What our students say about TDI.


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.

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