Mike Yoder, Owner

Trigger Guard is owned and operated by Mike Yoder, who is a life long resident of Wellington and Sumner County, Kansas.  Married with four children and 3 grandchildren, Mike has over 35 years experience as a Police/SWAT firearms instructor and is an accomplished competitive shooter.

Instructor

Professional Bio

I joined the Sumner County Sheriff's Department in May of 1978 working as a jailer and Reserve Deputy.  In October of 1979 I left the Sheriff's Department and went to work for the Wellington Police Department as a Patrolman.

I graduated the 62nd Basic Class at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
( KLETC ) in 1980 and in 1981 returned to KLETC to certify as a NRA Police Firearms Instructor.  I was then assigned to the position of firearms instructor for the Wellington Police Department.
 
In 1983 I returned to work for the Sumner County Sheriff Department, where I was assigned as Range Master and Firearms Instructor.
 
In 1997 I started the Sumner County SWAT Team. Since the beginning of this team I have been the SWAT Commander and Firearms Instructor. The team has expanded and is now the Southern Kansas SWAT Team, a Multi-jurisdictional team with 25 members from 8 departments. I am still SWAT Commander and teach handgun and rifle skills to not only our team but to SWAT teams and Officers in surrounding counties.


During my 37 years in Law Enforcement, I have served for seven different Sheriff's and was Undersheriff for three of them.  I retired March 31st as the Operations Captain in charge of the patrol and training divisions for the Sheriff's Office.  
I am a regular Guest Instructor at KLETC where I teach Building Search, Firearms and Officer Survival.

In 2009, I started shooting competitively and currently hold the rank of Master Class Shooter in the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation

Certifications:
Range Master and Firearms Instructor for the Sumner County Sheriff's Office
SWAT Commander for the Southern Kansas SWAT Team
State Certified Firearms Instructor
Former NRA Police Firearms Instructor
NRA Life Member
Kansas State Rifle Association Member
Less Lethal Instructor
Patrol Rifle Instructor
Police Shotgun Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Survival Shooting Course
Guest Firearms Instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
Glock Certified Armorer
Colt Certified M-16/AR-15 Armorer
Remington 870 Shotgun Armorer
Remington 700 Rifle Armorer
Chairman for the Kansas Peace Officer Association Firearm Committee
Kansas Concealed Carry Instructor

Achievements:
Master Class Shooter in the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation
           
2012 Glock Indoor Shoot "A Class - 2nd place
2012 Glock Indoor Shoot "Unlimited Class - 2nd place
2011 Glock Indoor Shoot "A Class" - 1st place
2011 Glock Indoor Shoot "Unlimited Class" - 2nd place

6/12/10 GSSF Grand Island Nebraska:
- Guardian Class - 3rd place
- Amateur Competition Class - 1st place
- Amateur Sub-Compact Class - 1st place

2010 KPOA Spring Shoot:
- Old Master Award
- Grand Aggregate Award
- Fastest Line of Fire Award
- Fastest Speed Pyramid Award
- Novice Award

2010 Glock Indoor shoot “A Class” - 1st place

9/12/09 GSSF Hallsville Missouri:
- Guardian Class - 2nd place

6/13/09 GSSF Grand Island Nebraska:
- Guardian Class - 2nd place
- Amateur Competition Class - 1st place
- Amateur Sub-Compact Class - 1st place

4/25/09 GSSF Carlton Texas:
- Guardian Class - 1st place
- Amateur Competition Class - 2nd place

2009 Glock Indoor shoot “A Class” - 1st place
2009 Glock Indoor shoot “Unlimited Class” - 1st place