1-Day Class
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(this course has been registered with MCOLES for use of PA 302 Law Enforcement Distribution funds and earns training credit within MITN)

This course is endorsed by Modern Samurai Project.



MDFI Foundation Handgun

Valid CPL or Law Enforcement Credentials (if you do not have either, email us for instructions).



The Dot Life is the perfect class for those that are new to running a slide mounted Red-Dot Optic (RDO) on their handgun or for those familiar with the setup but looking to improve their performance with the pairing.

In an industry filled with “Red Dot Classes” that are simply the run of the mill handgun class with everyone shooting red-dot-equipped handguns, The Dot Life is in a category all its own.

The course is designed to help students hone their skills and learn new tips and techniques to get the most out of their equipment.  Students and cadre will work together to address the common roadblocks many shooters encounter when making the transition from iron sights to a red-dot equipped handgun in a safe, fun, and educational environment.

With the goal of helping shooters become more confident and capable with the defensive handgun setup, it is also endorsed as a precursor class to the incredible red-dot-specific classes offered by our friend, skilled shooter, and training affiliate Scott Jedlinski of Modern Samurai Project.


  • In-Depth Firearms Responsibility (Safety) / Medical Briefing
  • Zero Options and Selection
  • Benefits of Using a Red-Dot Optic (RDO)
  • Proper RDO Usage
  • Efficient RDO / Handgun Presentation
  • Techniques of RDO Usage at Varying Ranges
  • Understanding Acceptable Target Area



  • Red-Dot-Equipped Handgun
  • At Least 2 Handgun Magazines  
  • 300 Rounds of Handgun Ammunition
  • Eye & Ear Protection
  • A Quality Holster (see FAQ for allowed types)
  • You must bring your CPL (or LE credentials) to class.


  • Magazine Carrier
  • Appropriate Clothing for Weather
  • Sunscreen / Insect Repellent
  • Folding Canopy, Table and/or Chair
  • Snacks & Water for A Full Day


This course is only available to MDFI Alumni therefor you must be logged in to your Alumni account to register.

Class Cost: $225 (any and all venue fees are included in the cost of tuition)

  • Sunday
    April 23, 2023
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Class Cost: $225 (any and all venue fees are included in the cost of tuition)

  • Sunday
    August 6, 2023
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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The Dot Life
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 16 reviews
 by Nick

I have been running a RDO on my handgun for about 6 months now and let me assure you that this course will make you never want to go back to iron sights again. MDFI will defeat any of the myths out there concerning RDO's on handguns and make you a believer in them. There were so many "Light bulb" moments for me in this course that I was blown away. I thought I was decent at presentation with some consistent dry practice, but Tim and Brandon noticed some deficiencies and refined some bad habits I was developing and had me presenting smoother and faster while acquiring the dot. Even though there is plenty of things to work on after attending this course, Tim and Brandon give you plenty of reps, they push you out of your comfort zone which only makes you a better shooter. By the end of this course, you will begin to, "Trust the Dot and Break the Shot" with confidence. Excellent course. I cannot recommend this course enough for anyone who runs a RDO on their EDC blaster.

 by Adam

I didn't need to be conviced that a slide mounted red dot is the best sighting system for a pistol, but I was still new to using one when I took The Dot Life. The class gave me a huge confident boost in using my dot and taught me some valuable techniques to get the most from my pistol dot. I'll be spending a lot more time practicing the drills and techniques for target focused aiming and consistent presentation.
I also really appreciated the performance shooting aspects that were tought in the class and how clear it was that a red dot, combined with the skills Tim and Brandon tought us, could massively improve performance shooting abilities quickly.
Even if you're experienced with a pistol dot, and especially if you aren't, I'd highly recommend this class!

 by Joe

This class is an absolute MUST for anyone running a red dot on a pistol, regardless of experience level. Prior to this class, I had approximately 9 months of uninstructed usage of the dot... sloppy and slow presentation had me ready to cast my RDO handguns into the fires of Mt. Doom.

Thanks to this amazing class hosted by Tim and Derek, not only were the stereotypes of dot-equipped pistols nuked from orbit, but the benefits of reducing the cognitive load from the "sights" portion of sights-grip-trigger trifecta allowed more focus on the remaining two... leading to incredible results.

Google image search "Gollum holding the ring", imagine the ring as a small red dot, and you'll see what I'd like to think my optic sees while I'm shooting now.

Trust the dot, break the shot!

 by Ryan

I have taken several courses through MDFI but can clearly say that this one has been my favorite thus far.

Learning with a tremendous group of students, while being safety-focused but knowledge-centric, made for an even better experience as we pushed each other to be better learners and contributors.

The cadre at MDFI are truly masterful at what they do and I learned so much that can be applied to not only, 'The Dot Life,' but to 'The Iron Life,' as well.

Lots of 'AHA' moments to be had, which helped me to right some wrongs and bad habits I picked up while learning how to handle a dot on my own. This one will be a re-take for me I believe, as there was so much great content to absorb. Thanks Tim and Derek!

 by Jbell

The Dot Life is a fantastic class. I have been using a red dot for a few months now and felt like I had a handle on everything... then I attended this class. From the beginning of the class, the instructors set the tone with an in-depth safety briefing. The instruction started with them showing us how to zero our dots in an easy-to-digest and remember way. Then the floodgates opened, and I learned a lot. I feel like the lessons in this class helped me diagnose some things I've been doing wrong with iron sights too. Overall this class was a 10/10, and I look forward to retaking it after I work on the skills I learned.

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