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  • Counter Ambush – Closed Military – Full

    The Counter Attack Team (CAT) is a tactical support element used to divert an attack.  The tactical support team escalates force by executing coordinated fire and movement.  This course is designed and suited for military and SWAT.

    This is a practical exercise conducted on a live-fire range. The students will
    demonstrate movement, IAD (Immediate Action Drills), reaction to contact, working with
    vehicles mounted and dismounted, how to withdrawal under pressure and secure a site.
    This is an advanced course and the tempo is fast paced in nature. Op 4 aggressors will
    interact with the students for the final exercise.
    This is a high energy course. Applicants must have appropriate skills prior to attending.
    At the minimum, the successful completion of a previous handgun, carbine and team
    tactics course (military, police or commercial) is required.

    In accordance with International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) Regulations, only U.S. Citizens
    will be accepted to participate in MAST Solutions courses.
    Points of Instruction (POI) 20 hours:
    • Firearms safe handling procedures
    • Combat marksmanship fundamentals qualifier
    • Surgical shooting and target discrimination qualifier
    • Movement and fluidity of fundamentals

    Vehicular skills
    1. Embuss / Debuss
    2. Placement and roles of team
    3. Driving security

    Action Drills (IADs)
    1. IADS and Their Relationship to the CAT Mission
    2. IADS That Are Required To React To An Attack Initial Drills
    1. React to contact from right, left, front and rear IADs That Terminate Actions
    1. Withdrawal Under Pressure
    2. Evacuation
    3. Consolidation

    Five Principles of Tactical Success for the CAT
    1. Surprise
    2. Maneuver
    3. Speed
    4. Control
    5. Security

    Gear List:
    1. At least 5 serviceable M4 magazines, as well as the ability to carry them on your body
    2. At least 3 pistol magazines, holster and mag carrier
    3. Active EarPro
    4. Clear or tinted EyePro
    5. Knee Pads/Elbow Pads recommended
    6. Carbine — Weapon mounted white light is recommended
    7. Pistol—weapon mounted white light is recommended
    8. Hand held light
    9. Sufficient batteries for all of your equipment

    Ammunition: 700 rds 5.56x45mm or .223 Ball. 250 rds pistol ammunition.  UTM will be provided for force-on-force.

    Confirmation and notices sent upon receipt of payment in full unless other arrangements have been
    made. Full payment is requested no later than 15 days prior to class dates.  Credentials can be scanned or a digital photo
    taken and emailed. Scanning or emailing a digital photo assures legible images while often faxing does not. USG, DoD and other organizations can continue to pay via credit card or purchase order.

  • Counter Custody with ED CALDERON


    Whether abroad or at home, we increasingly find ourselves in environments that favor the adversary. Corrupt and non-permissive environments challenge our security in ways not addressed by traditional defensive training, often leaving the criminals armed and the citizens vulnerable. To address these threats, we must learn to operate from the criminal’s perspective.

    Developed by security specialists operating south of the US border where kidnapping and ransom are common, the Counter Custody Entry Module is a direct and aggressive system designed to help you survive in locations that offer an uncertain degree of safety and little support from official channels. The intensive counter custody curriculum will force you to understand the perspective of the abductor and the experience of an abductee through high-pressure, situation-based training.

    Students will learn to observe, identify and overcome the tactics of assault and abduction, with limited resources, tools or support. From improvised weapons to the garrote, evading pursuit to confronting multiple opponents, students will leave Counter Custody more likely to avoid and survive criminal assault.

    This intensive course will provide high-pressure situation-based training.
    Counter Custody Hive ( Level 2) 
    DAY ONE:
    • Deconstruction of the threat. Review of specific abduction case studies from Ed’s personal files.
    • Social Elements: from bribery to information gathering or counter questioning techniques.
      • Aduana Exercise: pass the inspection point and get through the search and questioning. 
    • Roll reversal and understanding the criminal mindset.
    • Recap of Counter Custody Entry tool concealment and advanced tool and deep concealment option.
      • Criminal Roll Playing Exercise: Hive Group 1 
    • Students will recreate simulated abduction event in a controlled setting, learning trough experience. What does an organized attempt look like from the outside?  What surveillance methods are used and how can we counter act them?
    • The class will be divided in to two groups with each taking on the roll of abductors and victims during the span of this 2 Day immersive training experience
    DAY TWO:
    • Site hardening. Students will learn how to set up improvised security elements within a structure, be it a hotel room or laying down site.
    • Resource procurement in a Non-Permissive urban environment. Learn what you can use around you. 
      • Criminal Roll Playing Exercise: Hive Group 2
      • Self assessment and debriefing


    For over a decade Ed Calderon worked in the fields of counter narcotics, organized crime investigation, and public safety in the northern-border region of Mexico. During this period he also coordinated and worked executive protection details for high-level government officials and visiting dignitaries — often in some of the most dangerous parts of the country.

    Ed Calderon’s study in to the indigenous Méxican criminal culture, from occult practices to endemic modus operandi have lead him to be recognized as one of the worlds preeminent researchers and trainers in the field of personal security that have come out of Mexico. Ed has had the privilege of sharing his expertise with members of federal law enforcement agencies, Navy SEALS, Indonesian Kapaska, Mexican GAFE, Mexican and United States intelligence service agents, and members of special forces groups from all over the world.

    Currently, Ed travels North America doing security consulting and conducting seminars and private training courses in anti-abduction, escapology, unarmed combat, region specific executive protection work and unconventional edged weapons work. He is also a Chief Curriculum Advisor for Libre Fighting Systems and the Regional Director of Libre Fighting Systems in Mexico and a founding member of the Calidus Collective.
  • Counter Terrorism / LEO only – FULL

    As we noted last week, terrorist attacks do not materialize out of thin air. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Those planning terrorist attacks follow a discernible process referred to as the terrorist attack cycle. We also discussed last week how terrorism planners are vulnerable to detection at specific points during their attack cycle and how their poor surveillance tradecraft is one of these vulnerable junctures. 

While surveillance is a necessary part of the planning process, the fact that it is a requirement does not necessarily mean that terrorist planners are very good at it. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at surveillance and discuss what bad surveillance looks like.

    Lesson plan submitted to Host LE Training Center.


    , $295.00

    The goal of this course is to enable the student to work from, around and within a vehicle.  Most of us are in a vehicle 60% of our time and violent encounters in and around vehicles continues to grow with road rage, strong arm robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and other crime.  This course is a practical exercise conducted at a live-fire range. The students will demonstrate movement as it relates to closed space and vehicles.  The students will be proficient with safety, prior to working from a vehicle or other features. The learning environment will incorporate movement to, from, and around a vehicle.


  • Handgun 1 for Teachers and First Responders


    This is a free course.

    A teachers job is to educate; to inspire learning, and frame the minds of our youth.
    At MAST out priorities are to give you the confidence and inspiration to do so, uninterrupted; and if necessary, protect our children’s innocent lives and yours.
    On 10 March, and 16 March, 2018 MAST Solutions will be conducting a introduction handgun fundamentals class, specific to educators and first responders.
    In this one day class the student will learn to safely handle and shoot their firearm, in a group environment. We will teach you how to properly load, unload, and draw the pistol from the holster. The student will understand how to clear a possible malfunction, and how to shoot accurately. This is a technical class, but after leaving this course you will be able to defend yourself with the skills you have learned and practiced.
    This course is perfect for a beginner, or a shooter who is working at enhancing their technical skills. The fundamentals class breaks down the subsections of each skill set, so the attendee can digest and master them.
  • Handgun Fundamentals


    In this one day class the student will learn to safely handle and shoot their firearm, in a group environment. We will teach you how to properly load, unload, and draw the pistol from the holster.  The student will understand how to clear a possible malfunction, and how to shoot accurately.  Shooting a gun is simple; doing so accurately and repeatedly, isn’t.  This is a technical class, but after leaving this course you will be able to defend yourself with the skills the student has learned and practiced.

    This course is perfect for a beginner, or a shooter who is working at enhancing their technical skills.

  • Handgun Operator


    This course will focus on how to shoot and move, accurately and tactically.  The handgun and carbine operator class is a two day course that will reinforce the fundamentals class, and add non-static components to effective gunfighting.  We will introduce movement and fighting platforms as well as additional gun handling skills that round out how to skillfully handle a lethal encounter.  This course is in part, bringing the physical aspect of fighting to the fundamentals aspect of safely running the gun and accurately engaging a target.
    Digestion of what was learned in the Handgun Fundamentals class is paramount.  Drinking from a fire hose is still drinking but it’s not the recommended method for learning with firearms.  The mother of learning is repetition, and the repetitions need to occur, typically in-between a fundamentals class is this course.  This is a learning process that is accomplished after the fundamentals become a skill, but not quite mastered.

    The goal of this course is to have students learn and demonstrate the fundamentals of handgun marksmanship and perform manipulation techniques while problem solving with added movement. This course is a practical exercise conducted at a live-fire range. The student will demonstrate movement, shooting platforms, malfunctions, marksmanship, multiple target transitions, and shoot the standards to the satisfaction of the instructor.

    RANGE FEE is separate.  Please bring range fees on day 1.  Cash only.  $30.00 per student per day. 


    • Weapon operating theory
    • Loading procedures, unloading, and reloads
    • Grip, sight picture and trigger control
    • Iron sights/optics zeroing theory and application
    • Combat marksmanship fundamentals

    Handgun Operator POI (Points of Instruction)

    1. Firearms safe handling procedures
    2. Weapon operating theory
    3. Combat marksmanship fundamentals
    4. Shooting stances and its relationship to target distance
    5. Surgical shooting and target discrimination
    6. Movement
    7. Stoppages and remedies
    8. Low light and no light considerations
    9. Strong and support single hand shooting
    10. Shooting from cover, concealment, and barricades
    11. The student will be familiar with how the mechanical functions of the handgun

    Kit, each student will need to bring:

    • Functional handgun (EDC – every day carry firearm)
    • 900 rounds
    • Proper holster, holster should be snug to your waistline
    • Magazine carrier
    • Proper holster (holster should be snug to your waistline)
    • Magazine carrier
    • 4 spare magazines
    • Eye pro (clear lenses for night shoots)
    • Hearing pro (electronic preferred)

    MAST Solutions’ AWO UD 1 course is designed to train law enforcement personnel, security teams (individuals) and select qualified US citizens, in advanced weapons operations (AWO) in high threat urban environments (UD1). The AWO curriculum encompasses specific knowledge as it relates to individual concealed carry tactics to small unit tactical operations.

  • Home Protection I – Shoothouse


    This course is perfect for those who wish to protect their home, officers who regularly perform searches, or security personal (EP/PPO) who rely on skills in a ‘closed’ or interior environment.  The goal of this course is to have students learn and demonstrate the fundamentals of movement in a CQB/CQC environment.

    Movement, light deployment, marksmanship and other manipulation techniques (s) as it relates to CQB a environment, will be covered extensively in this class. This course is a practical exercise conducted at a shoothouse and NO LIVE AMMO WILL BE PERMITTED. The students will demonstrate tactics and movement as it relates to vehicles and learn individual duties while working in a ‘team’ environment.  The learning environment will incorporate movement, communication and team building.