1-Day Class
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Class Cost: $225

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

This course is endorsed by Modern Samurai Project.



MDFI Foundation Handgun

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



The Dot Life is the perfect class for those that are new to running a slide mounted Red-Dot Optic (RDO) on their handgun or for those familiar with the setup but looking to improve their performance with the pairing.

In an industry filled with “Red Dot Classes” that are simply the run of the mill handgun class with everyone shooting red-dot-equipped handguns, The Dot Life is in a category all its own.

The course is designed to help students hone their skills and learn new tips and techniques to get the most out of their equipment.  Students and cadre will work together to address the common roadblocks many shooters encounter when making the transition from iron sights to a red-dot equipped handgun in a safe, fun, and educational environment.

With the goal of helping shooters become more confident and capable with the defensive handgun setup, it is also endorsed as a precursor class to the incredible red-dot-specific classes offered by our friend, skilled shooter, and training affiliate Scott Jedlinski of Modern Samurai Project.


  • In-Depth Firearms Responsibility (Safety) / Medical Briefing
  • Zero Options and Selection
  • Benefits of Using a Red-Dot Optic (RDO)
  • Proper RDO Usage
  • Efficient RDO / Handgun Presentation
  • Techniques of RDO Usage at Varying Ranges
  • Understanding Acceptable Target Area



  • Red-Dot-Equipped Semi Automatic Handgun
  • At Least 2 Handgun Magazines  
  • 300 Rounds of Handgun Ammunition
  • Eye & Ear Protection
  • A Quality Holster (see FAQ for allowed types)
  • You must bring your CPL (or LE credentials) to class.


  • Magazine Carrier
  • Appropriate Clothing for Weather
  • Sunscreen / Insect Repellent
  • Folding Canopy, Table and/or Chair
  • Snacks & Water for A Full Day


This course is only available to MDFI Alumni therefor you must be logged in to your Alumni account to register.


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The Dot Life
Average rating:  
 21 reviews
 by Rich

This class is a great learning experience for shooters across all ranges of experience in regards to running a dot. 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 or on the range in a defensive firearms course. Tim, Brandon and Grant 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. The instructors 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, Brandon or Grant are instructing.

 by Jonesey

MDFI never disappoints, I have been shooting with a dot on most of my handguns for 7-8+ years and this was my first time taking "A Dot" class and it was well worth it. Brandon & Tim did an amazing job keeping everyone engaged and switched on. The flow of the call and curriculum covered everything for shooting with a dot and proved many myths that you hear about wrong. They kept the line extremely safe and made sure that everyone had a great time. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has a dot on a blaster no matter how long you have been running it, you will defiantly take away things that you can work on for your future training.
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 by James Belcher

This class really helped me to further my skill set with using the red dot in the defensive use of a pistol. Learned some great "nuggets" to speed up the process. Brandon and Tim went above and beyond to make sure everyone was tracking, and no one was left behind. You will be hard pressed to find this level of instruction being done in such a safe professional manner than what Trek and crew do at MDFI.

 by Tristin

Taking classes with MDFI is always something to look forward to. They are solid guys with so much information to give, all while making you feel extremely safe and comfortable.
I learned so much information last weekend about utilizing my red dot in the correct and most efficient way, and I am looking forward to continuing to learn from them as I adventure into more classes. Thanks Brandon and Tim (and Trek). Ya'll are much appreciated.

 by Chris

I took this class back in September so I have had a few months to apply what I learned in our class time with Tim and Brandon. When I took the class I was probably just a few months into utilizing a red dot. There was much to take from the class. The main thing that I picked up was how the dot is there to tell you how well you are reacquiring the target after each shot, not just it's use as an initial aiming device. It was monumental to realize that the red dot is a "story teller". So, since the class my groupings are more concise because I am focusing on my fellow thru that more to get the dot back on target. Paying more attention to where the dot goes clues me in to where the shot already went. Well done fellas, once again, teaching a relative newbie how to become a more responsibly armed citizen.

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