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.

Train for the Probable

Our Team

Mark Palazio
Founder of Practical Defense Tactics, LLC

Mark 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 practical 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.

He 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.

  • NRA Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Instructor
  • NRA Defensive Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor
  • NRA Shot Shell Reloading Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Practical Defense Tactics, LLC Owner
  • Practical Defense Tactics Lead Instructor
  • Ronin Krav Maga 360 Degree Handgun Threat Defense & Disarms Instructor
  • Rhode Island, Handgun Safety Instructor
  • USPSA National Range Officer
  • FEMA Emergency Management Training IS-00907 Active Shooter
  • FEMA Emergency Management Training IS-00106.15 Work Place Violence
  • Massachusetts, State Police Basic Firearms Safety Instructor
  • FBI Citizens Academy 2009
  • FBI Basic Small Unit Leadership, Teamwork and Force on Force Tactical Training
  • FBI CAAA Active Shooter Preparation and Response Workshop 2015
Kevin Augeri
co-founder of Practical Defense Tactics, LLC

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.

  • NRA Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Defensive Pistol Instructor
  • Practical Defense Tactics, LLC COO
  • Practical Defense Tactics Lead Instructor
  • Beyond the Basics Defensive Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • M.R.P.C. Range Officer
  • Connecticut, Safe Hunter
  • Range day with FBI - Boston Field Office
  • Advanced Competitive Shooting, Todd Jarrett, Shooting Express 1998
  • FBI Basic Small Unit Leadership, Teamwork and Force on Force Tactical Training
  • Ronin Krav Maga 360 Degree Handgun Defense and Disarms 2015
  • FEMA Emergency Management Training IS-00907 Active Shooter


Below training dates are scheduled events, you may request any of the below classes for private training.

Strategic Partners

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401 Tactical Advantage
Ronin Krav Maga
Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club


  • 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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RI Office: 401.868.4703

CT Office: 860.655.0917

Email Address

Mark Palazio - Mark@PDTactics.com

Kevin Augeri - Kevin@PDTactics.com

Mailing Address

Practical Defense Tactics, LLC

P.O. Box 365

Chepachet, RI 02814