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 by Paul on MDFI Training

Outstanding course curriculum for every class that I've taken to this point, no matter who is leading the class you will take away a very useful set of drills and or knowledge. I 100% recommend this to those that are looking to further their skill set as a responsible armed American. MDFI offers a great product, support them.

 by Leon on MDFI Training

Absolutely top notch training.
First off - there is a strong commitment to safe training which I appreciate. MDFI probably has the best safety briefing I've ever seen, but it doesn't end there - extreme care is taken to insure the training environment safe for the entire day. The instructors are all knowledgeable and professional and do a great job of tailoring their instruction to the needs and abilities of their students.

Every time I train with MDFI I get better. It's not just what I learn during the class, but it's packaged in such a way that I am able to use the techniques to continue my personal development.

I have strongly recommended MDFI to friends and family and will continue to do so. We are fortunate to have such an amazing school available to us in the state of Michigan. Highly recommended for anyone looking to get better.

 by Andrew on MDFI Training

After working in the firearms industry for almost a decade, I have taken a fair amount of training courses, most from local ranges. Trek and his Cadre at MDFI are a step above the rest. I recently completed the Foundation Handgun course in Howell, MI. The course is both challenging and fun. The intructors go above and beyond to create a safe environment and deliver education effectively and efficiently. I would recommend taking YSINTG before foundation handgun, but I did it without. I will, however, be taking YSINTG next, and Foundation handgun again. I am looking forward to training with MDFI every opportunity I get. If you are on the fence or unsure, sign up and give it a shot. You won't regret it!

 by anthony on MDFI Training

Took my third live fire course with MDFI (four total), nothing short of being awesomeness! It's true, you will learn something new with every class you take. Foundation Handgun brought out a few flaws in my shooting stance and presentation prior to pressing a shot. Definitely have some homework, thanks to Tom, Tim, and Trek!!! See you guys in 2021. Peace and stay frosty.

 by Steve on MDFI Training

Took the YSINTG class. I was completely blown away with the quality of the content for the class and the incredible instructors. The cadre are great and they create a learning environment right from the start all about safety and learning. I can honestly say it was the best pistol/firearm training I have had. A few days after the class I was able to get to the range. Applied everything I learned and could not believe the improvement in shooting. Money and time well spent and plan to take more classes through MDFI.

 by Jack R. on MDFI Training

I have attended several of MDFI's course and interacted with several of their instructors. Not enough can be said about the amount of respect I have for this company. The skills that are taught are done in a understandable and safe manner, the cadre are awesome and knowledgeable, and the classes offer more information and learning than anywhere else I have trained.

 by JRY on MDFI Training

My wife and I spent 2 days with Trek and Chang at MTC in Lake City!
YSINTG + Foundation Handgun

Enjoyed Trek's style of teaching very much. Was familiar with many of the topics, but with Trek at the helm, it was anything but the same old thing! Extremely likely to seek further training with MDFI. And have recommended MDFI to some like minded friends. Thank you for great and educational weekend. JRY.

 by Xander on MDFI Training

Trek and company with MDFI are great. I am a full tour alumni which means I have taken all classes MDFI offers. I can not recommend MDFI enough for those looking to go down the path of being a responsibility armed citizen. Being MDFI alumni and going through their classes means you will be well prepared to defend your life or the lives of loved ones. It will also prepare you for other instructor classes you may want to take down the road. MDFI will build a foundation for you to improve your skills and have fun in the process.

 by Leon on MDFI Training

I just wanted to say thank you for having me in class today. I’ve been putting off taking a course with you guys for years and I was an idiot. I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot.


Your instructors were amazing and I appreciate their knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to safety.  And as a newcomer I felt very welcomed.


My only regret is waiting until the end of the year. I’ll be back for more.


My sincere thanks and compliments to your excellent instructors.

 by Clayton on MDFI Training

MDFI is the best firearms training in Michigan! Trek and the cadre bring a lot of valuable knowledge, experience, and great senses of humor to the range. Their classes are always safe, fun, ego-free, and educational. If you want to improve, sign up for an MDFI class! I cannot recommend them enough!

 by Jsoeph on MDFI Training

I have taken most if not all of the classes offered by MDFI over the past 5 years. Their dedication to safety is second to none. I still practice some of the drills, and skill builders I learned from the very first classes I took with MDFI. One of the things I like best is that their classes are relevant to the everyday person. This isn't about learning how to be a Delta Force Operator. While I was a bit intimidated before my first class, I was completely comfortable with the pace, the lesson content and the range time before the day was over. whether you have no intention of ever carrying a firearm, you just bought your first handgun or you are a military or law enforcement veteran you will find classes that match your current skill set and can take you to the next. Highly recommend training with Trek and his cadre. PS... They are a heck of a lot of FUN!

 by Mike Nelson on MDFI Training

I highly recommend MDFI for your training needs. A very safe and controlled environment, clear exact directions. Expectations met and exceeded. The YSINTG class was fantastic. I'm hooked and will use them in the future for my skill development.

 by Clint on MDFI Training

As always I really enjoyed the classes this weekend. The skills I learned as a brand new shooter over two years ago in your first classes down here have allowed me to go and seek out other training where the habits and practices learned have been proven to allow me to train and succeed in safe manner no matter the course. Your ability to teach and make me think critically in foundation level courses continues to be well worth my time and money.

 by Brian on MDFI Training

The MDFI cadre truly is a world class group. I have had a great time in every single class I've taken with them and learned so much in every single one.

Considering my experiences with them, it doesn't surprise me at all that classes fill so early.

 by Barry on MDFI Training

I've been shooting for years, and considered myself competent in my manipulation of my guns. I have learned over the 5 MDFI classes I've taken, that I could pull a trigger, but had a lot to learn, and still do. But from ysintg to long gun cover and movement, I've become a more competent and responsible gun owner. And a more responsibly armed American. Thanks again, and can't wait for next year!

We love our jobs here at MDFI. 

Our job is not just being a firearms instructor. Our job is to be a teacher, and a teacher’s job is all about helping their students succeed. We are dedicated to our students and to help them grow regardless of the discipline. We share in the joy of their success, and any good teacher works tirelessly to find what they need to improve on when a student fails.

Please leave a review below of your experiences with MDFI as a whole or in specific to any of our courses.

We appreciate any and all feedback as we are constantly working to improve your time spent learning with us!

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 by Paul on MDFI Training

Outstanding course curriculum for every class that I've taken to this point, no matter who is leading the class you will take away a very useful set of drills and or knowledge. I 100% recommend this to those that are looking to further their skill set as a responsible armed American. MDFI offers a great product, support them.

 by Leon on MDFI Training

Absolutely top notch training.
First off - there is a strong commitment to safe training which I appreciate. MDFI probably has the best safety briefing I've ever seen, but it doesn't end there - extreme care is taken to insure the training environment safe for the entire day. The instructors are all knowledgeable and professional and do a great job of tailoring their instruction to the needs and abilities of their students.

Every time I train with MDFI I get better. It's not just what I learn during the class, but it's packaged in such a way that I am able to use the techniques to continue my personal development.

I have strongly recommended MDFI to friends and family and will continue to do so. We are fortunate to have such an amazing school available to us in the state of Michigan. Highly recommended for anyone looking to get better.

 by Andrew on MDFI Training

After working in the firearms industry for almost a decade, I have taken a fair amount of training courses, most from local ranges. Trek and his Cadre at MDFI are a step above the rest. I recently completed the Foundation Handgun course in Howell, MI. The course is both challenging and fun. The intructors go above and beyond to create a safe environment and deliver education effectively and efficiently. I would recommend taking YSINTG before foundation handgun, but I did it without. I will, however, be taking YSINTG next, and Foundation handgun again. I am looking forward to training with MDFI every opportunity I get. If you are on the fence or unsure, sign up and give it a shot. You won't regret it!

 by anthony on MDFI Training

Took my third live fire course with MDFI (four total), nothing short of being awesomeness! It's true, you will learn something new with every class you take. Foundation Handgun brought out a few flaws in my shooting stance and presentation prior to pressing a shot. Definitely have some homework, thanks to Tom, Tim, and Trek!!! See you guys in 2021. Peace and stay frosty.

 by Steve on MDFI Training

Took the YSINTG class. I was completely blown away with the quality of the content for the class and the incredible instructors. The cadre are great and they create a learning environment right from the start all about safety and learning. I can honestly say it was the best pistol/firearm training I have had. A few days after the class I was able to get to the range. Applied everything I learned and could not believe the improvement in shooting. Money and time well spent and plan to take more classes through MDFI.

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So much of what we like to train is around the sexy gun craft stuff. Yet so much of life's potential conflict problems are not in the realm where use of lethal force is justified. WAGINAO is an essential part of being a well-rounded, responsibly armed and equipped citizen. The class balances mindset, legality, real-world examples, and gear selection. And it's executed in the MDFI style we've come to love: Safe, Fun, Educational.

This is my second class with MDFI. The first was YSINTG and now "When a Gun is Not an Option". I had taken this class because my teen daughter will be starting college soon and I know that she will be in a "gun free zone". I convinced (through bribery) my daughter to join me. We both got a lot out of the class. I have a CPL and with this class it helped me to learn how to differentiate what situations need what kind of action. Also, it was very beneficial to learn what different kinds of pepper spray to use and how they work. Thanks Trek for providing us with a great bonding mother, daughter time and helping to teach us what we need to know about situational awareness.

I took this class because I wanted to understand my options for personal protection. I learned a lot more, about understanding people and myself and situations. Definitely a class that is an important step on self protection journey.

This course was extremely informative regardless of background or firearms proficiency. The explanation of the whole person concept made comprehensive sense. I also appreciated the definitions of different types of people encountered and appropriate levels of force accordingly. The discussion about what is and isn't effective (as well as what's lawful) with respect to 'non-lethal' tools was very good. The Trekisms were also effective in punctuating the key points.

This was an eye opening experience. It filled in a lot of gaps for me as a cpl holder with very little training. When to use force, what force is appropriate, reading situations and people, what tools to use and why, etc. I also learned a lot about the effectiveness of different less lethal options.

I highly recommend this class to any who carries a gun, who doesn't, spouses, people who are not gun people but still want to protect themselves, and...everyone else! Trek does a great job breaking things down and running through the what ifs in open discussion. His whiteboard flow charts are worth the price of admission alone!

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Great class that will show you how to diagnose your shooting habits and make the necessary adjustments to become a more competent shooter. Classmates ranged from complete novices to those already proficient. Safety was taken extremely seriously throughout the entire day. Highly recommended!

Instructors were AMAZING, the class its self was amazing. So much good knowledge and tips. The way they train us as students is phenomenal. Couldn't say enough good things about this class and all of the life long take aways I got from it.

An amazing class that focuses on the fundamentals of marksmanship. The amount of amazing training you get out of such a low round count is truly astounding. This class is an absolute must for anyone regardless of experience or skill level.

This was my first formal firearms training class, and the title of it was not only attention grabbing, but how I've felt about myself for years! I found out about MDFI through an instagram add, looked them up, and figured I'd give them a try. The "ego free" instruction style perpetrated by Trek and Shane was fantastic, and the level of safety they demand and maintain was VERY comforting! I have to be honest that one of my main worries (throughout the years) with taking a formal training course was that the instructor would turn out to be some hungover, ex-military, "cool guy", with little to no safety expectations and the whole thing would have felt sketchy from start to finish. Let me be very clear and put any prospective students' worries to bed by saying that this is NOT the attitude here, and that was VERY reassuring.

The real reason for me writing this review was not only to speak to any new students doing recon just as I did, but to also tell on myself and be honest about my performance during the class....I sucked, I sucked at the beginning of the class, and I sucked at the end as well, my afternoon performance was (honestly) WORSE than my morning performance prior to any instruction! This is in NO WAY to be an indictment of the instructor(s)! I'm a strange learner, have been all my life, slow and annoyingly "in my head" about stuff. For me, it takes some time to let the dust settle and work through the information, to then go back and apply it after during continued practice. I just got back from the local range, and if I could post a photo to accompany this review, it would show a target shot from the 10 yard line with the center COMPLETELY drilled out!! All the info and instruction came flooding back as I was standing there muttering quotes from the class, and I was grinning like a psycho as I was shooting bulls eyes LOL! Anyway, enough, I'm not trying to write a f***ing book here, I'm just pumped to have gone to practice on my own, 7 days out from the class, and shot better than I ever have before... Much love and respect to the MDFI crew (Trek & Shane), and I will certainly be back for more, count on it!

I think Trek explained it best when we went through class briefing. This isn't an advanced course but its an advanced course. No matter what level you are in terms of marksmanship and shooting ability, you can benefit from taking this course. At a minimum, you will leave the day having action items that you can take with you to nearly any range and help polish your shooting skills. I will more than likely take this course annually to see how my performance improves.

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 by Alan on Class: Carbine Basics

There were only five of us in class. While i believe most places would have canceled the class, Trek stepped up and did what i would not expect a business man to do. He held the class and we got a huge dose of "Trek on one." And because my blaster had an uneven rail setup,and could not be zeroed, He told me to use his brand new three gun rig!

You just don't find this kind of "ego free" environment very often.

I look forward to training with MDFI as often as possible.

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 by Steve on Class: Carbine Basics

Took Carbine Basics in Aug 2020. This is my 3rd course with MDFI. Excellent as always. I've owned carbines but never took the time to actually learn some fundamentals about the platform. My expectations were more than exceeded. My takeaways evolve around the basic inspection of all parts (I even found broken/ loose parts that I never normally check) to the simple zeroing techniques provided (maximizing your ammo usage). If you are new the carbine platform, start here, you won't be disappointed.

 by Tosh on Class: Carbine Basics

I took Carbine Basics and Foundation Carbine back-to-back. This was a great way to go. Carbine Basics will ground you in the most critical aspects of your carbine. The tools and techniques I learned in 'Basics around the principles of zeroing and offset were the biggest takeaway for me. No doubt this is where you want to begin your carbine journey.

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 by Scott on Class: Foundation Handgun

The class was awesome! The information is great and practical. I am more confident in my ability after this class. The staff is caring and spends the time you need individually to make sure you get the most out of the class. I would recommend this to both novice and experienced shooter a like.

recommended class for everyone that carries a pistol, you will not be disappointed.

The staff is bar none the best I've encountered to date, very knowledgeable and will put you together with no ego if you're struggling with any of the various drills being taught.

 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.

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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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I did not pass the qualification test at the end of the class. But it was still a fantastic class experience. I now understand my shotgun's operation better than I could have had I made a thousand trips to the range. I have a skill set to practice and the pre class evaluation on our guns identified some change I need to make. Another great MDFI course!

 by Steve on Class: Foundation Shotgun

This was one of the most surprisingly fun and informative classes I've taken at MDFI. I went in excited, but also thinking I already knew what I needed to know about shotguns. After all, I hunted and had used all types of shotguns. How much more could there be? I was totally wrong. I took the course with a bare bones pump and was amazed at what I learned and how much it helped my shotgun skills in other arenas. Rolling Thunder will forever be etched in my memory. I have a new found love for shotguns after this class.

 by Brian on Class: Foundation Shotgun

Outstanding class. Due to how easy it is to be familiar with a handgun and think you’re familiar with your shotgun, this class is far and away the most enlightening of the foundation level courses. As many have said, if it’s even possible you could ever use a shotgun in a defensive situation, this is where you will discover you don’t know was much as you think you know. I enjoyed it the first time and even more the second time I took it. The “tools” learned about this platform in this course are a game changer. It’s a day of enlightenment with your blaster. Get on it!!

Excellent class I enjoyed and learned from it. The syllabuss outstanding. Classic take a big subject put it in small pieces present orally tactically visually. Throw in humor relevant stories and give a lot of energy away. Trek has talent as an instructor. Shane was understated and concise with helpful comments. Obviously I recommend this class.

What an eye-opening class! It was a very positive, but unexpected experience.

Shotguns, being so commonly owned and used for sporting, often seem like a simple machine, but they're quite unique as a self-defense tool. The manipulations are so unfamiliar to folks familiar with analogous handgun training.

After learning emergency reloads, I was so frustrated with myself, I was considering setting the gun down and just watching for the rest of the day because I felt unsure of myself, but as I evaluated my situation I realized I was still in control but I was letting my frustration get to me. I decided to change my perspective and continue participating. I heard Trek yell, "Own the gun, don't let it own you." Repeating that to myself (plus a smattering of "embrace the suck") helped me muster the gumption to participate in Rolling Thunder and let me just say, Totally Worth It! After that, I was loving the day.

Don't get me wrong, the class was super fun, even in the cold and rain. Also, I probably learned as much about managing my mindset as I did about running a gauge. I have a feeling that's going to be very handy with my upcoming training courses with MDFI next year. Big thanks to Trek and the cadre! They're all top-notch, truly excellent teachers.

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 by Aaron on Class: Low Light Handgun

My first MDFi class, and it was an excellent class. It's an amazing introduction to low-light shooting and skill building for doing so.

The class is very well organized starting with a detailed safety brief and introduction to the objectives of the class.

Excellent instructors and very well run and highly illuminating in terms of low and no-light handgun use. The proper use of flashlights to properly identify things that go bump in the night is taught, as well as malfunction clearance in the dark and proper decision making. Excellent curriculum and attention to detail, quality instruction, and an emphasis on learning and safety at all times. It's also a very fun class.

Since bad things often happen in the dark, getting this training is both eye-opening and truly essential for a handgun owner.

 by Tosh on Class: Low Light Handgun

What an eye-opener it is to experience shooting in the dark!
I can see why some of the MDFI cadre says this is their favorite class - you get to experience the whole spectrum of daylight, dusk/transition, and then complete darkness (class goes from 5:00PM through 2:00AM).
For anyone concerned about shooting under low-light, many of the students shared this sentiment at the beginning of the class. What I can assure you is that like any MDFI class, the cadre takes an uncompromising approach to safety and establishing control - this is as safe an environment as you can find to train in low-light.
And not to forget, damn this class is fun!!!!

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This is a unique and outstanding course! It’s one thing to handle a long gun during daylight hours when you can see what it going on and don’t have to worry about managing a light source at the same time you're aiming your weapon. It’s entirely different when the sun goes down. This course offers the opportunity to learn how to deal with that in a live-fire environment, something that most of the ranges we use don’t allow.

Trek and the cadre stepped us through how to BYOL (“Bring Your Own Lumens”), how to manage the light along with the weapon, and the necessary steps for defending ourselves after sunset. I was surprised by the viability of the different combinations of light sources and weapons (long gun light/long gun; hand-held light/long gun; long gun light/handgun; handgun light/handgun; and hand-held light/handgun). I was also surprised by how darkness increased the difficulty of even simple tasks.

If you’re serious about learning to defend yourself and your family with a long gun, this course is a must—not only don’t the bad guys stop when the sun goes down, many of them are just getting started. I’d further suggest that if your primary home defense weapon is a shotgun (mine is), than take the course with your shotgun—in my opinion (for what it’s worth), if you haven’t trained to use your primary weapon in the dark, your training is deficient. To date, not many have taken this course with a shotgun—but I did, and found the experience to be very valuable. If I could survive the experience at my age, so can you!

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I really enjoyed the content of the class. I think it takes your shooting skills to the next level and gives you information and tools that will be valuable if the worst day ever happens.
The class is strenuous for sure and will take some time to recover from. We had several students remark that this class highlighted the need for fitness in their lives. That is a facet of self defense not covered by most other shooting oriented classes.
I'm looking forward to rolling in the dirt with my gauge as well although I pity the crazies that did the long gun class right after this handgun class. LOL It will absolutely push you.
I think this is one of the classes that I will eventually retake to stay sharp. I am also going to take some of the drills and exercises home to my range and practice them. All good stuff!

 by Leon Pryor on Class: Handgun Cover + Movement

Every time I take an MDFI course I get better in a new and important dimension. This class is no exception.

This class pushed me to embrace accurate shooting moving vertically, changing positions horizontally, and using cover. It's a very physical course that challenges you to maintain your fundamentals even when your body is put into different positions. I was amazed by what I was able to do by the end of this course.

The class is intense, but even with the intensity safety was paramount at all times. MDFI has a phenomenal safety briefing and the instructors do a great job of watching students and stressing safety at all times.

Honestly I am grateful to have this level of instruction available to me in my home state, and this is a course I will definitely take again...as well as the rifle/shotgun variant.

Highly recommended.

So far my favorite class yet even though you'll leave hurting I would and most likely take again. It really puts you and your gear to the test along with everything else you learned from previous classes (hope you kept up on your manipulations). For next time I would do some stretching before the class your body will thank you later for sure.

This class is where you realize that, although we all love cool gear and accessories, in the end you have to have your basic physical fitness in check to say you are truly pursuing a "complete package" of self-defense/personal protection. This is not to say you have to be some CrossFit specimen to be in this class - as with all MDFI classes, it is an "ego-free zone" where we all support each others' development. So as long as you have the prerequisites and can apply the 4 Firearm Life Rules of Responsible Gun Handling, come as you are and leave knowing what you need to work on.
It's a awesome day of rolling around and gettin' dirty.
Your gear setup will be tested (you'll get to see just how secure your carry holster is for sure!), and you'll likely walk away with notes on how to better optimize things for your everyday carry.
Reloading and malfunction-clearing are entirely different animals when your on the ground. Helluva lot of fun!!

Handgun Cover and Movement. Because if the poop hits the oscilatting device you won't be standing in a square room in perfect conditions shooting slow in a standing position. And most likely the reason you've drawn your blaster is because there is a lethal threat.

I spent many hours yesterday getting up and down off the ground, squating, spinning around in the dirt on my back, sides and belly, rolling on my belly to shoot, dropping to one side or the other on a threat command.

Was it fun? Lots of fun! Was it physically demanding? Yes. If you want to get the most out of what the class is about, you will be pushing your fitness level. But if you are ever experiencing the worst day of your life it will be more demanding than a class. So dont shy away from this class! Instead, prepare for it best you can.

My biggest Gold Nugget: The last 2 two workshops of this class is as close as you can probably get to the stress your body will feel in a life or death firearm based senerio. Your tired, you're having to think, manipulate your blaster, reload and use your cover.

The only way to get more real would be a shoot house and/or Force on Force, which for me is 2020.

Last thought: I am so glad I retook Foundation Handgun 2 weeks prior. I may have been struggling with many basics had I not revisited them.

I will be taking HGCM again. I personally feel someone would do themselves a disservice blasting through the curriculum to get a Black Card. Why? So many things over lap. You can go back and apply new skills to old problems.

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This is a particularly arduous course, but well worth the effort. The majority of firearms courses focus on shooting from a static line at cardboard or steel targets that don’t shoot back, without getting into how return fire changes what we need to do. This course deals with how to stay in the fight while minimizing the target we present to our opposition, a skill set that is hard to argue that we don’t need if we are preparing to defend ourselves against armed assailants.

The course description tells us that the pace of this course is intense—and it really is! There was a lot of vertical movement, changing positions on the ground, and moving from cover to cover. I learned to shoot a long gun from unusual positions that I had never imagined might be necessary—and found that I could still get the hits I needed.

My bottom line—I went home covered with dirt, woke up with sore muscles the next day, began developing survival skills that I intend to continue working on, and loved every minute of the course. This is a course that I plan to take again.

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Just completed YSSINTG training and thoroughly enjoyed this class even in the storm! The range in Holland is amazing and always trying to create a better range area thank you Derick! Tim and Brandon give you that one on one instruction as needed and break down the class for everyone to understand their instructions. Continued practice is needed to develop the situational aspects of being a responsible concealed carry citizen. Thank you for having this class it was very informational and will be taking all of this to the range to keep training.

This class picks up where YSINTG left off. As the description states when registering, PRACTICE is required between classes. This class with greatly improve your accuracy at distance, one hand, weak hand and under quicker shooting than previous MDFI classes. Brandon and Tim do a great job on the instruction, and like other classes I have taken with them, they break down the drills, demonstrate and coach. This is the chance to seek help if you're struggling with something. They will take the time one on one to help you. This is another class that is not required for the Full Tour Black Card, yet would be a HUGE benefit to you before taking the more advanced classes, especially Low Light Handgun, which requires a lot of one hand shooting. Or When Things Go Bad, which uses weak hand. I'm glad MDFI has added this to the platform!

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If you are 100% confident and competent with manipulating a firearm around others do not sleep on this class! WTGB Is a class that everyone should take if they are going to carry a firearm everyday for self defense. You will learn to never quit and stay in the fight. This class is a blast, you wont regret taking it.

 by Jacob on Class: When Things Go Bad

As a Law Enforcement Officer, training from up close and when you are not in an ideal shooting position is common that was not addressed at our department. When Things Go Bad went well above exceeding my expectations. It was the first class I took through MDFI and I have every intention of taking many more and taking the skills learned back to my department. Trek and the Cadre are knowledgeable and skilled beyond most other classes I've taken and were able to answer many questions and give scenarios when a LEO would use different elements taught. I felt very comfortable and safe throughout the entire class thanks to them and I express my appreciation towards them. Take this class and you will be happy you did. Very eye opening and will be taking the class again.

When Things Go Bad is a great complement to Handgun Cover + Movement. Many of the topics are related, and while C + M is more physically taxing, WTGB introduces many unique situations such as contact shooting, retention shooting, and how to shoot and manipulate the gun with an injury. As always, the cadre provides an exceptional and controlled atmosphere to train in concepts that we normally cannot do on the range. Thanks again guys!

This course is highly recommended for anyone interested to learn how to fight with a handgun from extremely close distances and from the ground. Skills included safe operation of the gun based on unconventional but realistic possible circumstances. The instruction was outstanding. Thank you.

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 by Adam on Class: Beyond A Door

An excellent eye-opener for folks who have never done door entry and room clearing, and a great refresher for folks who have some prior training. It really reinforces how hard it is by yourself.

 by Curt on Class: Beyond A Door

One of the best classes I have ever taken! The instruction and feedback from Trex and the other cadre was very helpful. They catch even the smallest things that you can improve on, and don't make you feel bad when there are big things that need improvement as well. I came away from this class with a much better understanding of how to move in and around structures, yet still feel like I could take this class many more times and learn just as much each time. Thanks for a great class and a great time!

 by Mark on Class: Beyond A Door

I am incredibly happy I took Beyond a Door this Spring (2019) because Trek and his cadre are excellent teachers and by performing new tasks I identified (and they helpfully highlighted) multiple areas of improvement for me. Each run showed me multiple aspects of my abilities I need to focus on to improve and Trek et. al. showed me additional behaviors I was not aware I did or did not exhibit, which was very important for me to learn.

Watching other students run through their scenarios was also quite helpful because it acted as virtual additional runs for me to help me learn more and solidify as much of the new information as possible. Taking the course multiple times would be very helpful, I believe!

Thank you Trek and Cadre for all of your hard work and excellent teaching!

 by Dick on Class: Beyond A Door

Outstanding class (03/23 & 24/2019)! MDFI offers a number of great courses that teach how to use a firearm under a number of different conditions—low light, concealment, up-close-and-personal, and so on. This course assumes we already know how to shoot, and focuses on staying alive in a 360 degree threat environment, deciding whether or not to shoot, and making the environment work for us. I’d previously taken the classes recommended in the course description, and I can definitely say that this was, by far, the most intense class to date. I learned almost as much from watching other students make their runs as I did from my own. The 23 hours of facility time just flew by, and very little of that was ‘down time.’ Trek and the cadre once again demonstrated the gold standard of firearms instruction. I came away having learned a lot, humbled by how much I have left to learn, and knowing how and what to practice on my own to lock in what this class was all about. If you’re serious about carrying a firearm, I consider this course to be a necessity. And, true to the MDFI ethos, the “no ego zone” was in full effect, and the course was more fun than I had expected. Great job, guys. And thanks, MDFI family. –Dick Swanson

 by Charlie on Class: Beyond A Door

Great class! Having done some live fire shoot house classes I enjoyed the simunition training in this class even more. I didn't notice a difference in the effectiveness of the training and the margin of safety was much higher. We were also able to run through the house many more times than in a live fire shoot house class, allowing for greater learning potential and repetition. Trek and his team were very good instructors and I thought their presentation and steps in the curriculum built on each other effectively. I would take this class again, and consider it to be crucial training if you are going to carry a firearm. Always humbling to take classes like this and realize how much I still have to learn and how much I can get better.

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 by Adam on Class: The Human Element

MTAC is a versatile facility; MDFI has fantastic role-players and well-crafted scenarios. I've been through a lot of scenario-based training in the past and this class was amazing. It gets you out of your comfort zone, but that's how you grow and learn, which is critical when you're potentially making life-or-death decisions.

 by Scott on Class: The Human Element

This is a great culminating class. After completing many MDFI courses this is the course to put everything you have learned to the test in every day scenarios with role players and simunition. I have trained with many different trainers from military to law enforcement, NONE compare to Trek's knowledge, presentation and constructive feedback. Trek's focus on safety and application make him and his cadre a top tier trainer in the United States. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to put their skills and mindset to the test.

 by Curt on Class: The Human Element

This class is top notch. The role players do such a good job allowing you to really get into the scenarios and make them as real as possible. Everytime I take a class with MDFI I am amazed at how well the classes are set up and organized and how good the instruction is. Trex and his cadre are the best instructors out there. It was helpful to see which areas of my training were able to kick-in as a reflex, but also to know what I need to work on next. This class really humbled me and showed me how much more I still have to learn. I can’t wait for The Human Element 2!

 by Conner S on Class: The Human Element

I just wanted to extend a sincere thanks for the Human Element experience this past weekend.  The course was the best I've taken across disciplines.  It really exemplifies the thought, work, and experience you've put into the MDFI curriculum.

The cadre were a key part of the class, and their dedication to the students was incredible.  I really appreciate their long hours and hard work.

The G19 UTM slide also ran flawlessly -- didn't have a single malfunction.

Looking forward to training with MDFI in 2020.

 by Heath on Class: The Human Element

I came to this class hoping to fair well and find my weak points but also to verify that I’m going down the right path. That is exactly what I took away from this class and it was fun at the same time. It also helped me figure out what classes I’ll be working on next year. Definitely planning to run this class again next year.

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 by Roger on Class: Skills + Drills

This past weekend, I participated in the new Skills and Drills classes and they were fantastic. Tim, Brandon, and Derek are great instructors and provide students with information and feedback that is easy to understand and apply. I got more out of this weekends sessions of Skills and Drills than I have at several of the past classes I have taken. The reason is simple, these classes are not about teaching you something new, it is about refining what you already know. I recommend everyone who is looking to enhance their shooting performance take these classes when they are available. You will come away with practical information and a score card you can use to measure your performance as you go back and practice what you learned.

While the class description does say "no two classes will be the same", their needs to be more emphasis on this. I took the handgun session on both Saturday and Sunday and came away with a completely different set of drills to focus on from each session. This is the value of S&D, to learn something new each time you attend a class.

I enjoyed this past weekend so much, I have already signed up for the next Skills and Drills sessions.

 by Tosh on Class: Skills + Drills

I attended the 2019 JUN29 Skills & Drills for both rifle (AM) and handgun (PM). What a great experience to gather with committed alumni and focus on sharpening skills. Tim, Brandon, and Derek were amazing guides in "training how to practice." In the end you'll receive a personal report card with descriptions of all the drills and your times for the day. This gives you baseline and structure to practice on your own.
The class size tends to be smaller, which is good for personalized coaching by instructors, but it still needs to be a sustainable business case, so we alumni need to do our part is sharing and encouraging others to take it on. I loved the class!

 by Ron on Class: Skills + Drills

Where do I start? I believe if you are serious about improving your skills and finding you weekenesses, whether that be in your gear or your ability, you MUST attend Skills & Drills classes. I found issues with my handgun while pushing speed against a par time I never found on a static line shooting for bullsyes. Better there than in a self defense senerio. At the same time par times and quick reloads can humble you, they also make you a more efficient and responsible firearm owner.

Do you shoot competition? These classes WILL improve your stages in your respective disciplines. And like all MDFI classes, SAFETY IS FIRST AND FOREMOST. Ego Free remains the theme.

If you're an MDFI Alumni, do not pass over Skills and Drills because it isn't a Full Tour Black Card requirement. These classes will help with the other Full Tour required classes. Don't be put off what is perceived by some as "low round" count. It's not how many rounds you shoot, it's what you get out of each round you shoot. If you shoot 500 rounds in a day and just have a pile of brass on the ground and no improvement, it won't beat 50 rounds and learning what it is you're doing that's not working.

Lastly, the Cadre take the time to demonstrate every drill. No, they aren't showing off. They are showing you that what they are asking of you can be done and giving you something to work towards. And if there's a topic you're struggling with, you get one on one coaching.

I'll hope to be taking Skills and Drills again.

 by Austin on Class: Skills + Drills

I wanted to take a moment and give honest feedback about this class “Skills & Drills - Handgun”. l I am truly impressed with this class and the sheer amount of great info and topics covered. Whether planned or not, to me this class is the next logical progression of handgun manipulation skills for the MDFI curriculum. You get to take the skills you learned in YSINTG taming those wolves and the foundations from FHG and apply them both. This class stretches and tests those skill sets just enough to really find your personal level of ability and even provide a measurable to be able to have a benchmark for future growth. Tim, Brandon, and Derek provided a safe, fun, and ego free environment that I feel is necessary to help effective learning. One thing I really enjoyed about this class is it’s really sets the stage for repeating the class over to see a personal growth which is sometimes hard to see in other venues. I have come to think as MDFI as the place “I” train and it’s great to see the positive evolution while maintaining the standards and environment I love.

 by Dick on Class: Skills + Drills

Both Pistol & Rifle “Skills & Drills” are excellent courses that fill a niche between “Foundations” courses and MDFI advanced and specialty courses. I came away with personal performance baselines for the weapons I used, a number of new drills to develop different aspects of weapons proficiency, and a systematic, metrics-based approach for developing (and tracking) my skills between classes. As I learned long ago on the job, “If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” We drove down into the granular elements that add up to accurate, performance-based shooting, and thoroughly wire-brushed the way I plant my feet, how I position my body, how I grip the firearm, how I manage recoil, and how I reload. I was amazed at how much I found myself improving with both the handgun and the AR in short investments of six hours each. A trip to the range on my own the next day revealed that the improvement was real. The cost of each course was roughly equivalent to 300 rounds of AR-15 or 550 rounds of 9mm handgun ammo at today’s prices—I cannot begin to imagine how many thousands of rounds I might have expended before improving as much as I did in one weekend with the S&D courses. Tim and Brandon (with support from Tom and Derek) did an excellent job of teaching. If you’re serious about your shooting, this is a course to put on your “must take” list.

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 by Ben on The Dot Life

Absolutely incredible class all the way around. I left with way more confidence and gained knowledge that I will use for life. Highly recommend to anyone using a red dot, not matter their level of experience.

 by Ryan on The Dot Life

Fantastic curriculum and well paced. These guys make training fun and educational. I have a long way to go to become the shooter I aspire to be. I'm excited to continue training with MDFI.

 by Paul on The Dot Life

another top-notch class! well constructed and well taught. Challenging and eye-opening. This class is not just for those that are new to the dot, it will push you to flat out be better manipulating it.

 by Steve on The Dot Life

This course is great for all levels of red dot sight (RDS) shooters, and I already want to take it again. The teaching staff were great, as always, and lived up to my already high expectations from other MDFI classes. I have yet to come away anything but impressed and realizing how much more I need to train. This course took me from a total dot newbie to learning some really key RDS facts, fundamentals, and skills that I can train with dry fire at home and live fire at the range. The learning curve of going from long time iron sight use to a dot seemed daunting, but this course cut it down to size very quickly.

 by Brad on The Dot Life

From the first shots of the day until the very last drills this was amazing. The entire cadre had a command of the subject matter and they could tag in and complete any lesson on command. The structure of the course built off of every single lesson taught, so that when new ideas and different techniques were presented they completed each other. Not a slow pace, or blistering fast but enough to have to make every rep count. I'll for SURE be attending again next year as soon as the season drops!

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 by Buck Hempel on Dark Angel Medical

If you are willing to train to take lives and carry that responsibility, you should equally train to save lives. Both necessary skills as warriors, men of action, and good citizens. This class is the highest level of training a common civilian can take. You must take DART I to open your eyes and DART II to open your mind!

 by Dale on Dark Angel Medical

This course is a "Must Have". Get the life saving training to span the time between injury and professional help. This course gave me the tools and knowledge to allow me to help in an emergency.
The course is very well run and taught. I will probably take DART 2 again as a refresher.

 by FayeMus on Dark Angel Medical

Don't wait, take the D.A.R.T class as soon as you are able. This is a must for firearms carriers or anyone who is around those who use. The instructor Ross made what could have been a very technical and serious topic easy to understand and at times entertaining. Ross is very knowledgeable with 20 years of experience in the field as a paramedic and as a military medic. The class offers lots of very usable information that could potential save you or someone you are with life. I highly recommend and if you have the time and funds do both one and two DART classes back to back if offered. I wish I could have.

 by Tristin on Dark Angel Medical

DART 1 was amazing with Ross. He was entertaining and kept the atmosphere light even with the heavy content. The information was easy to learn and simple, I loved that! The MDFI training property is also amazing and a very comfortable place to be. Thanks to Ross and DART, as well as Trek and Allison!

 by Cole on Dark Angel Medical

Concise, practical, relevant information for everyday life. I wish I'd have taken this class sooner. Spend the night on site and get even more time with the crew!

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