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.


Indiana Firearms Training is now owned and operated by Lead Instructor John P Michaels

  • BS, Corporate Training & Development, The Ohio State University

  • NRA Certified Instructor

  • NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer

  • Member of the Indiana SWAT Officers Association (ISOA)

    • Courses taken​

      • SACP Combat Handgun​

      • Advanced Skills Pistol

      • Direct Action Pistol

      • Dignitary Protection

      • Undercover SERE Course for Law Enforcement

      • LEO Tactical Survival & Live Fire Performance

      • Human Terrain Mapping - Advanced Class

      • Carbine Vitals

  • Member of the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA)

    • Courses taken​

      • Covert Lock Picking​

      • Gun Fighting from Concealment

      • Intermediate Distance Carbine Deployment

      • Master Your Pistol & Rifle

      • No Fail Precision Pistol

      • Grappling in the Weapons Based Environment

  • Member of the Michigan Tactical Officers Association (MTOA)

  • Glock Factory Certified Armorer


We are thrilled to continue classes by Tactical Instructor Sergeant Brad Schultz

  • BS, Criminal Justice, Ball State University

  • 23 Years of Service as Sworn LEO with Fort Wayne Police Department

  • 12 Years as Sergeant include:

    • Neighborhood Response Team (larceny based surveillance unit)​

    • Gang/Violent Crimes Unit

    • Robbery/Homicide

    • Narcotics

  • 10 Years FWPD Emergency Services Team (SWAT)​

  • Certified ILEA Instructor (2004-2007)

  • Force Science Cert. (Human performance in high-stress and deadly force encounters)

  • Member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association

  • Member of the National Technical Investigator's Association (NATIA)

  • Member of the Indiana SWAT Officers Association (ISOA)

  • Member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

  • Weapons Systems Training Council Certified Armorer (AR/M-16)

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 Pistol Instructor

  • Instructor/Director of Women's League Development