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MDFI Training
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 by Jeremy

Hands down, the best firearms training I have ever attended in my 22 years as a police officer. Excellent presentation, safety, and material. I would definitely attend a future training with these guys again.

 by Chris

The Cadre (team of instructors) at MDFI are outstanding in their attention to the details in all facets of their training from teaching (and enforcing) firearm safety on through to the technical skills portion and qualification tests. Having multiple instructors each class helps them not let anything thing slip past their oversight. Thanks for providing a very safe atmosphere while learning a stressful subject.

 by Rod

This was my was my first MDFI class, "When A Gun Is Not An Option." It was an outstanding learning experience with great discussion and time for "What Ifs." Trek is an excellent instructor and subject matter expert. I look forward to more classes with MDFI!

 by Paul

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Jeremy

Hands down, the best firearms training I have ever attended in my 22 years as a police officer. Excellent presentation, safety, and material. I would definitely attend a future training with these guys again.

 by Chris

The Cadre (team of instructors) at MDFI are outstanding in their attention to the details in all facets of their training from teaching (and enforcing) firearm safety on through to the technical skills portion and qualification tests. Having multiple instructors each class helps them not let anything thing slip past their oversight. Thanks for providing a very safe atmosphere while learning a stressful subject.

 by Rod

This was my was my first MDFI class, "When A Gun Is Not An Option." It was an outstanding learning experience with great discussion and time for "What Ifs." Trek is an excellent instructor and subject matter expert. I look forward to more classes with MDFI!

 by Paul

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

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.

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There were 5 of us from our family at this class. Trek covered a lot of information that was new to a lot of us. He did a great job of providing times of questions and feedback so we all could engage in the material. We all hope and pray we never need to defend ourselves from the worst. This class educated us in several ways to either "not be present" when trouble happens or how to "deescalate a potentially bad situation". This learning is priceless to our family! We suggest you take multiple members from your household so you can continue to compare notes afterwards and keep the information fresh.

 by Mike Ogozaly on Class: When A Gun Is Not An Option

This was my first class with the MDFI. I learned more from Treck in 8 hours about situational awarness and how to handle situations, than I did taken 2-3 day long seminars. The training and information is brokn down so its easy to learn and remember. I look forward to taking more classes at the MDFI.

Ive taken other classes that were 2-3 days long on situation awarness, but walk away with more

Trec broke this all down into an 8 hours course.

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.

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My first MDFI class, I really enjoyed the challenge of coming to grips with the fact that I needed more training in relationship to grip, sight picture, and especially trigger pull understanding. Trek and the entire Cadre staff was excellent with personal advice when needed. I will most definitely be back for more training in the near future.

This class is so very well named! Not sure if it is because I am relatively new to shooting a firearm or what, but I left the class kind of discouraged thinking that that the uphill climb to improving my self defense skills was mentally too big for me. All that said, a few days later after the class, clarity came as to what I really needed to focus on over the next couple of months before I took the Foundation Handgun class. The MDFI team did such a great job of focusing on those fundamentals that they quickly came back. It was a great incentive to schedule the next class knowing I needed to get things sorted out. Due to MDFI's training and some diligence on my part I was recently able to pass the "meaningless" qualifier in the Foundation class. The next sets of classes are already scheduled. Thank you Cadre, again and again!

I just took YSITNG. Awesome class. Trek and Grant were great instructors. They presented their curriculum in such a way that it was not only informative but easily digested and entertaining. Learning to diagnose shooting errors on paper and how to analyze your own shooting performance was like being given the keys to the kingdom! They encouraged questions and gave no BS answers with all the whys. Bottom line, I feel like a better shooter with what was taught. I will be going back for more classes.

YSINTG is a great class for anyone wanting to either learn or revisit the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship. The teaching technique, cadance, and drills are outstanding and executed in a way that makes leaning enjoyable. I look forward to my next class with MDFI!

 by Christopher on Class: You Suck! It's Not the Gun!

I just took YSINTG for the first time today. My hope was to hone my skills while using as little precious ammo as possible. Trek and his amazing codre do an awesome job of instructing and diagnosing the cause of misplaced shots. Also they keep security and safety first and foremost and teach us all to do the same. Aside from that there is always a great group of people that are drawn to such classes. I am looking forward to taking more classes with MDFI and hope to see you there!

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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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This is the third class I have taken this year with MDFI. My first was YSINTG! in the spring. I highly recommend taking that class before attending the foundation handgun class. If you are like me, you can always brush up on marksmanship. And I certainly need to do that. The foundation handgun class takes marksmanship to the next level by incorporating shooting techniques with additional requirements such as quick reloading, weapon manipulation and emergency tactics to keep your gun working. The class is challenging and fun. My classmates came from a variety of backgrounds and locales. We all worked to stay on task in an "ego-free zone" Tim and Thomas were great instructors that walked me through the drills in a collegial way.

Finally, and a big part of what has brought me back to MDFI, is the instructors' high regard for safety. Learning and having fun with inherently dangerous objects like firearms requires attention to detail by EVERYONE involved. Thank you to Tim and Thomas for addressing that issue straightaway and early on so that the day was safe, fun and educational for all of the students. Thanks again, MDFI. See you in the spring!

This class is critical for anyone responsibly considering EDC. I have spent years “punching holes in paper targets.” There are many additional skills required for EDC. This class is ground zero for development of those skills. Trek and Grant are a great teaching team! Thank you.

 by Andy K on Class: Foundation Handgun

Excellent Class! So much info!

Excellent instruction excellent instruction environment.
No mistake that safety is taken seriously, if you follow safety protocol you will have a fun time.

Highly recommend taking "You Suck! It's Not the Gun!" even if you are comfortable with your pistol first. I skipped it (but will be taking it) and regret not taking it first... but still had a great time.

Tremendous fun! Took the class with my son. Instruction was great - simple, straightforward, serious with an ample sprinkling of humor. Left with a knowledge of skills to practice and improve.

Excellent class. This class is a must for all responsible gun owners. Each drill had a specific purpose which is very important in the era of expensive ammo. Do you need to be "Johnny Operator" to take this class? Nope. The goal of this class is to open your mind to improving your gun handling skill set. You will leave the class knowing what you need to work on to improve your performance. Great instructors!!!!

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 by Lowell on Class: Foundation Carbine

Amazingly well run. The safest firing line I have ever been on. The staff is all about detail. I learned and lot that I didn't know. And I learned how much I have to work on. Long day, but great time.

 by Brian on Class: Foundation Carbine

Just took Foundation Carbine yesterday and can't say enough about this class. Instructors are top notch and professional while maintaining a fun
and safe atmosphere. Everyone is treated with respect no matter your
skill level, and the instructors are very quick to help no matter what.
This was my first MDFI class but certainly not the last! You guy's ROCK!

Recently took Foundation Carbine. The level of professionalism displayed by the MDFI Cadre is always top tier. From whatever walk of life you may come from or no matter your experience, on an MDFI range, we all learn together. I regret not taking classes with MDFI sooner/more often.

I took the carbine fundamental course on May 22, 2022. I think if your a new shooter or an experienced one, this is a great course. The instructors are the best, and I really liked the course curriculum.

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!

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Like many reviews on this class mention, the shotgun was the platform I had least experience in. I ran the class with a Mossberg 590, and I really get how the pump-action requires a lot of thinking and a need for constantly "managing" the weapon. Tim and Thomas ran the show as they always do with the perfect balance of rigor, fun, and humor. The students were almost equally divided between those running pump-actions and those running auto-loaders, and the instruction was well crafted for both platforms. In a time when shotguns are becoming somewhat of a lost art, MDFI is keeping the craft alive.
Two thumbs way up.

Honestly, I'm not sure where to begin. This class blew my mind. Of all the tools I have in my security bundle, "the gauge" is my weakest platform. Let me assure you, the MDFI cadre will go above and beyond to teach you more about the shotgun than you ever thought possible. There will be some gear validation, science of patterning, and manipulations that you may not have ever thought of. This class may even make you consider a shotgun for your primary security option because of how versatile it is. DO NOT be afraid of this class because of what you think of recoil and the round count. They quickly teach you how to mitigate the recoil, but it'll be something you will have to practice for sure. I was able to get a boat load of data from this course and I only shot about 120 rounds. I found out quickly that there is a lot to think about when trying to run a gauge efficiently, but MDFI gives you plenty skills to work it out. A fantastic course, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of alumni and new members to train with. Thank you Trek, Tim, and Thomas for the incredible knowledge transfer.

 by Andrew on Class: Foundation Shotgun

If you own a shotgun, whether it be a pump, semi auto, hunting, defense or sport. Take this class and bring it. You'll see shotguns of all sorts and people running them well and working past issues. Like Foundation Handgun and Rifle, you will learn about your shotgun, you will learn what it likes and what it doesn't, how to manipulate it. Great class, for sure will take it again.

DO NOT FEAR THIS CLASS! If you have not taken this class because of the round count, fear of recoil, or your lack of knowledge about shotguns then think again. I was an absolute beginner with a shotgun when the class started and by the end I felt completely competent. The recoil mitigation technique they teach you is like magic and you WILL enjoy shooting a shotgun forever afterward.

 by Monte on Class: Foundation Shotgun

I took the class at caro gun club and it was great facility. Top notch instructors that had everyone no matter the type of shotgun able to run it like a champ by the end. I learned more than I could ever imagine. The most impact full thing was the gun gear suggestions. I have already implemented a few.

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 by Andrew on Class: Low Light Handgun

This is a must take class. You will learn a lot about using a light with a handgun both pistol mounted and handheld. If you carry a flashlight and pistol at all you will walk away from this class wanting more even though you have learned a lot. Great class and I cannot wait to take more.

 by Shawn on Class: Low Light Handgun

4th class with MDFI this year and once again it proved to be money well invested. Unwavering stance on safety allows me to concentrate on the new skills being taught and the excitement the instructors have keeps me focused. Thanks MDFI and thank you Trek for what you give to us, my family thanks you!

 by Ryan on Class: Low Light Handgun

Well run class with lots of good information and feedback. The MDFI guys know their stuff and do a great job of conveying information in a way that is easy to understand. The drills were challenging and fun and I didn't need anywhere near the 400 rounds of ammo I brought. Also, I really appreciate the fact that there is such an emphasis on safety. Especially being a night class, safety is huge. I've been in classes with other companies before that were absolute shit shows. MDFI takes safety very seriously and I appreciate that. I'll continue to train with MDFI as long as they'll have me.

Classes I've taken with MDFI have to be the best of any school/military courses of instruction I've ever received. The skills that are taught go well beyond the mechanics of operating your equipment, placing at least equal (if not more) emphasis on your thought processes and decision making. Many thanks to Trek, Shane, and Tim for another great experience. Now... I need to go practice some more...

Taken the Low Light class several times. Never left without regrets. Elevates your skills, validates your equiptment, all in a safe & ego free seting. Decided it's a course I'm taking every year. Trec & his cadre are top notch trainers in the realm of self defense IMHO. Thank you MDFI for allowing me to have such a positve experience. HUGH SHOUTOUT to Barracks 616 in Grand Rapids for the use of your awesome range.

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 by Andrew on Class: Low Light Long Gun

Gear Reflection.

That would be my take away. I had my rifle set up a certain I thought worked. This class proved me wrong. I found I did not like how it was set up and changed a few things. Specifically, the location of my rifle light and no longer using a pressure pad. This class will show you how well your gear will work, you will learn how to utilize your gear properly and effectively. This is a must take class.

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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 by T. Louise on Class: Handgun Cover + Movement

I have been to many firearms classes/ trainings, this is by far the best class I have been in. I am sore and you will be to but is worth it. The movement and information are awesome. Great instructors who know what they are doing.

I have been a many other classes. This is HANDS DOWN the best class I have ever done. You will be sore when it is out, but it is worth it. I will be taking more classes from MDFI

challenging class, a lot of vertical movement, stretch those legs! every lesson was a take-away moment. It will open your eyes to the possibilities of what you can do besides being static. Trust the processes that have been garnered in the prior building blocks.

Highly recommend this one, very, very applicable.

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.

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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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This one was tough but very, very good for those that want to push themselves to be more controlled and confident. Great curriculum, taught by great teachers. I highly recommend this class for the qualified alum.

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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Incredibly helpful class. If we ever find ourselves in a self defense situation, obviously things are already going bad. I came away with a much better understanding of how to solve problems with the conditions aren't ideal. As always with MDFI the day was beyond safe. Highly recommend for anyone looking to expand their skills/confidence.

This is the most important MDFI class on the list. Not only is it useful it is also the most fun class I have taken with MDFI. Do not be afraid of this class, the ego free zone is real and this class WILL make you a better shooter and more dangerous to people who want to hurt you and your family.

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!

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 by Tosh on Class: Beyond A Door

Wow..... Coming from zero structure clearing experience, this course was the foundation I needed. I'll never look at buildings the same way. Some students had MIL/LE experience in structure work, and there were insightful discussions throughout the two days on differing approaches.
Ground rules and procedures for handling simmunitions were rigorously laid out - they are to be treated as full-blown live firearms. The controls that were put in place around safety and handling were impeccable.
Although the only mandatory prerequisite MDFI class for this is the Foundation-level course of whatever firearms platform you're using (handgun, carbine, shotgun), I am glad I had done Cover & Movement, as well as Low Light - I think I got more out of this class as a results of having done those other classes prior.
Overall, 5-stars all the way.

 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

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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 Nick on The Dot Life

I have been running a RDO on my handgun for about 6 months now and let me assure you that this course will make you never want to go back to iron sights again. MDFI will defeat any of the myths out there concerning RDO's on handguns and make you a believer in them. There were so many "Light bulb" moments for me in this course that I was blown away. I thought I was decent at presentation with some consistent dry practice, but Tim and Brandon noticed some deficiencies and refined some bad habits I was developing and had me presenting smoother and faster while acquiring the dot. Even though there is plenty of things to work on after attending this course, Tim and Brandon give you plenty of reps, they push you out of your comfort zone which only makes you a better shooter. By the end of this course, you will begin to, "Trust the Dot and Break the Shot" with confidence. Excellent course. I cannot recommend this course enough for anyone who runs a RDO on their EDC blaster.

 by Adam on The Dot Life

I didn't need to be conviced that a slide mounted red dot is the best sighting system for a pistol, but I was still new to using one when I took The Dot Life. The class gave me a huge confident boost in using my dot and taught me some valuable techniques to get the most from my pistol dot. I'll be spending a lot more time practicing the drills and techniques for target focused aiming and consistent presentation.
I also really appreciated the performance shooting aspects that were tought in the class and how clear it was that a red dot, combined with the skills Tim and Brandon tought us, could massively improve performance shooting abilities quickly.
Even if you're experienced with a pistol dot, and especially if you aren't, I'd highly recommend this class!

 by Joe on The Dot Life

This class is an absolute MUST for anyone running a red dot on a pistol, regardless of experience level. Prior to this class, I had approximately 9 months of uninstructed usage of the dot... sloppy and slow presentation had me ready to cast my RDO handguns into the fires of Mt. Doom.

Thanks to this amazing class hosted by Tim and Derek, not only were the stereotypes of dot-equipped pistols nuked from orbit, but the benefits of reducing the cognitive load from the "sights" portion of sights-grip-trigger trifecta allowed more focus on the remaining two... leading to incredible results.

Google image search "Gollum holding the ring", imagine the ring as a small red dot, and you'll see what I'd like to think my optic sees while I'm shooting now.

Trust the dot, break the shot!

 by Ryan on The Dot Life

I have taken several courses through MDFI but can clearly say that this one has been my favorite thus far.

Learning with a tremendous group of students, while being safety-focused but knowledge-centric, made for an even better experience as we pushed each other to be better learners and contributors.

The cadre at MDFI are truly masterful at what they do and I learned so much that can be applied to not only, 'The Dot Life,' but to 'The Iron Life,' as well.

Lots of 'AHA' moments to be had, which helped me to right some wrongs and bad habits I picked up while learning how to handle a dot on my own. This one will be a re-take for me I believe, as there was so much great content to absorb. Thanks Tim and Derek!

 by Jbell on The Dot Life

The Dot Life is a fantastic class. I have been using a red dot for a few months now and felt like I had a handle on everything... then I attended this class. From the beginning of the class, the instructors set the tone with an in-depth safety briefing. The instruction started with them showing us how to zero our dots in an easy-to-digest and remember way. Then the floodgates opened, and I learned a lot. I feel like the lessons in this class helped me diagnose some things I've been doing wrong with iron sights too. Overall this class was a 10/10, and I look forward to retaking it after I work on the skills I learned.

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 by Dale on Dark Angel Medical

Completed DART 1 over the past weekend and I can't say enough about how excellent it was. The course material, the instructor, the venue, all excellent. I wholeheartedly recommend this class to everyone. Valuable life skills that hopefully remain unused but potentially life-saving if needed. I went into this class with minimal knowledge and came out with confidence in the knowledge and skills taught and practiced during the class.

 by Chris M. on Dark Angel Medical

Wow, there is so much to say about the DART 1 weekend that my daughter and I participated in! I will keep it short though and concentrate on a couple major items for us taking the class.

I came in not having really any type of medical trying or classes so the intimidation factor was pretty high even though Dark Angel Medical expresses that no experience is required. Mike’s (the instructor) demeanor immediately helped to reduce some of my apprehension with his honesty and communication skills. He noted that he didn’t have it all figured out and that he has been continuously learning/improving for many years. He also noted some instances from his past which he can look back and realize how he could have done things different in his medical care career. This helped me understand that this weekend was going to be just the start of my learning and I didn’t need to walk away stressed out about what I did or didn’t learn. There were plenty of people with little to know experience as well. There were also some folks that had lots of experience. We all fed off each other though along with Mike’s guidance. It was a life changing experience!

Hear I am just a few days removed now from our weekend and feeling far more confident that I could actually be a help to someone who needs critical medical attention before the medical professionals showing up. That’s a big accomplishment from what my mindset was just 5 days ago.

One last item which seems really important. I mentioned above that my daughter and I took the class together. This was really helpful during the class to have a partner to learn alongside but even more now that we are out of the class. We are talking through different scenarios and testing one another which is helping cement our experience and knowledge even more.

God Bless all you folks at Dark Angel Medical for putting together the classes and taking the risk of teaching folks who have little to no experience in treating people in traumatic situations. Thank you so much!

 by Scott on Dark Angel Medical

D.A.R.T from Dark Angel Medical was awesome. I had my whole family with me. All of us are better prepared if the need arises for immediate intervention. The instructors are professional and thorough. My eyes were opened to the possibilities that we may have to deal with in our every day life. Thank you from my family and me for the great content.

 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.

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 by Patrick on Greenside Training

Camouflage & Concealment – Sensory Defeat is a phenomenal class put together by Freddy of Greenside Training. If you think camo is just for hunters and military, you're wrong. Learning observation theory, and how to move unseen, is a life saving skill that will help you and your loved ones.

 by Matt on Greenside Training

Weaponize the senses will give you the basic lessons and vocabulary necessary to process spoor and follow a track. Freddy is an excellent instructor and leads each lesson with quiet confidence and good humor. I would recommend to anyone that wants to learn how to get more information from the environment around them.

 by Brad on Greenside Training

I took this class on the recommendation of a friend. I am a teacher but I love the outdoors. I am also a hunter and I wanted some techniques to help track deer. I came away from the class with a better understanding of how to read tracks and what to look for. Freddy does a great job of demystifying the subject of tracking and breaking it down into understandable components. By the end of the weekend, we were tracking and being successful. While I am in no danger of being called an expert tracker, I feel confident in the skills that we worked on this weekend. This is a great class for anyone who loves the woods and wants to increase their understanding of the natural world.