M.C.T.A. INC         

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ABOUT

M.C.T.A. was founded in 2013 by its director, Michael Honkala, to be the shooter's choice for training and plinking. Through years of hard work and fighting with insurance companies and red tape, the MCTA facility was born. Located in the Stennis Space Center buffer zone in southern Mississippi, Mike built a 300, 200 and 100 yard rifle ranges, four 25 yard pistol ranges and one 50 yard training range on 14 acres of privately owned land. This facility coupled with 53 years of combined experience from our staff makes M.C.T.A. the premier shooting facility in the local area. M.C.T.A. is SHOOTING EVOLVED! 

Michael Honkala

Director & Lead Instructor

Mike joined the US Navy at 17 years old and upon completing Navy Recruit Training he immediately volunteered as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) assistant. He was then stationed overseas in Asia for his first tour of duty and learned how to thrive in high threat environments. Mike was subsequently deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm. After returning from his deployment he volunteered as a Special Warfare Combatant Craft team member where he excelled in costal and riverine warfare operations. Mike continued to deploy to various high threat environments while training host nation troops in maritime operations. Upon retiring from active duty from the US Navy in 2006, he was vetted and selected by various classified government organizations. After 32 years of continuous deployments to hostile and high threat areas, Mike wanted to pass along his experience and knowledge. With this desire he opened Mississippi Combat Training Academy to bring this desire to fruition.

Thom Kelly 

Range Officer and Instructor

Thom was born and raised here, in the great state of Mississippi, where he joined the United States Army. Once in, he learned of the 75th Ranger Regiment and immediately volunteered for a position there, graduating ranger indoctrination and jump school. Thom was stationed with 3rd Battalion 75th rangers as a sniper. Latter he went to the Army’s Foreign Weapons School and NCO academy; he is a specialist in photo recon, communications, and distance shooting.

 

Thom currently owns Kelly’s firearms and is a certified NRA handgun instructor. Thom is qualified in tactical combat casualty care and holds a degree in herpetology.

 

P.S. don’t fall asleep around him or you might find a snake in your lap.

Frank "Kurz" Russo

Instructor

Frank is our newest member to our training staff. He found his way to us through many years working in the high paced field of private security, executive protection, recovery agent and combative fighting. He also worked as contractor with a firm doing convoy escort and site security for over a year. Frank is certified in CPR AED use, private armed security agent, NRA instructor certified in pistol, range officer and personal protection in and out of the home.

 

One of his passions is fitness, as a certified fitness coordinator, Frank has brought new vibrancy to our staff with a workout/shooting program.

 
P.S. Frank lifts heavy things!!!!

Bill

Instructor

Frank is our newest member to our training staff. He found his way to us through many years working in the high paced field of private security, executive protection, recovery agent and combative fighting. He also worked as contractor with a firm doing convoy escort and site security for over a year. Frank is certified in CPR AED use, private armed security agent, NRA instructor certified in pistol, range officer and personal protection in and out of the home.

 

One of his passions is fitness, as a certified fitness coordinator, Frank has brought new vibrancy to our staff with a workout/shooting program.

 
P.S. Frank lifts heavy things!!!!

“In 1776 men would line up shoulder to shoulder load their rifles and stand opposite each other in a field, shooting until somebody quit. Fast-forward 200 years and now fighting is chaos, those with the least skillset will lose.
M.C.T.A.  does not hold to one set of gun fighting principles. If you have seen or heard about a technique, we will try it and find the right place to insert it into your skillset. Shooting in combat, competition or during that life threatening moment you may have, is different than from 1776. The weapons have evolved, tactics have evolved, the technology has evolved. So as a shooter we must evolve. We are
SHOOTING EVOLVED!" 

Michael Honkala, Director & Lead Instructor