As a strong and longtime proponent of appendix carry, Matt Jacques will discuss the application, execution and gear to allow you to carry in confidence. The seminar will cover how to completely remove all of the perceived dangers when carrying in the appendix fashion/position. We will talk about gear selection and setup, address and discuss the long list of positive points and the short list of negatives, as well as why appendix carry is a better option.
Meet Matt Jacques
Matt is a retired police detective and Marine Corps veteran. Matt spent part of his military enlistment within HMX-1, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, and he served within the Military Police MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) and after his military service, continued in civilian law enforcement.
Matt served with two Virginia law enforcement agencies and filled several billets. During his tenure, he served assignments as a basic academy recruit instructor, field training officer, detective within the Special Problems Unit as an undercover detective as well as a founding special deputy of the U. S. Marshal Capital Area Fugitive Task Force for the Washington D.C. U S Marshal’s Office. Matt served several years on a large Northern Virginia police department SWAT team as an entry team member and later was selected and served as a sniper team member until his retirement due to injuries sustained during a line of duty incident.
After his retirement, Matt was hired as the senior manager of assault weapons for FNH USA. He was involved in the FN SPR Precision Rifle program, FN Belt-fed Weapons section, and the SOCOM SCAR program. Matt was tasked with the user evaluations and New Equipment Training (NET) for SOCOM and the SCAR family of weapons.
Matt left FNH USA and returned to training law enforcement as a firearms instructor for the U.S. Department of State Firearms Training Unit within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Matt was tasked with firearms training of federal agents for diplomatic security both stateside and worldwide. The training consisted of proficiency in 18 weapons platforms and tactics to perform in both overt and covert operations in austere and hostile environments worldwide such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and conflicted countries in Africa. Matt was promoted to the chief of operations of the Firearms Training Unit in 2011. While supervising 32 instructors, Matt continued to train the operational tactical teams, snipers and high threat components of the State Department firearms programs. In 2013, Matt resigned to make Victory First a full-time consulting and training company, and is currently an industry consultant for several firearms industry companies.
With his deep and diverse law enforcement and firearms background, he is a sought-after resource for concealed/undercover training, carbine and DM/DDM courses. Matt also serves as a consultant/advisor for product development within both law enforcement and the firearms industry.
Matt has been featured in Recoil magazine and is currently a contributing writer for Recoil, Concealment, Brownells Gunnery, and Breach Bang Clear. Matt has completed and hosted videos with Panteao Productions, Trigger Time TV, and Brownells, and was the host of Make Ready TV.