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INDIANA FIREARMS TRAINING is dedicated to the Safe, Correct, and Responsible use of all firearms.  From basic to practical and tactical classes, we convey the attitude, knowledge, and skills needed for the proper handling, use, and storage of firearms, along with the ability to defend your life and the lives of loved ones.  Personal safety is the core of everything we do.

The company was started in 2009 by Bob Aldridge.  Bob developed a community of safety-minded shooters in and near the Fort Wayne area.  Over the next decade, Bob taught firearms safety to thousands of students.  He retired in 2018 and sold the company to his most frequent student, John P. Michaels.

The company now operates out of both Fort Wayne, IN and Huntington, IN.  Classes will take place in both cities at the same time in order to offer more availability to alumni wishing to repeat the courses for FREE as often as they wish.



John P. Michaels

Lead Instructor

John is now the Owner and Lead Instructor.  He purchased the company in 2018 when the founder retired.  John's goal is to build a community of the safest shooters in the country.  He became the best instructor in northeast Indiana by learning from the best in the world.  His commitment to continued education and constant improvement is unmatched.


  • BS, Corporate Training & Development - Ohio Sate Univ.


  • NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer

  • NRA Certified Firearms Instructor

  • USCCA Certified Range Safety Officer

  • USCCA Certified Emergency First Aid Fundamentals Instructor

  • USCCA Certified Firearms Instructor

  • Member of the Indiana SWAT Officers Association (ISOA)

  • Member of the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA)

  • Member of the Michigan Tactical Officers Association (MTOA)

  • Glock Factory Certified Armorer


laura C. Michaels

Pistol Instructor

Our women only classes and practices will be led by Instructor/Director of Women's League Development Laura Michaels


  • BA, Psychology, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame

  • MS, School Psychology, University of Saint Francis


  • NRA Certified Firearms Instructor

  • USCCA Certified Range Safety Officer

  • USCCA Certified Emergency First Aid Fundamentals Instructor

  • USCCA Certified Firearms Instructor

  • Instructor/Director of Women's League Development

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor

John Stanley

Rifle Instructor

John proudly served in the United States Army from 2004 to 2013.  He was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He did Convoy Operations in Iraq and trained the Afghan National Army in Entry Control Point techniques.  John was a Range Safety Officer for over 50 military ranges where calibers ranged from 9mm handgun to MK 19 grenade launchers.  As a Combat Lifesaver in Iraq, John gained invaluable experience in emergency first aid applications and bleeding control.  His incredible dedication to gun safety matches the extremely high standards that Indiana Firearms Training demands.


Daniel Stewart

Communications Lead

Daniel is our Information Technology specialist. He comes to us with 15 years of development experience in Web design and Application deployment.


  • BS, Philosophy, Purdue Fort Wayne


  • Web Developer

  • App deployment

  • Design

  • Event Planning

  • Communications/Marketing



Martial Arts Instructor

Dugan has been training in martial arts for more than 35 years and teaching for more than 25 years. This includes establishing The Shark Academy and Hoffmann Karate in the Fort Wayne area. His training includes rankings in Modern Arnis (Filipino stick and knife fighting), Small Circle Jujitsu (Small joint locks), RyuKyu Kempo, karate, Kiaijitsu, Kickboxing, and Tae Kwon Do.  Dugan has won national championships in kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, and point karate.


  • BS, Mathematics, Purdue University

  • MBA, Indiana University


  • Too many to list

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