Rod Yoder
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McFadden Firearms Academy LLC

Rod Yoder

BACKGROUND: Instructor

4 Years Instructing

PH: 330 417 7961


Available Courses

Next Class Course Type Difficulty
Next class: Jun 29
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Arming the Church Protector 1
This course is a must if you serve on a…
Advanced, USCCA Courses, Active Shooter Response Training, Scenario Based Training, Private Classes (Group / Individual), Church / Business - Safety / Security Advanced
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Concealed Carry - Defensive Shooting Level 3
This is part of our 8 Hour range only De…
Intermediate, USCCA Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual) Intermediate
Next class: Jul 27
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Defensive Pistol Fundamentals
This is the USCCA Defensive Pistol Cours…
Intermediate, USCCA Courses, In Home Defense Training, Scenario Based Training Intermediate
Next class: Jun 19
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Essential Handgun Marksmanship Level 1
We teach this course as an Objective Bas…
Basic, USCCA Courses Basic
Next class: Jul 1
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Essential Handgun Marksmanship Level 2
We teach this course as an Objective Bas…
Basic, Intermediate, USCCA Courses Basic
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Home Defense Basics
An opportunity to learn how to protect y…
Intermediate, USCCA Courses, In Home Defense Training, Scenario Based Training, Private Classes (Group / Individual) Intermediate
Next class: Jul 12
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Home Defense- Defensive Shooting Level 2
This course is part of our 8 hour Defens…
Intermediate, USCCA Courses, In Home Defense Training, Scenario Based Training, Private Classes (Group / Individual) Intermediate
Next class: Jul 12
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Intro to Defensive Pistol - Def. Shooting Level 1
This course is part of our 8 hour Defens…
Basic, Intermediate, USCCA Courses, In Home Defense Training Basic
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Ladies Only NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting
Above and beyond state requirements
Basic, Concealed Carry Training, NRA Courses, Women's Only Courses Basic
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NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting/Ohio CCW
Approved for Ohio CCW Permit to travel o…
Basic, Concealed Carry Training, NRA Courses, USCCA Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual) Basic
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NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation
Not a CCW course
Basic, NRA Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual) Basic
Next class: Jul 17
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Ohio CCW/Defensive Pistol
This is not a $50 CCW class. We never cu…
Basic, Concealed Carry Training, NRA Courses, USCCA Courses, Legal Aspects for Use of Force / Avoidance Basic
Next class: Aug 10
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Ohio Permitless Carry
Ohio no longer requires a CCW but we sti…
Basic, USCCA Courses Basic
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Pistol Fundamentals: Grip, Sights and Trigger
Everything you didn't learn in your CCW…
Basic, Intermediate, Private Classes (Group / Individual) Basic
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Range Day
Come have fun at our range.
Intermediate, Scenario Based Training Intermediate
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Refuse To Be A Victim
A nationally recognized crime prevention…
NRA Courses, Seminars / Lectures, Legal Aspects for Use of Force / Avoidance N/A
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The Legal Use of Force Seminar
Learn to navigate through a deadly force…
Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Concealed Carry Training, USCCA Courses, Scenario Based Training, Seminars / Lectures, Legal Aspects for Use of Force / Avoidance Basic
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About McFadden Firearms Academy LLC

All courses can be individually scheduled. Just contact us for a date.

While we do teach some law enforcement and active military, the majority of our students are freedom loving Americans that want to protect themselves with a firearm.

We formed "McFadden Firearms Academy LLC" because we saw the lack of good training for those that may already have their CCW and want more training. The vast majority of training academies provide large classroom CCW training and in some cases, very little practical gun handling. We saw the need for something more. We know that the basic CCW course is just not enough for the average citizen to carry a gun in self defense, in fact most CCW courses are only safety and education classes and not considered training. We can bridge that gap for those that want to go to that first level of training. We constantly take firearms and tactics classes from top level instructors to bring our students better training. 


We also see many church security ministry teams that have formed that have members with only CCW permits and little to no other specialized training. Our new for 2023 Firearms for Church Protectors course is essential for anyone on an armed church security ministry team. We have expanded this course to a 7 to 8 hour course  This course helps prepare you for the active killer event and lays the foundation on what to do immediately after the event. The armed church security ministry team member plays a much different role than a CCW carrier. Carrying a gun in church has it's own unique challenges that we must be aware of and work through. We believe that there is no more important role in the church that you can be asked to fill than to be on your church's safety and security ministry team. Let us help you prepare for that role. 

While we do train church security teams in firearms and tactics, we are not a church security company. We hope to bring people on board in the future to do that. There are many companies that specialize in that area. We are more than happy to point you in their direction. We also recommend that you work closely with your insurance carrier  when implementing a church security plan.

We offer an 8 hour Defensive Pistol Level 1 course that initially required about 400 rounds of ammunition. Due to ammo costs and availability we have broken that course down into three shorter 2 hour courses. Intro to Defensive Pistol is the foundation course of the 3 courses. Home Defense - Defensive Shooting and Concealed Carry Defensive Shooting take you through the remainder of the 8 hour course. We have also paired the 8 hour course down to take 300 rounds or less without sacrificing skill building and depending on how much the student wants to pull the trigger. 

A word about gear:
There a plenty of gun shops that will sell you the gun they think you need. We see a large percentage of gun buyers are now ladies. Many women have their own issues with finding a gun that fits them correctly. Sometimes that little "pocket gun" isn't the right option for you or for the lady in your life.  We recommend going to a range that rents guns and find out which gun you can shoot well and conceal well.  Try several over a period of time. 

When you come to one of our classes we want you to get the most out of the training experience and not "fight your gear" by having a gun that you can't efficiently operate or a cheap belt and holster. Part of the training experience is finding out what gear works and what gear doesn't work but we want you to come as prepared as possible.  We recommend the "carry system" approach where all or most of your guns will work with all or most of your holsters. This allows you to vary your carry gun without starting over on the rest of your gear.

We also see students spend money on upgrades for their pistols such as sights, grips and trigger jobs. Upgrades are great but they won't make you a better shooter. We can't buy that. The only way to be a better shooter is to shoot and dry fire. 

These are some gear choices that we see work. (we don't have any $$ interest in them)
Holsters: Bravo Concealment, We The People, Crossbreed, Galco, Bladetech
Belts: Amish made, Hanks, Duluth Trading Lifetime, be prepared to spend $50 to $80 on a good belt
Magazine Holders: Blackhawk, Pitbull
Guns: Glock, SW M&P, Sig Sauer (We have seen much more expensive guns take dumps after a 1000 rounds in a class) Full size guns work better for training classes than smaller guns. You can always tranfer skills to a smaller gun.
There is a lot of other great guns out there as well.

TRAIN AND CARRY YOUR GUN WHENEVER YOU CAN


Courses Taught

Concealed Carry Training, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, NRA Courses, USCCA Courses, Active Shooter Response Training, In Home Defense Training, Church / Business - Safety / Security, Scenario Based Training, Women's Only Courses, Virtual Simulation, Seminars / Lectures


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Certifications

CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
Lead Instructor, McFadden Firearms Academy
USCCA Official Partner
Code 4 Certified Armed Church Security
Foundations of Handgun Coaching Instructor
NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
USCCA Certified Concealed Carry and Home Defense Instructor
USCCA Certified Defensive Pistol Instructor
Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
Countering the Mass Shooter Threat Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer
FBI House of Worship Active Shooter Training
Church Security Training
Tactical Defense Institute - Active Killer Response
Tactical Defense Institute - Handgun 1

Tactical Defense Institute - Handgun 2
Tactical Defense Institute - Handgun 3
Tactical Defense Institute - Handgun 4
Tactical Defense Institute - Handgun 5
Tactical Defense Institute - Handgun 6
Tactical Defense Institute - Tactical Rifle 1
Tactical Defense Institute - Tactical Shotgun
BFA/Jeff Wilson - Tactical Rifle
BFA/E.A.S.T. Group - Partner Tactics
Strategos International - Tactical Pistol for Church Protectors
Dabell Firearms/Dave Bell - Defensive Pistol
Trigger Pressers Union/Klint Macro - Defensive Pistol Instructor
Active Response/Greg Eliftritz - Close Quarters Combat
Strategos International/Jeremy Allen - Tactical Pistol Handling
Strategos International - Church Security Planning
Strategos International - Intruder Awareness and Response for Churches
Innovative Tactical Concepts - Advanced Pistol Fighting
Sphons CCW - NRA Pistol Instructor
Stop the Bleed/First Aid/AED
National Christian Protectors Conference
Modern Samurai Project 2 Day Red Dot Pistol Course

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Policies

Cancellation Policy

We have revised our cancellation policy due to students cancelling a class and then cancelling again on rescheduled classes. 
Once class fees are paid there will be no refunds for any reason.   It is solely at the discretion of McFadden Firearms Academy to allow a class to be rescheduled.  We may allow a class to be rescheduled one time if that class is being offered later in the calendar year.  We can not carry a class over to the next calendar year.

Class fees must be paid through shootingclasses.com or the USCCA Training site to pay and register for our courses. No seat can be held prior to payment.

Reschedule Policy

McFadden Firearms Academy LLC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any class due unsafe range conditions. We will generally present our classes rain or shine unless conditions are unsafe.

You may also register for most of our classes on the USCCA website.  Just go to IN-PERSON training and search by zipcode 44615 to bring up our courses.

Refund Policy

Once class fees are paid no refunds will be given for any reason. 

McFadden Firearms LLC reserves the right to cancel any training program at any time with reasonable notice given to participants. If a class is cancelled, refunds will be paid in full or participants may apply their credit toward future training classes. In the event of a cancellation, McFadden Firearms Academy LLC is not responsible for any non-refundable travel expenses or penalties a participant may incur. This includes but is not limited to, air travel, hotels, ETC.

Other Policy

McFadden Firearms Academy LLC does not permit anyone other than paid students on-site during classroom or range activities. All waivers must be signed and fees paid before the start of class.

We do train youth with a parent of guardian. We generally only train youth if we have a prior relationship with the parent/guardian or youth.  Shootingclasses.com requires the parent to register and add a youth as an add on. Anyone under 18 may not register for a class otherwise.

Anyone who repeatedly displays improper gun handling skills or behaves in an unsafe manner will be asked to remove themselves from the premises without a refund.

WE REGISTER STUDENTS ON SEVERAL OTHER SITES, THEREFORE THE CLASS SIZE AND CAPACITY MAY AND WILL VARY FROM THE NUMBERS LISTED ON SHOOTINGCLASSES.COM.

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Waiver

Disclaimer
McFadden Firearms Academy LLC reserves the right to deny training to anyone for any of the following reasons:

  • Any crime of violence or indictment / conviction that would disqualify you from being in possession of a firearm
  • If you have a mental illness
  • If you appear to be intoxicated in class
  • If you appear to be overly agitated
  • If you are not legally allowed to own a firearm
  • If you are not a US citizen and do not have firearms privilege
  • If you repeatedly behave in an unsafe manner


Release and Waiver of Liability
The undersigned acknowledges that the reaction to, possession of, and/or use of firearms is potentially
dangerous, and involves risk of serious personal injury, death, psychological trauma, and/or other personal
and financial liability. The undersigned agrees to assume all risk and waives any and all claims of
liability for coronavirus, personal injury, death, psychological trauma, and/or other personal or financial loss.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring revolver? Revolvers work for our CCW course but not so well for our Defensive Pistol courses.
What if I don't have a gun? We have loaner guns. Ammo is available at market price.
What should I bring? Every course includes a required equipment list.
I am new to shooting, what if I can't do it? No worries, we keep CCW classes small to give special attention.
Can classes be scheduled on other dates? Yes, we will schedule classes at your request if possible.
What size gun should I bring? A full size gun is recommended training in most cases.

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Reviews

Home Defense: Defensive Shooting Level 2

5 stars

From: Robert A

Excellent instruction and fun!

Defensive Pistol Fundamentals

5 stars

From: JIm W.

Fantastic class great instructors

NRA Basics of Pistol

5 stars

From: Ron H

Rod is experienced, helpful and makes you feel comfortable in class!!! I highly recommend his class! 

Firearms For Church Protectors

5 stars

From: Donald C

Rod is a great instructor. very personable and very thorough in his teaching. would absolutely recommend him

Firearms For Church Protectors

5 stars

From: Timothy H

Instructors were excellent, all around great job on their part. Local range was interesting but did the job.

Intro to Defensive Shooting Level 1

5 stars

From: Rodney D

Instructor was first class! I enjoyed the class very much. A lot of new perspective on different situations. Would definitely recommend!!
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Videos

  • Defensive Shooting Fundamentals

    Come and learn how to use your gun in a real-life encounter, not just sending rounds downrange.