At least a year and a half in the making, we finally managed to get an online store attached to this website. We have been planning and researching and planning and researching, and then we did some more planning after some research. Finally, we found a system that is going to work great for us and the way our website is built / maintained.
Right now there is only 5 products in the store, but we’ll be adding more shirts, and other NYFirearms.com goods for you guys to outfit your lives with! We are going to keep prices extremely reasonable, because we are SUPER appreciative of all of the support we get for this website. We put TONS of man hours and personal funds into making sure this website is the best on the internet for firearms enthusiasts in New York State. We also want to make sure we stay that way!
Head on over to the store: NYFirearms.com Store. Let us know what you think and give us some ideas for products you would like to see in the store! Once again, from myself, and on behalf of all of my fellow administrators and personnel, we thank you for being a part of the best firearms community for NY!
Once again, this year, we’ll be celebrating Firearms Appreciation Month, September 2012! Another year in a row, we’re the #1 firearms blog/community website in NY, so we’re going to celebrate and promote firearms appreciation and awareness. We are going to be posting some great topics throughout the month, and even have some guest bloggers and articles!
Many of our sponsors and partners will be offering special discounts to members on this site during the month! I will be adding the specials to this post as they let me know what the specials might be! We’ll also be doing some great karma giveaways on here and on facebook so keep an eye out!
Also, we’ll again be making up a T-Shirt for FAM but this time we’re going to be offering an amazing twofor special with the brand new NYFirearms shirts that are scheduled to release that month also. Once I have the sponsors and the design finalized up, I’ll post it in here! Please post up if you’re interested so I can get an idea of how many to get!
Thanks again for being part of such a great community of like-minded enthusiasts! We’re now just over 4 years old with 5000+ members! Nice job!
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Firearms Training of Western NY
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My good friend and industry Leader, Mark Craighead passed away today. Mark owned & operated Crossbreed Holsters with his family and friends. I received the news today from. the family and they asked me to pass on their thanks for the thoughts of the firearms community and their assurance that things would continue as expected at Crossbreed. We have lost a great asset today.
Mark quickly became a leader in the industry as his incredibly innovative Crossbreed Holster design and company quickly become respected for quality and function. He and I worked together on many projects over the last few years and have had the pleasure of hearing from many of his customers in my courses who greatly appreciate his efforts and his company’s efforts to meet their needs. Mark would often ask me what people were saying about the products and how they held up in class and he was always very proud to hear the great reports. He was also very eager to find ways to better serve his customers, the firearms community and the industry as a whole.
Approximately 3 weeks ago, Mark had a heart attack after a successful outpatient surgical procedure and had a very bad few days. We all believed that he had come through it and was on the road to full recovery. Earlier today, he had another massive heart attack and we lost him.
Outside of work, which he very much enjoyed, Mark was both a dedicated family man and a bit of an adventurer. One of his biggest hobbies was motor sports. He had some very impressive vehicles that he enjoyed driving/riding when time allowed. He even ran his beloved Lingenfelter Cadillac CTS-V in the Cannonball Run last year and had planned to try the Vegas to Reno Desert Race in 2013.
One thing that truly stood out about Mark was his commitment to friends and family. As Crossbreed Holsters grew, he continued to bring more and more of both into the operations to share in his success and in fulfilling his commitment to excellence. I have yet to meet anyone in the industry who had a bad word to speak of him and doubt sincerely that I ever will.
Rest In Peace, Brother.
As many of you know, we, as in NYFirearms.com, as well as myself, personally, have supported NYSRPA (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association) for quite some time now. We’ve held raffles, advertised in their newsletter, and generally sent as many people towards them as we can. We truly believe in their organization.
I personally have trained with, and had the great pleasure to call my friend, Joe DeBergalis. He is currently running for re-election to the NRA Board of Directors. Many of you already know what a great part of the firearms industry Joe is and how much he has done to protect our 2A rights. He works tirelessly on the NRA Board now, is vice president of NYSRPA, Chair of the NRA Education & Training Committee, Chair of the AR15.COM/Rockcastle Shooting Complex ProAM, and part of many other 2A organizations.
We absolutely need more people like Joe working for our rights, and I will be voting for Joe on the NRA Board again, and you should too. If you do not know who Joe is or would like to read more about what he has done or is doing, and want more information on how to vote, visit his website at Joe DeBergalis for NRA Board 2012.
Now if we could only get Joe to write some articles for us on here! 🙂
Article By Chris Fry / MDTS Training
We possess a number of ways to move in a combative environment and it is well documented that movement is a life saving tactic. Movement almost always helps us except maybe when attempting to engage a target with accurate gun fire. This guide will focus on the varied methods of vertical displacement taught in the MDTS level 1&2 course work. Vertical displacement in this context is movement along the vertical line or up and down through varied shooting positions. Vertical movement can aid us by making us a hard target when in a location where horizontal, forward or backward movement is inhibited, such as in a hallway. Vertical movement also aids us when attempting to establish a desired angle of fire or achieve maximum cover and/or concealment behind an object such as a vehicle, postal box or concrete Wal-Mart lamp piling in a parking lot.
Please note: This is meant to be a quick study guide not a treatise on positional shooting so adapt what is useful and discard what is not.
The following are (5) shooting positions along the vertical plane of movement:
Stay tuned for SHOT Show 2012 coverage starting tonight. We’ll be posting up all the pics and video from yesterday’s SHOT Show Media Day at the Range! For now, follow our twitter feed at @nyfirearms! We’ll be tweeting pics all day and all week long! Then each night we’ll be posting up a full day’s post (hopefully)!
Located in Cheektowaga NY, VRI Tactical is a fairly new (3 yrs or so) division of VRI Sharpening owned and run by Brian Benson. Brian is a big, unassuming guy who is always eager to help you out, answer a question, or discuss a piece of gear. Last year Brian attended an MDTS Combative Pistol Skills class in Buffalo, NY. I was immediately impressed with his shooting ability and personable yet non-salesman like nature while interacting with other students in the class. I also noticed his KYDEX® holster and belt pouches as well as the unique belt he was carrying his EDC (Every Day Carry) gear on and running in that class. I asked Brian about the holsters and belt. He humbly mentioned how he crafted the holster in his “shop” the day before the class (apparently no big deal!) but then lit up about the belt since it was his personal design and one of a few T&E models he had prior to full production. After lunch that day, Brian asked my belt size, and a few days later I received version 1.0 of the VRI Tactical EDC Belt in the mail for my personal wear and T&E.
Anyone who carries or has carried a handgun and all the requisite gear associated with carrying a handgun daily knows the importance of a good, firm, durable gun belt. If you don’t, then you probably don’t carry all that often or you don’t carry the handgun for extended amounts of time. For years, and probably even today, there are gun training circles that advocate leather as being the ONLY material a good gun belt should be made out of. Well, as with leather holsters, modern technology, materials, and manufacturing has caught up, and leather is taking a back seat to nylon, canvas, and plastic composites as the new industry standard for every day carry gun belts. Having used leather, nylon, and composite plastic belts, I can say that they all have their pros and cons. For example, I cannot and do not wear my Wilderness belt with dress pants; that is where a good leather belt comes into play. Likewise, I want to keep my leather belt in good shape for formal dress occasions, so I don’t wear that in classes or to the range.
THE VRI TACTICAL BELT SPECS:
The VRI Tactical EDC Belt is an extremely firm 1.5 inch double stitched tactical nylon belt with a one inch FASTEX® male/female buckle. Brian is extremely proud that this belt is made in the USA with USA made materials and deals directly with other companies to secure these materials himself. The VRI Tactical EDC Belt loops around the waistline and overlaps itself, securing back to face via VELCRO® hook and loops. Once comfortable, the 1 inch FASTEX® belt buckle is secured and then drawn tight; this makes for a very secure and comfortable fit.
I received the EDC Belt from VRI back in November of 2010 and have been T&E (testing and evaluating) as my primary carry belt for seven+ months. I carry every day; sometimes for a few hours, and sometimes for 8+ hours. The longest I have worn the VRI belt is while instructing classes, which from start to finish average 14-16hrs. Comfort is my number one priority when choosing any piece of EDC gear, and wearing a piece of kit for extended duration is the ultimate test of comfort. The VRI Tactical EDC Belt is extremely comfortable and does not loosen throughout the day, like some nylon belts do during dynamic movement sometimes associated with gun training, riding in cars for extended periods of travel (6+hrs), or during every day about town chores.
Durability and longevity is also important, and so far it has shown zero wear or tear. This was a concern based on experience with other VELCRO hook and loop belts where the VELCRO started to come off and stitching breaks down under stress or introduced to the elements. There are no such issues with the VRI belt, which I have worn in the wet, mud, extreme heat, and humidity.
The next criteria I look for in a new piece of EDC gear is how well it conceals in regard to CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) of my handgun and overall personal defense profile. Some belts look tactical in nature, and to a trained eye or astute observer, they can easily identify you as probably someone to take note of. When conducting my every day activities, I rarely want to be noticed by anyone and attempt to be as low profile as possible, infrequently wearing any NRA gear, MDTS gear, or anything that can associate me with the shooting sports or firearms. The VRI Tactical EDC Belt is lower profile than other gun belts I own; however, it has drawn attention once or twice while traveling when TSA agents asked me to take the belt off at security. It is a carry belt that I wear covered by a shirt or coat, and I have never worn it with a shirt tucked in fearing it will draw undue attention; everyone has their personal preferences.
The final criterion is integration with the rest of my EDC kit; how does it work with my gun holster, magazine pouches, and tertiary gear? Over the years, like everyone, I have come up with a system of easily changing out gear from one outfit/pair of pants to another as the daily activities with work, family, and training evolves. The VRI Tactical EDC Belt’s plastic FASTEX buckle makes for an easy switch over, threading through belt loops, holster loops and integration with other gear. I will be honest; when I first got this belt, I did not like how the male end of the buckle wouldn’t fit through the loops on my Raven Concealment holster, but after speaking with Brian and providing him feedback, he tipped me off to an easy fix for this problem. Simply slide the male end of the buckle off, thread the belt, and slide it back on. No big deal. Now, with minimal amount of practice, it’s a non-issue.
Overall, I think the VRI Tactical EDC Belt is an excellent addition to the current gun belt offerings on the market today. If you are looking for a lower profile every day carry belt that combines comfort, durability, and functionality, check out the VRI Tactical EDC Belt and let me know what you think.
VRI Tactical EDC Belt – $39.95
2725 Harlem Road Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Email firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.vritactical.com
While I’m down here on vacation, I’ve been watching various firearms DVD’s so expect more of these reviews from me! Anyways, I watched this latest one from Personal Defense Network. PDN is one of the premier websites to find personal defense video and training. They offer many DVD installations of various training installments and more. PDN’s managing editor, Rob Pincus, owner of I.C.E. Training, is very well-known in the industry as a professional firearms instructor, author and consultant. PDN has some very talented and nationally known contributors such as Cecil Burch, Mike Janich, Claude Werner, and our own Chris Fry of MDTS.
On this 2011 PDN DVD, we explore Carbine Retention and Combatives as taught by Chris Fry of MDTS Training. Chris is one of our contributors right here on NY Firearms, and nationally know for much of his combatives training content. The content on this DVD is taken directly from his Combative Carbine Skills 3&4 where you get hands-on training of this exact material.
The information on this DVD is great and I recommend it for anyone who train’s fairly often with a carbine platform. It is important, especially for people who are utilizing a carbine platform as their primary home defense firearm. One great benefit of Chris’ approach to training is the focus on defensive tactics from a civilian or citizen standpoint. Another overall comment I can make is that the information is very concise, yet complete, and there are great recaps of information after each chapter.
Additionally, Chris goes over some great information about gear choices and it’s relation to carbine retention and combatives. I think there’s so much focus on picking equipment and arguing on the internet over whats better than what, and it’s refreshing to see suggestions for gear based on a very real situation. As I said above, I would absolutely recommend this DVD to anyone who is into firearms, defense, and carbine practical usage as a whole. I was very impressed with the quality of the video, and I look forward to watching the Combat Focus Shooting one from PDN next!
DVD Topics of Instruction
4. C.O.R.R. Drills
5. Additions to C.O.R.R.
6. Direct Action Combatives
7. Direct Action Combatives Drills
8. Retention Drills
9. Alternative Strikes and Fending
10. Integrating Response with a Handgun
11. Retention of a Secondary Tool
Additionally, Jim Emmick of Firearms Training of Western NY, who is one of our sponsors and regular contributors, has written a review of the DVD as well. You can view that here: Thread: Personal Defense Network DVD titled “Carbine Combatives and Retention”
This January, NY Firearms will be sponsoring several classes offered by PFC aka Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts. For those of you who don’t know who PFC is, Las Vegas based PFC is a training and instruction company that specializes in providing integrated small arms, physical defense and tactics instruction that is innovative, comprehensive and intense.
To be completely honest, the training I have had the opportunity to partake in has been some of the best firearms training I have had to date. It is absolutely worth the very reasonable price tag for training, and for them to be holding some classes so close to many of us is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
This January, PFC will be holding their Progressive Handgun 1 (Fighting Foundation), Progressive Handgun 5 (Low-Light Engagements) and Tactical Indoor Defense & Evacuation (TIDE) classes. Below are the course description for each of these…
Progressive Handgun 1; Fighting Foundation
PH1 represents the cutting edge of combative pistol shooting with an emphasis on concealed carry applications and personal defense scenarios. Training topics include the Handgun System & Support Gear, Use of Force, Fundamentals of Shot Placement, Combative Marksmanship, PFC Shooting Responses, Ready & Carry Positions, Presentations, Administrative & Combative Gun‐handling, System Refunction Drills, Bilateral Weapon Operation and After‐Action Ready Measures. 8:30a‐5:30p.
Progressive Handgun 5; Low-Light Engagements
PH5 provides students the latest fight winning principles, tactics and techniques for deadly force personal defense in low‐light environments. Training topics include the Principles of Low‐Light Combat, Light Selection, Carry & Use, Flashlight‐ Assisted Shooting Techniques, Flashlight/Weapon Manipulations, Low‐Light After‐Action Assessments, Barricade Tactics & Reactive Movement Review, Low‐Light Movement Drills, and Low‐Light Tactical Shooting Exercises. 8:30a‐5:30p. Pre‐requisites: PH1 or approved equivalent course of instruction from a recognized training provider.
Tactical Indoor Defense & Evacuation
TIDE is an eye‐opening seminar that teaches armed citizens and professionals how to safely defend themselves or someone else indoors. Students will learn the strategies of structure clearing, defense‐ in‐place and tactical evacuation through lecture, technical drilling and practical exercises. Training topics include the Principles of Indoor Combat, Structure Traits & Nomenclature, Indoor Scenarios & Tactical Decision Making, movement methods & tempos, Door Management, Room Entry, Room Clearing, Room Management, Confined Spaces, Halls & Walls, Compound Problems, Solo & Partner CQB, Hardpointing, Crisis Egress, and After‐Action Measures. Instruction is 100% dry w/ inert training weapons. No ammunition necessary. 8:30a‐5:30p.
As I said above, it’s pretty rare that you’ll get to take these classes in your backyard. These are certainly some of the best defensive, TIER-1 classes you can get your hands on! To make things even better, PFC has offered a $25 discount off course tuition for NYFirearms.com members! Here is some more information on the classes, the schedules, and pricing.
Progressive Handgun 1; Fighting Foundation
JANUARY 28, 2012 / ONEIDA, NY
Progressive Handgun 5; Low-Light Engagements
Tactical Indoor Defense & Evacuation (TIDE)
Course/Daily Student Tuition: $200.00
$175.00 for NYFirearms.com members & LE/Mil
ATTEND ALL THREE COURSES: $500.00
NEShooters has just announced their 2012 Summit. This year they will again have some of the best trainers and instructors in the industry. If you missed this last year, then now is your chance to plan early for it! What’s even better is that NYFirearms is an official sponsor of the event for 2012. What does that mean for you? It means that our members get $30 off the registration fee! We will also be there covering the event and we may even plan to do something special for members who attend! The event will be held on April 20,21 and 22 at the Pelham Fish & Game Club, Pelham, NH.
This year’s attendee’s include: Southnarc, Rob Pincus, Michael Janich, Claude Werner, Paul Gomez, Chris Fry, William Aprill, Wes Doss, Kelly Venden, Marty Hayes, and Bill Lewitt. The cost to attend Summit 2012 is $300 normally, but NYFirearms members will be able to attend for $270. This price is actually VERY reasonable for the myriad of instruction and for two full days!
You can sign up at www.neshooters.com, or by calling 603-673-6105. If you have any questions you can direct them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see some of you guys there!
During my career in the military I was fortunate enough to use a wide variety of optics on the M-4 weapon system. While all of these generally performed well, each was built with a specific purpose and I routinely saw optics being mounted and employed incorrectly, and improper optic use quickly became a personal pet-peeve. Consequently, I’ve put together a list of considerations, tips, and TTPs (tactics, techniques, and procedures) to help you decide what kind of optic to place on your AR, and some things to keep in mind while you are training.
Purpose is paramount when deciding what type of optic to use, and most AR15 optics can be grouped into these two categories:
For the purposes of this article I will give a quick rundown of the background, purpose, and correct employment of each optic, followed by a few tips, training TTPs (tactics, techniques, and procedures), and lessons learned from my experiences with these optics.
Once again we will be attending the SHOT SHOW 2012! It will be held on January 17-20, 2012, again at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. We were invited to come back and attend the Range Day as well. This year we will be live blogging and updating twitter again, and hopefully we’ll be more prepared to see everything! Stay tuned for more updates to the SHOT SHOW!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:
WOUNDED WARRIOR FUNDRAISER SHOOT!
Sunday, May 29th
Oneida Rifle Club, Oneida NY
PLEASE NOTE: This is a pistol/shotgun ONLY event, NO carbines/rifles and this IS NOT a competition
ONLY 20 shooters allowed in each time slot, no exceptions. Get your spot now, once a time slot is filled it will be closed out.
Register for the 2 hr time slot you want to shoot in:
GROUP 1: 9am to 11am, shooters must arrive by 8:45am for safety brief and sign in
GROUP 2: 11am- 1pm, shooters must arrive by 10:45am for safety brief and sign in
GROUP 3: 1:30-3:30pm, shooters must arrive by 1:15pm for safety brief and sign in
GROUP 4: 3:30-5:30pm, shooters must arrive by 3:15pm for safety brief and sign in
CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE SHOOT ON MAY 29th? You can still donate to the WWP Fundraising effort online at the WWP MDTS Donation page below and/or join the team and spread the word to friends and family about this great cause. Myself and other MDTS staff member have already made donations so join us in supporting this cause!
I look forward to supporting this great cause with you,
We all like to get out and train, whether it be fitness, firearms and especially “tactical” training. However, very few people ever train to defend their home and family, let alone train with their family members. Enter Modern Defensive Training Systems’ Home and Family Defense Skills training class. According to the description by MDTS, the Home & Family Defense Skills course provides the home defender with immediately accessible knowledge, skills, and information to properly prepare an effective home defense. Even better, I had my wonderful wife, Erica, to take the class with me.
One of the most important aspects of this class was understanding that a proper mindset is needed to overcome any potential assailants that may try to cause harm to you or your family. In fact, one may argue that mindset is one of the most important components to making a successful attempt in defending yourself. The class includes force-on-force training with airsoft training handguns, working from cover, and low-light techniques to provide students with realistic feedback and validation of the skills taught in the class.
Some of the initial topics were discussion the mindset of home invaders and the difference between them and burglars. In addition the importance of your mindset was presented in a way that makes you think twice about how you go about your daily activities.
Then we discussed various modifications to your house and lifestyle to mitigate and deter any possible attacks. Everything from security systems and door locks to windows, garage doors and more. In addition, being aware of your surroundings was a pretty common topic throughout the discussion.
We also discussed response planning and team (aka your family) tactics, and communication both with your family as well as with emergency services. Without much training for some of the participants, including my wife, we went right into some force-on-force to illustrate several important points. These included use of flashlights to disorient your attacker, use of barricades and cover/concealment, as well as moving to saferooms with your family.
Not only was the force-on-force training an excellent way to learn and practice training, there was some great bonding between my wife and I as we worked together to solve some very real problems of defense in the home.
The final block of the day included learning to escape restraints and then it followed into a final team exercise where we had to work as a team to escape restraints, move as a team to the “safe room” and then contact authorities. It was a great exercise and really solidified all of the previous training throughout the day.
It is very hard to convey the type of emotion involved in attending a training course like this. I know that when we left the class, we spent the entire ride home talking about various changes to our house, more things we need to pay attention to, and everything else we felt we should work on to better our mindset and preparedness. This course is highly recommended, especially for people with families and a big desire to protect themselves. This is probably one of the best classes I have taken, and had the most useful knowledge over many of my other training classes. I cannot speak for my wife, but I believe she enjoyed it, because she cannot stop talking about everything we learned there!
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 Tactics (Spouse, Children)
Communicating with Family + Contacting Authorities
Firearm & Support Equipment Selection and Ready Access
Safe Rooms, Cover, Concealment & Zones of Fire
Structure Cornering, Clearing, Holding & Barricading Tactics
Challenging & Controlling Unknown Subjects
Low/No Light Considerations and Tactics
Force-On-Force Drills & Scenarios
Contacting Modern Defensive Training Sytems