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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

  • I have many years of military experience. Is Handgun I too basic for me?
    Unless you have had prior, formal handgun training (NRA Basic Pistol is an example) from a reputable organization, Handgun I is the place to start, regardless of how long you have been shooting. However, the last thing we want is for you to spend your money on something you do not need. Therefore, we offer a money back guarantee. If you believe you did not get your money's worth, we will refund your money. To date, no one has exercised that option. While Handgun I requires no previous firearm experience, we cover a lot of material and have never had anyone say it was too "basic."
  • What gun and ammunition should I bring for the Handgun I class?
    We supply both guns and ammunition for the Handgun I class—.357 revolvers and custom ammunition loaded to extremely low levels—so our guests do not have to deal with muzzle blast and recoil while trying to learn the basics of gun handling and marksmanship. We also provide .22 caliber pistols. You are welcome to bring your own guns and ammunition to Handgun I and shoot them after the class, if you wish. We will be available for free coaching until sundown.
  • We are taking the Handgun II class.  May we share the same handgun?
    For Handgun II—and subsequent classes using handguns—everyone must have his or her own handgun, magazines, approved holster, and magazine pouch(es). Time demands and safety are the issues. It takes quite a bit of time to exhange guns, holsters, and magazine pouches from one person to another; plus, every time a gun is handled, there is a possibilty of a negligent discharge or other safety infraction. On top of that, for some live-fire stages, we have everyone on the line at the same time.
  • What is the policy on refunds and reschedules?
    We will, gladly reschedule you for a later class or refund your payment, except under the following conditions: - The class has filled, and we have turned people away because the class is full, and, - We are unable to fill your space with another student.
  • What is the minimum age to take Handgun I?
    Ten is our minimum age. That number is somewhat arbitrary, but our experience has shown that younger children, typically, do not have the skeletal-muscular development to handle full-size handguns.
  • Do you offer ladies only classes?  I am a bit nervous about taking a shooting class with a bunch of men!
    Our Handgun Level 1 class often has more ladies than men, however we do offer a women-only version called Women's Handgun & Self-Defense taught by Laura Michaels. Laura is a certified NRA instructor, a certified USCCA instructor, a certified first aid instructor, a certified Range Safety Officer, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. We will be adding additional women only classes and leagues in the near future.
  • I am about to take the plunge and buy a semi-automatic handgun.  The is a dizzying selection of makes, models, and calibers, all of which is very confusing.  What would you recommend, and do you sell handguns?"
    First of all, it is unfortunate, but there is a lot of variability in reliability among makes and models of semi-autos, and 100 percent reliability is the minimum standard for a defensive handgun. In our experience, the most reliable semi-autos are Glocks, Smith & Wesson M&P models, Sigs, and Springfield XD models. Glock continues to be the "gold standard" of reliability. For ladies, we frequently see the mistaken belief that women are better off with smaller guns. Small-sized guns have many disadvantages, with the main disadvantage being they are harder to shoot well, and the recoil of smaller, lighter guns can be unpleasant. Medium-sized pistols, such as the Glock 19, are much better. Regarding calibers, the recommended choices are the 9mm, the .40 S&W, and the .45 ACP. Of those three, we recommend the 9mm for a number of reasons: ammunition is less expensive, magazine capacity is larger, and recoil is more manageable. However, any of those three calibers work just fine. We do not sell firearms, ammunition, or accessories.
  • Why are Blackhawk Serpa holsters prohibited?
    It is a safety issue. Blackhawk Serpa holsters (and similar offerings, such as i-Tac holsters) have a retention release button on the outside of the holster that must be pressed with the trigger finger. On attempting a fast draw stroke, it is all too easy to be pulling on the gun while attempting to press the release button with the trigger finger. The additional pressure from pulling on the gun makes it harder to press the release button, and the shooter will press harder on the button. When the button, finally, releases, the gun, then, jerks out of the holster, allowing the trigger finger to hook the trigger, resulting in a negligent discharge that can be catastrophic--even fatal. For retention holsters, Safariland ALS and GLS models are vastly superior and highly recommended. For tension holsters—no retention mechanism—the Safariland 5198 model is great and rather inexpensive.
  • Are shoulder holsters and small-of-back (SOB) holsters permitted?
    No. Again, it is a safety issue. When drawing a gun from a shoulder holster, the shooter will "sweep" both himself and all people standing next to him on that side. A catastrophic negligent discharge, then, is very possible. With an SOB holster, the primary danger is shooting oneself on the draw stroke or other people behind and to the side. We recommend holsters positioned outside the waistband and at the hip—either paddle or belt type holsters are fine. For the Outside the Home Personal Protection class, inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are allowed, as long as the holster is positioned close to the hip and the shooter demonstrates proper muzzle control. "Appendix" holster location is not recommended for safety reasons that should be obvious based on the muzzle direction
  • May I shoot reloaded ammunition in your classes?
    Yes, as long as you did the reloading or you purchased reloaded ammunition from a reputable company, such as Precision Delta or Freedom Munitions. Do not acquire reloaded ammunition at guns shows or from someone you do not know really well! For safety reasons, we reserve the right to exclude reloaded ammunition that is dangerous—squib loads or over pressured—or ammunition that produces repeated stoppages in the gun.
  • What about the brass or spent rounds?
    We "police" brass everyday on the range, and our guests that reload are welcome to take any or all of the brass. If no one wants the collected brass, we keep it.
  • What are the physical conditioning requirements for the various classes?
    There are no minimun physical conditioning requirements for any of the classes. We never ask anyone to do anything beyond his or her physical capabilities.
  • When will products purchased from the online store be delivered?
    Physical products purchased from our online store will be shipped within 5 business days. All shipments should arrive within 2 weeks. Store pickup will be available immediately upon purchase. Delivery available to all US states.
  • What are the Terms & Conditions of this website?
    Terms & Conditions Website owner, the offering, and binding of Terms This website is owned and operated by Indiana Firearms Training, LLC. These Terms set forth the terms and conditions under which you may use our website and services as offered by us. This website offers visitors safe firearms instruction and related information. By accessing or using the website of our service, you approve that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these Terms. Who can use your website; what are the requirements to create an account In order to use our website and/or receive our services, you must be at least 12 years of age, or of the legal age of majority in your jurisdiction, and possess the legal authority, right and freedom to enter into these Terms as a binding agreement. You are not allowed to use this website and/or receive services if doing so is prohibited in your country or under any law or regulation applicable to you. 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    Privacy Policy What type of information do we collect? We receive, collect and store any information you enter on our website or provide us in any other way. In addition, we collect the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; computer and connection information and purchase history. We may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information, and methods used to browse away from the page. We also collect personally identifiable information (including name, email, password, communications); payment details (including credit card information), comments, feedback, product reviews, recommendations, and personal profile. How do we collect information? When you conduct a transaction on our website, as part of the process, we collect personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address. Your personal information will be used for the specific reasons stated above only. Why do we collect such personal information? We collect such Non-personal and Personal Information for the following purposes: To provide and operate the Services; To provide our Users with ongoing customer assistance and technical support; To be able to contact our Visitors and Users with general or personalized service-related notices and promotional messages; To create aggregated statistical data and other aggregated and/or inferred Non-personal Information, which we or our business partners may use to provide and improve our respective services; To comply with any applicable laws and regulations. How do we store, use, share and disclose site visitors' personal information? Our company is hosted on the platform. provides us with the online platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you. Your data may be stored through’s data storage, databases and the general applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall. All direct payment gateways offered by and used by our company adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers. How do we communicate with site visitors? We may contact you to notify you regarding your account, to troubleshoot problems with your account, to resolve a dispute, to collect fees or monies owed, to poll your opinions through surveys or questionnaires, to send updates about our company, or as otherwise necessary to contact you to enforce our User Agreement, applicable national laws, and any agreement we may have with you. For these purposes we may contact you via email, telephone, text messages, and postal mail. How can site visitors withdraw their consent? If you don’t want us to process your data anymore, please contact us at Privacy policy updates We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it. Questions and your contact information If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, you are invited to contact us at
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