and hands on drilling focused on treatment of traumatic injuries within a compressed time frame. Traumatic, life threatening injuries can happen anywhere, anytime. Having the knowledge and skills to provide immediate, life-saving aide to yourself or someone else is essential for the armed citizen or law enforcement officer. In this course an emphasis is placed on injuries associated with personal protection, shooting and firearms utilization on and off the range. This course is recommended for Armed Citizens and Law Enforcement Officers.


Course content will include but is not limited to:
In-Extremis Medical Mindset
Life Threatening Injuries:
-Hemorrhage, Penetrating Trauma, Lacerations, Blunt Force Trauma
Contacting & Communicating with Authorities
Individual Medical Kit (IMK) and components and placement
Individual Assessment Procedure
Types of Bandages and Hemostatic Agents
Types of Tourniquets
Gunshot & Puncture/Stab Wounds
Sucking Chest Wounds
Life Threatening Bleeds
Wound Packing
Dry-Fire and Live Fire Practical Drills & Scenarios


Equipment List:
Serviceable handgun, Every Day Carry (EDC) or duty gear, 150 rounds of ammunition, eye & ear protection, weather appropriate clothing, footwear suitable for range, note taking material, any personal medical gear you currently own, water/hydration

*Contact us today if you would like to host MDTS at your range, training facility or come to us here in the Mohawk Valley region for one of our In-Extremis Medical 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).



Black Friday 10% Off

Posted on: November 29th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Use coupon code BF2013 at checkout to get 10% off all scheduled training classes or gift certificates from the MDTShop! One day only.

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Posted on: November 27th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Black Friday one day only discount on MDTS Training courses and gift certificates. Check back here Friday morning.

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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




NOV/DEC/JAN Schedule

Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Updated schedule for Nov/Dec/Jan, check it out and get in while you can.