MDFI Foundation Handgun


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

(this course is certified through MDFI and counts for Law Enforcement training credit)


Although not required, we highly recommend taking our YSINTG! (You Suck! It’s Not the Gun!®) course PRIOR to this classs. All students should be able to shoot the YSINTG target at 10 yards, zero time limit, firing 10 rounds, with the goal of keeping all rounds in the center of the black dot. To make sure students get the most out of time training with MDFI, students that cannot keep all 10 rounds on the target at the prescribed distance should take YSINTG! first.

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).



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

Foundation Handgun 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 Handgun 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 handgun as a defensive tool.


  • In-depth Firearms Responsibility (safety) and Medical Briefing
  • Inspection and Inventory
  • Concealment Issues
  • Carry/Draw Techniques
  • Shooting Techniques
  • The Threat Engagement Process
  • Handgun Manipulation
  • Ammunition Management
  • Stoppage/Malfunction Issues
  • MDFI Foundation Handgun Qualifier



  • Handgun – we highly recommend you train with your carry handgun.
  • 250 – 400 Rounds of Ammunition
    (Note: 9mm ammo is available to purchase after class registration – click here to view program details)
  • 3 Magazines – you may want more if you magazine capacity is 10 or less.
  • Quality Holster & Belt – Handgun holsters MUST meet the criteria as outlined in the MDFI gear policies and MUST be used IN CONJUNCTION WITH A BELT (see policies). Failure to bring proper gear to class will result in the student not being able to train with their firearm and forfeit tuition.
  • A way to carry extra magazines (pants pocket is fine, or magazine carrier)
  • Eye + Ear Protection
  • You must bring your CPL (or LE credentials) to class.


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



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 6 reviews
 by Rich C. on Class: Foundation Handgun

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.

 by Michael K on Class: Foundation Handgun

I really enjoyed this training. It built upon the skills I learned In YSINTG.

Fun, friendly and motivational staff!

If you want to be a safer and better pistol shooter, this class is for you!

I look forward to future training with MDFI!

I attended the Foundation Handgun class in Jackson, MI on 2/8/2020. Excellent class and very good instructors (Tim, Tom and Shane).

Showed me that I had a lot to work on. Very patient, professional instruction including a lot of one on one help and suggestions.

Tim did an excellent job of giving us all the necessary basic information and in leading the class through the exercises. Tom was a very personable and effective coach and really helped me a lot. I did not have much time with Shane as he was typically at the other end of the firing line from me but the time I did have showed me that he was also a very good and helpful coach.

It was a pleasure to work with all 3 of them.

Very worthwhile class!

Thanks MDFI.

Foundation Handgun 2.0 in Battle Creek.

Why 2.0? Because May 2018 was the very first MDFI class I attended. It had been 13 years since my last formal class. Why? Bad experiences. But I wanted to get back at it. I researched, asked around and was pointed to MDFI by a professional "as seen on TV" 3 gun competitor that was a coworker.

It was a lot to take in the first time. Borderline intimidating, again, because of previous experiences. The intimidation was in my head! Not only was I as rusty as a 71 Plymouth Duster, but so many poor methods I learned and practiced had to be written over. After the intros, safety brief, First Aid info and then instruction combined with individual coaching by Trek and Steve at that class, I felt comfortable by lunch. At times it felt like one on one instruction. I came home and signed up for 3 more classes.

The class today, Auguat 2019? A B S O L U T E L Y Phenomenal! I feel like I wasn't even there last year. I may make this an annual must attend for regrounding.

Today just reiterated to me that the MDFI curriculum is all tied together, and as you move along through it and then go back and retake classes Gold Nuggets pop up that smooth off some previous rough edges.

To sum it up, I just can't get enough of learning and improving while meeting great, like minded, safe & ego free people. Today was my 12th class in 15 months and the 2nd class I've taken twice.

If you're considering MDFI and are on the fence. Get off the fence! The pace is comfortable, for all experience levels. For some, it may seem like it starts slow, but there is a lot of information to take in. As you move on in the class throughout the day, and the curriculum over time, the tempo increases but the safety and education standards are never compromised.

Even though this was a foundation class, I felt challenged a little. I walked away from class feeling I could have done this or that better or I need to work on a procedure I learned in class I know I was challenged. I constantly heard the teachers working the student line assisting, reassuring, and positively affirming good techniques. When students got a little distressed, the teachers recognized it and worked to get the student back into a learning zone.

I plan to return for another class this year.

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