Student Review: Defensive Concealed Handgun May 13 – 14: Tim B

I am 58 years old and have been carrying a concealed handgun on and off since 1990 and consistently every day for the last six (6) years.  I have read a number of books by Massad Ayoob, John Farnum, Jeff Cooper and others, studied a number of instructional DVD’s and practiced what I thought were the correct ways to draw and shoot, and had thought through the reasons behind why I carried a concealed weapon.   But I had a nagging fear that I couldn’t shake that I’d missed something or things weren’t as they seemed.  On April 20, 2017 as I read (SB) like I do almost every day, I read the editor’s post suggesting the reader check out the upcoming training events that Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) had scheduled for May and June.  I went to the MVT website via the SB link, was impressed with what I saw and read on the MVT website and immediately registered for the Defensive Concealed Handgun class that was scheduled for May 13-14, 2017.

The first couple of hours on the first day (Saturday) was a presentation / discussion that covered safety, holsters, belts, magazine carriers, “dressing around the gun”, etc.; topics that I’d read a lot about and had worked to incorporate into my daily routine.  Though I was impressed by the depth of Scott’s (the instructor) knowledge and his delivery, I began to think that I’d been doing things right and that I was in a “good place”.  I couldn’t have been more wrong…..

We moved to the range, and after additional cautions about this being a “hot range”, Scott evaluated each of the class members’ choice of handgun and their “skills” in handling their weapon.   Though it was a small class of five (5) attendees there was a wide range of skills and proficiency and mine weren’t anywhere near where I thought they were.  After the initial evaluation, Scott informed me privately that I had developed a number of bad training habits (scars) that could potentially get me and others badly hurt or killed, but that, if I was willing, he would help me “cut off those scars”.  He stressed that it wouldn’t be pleasant for me but that those habits needed to change now, and he asked me if I was up to making the changes needed.  I asked him to correct me as he saw fit, and he did.  I am personally grateful that Scott practiced of the concept of “criticize in private, praise in public”, and I know the others in class were as well.  We were all the recipients of a great deal of individualized instruction from someone I came to realize was not only a highly skilled professional but also one who is truly a teacher, one who could coach and re-train others to remove bad habits and form new ones.  And I know that this combination is rare indeed.

We learned to correctly and safely perform all of the skills listed in the class outline and the drills and scenarios practiced on the second day were eye-opening to say the least.  A week later, I am still processing what I learned and writing down details that I don’t want to forget.  I no longer have that “nagging” doubt that something isn’t quite right; I now have the skills I need and I know the right way to practice   I am immensely grateful for Scott and MVT for what they do and how they do it and I will definitely be back for more training at MVT.  If you are considering signing up for training, please do so.  As far as I am concerned, MVT is the only place to go.

We have a number of training events coming up at MVT and we have space. It seems that the ‘Trump Slump’ has started to bite and normalcy bias is in full swing. Oh what a terrible short-sighted mistake! If your only reason for tactical / firearms training was fears over the election result, then I really advise you to review that closely.

June 3-4: Scott runs Combat Rifle Skills in Romney, WV.

June 10-11: Chris runs Combat Rifle Skills in Spokane, WA.

June 16-18 is the massive discount on the CQB/Force on Force weekend with Max & Scott in Romney, WV.

July 7 – 9: Max & Scott run Combat Team Tactics in Romney, WV.

July 8 – 9: Chris runs Combat Rifle Skills in Spokane, WA.

July 22 – 23: Scott runs Defensive Concealed Handgun in Romney, WV.

August 3 – 6: Max & Scott run Combat Patrol / Direct Action in Romney, WV.

August 19 – 20: Scott runs Combat Rifle Skills in Romney, WV.

August 18 – 20: John runs CQBC in Romney WV (May is full but we have space on the August class.

September 2 – 3: Scott runs Defensive Concealed Handgun in Romney, WV.



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