You want to be ready to protect yourself, your family or perhaps someone else? How do you go about becoming ready to do this? Do you just take a class? Does it take a lifetime of martial arts or do you simply read the latest gun magazine or buy a DVD? A lot of people want to learn how to protect themselves but don’t know how or where to begin. At MDTS we have a prescription (the MDTS Rx) that prepares you to protect yourself and others:Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack
1) Harden Up
Fighting, even under controlled conditions, is not easy. The chances of getting bruised, scraped, cut or worse are extremely high. So, the first step is to harden up and I don’t just mean physically. Are you a good boxer who can’t shoot, a shooter who can’t box or the guy who shoots great but cannot run a mile? The point is to challenge yourself, do something you hate to do and then do it again, do this every day. Do things you aren’t good at before you train or practice the things you are good at. This will test your will power and will power is an underdeveloped mental attribute. Will power often separates those who can and will from those who can’t and won’t.
Training is where you learn a set of skills or gain knowledge about a particular subject. There are a number of personal protection training courses available to include firearms, physical defense, edged tools, impact tools, less lethal, awareness, verbal & physical boundary setting, the list goes on. What ‘s important is to realize that we learn a skill, especially physical skills, by doing not just seeing. It is also important to realize that training is not the same as practice. Going to a handgun class one time may mean you have been “trained” however physical skills are extremely perishable. To achieve and maintain proficiency you must practice.
Now that you have attended training it’s up to you to practice those skills perfectly and frequently in an effort to gain proficiency. Practice is like homework, nobody wants to do homework but its a good idea if you want to pass the class or a test. In terms of personal protection that test may mean your life or someone else’s. Practicing a skill can be as little as five minutes a day of dry fire pistol work or jab-cross combinations. For the highly dedicated it could be several hours a week. Regardless of which practice method fits you practice should become a priority as much as your lifestyle allows.
4) Pressure Test
Once you have learned and practiced a skill to the point where you have developed good safety, mechanics, consistency and aggression its time to pressure test. Pressure testing is performance of a skill or skills under certain training modifiers such as physical stress, cognitive mental stress, time pressure, increased accuracy standards, reduced light etc. How you pressure test depends on the skill being tested. For a physical skill pressure testing may include some type of force-on-force like sparring or working against a padded assailant. For shooting skills it may involve competition using a timer to measure speed and challenging targets to measure accuracy or force-on-force with air soft, UTM’s or simmunitions. Finally, some standards should be adopted as an on demand test of current skill level in that subject matter. Standards provide you with a means to evaluate the skills you spent time learning and practicing in order to maintain proficiency thus freeing up time to work on other necessary personal protection skills.
This prescription is a developmental road map for any physical hard skill or mental soft skill. Consider it and consider how you have approached your personal protection development up to this point. Now, consider the current and common criminal problem you may have to face: close quarters, multiple assailants with weapons. Right now, today, are you ready or not?
About the Author
Chris Fry is the owner and director of training and curriculum development for Modern Defensive Training Systems in Utica, NY where he conducts courses in reality driven practical combatives skills, extreme close quarters physical defense, tactical folding knife and edged weapon combatives and combative pistol, carbine and shotgun skills. Chris has been an active instructor with Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts in Nevada since 2003, servicing law enforcement, military and select government agencies. Chris is a certified AR15/M4/M16 and Glock armorer, contributor to various online firearms resource websites and a frequent presenter at national and international personal protection and small arms training conferences for both citizens and law enforcement.
Each month, Chris will be providing our great website with one of these editorials, called The MDTS Rx. Keep checking the site for great informative articles by Chris and others! (M. Centola)
Saturday Sept 17, North Forest Ladies Shoot & Hoot (Lockport, Niagara County) is holding their 2nd annual Women Conquering the Outdoors. Choose 4 sessions from: (air) pistol, rifle, shotgun, crossbow, compound bow, fly fishing, GPS, outdoor cooking, photography, personal protection, gardening and tomahawk throwing.
Cost is $60 and includes goody bag, lunch (pulled pork & BBQ chicken plus sides), raffles, and prizes. NY State sporting clays champion will do a trick shooting demo. All classes taught by certified instructors, and equipment will be supplied. (exception, photography)
This is a GREAT event, and a chance to learn among other ladies, and a TON of FUN!
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,
This month we will be making some major changes to the site! In this post I’m going to outline some of these changes so you all know what to expect.
First, as you all have probably noticed we are growing like crazy! We’re about to tip the scales at almost 50,000+ visits per month. We are also averaging 40-50 online users at a time. Some users who are online regularly have noticed some performance issues as of late so we’re going to try to resolve this issue by moving the site to a virtual private server. This should help with any issues and give us a major boost in performance.
Next up, we’ve listened to everyones recommendations and we’re going to update the theme of the site to something fresh and hopefully easier on the eyes for everyone. With this we are also going to be updating the forum software to VB4. This should give us some more enhancements to the forums and hopefully fix any issues that we aren’t aware of.
Last, but certainly not least, we will be adding a huge amount of reviews to the site. From our trip to SHOT we were able to make some great contacts and we will be able to review products that might be otherwise unavailable. If you are a manufacturer or a trainer and would like us to review something for you, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
Some of the products and services we will be reviewing are:
We’re also going to revive project AR-15! If you have any other ideas for us whether products to review or site suggestions, contact us or post in the forums!
Yesterday was the first day for the SHOT show. I would have had this blog post up last night, but well… you know, it’s Vegas and all 😉 Anyways, the show is held at the Sands Expo and Convention center. It’s in like 6 different rooms across 3 floors, and I’m pretty sure I might have only been through 40% of it in the first day! Please excuse the cell phone pics, as I wanted to be able to give you guys a teaser without having to offload everything from my big camera.
There are so many vendors here, it is unbelievable how anyone can even make it through all of it and remember where they are. So we started in the Law Enforcement section because I wanted to visit my friends at the Daniel Defense booth. They have nearly 5 20×20 booths, with all kinds of new products, including their new line of Ambush products, geared towards the hunting enthusiasts. We’ll have more pictures of that when I offload everything off of my good camera.
The law enforcement section was actually pretty great to walk through. I do a lot of work with local law enforcement and it was great to see the new and latest offerings, not only in firearms, but in gear and other products. It definitely made me feel good to see that there are so many great companies supporting the boys in blue.
Also, in law enforcement, was the Pelican booth, displaying a ton of their great multi-gun cases, along with several new flashlight offerings for 2011. Their products are always quite innovative, and if it weren’t for the price, I’d have the 6 AR case in Flat Dark Earth!
Also in the law enforcement section was LMT, KNS Precision, Precision Reflex Inc, EOTech, Magpul, Vortex Optics, Nightforce Optics, Phoebus Flashlights, Stag Arms, Voodoo Tactical, Meprolight, and a few others.
LoKsak, Inc had a booth in the LE section as well and they were demonstrating some high end waterproof bag solutions for phones and other gear. They had an iPhone in their bag, down in a fish tank. The phone is still completely usable through the bag, which makes the product great for people using their phones near water. Look for a future review from us on their products.
We stopped by the Accuracy International booth, which was also in the LE section, to check out some of their kick-ass chassis systems for R700 rifles, as well as their complete long rage rifles offered in .308, .338 Lapua, and .50BmG. They had a very nice booth, and their rep was very helpful in giving us a rundown on their new products. We hope to be reviewing one of their R700 chassis in the near future!
After making our way through the LE section, it was time for a small break because even though the section we were in was “small” it was probably almost of mile of walking between looping down the aisles. We wanted to get into the main section, but we weren’t prepared for how big it was going to be….
When we crossed over into the main section of the SHOT show, an overwhelming feeling came across all of us… “We have to walk this?!?!” Considering the fact that the main part of the show was probably over 100,000 square feet, it was quite the daunting task to think about having to walk the entire thing! Well, we complained a little bit more and then went on our way.
As we started going up and down the aisles, trying to fight the urge to skip through them, and just run up to the fun-looking booths, or the ones that gave out free candy, pens, or keychains, we noticed that Magnum research had a booth, so we stopped by to handle some Desert Eagles and baby DE’s.
Having never personally held one of these before, it came quite apparent that I need to purchase one to take some pistol training. However, I think Brian Hartman from PFC would kick my ass if I did. The first impression from holding the gold plated Desert Eagle in
.50AE was one of absolute coolness. I don’t think I’ve ever looked this cool as I did when holding a gold plated Desert Eagle. It was about halfway through my daydreaming of fame when my wife, Erica, smacked me and said put it down and lets go. I put it back, we moved on our way, but not without asking if they made them in anodized Pink (uhh, for her).
In the main section, there are so many booths, it was hard to keep track of which ones we were stopping at. We had stopped by the Walther booth to check out their new handgun, the Hogue booth to see their new knives, and the Allen booth to yell at them for discontinuing the tactical rifle bags. There were many booths that had hunting supplies and the like, but being I am more a black rifle kind-of guy, we didn’t stop at very many of those.
Along the way we stopped at the LaRue Tactical booth so I could introduce myself to Mark LaRue. We snapped a couple pics, and I checked out some of his new products. Seems like they have a few new, noteworthy products that we may save for some reviews in the future.
We also stopped in the “Made in Germany” section where they were showcasing various manufacturers from Germany, and their respective importers. We met a company that has a great add-on to turn a glock/1911 into a carbine. While it may not be legal for a civilian to own, it seemed like a very innovative product for law enforcement and military. We are going to do some more research on the product and it’s respective laws. Also, we will probably be receiving some samples to write some reviews on as well.
Another German-based company that we ran into was Ballistol. The product, which is environmentally friendly, is a multi-purpose lubricator/protector/preserve for your firearms. It seems like a great “green” product, and we are going to write up a review on how it holds up to some of the others.
We decided to stop at the humongous NRA booth to talk with them about recruiting. We found some great information on how we can help recruit members to the NRA as a club for NYFirearms.com. We decided to sign up and we’ll be providing information on the site where you guys can renew your membership, add a year, or sign up your wife/girlfriend/friend/etc. It will help us raise some money for the site, so we can bring new enhancements, better hosting, etc. The team at the NRA made it easy for us to sign up as recruiters, and we’re very excited to be able to offer it directly to our members. As we get more information on it, we’ll post it up and let you guys and gals know!
After finishing up at the NRA booth, we walked through the Beretta booth, and a few others before stopping by the Bushmaster booth to check our the ACR and some of the Carbon-15 AR pistols. The ACR is quite a cool rifle, despite it’s higher price tag. Obviously if you have a need for the interchangeable barrels, then it might be a great deal for you. I grabbed one off the wall, made my coolest face I could, and we snapped some pics.
The Freedom Group, which owns several large firearms companies, amongst them DPMS, Remington, Bushmaster, and Advanced Armament, had a huge display of their firearms and different products. However, Advanced Armament had it’s own booth and display, showing many of their suppressors, including some complete rifles using the new .300 Blackout round. Their marketing and their booth display was quite impressive, and their products back up their ability to market well. We certainly will be reviewing some of their products this year as well!
We also stopped by the KABAR booth where they had some brand new “Zombie Knives” which were a set of their large knives with neon green handles. They were pretty cool, and should be on any zombie-enthusiasts shopping list. Other than those, KABAR didn’t really have any other new products. They had some products that had been discontinued and were now reintroduced, but I wasn’t really all that impressed with their products.
Sig Sauer had a great booth at the show as well. They were featuring some of their new pistols, including the P290. We had a chance to hold and feel their new products along with their entire line of pistols. I also was able to meet Max Michel Jr., a new addition to the Sig Sauer shooting team, and we discussed some of the new handguns and other new products. I was definitely impressed by his knowledge and their booth display as well.
FNH USA had a very impressive booth at the show as well. We were able to handle the SCAR 17 as well as the P90, along with several other of the rifles they manufacture. The quality of their rifles show in the sample models, and they too had a very informative and well-setup booth.
As we were getting ready to head out of the show we stopped by the Glock booth and Colt booths. Both companies had very large booths, displaying all of their handguns and other products. It’s not surprising that some of the two largest handgun manufacturers had probably some of the biggest booths in the show. While we rushed through them, we will probably stop by there again today to check out some of their products.
Before we headed out of the show for the night, we wanted to stop by and see Mega Arms, which was located at the Adam’s Arms booth on the lower level. On our way there we came across the Dillon Aero booth, where I couldn’t help but test out their Minigun mount for vehicles, just in case I need to get one for my Jeep. We stuck around for a little bit longer to watch the videos on the miniguns in action before heading over to the Adam’s Arms booth to see the Mega Arms team.
When we got to the Mega Arms booth, we had a warm welcome, as we have been talking to Mega for quite some time now. They had their new MATEN receiver set there for us to check out as well as their brand new MATEN .308 monolithic upper. Both were absolutely gorgeous products.
Overall our passage through the show yesterday was pretty good. We made some great contacts for new products to review and companies to feature on here. We’re also super excited to be able to offer you guys the NRA memberships that will help keep this site going! Stay tuned for more pictures and blogging about our trip through the show today! We’ll also be adding a gallery with better pics from the good camera! Thanks for reading!
Four students at Cornell University designed a shotgun in 2001 and it’s finally going into production after Ithaca Gun had some financial troubles and had their assets sold. It’s a 28 gauge custom gun, Ithaca model 37, and was designed by the students for their masters of engineering project. Read the story on Cornell’s website here.
Thanks to The Firearm Blog where I found this.
O.F. Mossberg and Sons was recently awarded the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence 2009 Shotgun of the Year award for the Mossberg 930 SPX (Special Purpose Extreme). The shotgun is similar in function to Mossberg’s other 900 series autoloaders and features a 7+1 shot capacity with a Choate magazine extension, 18.5″ cylinder bore barrel, LPA ghost ring rear sight with winged fiber optic front sight and black synthetic stock. “We are extremely pleased with the award from Shooting Industry Acedemy of Excellence.” said Iver Mossberg, CEO of O.F. Mossberg and Sons Inc. “Mossberg continues our never-ending quest to inject the most versatility and value out of a single firearm, and we knew we had something special on our hands with the 930 SPX.” The 930 SPX sells for around $600 in stores.
Doug Turnbull (Bloomfield, NY) is known for his firearm restoration and custom work by gun collectors, owners and dealers throughout the world. His shop’s work on rifles, shotguns and handguns includes finishing, barrel work, wood work and complete restoration. Take a look at their site for examples of their work, list of services and complete pricing.
This past Sunday, I was invited out to Canandaigua Sportsmen’s Club to do some tactical shooting with Ron Lauinger of LMI, Inc. When I arrived there, Ron was already stapling various zombie targets to stands, and he said we would be hunting zombies today! I was already excited.
After chit-chatting with Ron for a while, I already had a good feeling that he knew what he was talking about and I was in for a great learning experience. Once more people started to arrive, and after the range was set up properly, the training began.
I use the term “training” fairly loosely here not because I didn’t think it was an adequate training, but because it was really a bunch of firearms enthusiasts who wanted some extra tactical training. Ron is happy to offer this to fellow enthusiasts on Sundays.
So, I loaded up my Mossberg 500 Tactical with some target loads and head down to the field, where the targets were set up, to meet Ron. At first we talk about some tactical ways to reload, better ways to hold the shotgun, and what to do once the zombies have been shot in the face. We then procede to run through some drills with various scenarios.
What a blast, though. I cannot emphasize enough that within the two hours I spent with Ron and my shotgun, I had learned a great deal both about good ways to handle my firearm, as well as how to manuver tactically with the shotgun.
For anyone in the Rochester, NY or surrounding areas, I would definitely try to contact Ron (who is a current vendor on NY Firearms) and see about coming to his Sunday adventures.
I can’t wait for more tactical firearm training. It is probably one of the best things to learn, especially if you own a firearm for home defense. I will continue to review the various training sessions I go to.
Be safe everyone.