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 email@example.com 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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