MDFI When A Gun Is Not An Option


MDFI When A Gun Is Not An Option

1-Day Class | 9am – 7pm
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Class Flow: RELAXED (classroom setting)

WAGINAO | When A Gun Is Not An Option is designed for the responsible citizen who desires to gain the knowledge and understanding of the lawful levels of force as well as add tools and techniques to their self-defense tool kit that focus on situations existing outside the lethal force level.

This course is tailored to give students an introduction to lawful use of force, understanding the types of people we encounter and how to appropriately interact with them, and familiarization with tools available to law-abiding citizens that fill a gap between no force and lethal force.

When A Gun Is Not An Option is a fun, educational, and interactive seminar-based class where students will have the ability to learn, discuss, watch demonstrations, and have hands on time with intermediate force tools.

This course is for any individual interested in increasing their defensive options, those who work in “Gun Free Zones,” those who choose not to carry a firearm, and those who do carry a firearm but are interested in adding tools for when a gun is not a lawful option.


  • The Whole Person Concept
  • Situational Awareness
  • Mindset and Scene Observation
  • Constitutional Use of Force
  • Prevention
  • Types of Less Lethal Tools Including Both OC (Pepper Spray) and EMD Weapons (Tasers/Stun Guns)
  • Less Lethal Tool Employment and Demonstration
  • Observation of a Pepper Spray Exposure and Decontamination


  • Note Taking Materials
  • Recommended: Snacks + Drink for Full Day



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This is my second class with MDFI. The first was YSINTG and now "When a Gun is Not an Option". I had taken this class because my teen daughter will be starting college soon and I know that she will be in a "gun free zone". I convinced (through bribery) my daughter to join me. We both got a lot out of the class. I have a CPL and with this class it helped me to learn how to differentiate what situations need what kind of action. Also, it was very beneficial to learn what different kinds of pepper spray to use and how they work. Thanks Trek for providing us with a great bonding mother, daughter time and helping to teach us what we need to know about situational awareness.

This course was extremely informative regardless of background or firearms proficiency. The explanation of the whole person concept made comprehensive sense. I also appreciated the definitions of different types of people encountered and appropriate levels of force accordingly. The discussion about what is and isn't effective (as well as what's lawful) with respect to 'non-lethal' tools was very good. The Trekisms were also effective in punctuating the key points.

This was an eye opening experience. It filled in a lot of gaps for me as a cpl holder with very little training. When to use force, what force is appropriate, reading situations and people, what tools to use and why, etc. I also learned a lot about the effectiveness of different less lethal options.

I highly recommend this class to any who carries a gun, who doesn't, spouses, people who are not gun people but still want to protect themselves, and...everyone else! Trek does a great job breaking things down and running through the what ifs in open discussion. His whiteboard flow charts are worth the price of admission alone!

Excellent Course. I went in anticipating that certain less than lethal defense tactics would be obviously superior and doubting the effectiveness of others. This course really changed my perspective on the spectrum of non-lethal options. I would certainly recommend this course.

Thank you for such a wonderful class this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect and it definitely exceeded my expectations. I’m a big proponent of learning as much as you can to be prepared in all situations and I left that class with a wealth of knowledge. I had no idea I had so many less than lethal options available to me.