Central Indiana's Premier Firearms Training

Jonathan TindalJonathan (Jon) Tindal is the Owner and Lead Instructor of Defensive Shooting Concepts. Jon has 23 years of Law Enforcement experience and is currently a member of one of Indiana’s larger law enforcement agencies. He currently serves on his department’s Tactical Team and is an instructor with the Firearms Training Division. Prior to his work with his current department he served with two other central Indiana law enforcement agencies. While in law enforcement he has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, served as a Shift Commander, and held the position of Department Training Coordinator. Jon’s work with his current agency includes a multitude of certifications, instructor positions, and accolades, including being a two time recipient of the Medal of Merit. In 1997, Jon graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy ranked 4th out of 129 students. He also served in the Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer from 1995-2003.

In addition to Jon’s time on patrol he spends hundreds of hours training members of the law enforcement community throughout the State of Indiana. Jon now spends a majority of his training time in the firearms area and has become an irreplaceable asset with a wealth of knowledge. He builds on his knowledge by continuing his education in firearms. Jon is a certified armorer with respected brands such as, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Colt, Rock River and Remington.  Jon is constantly constructing new and effective ways to train Indiana’s law enforcement officers in the firearms field and is the lead firearms instructor for his department Tactical Team. He has also served as a guest instructor in firearms, at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Jon is certified in the instruction of handgun, shotgun and patrol rifle, as well as Taser, less lethal and chemical munitions, Simunition (simulated munitions) and Force on Force tactics. He is also trained in Street Survival and weapons retention. In 2012, Jon earned the IALEFI Certification of Master Firearms Instructor.  He is an avid NRA member and a GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundations Member.

Jon is repeatedly tasked with the responsibility of building training plans that continually stress firearms safety and basics, but that also put the student in dynamic situations, preparing them for the possibility of a firearms related encounter. Jon delivers training that is above standards and builds the students confidence in firearms proficiency as well as performance in stress induced situations.


Specialized Training:

02/1996 – United States Army Basic Training and AIT School graduation

03/1997 – Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

09/1997 – Street Survival Course

06/2001 – Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certified Instructor Development Course

09/2002 – Firearms Instructor Course Handgun and Shotgun

10/2003 – Glock Armorer Course

06/2005 – Patrol Rifle Instructor Course

09/2005 – Colt Armorer Course

06/2007 – Rock River Arms Armorer Course

07/2007 – Glock Armorer Course

04/2009 – Remington M/870 Police Armorers Course

05/2009 – Simunition FX Scenario Instructor and Safety Course

05/2009 – Specialty Impact Munitions and Chemical Munitions Instructor Course

02/2010 – Taser Instructor Course

06/2010 – Glock Armorer Course

09/2010 – Rock River Armorer Course

03/2012 – Specialty Impact Munitions and Chemical Munitions Instructor Course

06/2012 – Law Enforcement Sniper Course

07/2012 – International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors – Master Instructor

01/2013 – Field Trauma Care Course

10/2013 – Smith and Wesson Armorer Course

11/2013 – Small Unit Tactics

03/2014 – Force Science Institute Certified

05/2014 – Recertification for Taser Instructor

04/2015 – Active Shooter Instructor Certified (RAIDER Training)

07/2015 – NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor

06/2016 – Tactical Pistol Instructor Certification with Langdon Tactical

04/2017 – Advanced SWAT Tactics Certification with S.C.A.R.

07/2017 – Advanced Handgun Instructor Certification from Work Horse

02/2019 – Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response DHS Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education

04/2019 – OC Aerosol, Less Lethal Impact Munitions, Chemical Munitions, Distraction Devices

06/2019 – Low Light Pistol Instructor

06/2019 – Covert Building Search

02/2020 – Casualty Care and Rescue Tactics

02/2020 – Ultimate Training Munitions Instructor