Once again, NYFirearms will be sponsoring the NEShooters Summit training event held at Pelham Fish & Game Club, Pelham, NH. This is the 6th annual Summit Meeting and it will be held on April 26, 27, and 28th of this year. The focus this year will be on solutions for dealing with difficult situations. The summit will last for two and a half days and will allow the participants to meet with and learn from the training industry’s leading experts. This is absolutely one of the best values for training this year.
This year’s scheduled instructors include Craig Douglas aka SouthNarc, Rob Pincus of I.C.E. Training, Cecil Burch, Chris Fry of MDTS Training, Dave Harrington, Wes Doss of Khyber Training, Kelly Venden, Bill Lewitt, and our own Mike Centola.
Additionally, there will be a Man-on-Man shoot-off with prize money and a raffle.
The cost to attend the summit is only $300, however, members of NYFirearms.com will be able to attend for just $275! Advance sign-up is required by all.
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!
On Monday, September 12, at 6:30pm Dr. Paul Maurer will once again bring his highly informative and entertaining lecture about ballistics and the effects of gunshot wounds. Dr. Maurer is the head of Neurosurgery at Park Ridge Hospital and is an avid shooter, competing in many of the events here at GCL. If you have seen Dr. Maurer’s presentations before, tell someone else how much fun and how informative you found it to be.
I’ve been to Dr. Maurer’s ballistics lecture about five times and will definitely be going again. It’s always informative and there is always new information each time I go. Dr. Maurer is one of the best speakers you will ever see, entertaining and obviously an expert in this information.
Please, RSVP to Dave Jenkins at 585-749-7650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of the GCL seminars are free and open to anyone, member or non member.
GCL is located at 1570 Old Penfield Rd., Rochester, NY 14625. Click for a map.
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
Recently, I had the opportunity to take the Utah Pistol Permit Class with Rochester Personal Defense. The class and process was great! It was informative and I even learned some things that I hadn’t known. First they went over all the safety information and everything you needed to know to qualify for the necessary safety training to obtain your Utah Permit.
Next, they took you through everything necessary to send to the Utah permit office. Included in the cost of the class is your passport-style phone, finger prints, and the pre-addressed envelope. After attending the course, all you have to do it send in your paperwork, a copy of your license, and a check and you’ll be receiving your Utah non-resident permit in no time!
The following states currently honor the Utah Non-resident permit: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.
Note: New York State DOES NOT recognize the Utah permit.
If you want to own a handgun or carry one in New York State, you must obtain a New York State permit.
For more information on their Utah Permit Class and other offerings, check out their website at www.safeinrochester.com
The Summit 2011 will focus on solutions for dealing with difficult sitautions. The Summit will last for two days and will allow the participants to meet with and learn from the training industry’s leading experts to include:
We will be working with the instructors to ensure that this Summit will have the best mix of subject matter ever. You can be assured that there will be shooting sessions, hands onsessions and classroomsessions. We can guarantee you that you will not be bored and you will be challenged. Additionally, there will be another man-on-man shoot off with great prize money and a raffle.
UPDATE! USE THE REGISTRATION LINK BELOW AND GET THE SUMMIT FOR ONLY $260. JUST FOR NYFIREARMS.COM MEMBERS!!!!!
I’ve had the opportunity to attend Combative Carbine Skills 1&2 twice now, so I feel I can accurately review this class. First off, Modern Defensive Training Systems (MDTS) is run by Chris Fry, a well-versed training instructor as well as a great contributor to our forums, here at NY Firearms.Chris does not claim to be some crazy military, special forces, and he is especially not a ninja. With this said, he has had many years and several thousands of hours training, which can easily be seen in the way he carries himself and speaks to the class. He is always more than willing to help students throughout the class and is very knowledgeable in what he teaches.
To quote the course description from MDTS, Combative Carbine Skills series “emphasizes three critical elements of defensive shooting: Mindset, Skill-At-Arms, and Tactics.” CCS 1&2 begins the series with the fundamentals needed to operate the carbine in a combative and defensive manner. What I love, personally, is the focus on the class from a citizen perspective, which 90% of us who take these classes will be using the training for.
The first hour of the day was classroom-based training, which went over firearms safety, range safety, some carbine history and zeroing, accessories and rifle modifications, as well as some initial administrative firearms handling and platforms. Once the initial classroom training was complete, we moved out to the range and jumped right into zeroing our rifles.
Once all of the rifles were zeroed, training began. Without divulging too much of the course, there was a great deal of information thrown at the attendees. Personally, I enjoy “drinking from the firehose” as they say, but I can see how some people may not like that approach. However, most everyone rose to the occasion and stepped up their game to learn.
I also noticed that there were several people attending the class who had just bought their AR-15 or similar carbine, and by the end of the class they were engaging targets out to 75 yards, and clearing complicated “triple feed” malfunctions. Considering how some of the newer shooters were picking up the information, I have to say that speaks louder than I can about Chris’ proficiency as a trainer.
As I said above, this is the second time I have had the chance to take this class from MDTS, which has joined my resume of several other carbine training classes, and I have to say that I would highly recommend anyone with carbine rifles to give this class a shot (no pun intended). From the basic fundamentals to some advanced weapon malfunction clearing, the class provides a great deal of valuable information to the average shooter.
Combative Carbine Skills 1&2 Course Details
The MDTS Combative Carbine Skills curriculm is designed for the new rifle owner, individuals who have owned a rifle but never attended formal training as well as the seasoned operator. A solid grounding in safety and fundamentals of gun handling is presented with a heavy emphasis on the students ability to manipulate the carbine platform while mult-tasking or under stress. This is a fast paced, challenging course. Course content will include but is not limited to:
CCS1 Firearm Safety/Range Safety
History & Zero
Modifications & Sling Options
Personal Equipment Selection & Placement
Carry & Carbine Ready Positions
Shooting Response Theory
After Action Assessment Concept
Bilateral Weapon Operation
Transition to Handgun
Combative Shooting Positions
Vertical and Lateral Displacement
Multiple Target Engagement
Fundamental Use of Cover & Concealment and more…
A serviceable carbine to include M4, AR15, AK47 or pistol caliber rifle, a minimum of 3 magazines, 500+ rounds rifle – NO GREEN TIP OR AP AMMUNITION, 50 rounds pistol, eye and ear protection, pistol and minimum of 2 magazines (if you own a pistol), appropriate clothing for weather, water, hat with brim, optional equipment- sling, gloves & knee pads.
*A pistol is not required to attend this course
Additional Equipment Considerations:
Weapon mounted illumination tool, knee & elbow protection, note taking materials, lunch for full day class
Precision Tactical Shooting
Presented by: Kevin Mussack and Curt Drewel
Sponsored in part by Rochester Personal Defense, LLC., AR15.com, and NYFirearms.com
Date: Thursday, December 10, 6:30 to 9pm
Location: The Genesee Conservation League lecture room, 1570 Old Penfield Rd, Penfield, NY
Cost: FREE and open to anyone to attend
What is precision tactical shooting? What equipment do you need in order to participate? How do you get training and practice for this sport? Where are there competitions? What calibers and platforms are the best to use? What scope is best? How do I get involved?
This presentation will answer all of those questions and more. Both Kevin Mussack and Curt Drewel are highly experienced shooters and instructors for this very sport and we are lucky enough to have them both, together in the same room, for this highly informational seminar.
In addition to being a participant in many of the pistol events here at GCL, Kevin Mussack spent 19 years in the US Army (Major), is a licensed pilot, a SCUBA diver, NRA Life Member, and a certified NRA Instructor. He attended the National SWAT Sniper Symposium in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, where he presented seminars on “Counter Sniper Technology”. He has also been to Storm Mountain in WV for many classes and instruction and has a long list of other training he has participated in! (much more than we can fit here)
Curt Drewel is also a SCUBA diver, a NYS Bow Hunting Instructor, spent many years in the US Marine Corp in a Sniper/Scout Platoon, and taught their Marksmanship program at Stone Bay Camp Lejune in North Carolina. He has competed in “Special High Angle Rifle” at Thunder Ranch, The Snipers Hide Cup in Texas, and the Allegany Snipers Challenge in WV.
These two Subject Matter Experts are bringing you a lot of information about the what, why, how and where in regards to the sport of Precision Tactical Shooting. We’ve all seen the movies and read the stories about it, now come listen and talk to a couple of the guys that do it.
On Monday, September 28, 2009 there will be a lecture on identity theft and economic crime at Genesee Conservation League in Penfield, NY. The lecture starts at 6:30pm.
The lecture will explore issues regarding the use of the internet, phones and mail order. It will look at major ways that thieves steal your information or use your identity to make purchases through:
Also discussed will be how to best protect yourself from these threats.
The lecture is being hosted by Rochester Personal Defense and will be lead by Steven Coleman, CRPC, financial adviser, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. Steve Coleman joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in 2006 after a 20 year career in the Automotive Aftermarket. Steve’s educational background is in engineering, mathematics, and business. In July 2007, Steve earned his Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®), a designation offered through the College for Financial Planning.
Guest speakers will be Investigator Fred Austin and Sgt. Michael Bihrle, Monroe County Economic Crimes Unit.
The lecture is free to attend and you need not be a member at GCL. You must RSVP to Steve via email to insure there is a seat and handout for you. Click here to RSVP.
Genesee conservation is located at: The Genesee Conservation League, 1570 Old Penfield RoadRochester, NY 14625
Dr. Paul Maurer, the leading Neurosurgeon in the area and most likely in his field, will be at the Genesee Conservation League in Penfield, NY on August 31st from 7pm to 9:30 or 10 for his famous Ballistics and Wounding lecture.
If you have attended this before, stop back and get a refresher. If you have never attended, you need to see this presentation. Dr. Maurer will talk about bullet differences and how they interact with the biological medium. Very good information to know, especially about your own carry choice for ammo.
This seminar is free and open to anyone, member or non member of GCL. Please contact RochPersDef for a reservation as this highly popular lecture will fill up and seating is limited.
When: August 31 7pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Genesee Conservation League, 1570 Old Penfield Rd.
It’s only a few days away! On Saturday, March 28, 2009 forum sponsor Modern Defensive Training Systems along with AR15.com and NYFirearms.com will be holding a fundraiser for the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. The event will be held at the Gander Mountain Lodge in Henrietta, NY. See more details in the forum post.
There are two seminars being held:
MDTS Threat Recognition & Management Tactics Interactive Lecture
• Lecture and non-physical interactive drills for those new to personal defense
• 2 hrs – $20 donation to NYSRPA!
MDTS Practical Combatives Workshop
• Hands on workshop for anyone who wants to take their personal defense skills to the next level
• 3 hrs – $30 donation to NYSRPA!
You can save $10 by attending both sessions. Get directions to the location.