MDTS Vertical Displacement Guide on Engaging Targets

By Chris Fry

MDTS Braced Kneeling Position
MDTS Braced Kneeling Position

Utica, NY –-( 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 gunfire.

This guide will focus on the varied methods of vertical displacement taught in the MDTS level 1&2 coursework.

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. The 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:

MDTS Vertical Displacement Guide

About Chris Fry

Chris Fry is the owner and director of training and curriculum development for Modern Defensive Training Systems in Utica, N.Y. where he conducts courses in reality-driven practical combative skills, extreme close quarters physical defense, tactical folding knife, and edged weapon combatives and combative pistol, carbine and shotgun skills. MDTS offers a variety of courses for responsible citizens, corporations, law enforcement, and the U.S. Military with a singular goal of providing up-to-date, realistic, and practical personal protection training. Visit:
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