Modern Armed Citizen

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The Modern Armed Citizen (MAC) course is designed to provide training in Everyday Carry (EDC) concepts for American citizens regardless of their current experience or skillset. It is for those who recently bought a firearm and want to learn how to safely use and maintain it. It is for those that recognize they “don’t know what they don’t know” about firearms and EDC. Maybe it has been a while since they have been interested in personal protection but now, they want to achieve the next level? It is also for anyone that wants to embrace the EDC lifestyle but lacks experience and the fundamentals in concealed carry techniques, training, protection ethics and legal contexts. MAC also is tailored for people that are familiar with or have always been around guns but want to better understand how firearms as a tool fits into their “personal protection toolbox.” This course is for anyone unwilling to be victimized due to not understanding their vulnerability to threats. For those that are keen on avoiding dangerous encounters and recognize the value of using situational awareness to know how to identify potential hazards prior to the incident taking place.

MAC is a tiered learning approach that incorporates training and assessment which increases in scope and complexity throughout the four levels of the course of instruction. In short, the MAC course meets citizens where they are in proficiency then empowers them to improve their skills and know their options to protect themselves and their loved ones.

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MAC introduces the Protection Ethos through Purpose-oriented Training and imparts the Three Disciplines of the EDC Lifestyle (mindset, mechanics, and marksmanship). All MAC Levels incorporate increasing degrees of Mindset (awareness and resolute mental preparedness committed to absolute confidence in winning), Mechanics (proficiency in firearms handling such as chamber and magazine checks, proper loading procedures, tactical and emergency reloading, safe holstering presentation, and correction of firearms malfunctions), and Marksmanship (specifically Defensive Accuracy and the ability to rapidly strike with well-placed hits that render the threat incapable of further violent action).

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Dynamic Response Solutions understands that combining someone’s purpose with personal security enhances the fulfillment in their lives. We specialize not only in instructing citizens in what they do not know but also blending what is understood to concepts that they are not familiar with to promote learning.

MAC Level I:

  • The Firearms Safety Rules…how many are there really and who determines them?
  • Firearms 101 (Safety, Firearm Requirements, Types, Function, Assembly, Disassembly, Cleaning, Storage)
  • Everyday Carry 101 (Why Concealed Carry? “Full-size person full-size gun?” – The Do’s and don’ts of Essential Concealment Techniques, Gear options, Loadout, Carry Positions)
  • Intro to Mens Bellator – EDC Discipline Mindset 101: Situational awareness and Confrontation Avoidance (“awareness without action is useless,” confidence projection, vigilance, road rage and anger discipline – an honest conversation, purposeful environment observation, blind spots, crowds, low lighted areas, escape routes and discarding apathy)
  • EDC Discipline Firearms Mechanics 101: (Presentation (draw), Safely Holstering, Ready Positions, Proper Loading and Unloading Procedures, Press Checks)
  • EDC Discipline Marksmanship 101: (Fundamentals of Effective Shooting (sight alignment, sight picture, aggressive stance, cascading grip - “smashing ability, recoil mgt., trigger press, recoil management techniques)
  • Range Rules (clear commands, safety requirements, “Happy Brass Dance,” safe areas)
  • Engagement Principles (shooting to stop the threat, types of hits, hit sites)
  • Defensive Shooting (thoracic and mobility disruption)
  • The Concealed Weapons Permit – (Examination and Registration)
  • Dry Practice and non-firing drills (muscle memory, skills enhancement)

MAC Level II:

  • The Great Debate: What caliber should you be shooting? (Muzzle energy, knock-down power, terminal ballistic hits, penetration)
  • The Response Gap and Defensive Accuracy (action versus reaction and the 21’ rule – fact or fiction?)
  • EDC Discipline Mindset 201: Cooper’s Color Code, being deliberate and intentional in Everyday Carry, unconditional winning and rejecting the option of failure, Semantics…words do matter)
  • EDC Discipline Firearms Mechanics 201 (Firearm retention and Dummy rounds will make you smarter – drills incorporating inert munitions, Emergency and Tactical Reloading)
  • EDC Discipline Marksmanship 201 (Deviation Control, basic firing drills, and target acquisition)
  • Legal Use of Deadly Force – public versus home defense threshold comparison
  • Less than lethal and alternative weapons options
  • Firing Positions (standing, sitting, supine, kneeling)
  • Precision Shooting (deliberate orbital shooting)
  • Minimizing Muzzle Movement and Recoil Control
  • Principles of Personal Defense (composed, remorseless, speed, decisiveness, finishing the fight)
  • Optics and Lights
  • Violent Encounters (how to condition yourself and understanding your autonomic physiological reactions)
  • Tactics 100:
    • Cover (Firing from barriers) and Maintaining Distance
    • Concealment (observing without compromise)
    • Movement: Tactical (balance and firing while moving) versus Withdrawal (all out, flat out)
  • Threat Assessment (Likelihood versus Consequence)
  • Levels of Competency (The Five Levels of Competency)
  • Know Thy Adversary (Thugs, Drugs, and Criminals)
  • “Words Matter” (De-escalation and Postering through semantics)
  • Intermediate Situational Awareness, Near / Distant Intelligence and Behavioral Analysis (kinesics, heuristics, biometrics, and proxemics)

MAC Level III:

  • EDC Discipline Mindset 301: (OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act)
  • EDC Discipline Firearms Mechanics 301 (Ammunition management, Firing, Ejection, and Extraction Malfunctions)
  • EDC Discipline Marksmanship 301 (Distance shooting, Intermediate Firing Drills, and hitting the target consistently)
  • Low light / Limited visibility decision making
  • Support-hand options and capabilities
  • Unsighted Firing and Backplate Drills
  • Active Shooter / Mass Killer Response Techniques
  • Tactics 200:
    • Avoiding corners and Fatal Funnels (slicing the pie, door thresholds, hallways, confined locations)
    • Noise and light Discipline (sounds = rounds; visually inspecting EVERYTHING)
    • Distance versus Close Quarter Engagement
  • React to contact (lateral movement, elbow defense, elbow assault, creating distance strike, creating distance exfiltrate, muzzle strikes, getting off X)
  • Introduction to shotgun
  • Introduction to carbine / rifle
  • Unarmed response to armed threats

MAC Level IV:

  • EDC Discipline Mindset 401: (Armed awareness daily standing operating procedures)
  • EDC Discipline Firearms Mechanics 401 (Firearms manipulation during movement)
  • EDC Discipline Marksmanship 401 (Pistol Combatives and advanced firing drills)
  • Home Defense Planning (Physical Security Deterrence, home alarms and cameras, home invasion: what to do if you are home versus arriving home, Checklists for success, windows, doors, ingress to egress preparation, Detection, Proper Weapon and Ammunition Type considerations)
  • Shotgun Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for close quarter
  • Carbine / rifle Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for close quarter
  • Pistol Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for close quarter
  • Firearms Drills (advanced)
  • Counter-Ambush response methods
  • Counter-Carjacking response methods
  • Counter-Mob Violence response methods

There are both classroom and practical skills range assessment portions of this curriculum.

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