Practical Defense Tactics, LLC is a firearms training company offering both core and advanced level instruction for the military, law enforcement, and law abiding citizens.
Our instructors are experienced NRA certified instructors with a knowledge base that encompasses combat marksmanship, competition shooting, personal protection and precision shooting. We recognize the need for a practical approach to our curriculum that can sufficiently address the many requirements our students need.
We maintain credibility through knowledge exhibited not only in our spoken words but by our behavior. PDT instructors are prepared to validate the techniques being taught by providing the reasons for their use. Our instructor preserves credibility by consistently demonstrating a high standard of safety performance and behavior.
Our comprehensive approach to training instills core fundamentals and strengthens students’ knowledge of advanced practical, proven techniques. We have developed courses for several skill levels to provide specialized cost-effective training solutions that address our student’s needs.
Our mission as a firearms training company is to promote the mental attitude and develop fundamental skills and gun handling that will prepare our students for the challenges for both competitions and self-protection.
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Started his professional shooting career by competing in the sport of United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA/IPSC). He went on to compete in 3 gun competitions in the sports of Chevy Truck Team Challenge, Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) and USPSA 3-Gun. While competing professionally and training with local law enforcement and military personnel, Mark has developed his firearms expertise in rifle, shotgun, competitive handgun, defensive handgun and personal protection.
His in-depth experience has enabled him to evaluate and implement related curriculum-based material on modern teaching techniques and proven methodologies.
As owner and lead instructor of Practical Defense Tactics, LLC, Mark has continually demonstrated the ability and willingness to respond to students in a manner that is both effective and friendly. He delivers in-depth instruction on proven techniques that have contributed to his own competitive success and the success of many others.
Mark is a highly skilled marksman and is ranked Master in USPSA. His ability to make practical, administrative and tactical decisions effectively under competitive and situationally induced stress has made him one of the Nation’s top instructors and a fierce competitor securing over 50 championship titles in state, regional, national and world competitions over the last 30 years.
Mark also knows the importance of combative skills and is trained in Krav Maga by Kenpo black belt and Krav Maga instructor David Kopec of Advance Self Defense Tactics. Mark has achieved his Ronin Krav Maga 360 Degree Handgun Threat Defense & Disarms Instructor certification and continues to train regularly in hand to hand combatives under David's tutelage.
Mark takes pride in his ability to work closely with students to better understand and manage their shooting behavior and to prepare them for whatever circumstances they may encounter.SOME OF MARK'S CERTIFICATIONS/EDUCATION
Started his professional shooting career in the competitive sport of USPSA/IPSC. While competing professionally, Kevin developed his love for this sport and has dedicated himself to learning as much as he can as often as he can. His in-depth experience as an instructor goes far beyond the shooting industry.
Kevin was a computer programming instructor for a Fortune 500 consulting firm. He was also a professor at a major community college in Connecticut, proving he is well versed in getting subject matter out to his students.
As co-owner and operator of Practical Defense Tactics, LLC, Kevin continues to compete regularly in both open and limited divisions. He is well known on the USPSA circuit and is a highly respected and well liked competitor. Kevin was also involved in the 3 gun Chevy Truck Sportsman Team Challenge for several years winning many New England area events and placing second at the National event in Florida. Kevin is also highly active in both skeet and trap shooting a well as combat shotgun steel courses.
Kevin has also competed in many handgun Steel Challenge events throughout New England, and continues to participate in many local rifle competitions using the AR platform, in both tactical carbine and long-range competitions. One more aspect of competition shooting that Kevin performs is Man-on-Man plate/pin shoots - not only do these competitions test your accuracy skills but also the "mental game" of shooting. It is from these experiences that Kevin draws from his knowledge and transfer that knowledge to his students.
Kevin is extremely skilled with well over 40+ years of experience. His accomplishments reach far into all disciplines including Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun. Some of Kevin's major accomplishments were finishing in the top 16 at the 1995 3-Gun Nationals. He was a youth intramural skeet champion and also represented the town of Cromwell in a Jaycee sponsored program promoting firearm safety and marksmanship. He has won several local and National titles as he moved up the competitive ranks in USPSA competitions.
Kevin’s competitiveness and penchant for knowledge make him an ideal instructor for both the novice and experienced shooter. Kevin promotes safety first which allows everyone to relax and enjoy his training.SOME OF KEVIN'S CERTIFICATIONS/EDUCATION
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If you’re interested in applying for your concealed carry permit either in RI or anywhere in the US, this course is for you. With all the information out there about protecting your home, your family, and yourself, trying to decide where to start can be a daunting, overwhelming task.
We provide you with the resources you need to ensure you are given the latest available information in the safest environment. Learn the laws that apply to you, your home state, and the states you travel to. You’ll also learn your rights and responsibility as they pertain to your concealed carry permit and it’s process.Enroll
Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.
More Details: This course approximately 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions, cleaning the pistol, and continued opportunities for skill development. The RI DEM Blue Card Examination shall be given to anyone wishing to remain for it at the conclusion of this class, as well as those seeking their Massachusetts CCW they will receive the MA Basic Firearms Safety Certificate.Enroll
Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.
More Details: This course is at least 14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, rifle parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions, cleaning, and continued opportunities for skill development.Enroll
Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.
More Details: This is an 8-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course AssessmentEnroll
Comprehensive and intensive in its approach to equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity.
More Details: The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality strong side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation.
The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level 1 is a 9-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level 1, students may choose to attend Level 2, which is an additional 5 hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level 1. Level 2 involves 5 additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are minimum and may be exceeded.
The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.Enroll
Teaches beginner re-loaders the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely reload shotgun shells.
More Details: This course is six hours in length and is conducted in a classroom. Each student is taught reloading safety, shotgun shell components, using the reloading manual and reloading data, equipment, and the shotgun shell reloading process.Enroll
Teaches beginner re-loaders the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely reload metallic cartridges.
More Details: This course is eight hours in length and is conducted in a classroom. Each student is taught reloading safety, center-fire cartridge components, using the reloading manual and reloading data, equipment, and the metallic cartridge reloading processEnroll
This course is designed to build upon the skills of each student. Students will be introduced to new concepts skills and tactics designed to increase speed, efficiency and accuracy. Students will learn the 4 types of pistol malfunctions and how to clear these stoppages under situationally induced stress.
Students should expect to shoot approximately 600 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation and the law surrounding that confrontation.
This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local laws, and is for experienced shooters. (shooters must be able to show mastery in basic shooting fundamentals and safe gun handling) Proof of shooting experience may be required at the discretion of the instructor and can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing a Pre-Course AssessmentEnroll
This Advanced Handgun Course builds upon the practical and core concepts taught in Beyond The Basics class. Students will learn to shoot under situationally induced stress while maintaining acceptable levels of defensive accuracy.
This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling and shooting groups) Prerequisite - PDT Beyond The Basics, Pre-Course Assessment or instructor's approval.Enroll
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Your class was great, filled with very important information we all need to know to protect our families and ourselves. Listening to you speak it became evident very quickly that you are the subject matter expert in your field of firearms and personal protection. I will sign up for more of your courses in the future. Great Job!
I've been fortunate to have had many opportunities to attend many firearms training courses around the country. I also know that without a doubt, Practical Defense Tactics is by far one of the best around.
Please accept my deepest gratitude for an outstanding and extremely productive day. Words can't express how grateful and appreciative I am. Your generosity, expertise and professionalism were on display and showcased the entire day - thank you! I know I received a tremendous benefit from the day. I will certainly sing your praises within the ranks of my club. I hope we can pull something together.
I want to thank you for going above and beyond with our class Thursday night and our time at the range on Sunday. It was awesome though cold! Your professionalism and knowledge in the field are exemplary. ( As well as your patience with us!) Thanks also for all the informational links you provided. I pray God’s blessing for you and your business as you inform and educate others for the times in which we live. I will probably be interested in the Advanced Training Class but not until Spring.
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