What our students say about TDI.

Handgun I-III, July 9-11, 2021

WOW!  As always, my trip to TDIOhio was well worth the 7-hour drive.  Over the past 2 years, I’ve attended your Ground Fighting class, twice, and Handgun I-III, IV-V, VI.  They all exceeded my expectations.  Returning to take Handgun I-III a second time, I brought my wife and another couple.  The atmosphere and your training techniques are amazing!  With ten qualified instructors on-hand and their decades of combined experience and training, I felt it was safe to trust my wife’s handgun training to you and your team.  By the end of the three-day class, my wife felt the confidence to conceal-carry her firearm and has not stopped boasting about the instruction and coaching she received from your instructor team.  I witnessed you and your team apply the same “high-touch” instruction and encouragement to all who attended.  Moving even the novice handgun students to the point of proficiency.  I look forward to bringing the next group down for training. 

Thank you,

Billy Bucy, Grand Rapids, Michigan

December, 2020
Mastering Pistol Fundamentals is a great class.  Fine tuning speed and accuracy is exactly what I needed.  The structure of the class was perfect!
Another quality performance by TDI and all of the instructors.
Mike E.

November, 2020

Thank you again for a great weekend I enjoyed you and the whole team, and felt like part of the family.  I am completely amazed at the skills that everyone has and their willingness to share with us.  I’m honored to receive it and will be practicing. 

Billy B.

November, 2020

I wanted to take any moment and personally thank all of you again for this past weekend’s training and experience (11-20 through 11-22).  I was so fired up when I returned home, I have already created training documents for myself on all the technics and strategies you taught to enable me to become a master at them.  I feel so much more confident now.  I truly look forward to taking many mores classes with all of you!

Jonathan P.

November, 2020

Thank you very much for the amazing course this last weekend. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves and learned so much. We really appreciate your time and expertise and cannot wait for our next trip to learn more. All of your staff were truly amazing and I cannot say how much that helps in creating a great learning atmosphere. 

Jeremy H.

October, 2020

I want to thank you and your team of instructors for another great experience, TDI never disappoints. Year after year, class after class, I always have a great time and learn more than I expect.  I appreciate everyone’s efforts, positive reinforcement, and great attitudes very much.

Mike E.

October, 2020

I had an excellent experience at TDI. I highly recommend their handgun class. John Benner is a gentlemen and knowledgeable. His staff of instructors where all excellent as well and paid attention to your progress. I learned a lot and had fun. I do plan on definitely coming back, I wish I took their classes earlier.

George K.

October, 2020

I want to hand out many compliments concerning the class.  All the instructors were excellent and I appreciated the attention to detail and personal instruction at the firing line.  The instruction touched many of my points of interest.   I liked the block of instruction considering windage.   As a hunter a block of instruction about moving targets would help.  Thanks again for a well instructed class and a fun weekend.
J. Coburn

September, 2020

Thanks again for encouraging me to take the rifle class.  It was a HUGE leap out of my comfort zone, but as always, you and your amazing team refused to let me (or anybody else) fail.  Even my fellow classmates were so exceedingly kind and generous with their encouragement and assistance – what a great group of people and a fun weekend! 

Holly S.

September, 2020

You and your instructors run a top notch, first class program. Everyone of your instructors provided great instruction, guidance, and correction to help me improve my skills. I left the course much improved,  and more importantly, with a better confidence of where I am, and what I need to work on.
Please thank them all again. Their sharing of their talents, skills, and knowledge,  make this world a better place.

September, 2020

Please tell your staff thank you from both myself and Bill Jr.  It was a great weekend and we both had a great time.  Like last year the thing that stands out the most is the amazing staff you’ve managed to assemble.  I know how hard it is to find and retain good people and your crew is top notch.  The combination of knowledge, experience, and patience make for a really enjoyable experience.

Bill Sr.

August, 2020

I took Handgun 1-3. Words cannot describe how excellent my experience at TDI was. All the instructors are absolutely wonderful and very engaging while teaching. They break down everything so that the students are able to understand what is expected of them. Working with many different instructors throughout the course is great. I thought I was pretty good going into the course, but I soon realized I had A LOT to learn but I was definitely in the right place. For as many students as we had in class, we still managed to get plenty of 1 on 1 time with all the instructors and it is amazing the amount of attention that each student is given, no matter the skill level. I am not only much more confident in my ability to draw from my holster and get shots on target quickly, but just pistol shooting in general. I’m seriously considering taking Handgun 1-3 again because it was just that good. I am excited to get home and keep practicing the drills we learned. I could go on for hours talking about TDI. If you are on the fence about whether you should go or not, GO! The money and time is well worth it.


August, 2020

To John and entire staff at TDI:

I just wanted to send a message about how much I have enjoyed and appreciated the training that I have received at TDI. I believe I have been to TDI seven times over the past 5 years. I try to attend at least one or two courses per year somewhere to keep what skills I do have current.  Our church security team also meets and trains monthly on security and medical topics, so I am fairly familiar with what good training looks like.

I try to get training from different sources if I can.  Therefore, I recently attended a firearms course this summer at another facility that was sponsored by a statewide organization. While the instructors were knowledgeable, they were much less than professional.  Out of the dozen or so in the class, they managed to directly berate about half of the students methods throughout the day.  All they had to do is say, “we don’t teach it that way, this is what we teach, give it a try”.  There was also a lot of unnecessary profanity used in the class with several ladies attending as well. There was more but I will just leave it at that.

I’ve had conversations with almost all of the TDI instructors during my classes at TDI and I have never felt anything but positive attitudes and received constructive advice from each and every one of them.  After every TDI course I went home feeling great about the class and wanting to come back for more.  When you have a good trainers, good content and respect for your students, everything else tends to take care of itself.

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen TDI instructors pull people aside, including myself, and show them another way to do something and give them a pat on the back or John Motil getting someone’s gun back in the fight.  Again, thanks to the entire staff for always going above and beyond what’s expected. This is what sets TDI apart from the rest of the field.

Best Regards,


August 2020

I’ve been shooting guns since high school. Was on the Trapshooting team and a state champion. Have had my CCW for 6 years but let me tell you, the training we were exposed to here is the best I’ve ever participated in.
I’m proud to report that we all passed 😁
If you have your CCW and got it through a NRA teacher, may I recommend you take this to further your tactical skills.


October 2019

I’ve been in law enforcement for 18 years and Level 1-3 handgun is the best handgun course I’ve ever taken. Their instructors are top notch, the courses of fire will improve all shooters, and their method of teaching is highly applicable to combat shooting. I highly recommend TDI.

F. Reagan

September 2019

TDI is top notch. I look forward to the next class.

P. West

September 2019

Thank you very much for a great weekend. I was just in your handgun I – III class September 6-9th. Your team is very thorough, patient, and instructive. I hope that I am able to improve on what you and your team has taught me. I hope to join your team again and learn and relearn what I have already learned.

Tim K.

September 2019

I wanted to take a minute to thank you and your staff for the amazing experience that my son and I had the pleasure to be a part of this past weekend.  We’ve taken a few classes in the past but none were as comprehensive, enjoyable, and more importantly beneficial than HG I-III. I truly couldn’t think of one thing your staff could have done better.  I pride myself on having a pretty good crew here and I commend you on putting together a great staff because I know how hard it is. I’m not going to blow a lot of smoke but I’ll give you the ultimate compliment – we’ll see you again soon.


B. O’Donnell Sr.

July 2019

I wanted to let you John Benner know that my son, Xander, and I thoroughly enjoyed Tac Rifle I.  In addition, I was happy to see that TDI still offers absolutely topnotch training, and that its instructors are the best.  I can’t wait to come back for Handgun V in October.

I think you guys are the best! 

Cheers, Nick

July 2019

I just can’t say enough good things about your instructors.  You’ve really put together a super team of great folks!

Next year I hope to coordinate schedules with my son  and get him out for Pistol Fundamentals, Partner Tactics, and Tac Rifle II and III. 

Thanks again for great instruction and a great time.

 Wayne J.

July 2019

The instructors were amazing, they instruct you on a very personal basis. TDI grounds were way above and beyond our expectations. John and his staff are extremely knowledgeable No complaints whatsoever.

Matt S.   Corrections Officer

May 2019

Michael and I would like to thank you all for the wonderful learning experience. I can’t express enough how happy we were to be able to take this course and learn from all of you. We appreciate all of your support and guidance. We look forward to future training. Stay safe!

Michael and Janie

May 2019

Not long ago I was at Shoot Point Blank practicing the Malfunction Drill Forrest Sonewald taught us at this last Buckeye Blast.  All the other shooters around me were blasting away as fast as they could, while I just shot once, went through a malfunction clearance then back on target.  I put about 75 rounds down that way and my last 10 I did 2 to the chest one to the head til empty. I finished grabbed my gear turned around and the Range officer was looking at me nodded slightly and with an approving smile on his face that said, “Now that’s training!”  

John, Thanks again for your incredible staff.

P. Gawry

May 2019

Words cannot express my gratitude for your hospitality and world class instruction this past weekend. I always learn so much every-time I’m there. 

J. Staggs