Click here to read an article on awareness from TDI Instructor Forrest Sonewald.
Check out a recent artcile on dry fire and trigger management by TDI Instructor Gary Hoff.
Recent Handgun 1-3 class.
Check out some images of the first Handgun 1-3 weekend.
Update regarding travel to TDI.
On March 17th State Route 125 will be closed to all traffic for 120 consecutive days for a bridge replacement. This closure will be at the 19.68 mile post in Brush Creek Township. This will be just east of Riley Hollow Road. The closure will be on State Route 125 between Bethany Ridge Road and Randalls Run Road. Students coming from Shawnee will have to take a detour either down Randalls Run Road or take Blue Creek Road to State Route 348. The State will be sending people to detour the route of Blue Creek Road to State Route 348. That is about 8 minutes longer than driving to Randalls Run.
Close Quarters Personal Control class
CQPC is one part of the journey to a well rounded defensive program. The best case scenario for anyone is to take on going classes in Krav-Maga or some other martial fighting system. The reality is most of us are not going to do that. That is why CQPC is important. It’s simple, effective and not difficult to remember. We do a FIST Suite scenario the final day of each class to give students a taste of a more dynamic situation. It’s always fun for everyone and It allows us to see what people have learned.
FOR THOSE STUDENTS COMING TO PRECISION RIFLE CLASS, SUGGESTIONS FROM JOHN MOTIL
Almost time for Precision Rifle. We do not make it mandatory, but if everyone comes to class without mats, shooting bags, and data books there is not much we can do to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. There are a few things you can bring besides your rifle and ammo. I would recommend a good shooting mat. When the Spring thaw hits, the ground will be soaked, Get something waterproof and avoid the color black, on a sunny day they get hot as hell. Quality mats are available from Midway, Sinclair, Blackhawk, Galati, and Dillon. A backpack filled with old rags or towels makes a great front rifle rest. An old sock filled with something that won’t absorb water makes a great squeeze bag for the rear. If you want to spend some money on a quality set of bags I would get the 4 bag set from The Wilderness. If you can’t hold your rifle off hand I would have an alternate rifle that is lighter to work on snap shooting. A sling will be a great help for the off hand positions. If you have an AR rifle, 5, 10, or 20 round magazines are better when you are prone. A data book will help you develop your DOPE for your rifle and ammo. I would check out Sinclair International since they have the most of the items you will need for precision shooting and taking care of your rifle.
Heads up for class availability.
We have been notified by a couple of our governmental agency clients that funding for some if their scheduled training with us has fallen through. Therefore we now have some openings in the following classes:
April 11-13. Handgun 1-3
June 27-28. Handgun 1-3
October 4-5. Extreme Close Quarters
These spots should fill quickly. Please register online or call John Benner ASAP if interested in these classes.
John Motil, Range Master at TDI, shared his insights from the recent SHOT Show.
JOHN BENNER ON THE LESSONS OF THE SANDY HOOK REPORT.
NOTE–John Benner rarely weighs in on issues presented on this Facebook page, leaving that function to others. When John addresses an issue here it is noteworthy and well worth the read.
The official report from the Connecticut States Attorney’s office is out on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. This horrific event has had a tremendous impact in many ways. My belief is the impact was so strong not based on numbers killed but the age of the 20 very young children murdered. The interesting and most important section of the report from my standpoint is the timeline of the event. TIME is the important factor in the taking of and hopefully saving of lives. The FASTER the killer is stopped, the less lives we lose.
At TDI we believe without question and have for a long time the arming of school staff (willing, trained and competent). Quite honestly I considered that a pipe dream until the Sandy Hook Massacre took place. Everything changed and we had to start asking the hard questions. What is a real answer, because law enforcement is not effective. After speaking with Jim Irvine and the Buckeye group we partnered with Buckeye Firearms Foundation to do classes specifically for school staff members. Buckeye named it FASTER, certainly a fitting name.
I am not saying that law enforcement does not wish to do their job or will not do it, they are simply not there and the response takes way too long. The Sandy Hook report proves that once again. There four specific time lines in each of these events.
1. Time the event starts to the first 911 call is placed.
2. Dispatch time.
3. Response to scene time by LE.
4. Entry to the building and solving the problem.
Sandy Hook time line according to the official report.
9:30 AM – Coward enters the building by shooting out glass to get by the locked doors. The first 911 call is received at 9:35.39 AM.
1. 5 minutes 39 seconds.
9:36.06 AM Newtown Police Dispatch puts out the active shooter call at Sandy Hook
2. 27 seconds – “outstanding”.
9:37.38 AM Connecticut State Police are dispatched to Sandy Hook.
9:39.00 AM First Newtown officer on scene followed 13 seconds later by 2 other officers.
3. 2 minutes 54 seconds.
9:40.03 AM Last gunshot is heard. Believed to be the suicide shot of the coward.
9:44.47 AM First Newtown officer enters the school.
4. 5 minutes 47 seconds just to enter the building, this does not show how long it took to find the dead coward.
This massacre was done essentially 5 minutes before the police even entered the building. You and I were not there, I throw no stones because I do not know how they were trained, what they ran into or the thought process of all involved. It is easy being the quarterback when the game is over. My point is if we do not have willing trained and competent armed people in the school or any other “GUN FREE” zone we cannot win this or even stop it.
The school staff members we and the Cerino Group have trained in the last year have been awesome. Buckeye Foundation and the terrific volunteers that have put forth so much effort to make this happen. With 1500 more school employee volunteers to take the FASTER class just in Ohio, proves the willingness of those here to step up and protect not only themselves but other staff and obviously the children.
We need more law enforcement to step up to the plate, realize they can’t be as effective as they would like to be and have the courage to politically back arming school staff.
To those Boards of Education, look at the real problem. There are many other things to do as well as arming the staff. I agree with most of them but if you don’t have armed staff as a final solution YOU are responsible for the deaths that will inevitably occur should one of these horrible events come to your school.
Travel route update.
Here is an alternate route to get to TDI for the next 2 years. SR 32 from I 275 to old SR 74 will be variously torn up for the next two years.
I275 South to US 50 East.
Take US 50 East to SR 222 South (stop light at intersection and only turn is South) to Batavia.
SR 222 South to Batavia and pick up SR 32 East.
Coming north on I275 would be:
I 275 North to SR 125.
East on SR 125 to SR 132 North into Batavia and pick up SR 32 east.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 937-544-7228.
Teachers Getting Tactical.
CLICK HERE to check out this news segment done by WKRC on the active shooter program for teachers.
Col. Dave Grossman One-Day Training Seminar
TDI Instructor Sam Santa Rita is sponsoring a one-day seminar on the realities of school & workplace violence. This invaluable event is presented by Col. Dave Grossman.
If you would like more information CLICK HERE.
A new article on training Ohio teachers featuring our work at TDI. At TDI we test the teachers’ shooting skill using the same test protocol as used for Ohio Law Enforcement, but hold our teachers to higher a standard to pass. CLICK HERE TO READ.
Snubby Revolver Class
Here are some images from our recent Snubby Revovler class.
In years past ammunition has been reasonable in price. Obviously that is not the case at the moment. We have always asked people to bring more than we thought they would need. It is a commodity that does not go bad and we felt people could take home what they did not use. Some do shoot that much and more, most do not even come close. We encourage people to train to their level. Some are long time shooters and shooting a lot does not bother them. Others are new shooters and it does tire them out and make the hands sore. We want people to do what is best for them. I would prefer to see someone shoot less and better than more and poorly.
If we ask you to bring 1800 rounds and you bring 1200 that should be fine. We have a pretty good stock of ammo on hand and will supplement anyone who needs help. We ask you to make an effort to get what you can, we are trying to get through the year without purchasing large quantities of expensive ammo, wind up with the price dropping and being stuck with it. We are paying pretty much market price like everyone else so our ammunition is not cheap either.
As our students know, we do much of our training with “roped” handguns. We use a yellow cord that is placed down the barrel and out through the magazine well, thus preventing the gun from being loaded. The cord sticking out the front and …bottom of the gun is visable proof that the gun is safe. We encourage students to rope their guns in a similar fashion when practicing their gun handling and building search skills at home. A simple weed wacker cord is sufficient. However many students want to duplicate the TDI experience and use a similar cord at home (we surmise that’s why so many of the cords make into range bags for the trip home, much to the dismay of the next class). For those wishing to obtain the cords for home use, they are available from McMaster-Carr, (330)995-5500, the website, www.mcmaster.com, the SKU is 6567K56, Urethane Hollow Core Round Belting, Yellow, 3/16″ O.D., 1-1/2″ Min Pulley Diameter.
A note for all of our students planning on attending the following classes: Handgun 4, 5 or 6: Partners class; any Tac Rifle and Tac Shotgun—we now have an extensive gravel base on the Upper Range at, and in front of, “The Wall”. Do yourselves a favor and bring knee pads to wear during these classes.
TDI newsletter April 2013
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STUDENTS THERE IS AN AMMO SHORTAGE:
We all recognize that due to recent tragic events in our country some politicians and interest groups have decided to attack our Second Amendment rights to own certain firearms and magazines. This has resulted in a panic to purchase ammo of most popular handgun and rifle calibers. TDI, like everyone else in our country, simply cannot obtain enough ammo for our needs. We certainly do not have enough ammo to provide for everyone taking our classes.
We apologize, but circumstances beyond our control have made ammo extremely difficult to find, when it is available it is rationed, and expensive. If you need to buy limited quantities from us we must sell it to you at the prices we have to pay to replace it, and we may not have what you need on hand.
If you haven’t stored enough ammo for classes you need to start searching, borrowing, or if you have components, reloading! We have previously posted websites that offer ammo. We recognize that the prices are high, but if you can buy it, do so. The prices will generally be the same here. If you bring your own ammo to class you’ll know that you will have it. Wait until you arrive at TDI to pick up ammo and there are no guarantees that we will have it available.
We recognize that the confirmation letters sent out last year said to contact us to reserve ammo for classes, but they were sent before the Newtown tragedy, the election, and the current limited availability of ammo. We could not have foreseen the unprecedented demand for ammo and the lack of adequate reserve stocks.
We are all hoping the f
ederal and state governments will stop the knee-jerk reaction to enact laws that will only restrict law abiding citizens and do nothing to stop crime. If you haven’t written or called your Senator or Representative please do so ASAP, register to vote, join the NRA, and work to have your voice heard on these issues.
West Union decided to tear up Main Street. Which means State Route 41/125 through West Union will be affected for the next few months. Right now it is starting at the intersection of State Route 41 and State Route 125 on the West/South side of town. You can’t come down 247 and turn right at the courthouse to go to WALMART or the Fast Food places. They will make there way in sections to Mikey’s and UDF. So expect detours and delays if you are coming through town.
TV news report on the recently completed TDI program to train teachers to respond to an active killer in the school and to test them to the recertification standards of Ohio police officers. Click here to read and watch.
TDI just completed the pilot teacher training program, sponsored by the Buckeye Firearms Association, to train teachers to respond to an active shooter (killer) in their schools. The 24 teachers all passed the handgun qualification test required of all Ohio police officers. What are your schools doing to protect your children? Click here to read the article.
A word from John Motil on the Precision Rifle class.
Precision Rifle is almost here. It is very wet at TDI and the ranges are pretty well soaked. John Benner sends out a confirmation letter with a list of equipment and every year we have people show up without shooting mats, rain gear, and forend rest(which is just a sandbag, sock filled with something, backpack with a few towels).
If this is your first class you probably won’t have all the gear needed and we understand. John will tell you to bring what you have and we loan what we have or other students share their gear. Unfortunately we have students that have taken numerous rifle courses and don’t bring any of the basic gear. Part of the TDI triangle is mindset. These students have the mindset that I don’t need this gear because I only use it for training or someone else will have what I need. If you’re serious about your training and self-sufficiency you should have the ability to verify the zero on your rifle. If you haven’t watched your rifle slip off the bark of a tree, felt you scope grind into the mud as you lost you footing, or put a dent in the tube as you hit an overhead obstacle you are very lucky. I hope you never have to verify your zero at some remote location or in your backyard when the economy goes to crap! But maybe it is something to think about because we won’t have mats, rain gear, and a rest for you in your time of need!
TDI featured for its Active Killer training program with Williams Co. school.
TDI has been featured by The Buckeye Firearms Associations on its website. The article talks in depth about TDI’s Active Killer program with a Williams Co. school.
School ammo announcement.
We all know how difficult it is to get ammo these days. If you are a reloader and wish to use your reloads in your guns you are free to do so, subject to the limitations below. If you are borrowing a gun from TDI, or loaned one by an instructor during class for any reason, you may not use reloads in the TDI or instructor guns.
If you are coming to a Handgun class you are permitted to use steel core ammo (check with a magnet) ONLY when we are shooting on paper, never on any steel. Accordingly, for Handgun I or II, you may use steel core ammo until we begin shooting on steel late in the day during Handgun II (have approximately 150 rounds of non steel ammo for this part of class) . We generally shoot on steel for most of Handgun III, IV, V and VI, and you cannot use any steel core ammo for these classes.
Great news article on the TDI armed teachers program to be sponsored by Buckeye Firearms.
Update from John Motil, TDI rangemaster
To our past, present, and future students that are planning on attending classes this year: Due to the present political climate we cannot guarantee the availability of ammo for any of our classes. We have contacted ammo companies and have been informed that they are 3 years behind in production. We have always tried to stock adequate supplies of 9mm, .38, .40, .45 and .223/5.56 but these calibers have been in short supply. We don’t even have any .22 Long Rifle.
It is up to you to provide ammo by searching online and signing up for e-mail notifications from websites like natchezss.com, midwayusa.com, brownells.com, and aimsurplus.com. If you know of any others that you have dealt with before and provided a fair deal please list them. We do not recommend cheaperthandirt.com due to their recent price gouging on ammo and magazines.
If you plan on using our range guns please try to purchase 9mm from a reputable manufacturer. We do not allow reloads in our range guns or ammo with a steel core in the bullet. If a magnet sticks to the tip of the bullet it has a steel core and can cause some serious injuries when shot on steel.
We will adjust our round count for various classes so you will not run out of ammo. Our present recommended round count is 600 rounds per day. Those of us that have been through this before know that the shortage will end, we just never know when that will be and how much it will cost us in the end.
John J. Motil, Rangemaster
IN-DEPTH: More women gunning for concealed carry.
Should you carry? One woman’s stance on why she feels the need to arm herself.: Watch as Amy Barrett, of Fairfield, demonstrates the power of a handgun and explain why she thinks it’s necessary for more women to obtain their concealed carry permits. Click here to watch.
Another Viewpoint: When exactly did I become the bad guy?
A viewpoint recently published by one of our students, Dr. Ben Alvarez. His moving story of how his father defended their home with guns and Dr. Alvarez’s view of the obligation to defend yourself today. Click here to read.
We are back on Facebook!
TACTICAL DEFENSE INSTITUTE is has rejoined Facebook. Be sure to check out our page. https://www.facebook.com/tdiohio
Armed Teacher Training Program
TACTICAL DEFENSE INSTITUTE is working with The Buckeye Firearms Association in the development of an Armed Teacher Program. The program is designed to provide first responder training for educational professionals. CLICK HERE to discover more.
We have a Defensive Knife travel class being hosted by the Alliance, Ohio Police Department. The class date is September 8-9 and will be held at the PD. Note, this class is open to BOTH civilians and law enforcement students.
Have been testing out a product by a local company called Challenge Targets. They make reactive and static steel targets for shooters. Feel free to give them a look. —TDI Webmaster
Been very busy around here this year. Here is an update for the students interested in our Defensive Knife training. We will be having another travel class at custom knife maker Rick Hinderer Knives on July 28th and 29th, 2012. Please see our course description for more information. –TDI Webmaster
The Snubby Revolver class for June 16-17th is full and accepting alternates only at this time. —TDI Webmaster
The May 25-27th Precision Rifle and September 21-23 Handgun I-III are closed and now accepting alternates. —TDI Webmaster
September 7-9th Handgun 1-3 is full and accepting alternates at this time. —TDI Webmaster
Defensive Knife for March 3-4th, 2012 is closed and accepting alternates only. —TDI Webmaster
Tac. Rifle I, Aug 17-19th, 2012 is full. We are accepting alternates only at this time. —TDI Webmaster
Handgun 1-3 for August 3-5th is full and now accepting alternates. —TDI Webmaster
Handgun 4-5 for Oct 18-21st, 2012 is full and now accepting alternates. Also we have added a link to our good friend Rick Hinderer of Rick Hinderer Knives. Rick is a very accomplished knife designer and we are proud to call him and his team friends. Feel free to check out his website. He products are quite difficult to obtain on the open market these days. But he does give priority to active duty military and law enforcement. —TDI Webmaster
Handgun I-III on June 1-3rd is full and accepting alternates. –TDI Webmaster
Tactical Shotgun July 21-22 is full and now accepting alternates. —TDI Webmaster
We are back from SHOT and getting caught up on office stuff. Of note, we have a couple more class closures: CQPC in February is closed and Advanced Concealed Carry in April is closed. Both classes are accepting alternates should we have cancellations.
May 18-20th Handgun 1-3 is full and now accepting alternates. —TDI Webmaster
Tac. Rifle I July 27-29th is full. We are accepting alternates. We have added another Tac. Rifle I iteration for August 17-19th, 2012.
Tac. Rifle II for Sept 15-16th is full and accpeting alternates.
The May 11th-13th Partner Tactics class is full. We are accepting alternates, but this one is VERY full. FYI. —TDI Webmaster
We have added a second Active Killer / Shooter Course for 2012. Aug 31st-Sept 2nd. We are accepting bookings for this course now.
And from all of us at TDI, we wish you and yours, wherever in the world you may be, a Happy New Year. Be safe. —TDI Webmaster
We have added a second Precision Rifle course for 2012. May 25-27 . We are accepting bookings now. —TDI Webmaster
The April 2012 Precision Rifle course is full and now accepting alternates. —TDI Webmaster
The June Handgun 4-5 classes are closed. We are accepting alternates. —TDI Webmaster
Tac. Rifle I for july 13-15th is full. We have added another Tac. Rifle I for July 27-29th. —TDI Webmaster
The 2012 F.IS.T. course is closed and only accepting alternate slots.
We have a new application form posted. Please use this to sign up for classes. If you experience any issues, please contact us so we can debug your issue. —TDI Webmaster
The 2012 Schedule is now up in the course descriptions. –TDI Webmaster
We are working on the Pro-shop page at this time. It is not available for buying anything yet. Even though it “might” allow you to place an item in a shopping cart. Please be patient until we can get this page launched and functioning properly. —TDI Webmaster
We have the 2012 Schedule published on the schedule page. We are accepting bookings for next year. We do not have the 2012 schedule strung through the individual class descriptions page however. Thank you for your patience. –TDI Webmaster
Admin update. We are having some problems with the new website. Currently the course description page is not formatted correctly and some of our non-PC users haven’t been able to download the PDF student application. We now have a second link on the application page for a Microsoft Word Student Application. Still working on the courses page. We appreciate your patience. New website and all that kind of thing. –TDI Webmaster
The 2012 schedule is now posted. We also have sent out a text version to those on the mailing list. –TDI Webmaster
Application issues resolved. Please fill out the application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for class sign-up. If you are an Apple user, you will need to download the application and fill it in by hand and then send it in. This is necessary since Apple and Adobe seem to not get along with each other. We will have a Microsoft Word version of the application available for Apple users soon. —TDI Webmaster
Apparently we are still having issues with the class application. I suspect some students have their browser set to not allow “pop-ups”. Please temporarily allow pop-ups until we have a solution in place. Should be done in the next 24 hours. –TDI Webmaster
WCPO Channel 9 stopped out at TDI to look into our Wounded Warrior Training Course. This is an endeavor between Tactical Defense Institute and SRT Prosthetics. We will have more info on this class in the coming weeks but the short version is that it will be open to both injured LE/Military and injured civilians.
7-21-11 Application Fixed
There have been some issues with the online application. We now have it working. Please be patient while we work out the kinks with the new website. –Webmaster
7-19-11 This is a test of the webmaster account.
This is a test of this bulletin.
6-30-2011 We are going through a major update on the website. Please bear with us while we work out the kinks. The PROSHOP is NOT open for business. Please do not try to purchase a $450 TDI hat. This is a clue! –TDI Webmaster.
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