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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.

UNTHINKABLE: Concepts and Techniques for Gravest Extreme

Practical Shotgun Skills for Home Defense

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Date(s) - 09/29/2017 - 10/01/2017
6:00pm - 5:00pm

Burro Canyon Shooting Park



A joint colaboration between Chris Fry of MDTS and William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting, this course combines elements of the Unthinkable! presentation and practical shotgun skills in regards to better understanding and defending ourselves from Violent Criminal Actors, their victim selection process, and developing a survival mindset and plan in regards to home protection.

Sept 29th – 6pm to 10pm
Sept 30th – 9am – 5pm
Oct 1st – 9am – 5pm

Friday evening – Centerline Gym in Long Beach, CA
Saturday and Sunday – Burro Canyon Shooting Range

Cost: $550 + $50 range fees

Contact Drew at to reserve your spot.

The MDTS Practical Shotgun Skills class is designed for anyone interested in personal protection with a shotgun. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, dry-fire and live fire drills students will develop familiarization and proficiency with their personal shotgun. This class is ideal for home defense with your smoothbore. It is set up for the Remington 870, 1100, 1187 and Mossberg 500 and 590 platforms but other platforms can and have been used in this class effectively.

Unthinkable! is, in brief, a tour of the dark side of criminal violence. In a series of lectures, attendees will undertake a fast-paced and interactive overview of how dangerous aggressors think as they decide whom to victimize. This presentation will review common mental and philosophical errors made by practitioners as they plan for what they hope will never happen: a determined attack by a violent criminal intent on killing you and those you love. Attendees will be exposed to a practical method for undertaking the pre-need decision-making necessary to a sound self-defense and survival mindset, providing increased awareness and a clear path to maximize their capacity for self-protection.

Topics covered include:

Day One (4 hours): Classroom
– Violent Criminal Mindset
– Assaults on the home
– Home defense parameters particular to the shotgun

Day Two and Three (16 hours): Range and Lecture
– Mindset
– Firearm Safety/Range Safety
– Patterning
– Ammunition and Selection
– Modifications and Options
– Ready Conditions – Vehicle/Home Ready/Tactical Ready
– Stance, Mounting, and Grip
– Recoil Mitigation
– Fundamentals of Marksmanship
– Prepatory Gun Handling
– Proactive Movement
– Emergency and Tactical Loading
– Slug Select Drill
– Fundamental use of Cover and Concealment
– Reactive Movement
– Response Planning – Team (spouse, son or daughter) Tactics
– Communication with Family, Contacting and Communicating with Authorities
– Transition to the Pistol

Weapon & Gear Class Requirements:

Range Day One:
-A serviceable shotgun
-Cleaning supplies
-250 Bird shot
-25 00Buck Shot
-10 Slug
-Eye & Ear protection
-Appropriate clothing for weather
-Water, snacks, lunch for full day class

Optional equipment:
-gloves & knee pads

* A pistol is not required for day 1.

Range Day Two:
-A serviceable shotgun
-Cleaning supplies
-Eye & Ear protection
-250 birdshot
-25 00Buck Shot
-50 rounds pistol
-A serviceable pistol and minimum of 2 magazines
-Strong side belt holster (NO SERPA HOLSTERS)
-Appropriate clothing for weather
-Water, snacks, lunch for full day class