MDFI Foundation Carbine


MDFI Foundation Carbine

1-Day Class | 9am – 7pm
(view available classes below)

(this course has been registered with MCOLES for use of PA 302 Law Enforcement Distribution funds and earns training credit within MITN)


Valid CPL or Law Enforcement Credentials (if you do not have either, email us for instructions).

Must have working operational knowledge of the firearm you bring to class (i.e know how to load/unload safely).


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MDFI students receive 5% off at Fenix Ammo.
Promo code in email confirmation after registration.


Class Flow: MODERATE (students can expect full day of shooting and weapon manipulation from a static line).

Foundation Carbine is designed to stress the importance of proper weapon manipulation and shooting techniques. The goal of this MDFI Foundation class is to build a strong and efficient foundation regarding the proper use and manipulation of the Carbine as a defensive tool. Without a strong foundation, any additional training is wasted time. This class will prepare students for our “Advanced” level classes and is a mandatory prerequisite to move on with the MDFI curriculum.

This class is for students who understand the fundamentals of marksmanship, live by the four rules of responsible firearms handling, and are looking to learn to use the rifle/carbine as a defensive tool.


  • In-depth Firearms Responsibility (safety) and Medical Briefing
  • Inspection and Inventory
  • Carry, Presentation, and Shooting techniques
  • The Threat Engagement Process
  • Carbine Manipulation
  • Ammunition Management
  • Stoppage/Malfunction Actions
  • MDFI Foundation Carbine Qualifier



  • Sighted-In Semi-Auto Rifle/Carbine (rifles that accept AR-15 or AK style magazines are most common, but we can work with you on any type)
  • Bring Rifle / Carbine As You Have It Setup for Defense
  • 250 – 400 Rounds of Carbine Ammunition
  • 3 Magazines
  • Magazine Carrier (to fit your role of the firearm: pants pocket, belt pouch, chest rig, etc.)
  • Eye + Ear Protection
  • You must bring your CPL (or LE credentials) to class.


  • Appropriate Clothing for Weather
  • Sunscreen / Insect Repellent
  • Folding Canopy, Table and/or Chair
  • Snacks + Drink for 8 Hours of Training



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 15 reviews

Took foundation carbine on July 25 2021. Loved every minute of it! The instructors are total professionals! I can not say enough good things about my experience, it was all good! I have no desire to train anywhere else. This was my third class with MDFI and will not be my last by a long shot! Thanks fellas!

 by Nick S. on Class: Foundation Carbine

This was my second MDFI course and it did not disappoint. Tim, Thomas, and Grant were outstanding in their instruction, patience, and humility with all the students regardless of their skill set. This course definitely gave me a solid foundation and plenty of golden nugget moments for me to work on moving forward. I particularly liked when Tim would push you through the mag changes and/or malfunctions to build some stress and push you. When he needed to break it down and explain it after, he explained it in such a way that it built up your confidence. The EGO-FREE aspect of this type of training is second to none. The cadre makes it very comfortable after the briefing, explains their expectations very well, and their eagle eye for safety is impeccable. Every drill builds off the next, and you walk away more confident in knowing your rifle platform. Awesome class! See you at the next one!

It was super hot out but that did not take away from this amazing class. The Bluewater Sportsman's Association is an awesome range and the instruction as always was top notch. I feel far more confident with basic weapon manipulations after taking this class and I think it is something everyone who owns an AR-15 or similar rifle should take. This class will help you find out whether your gear is ready to take on the more advanced courses.

 by Rich C. on Class: Foundation Carbine

As an assistant principal my everyday job is to evaluate instruction and learning. Good teaching is evident and easy to spot regardless if it is in a math classroom, a PE class, or on the range in a defensive firearms course. Tim and Tom did a great job of providing thorough explanations of the curriculum and frontloading shooters with the information that they needed. They would then break it down into manageable chunks/smaller drills that would then be scaffolded into a larger drills that put all the pieces together. Tim and Tom would then model/demonstrate each drill before beginning to instruct it. They also provided great immediate feedback to shooters as they were conducting the drills, including pushing the more advanced shooters further and spending more time with novice shooters who needed the additional instruction/help. This is exactly what I would want to see when I walk into a classroom in my building. They did a great job overall and I highly recommend any class that Tim and Tom are instructing.

Incredible class to familiarize yourself with the AR 15 platform. My skills improved greatly throughout the day due to the top notch instruction. As always with MDFI the class was safe and fun.

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