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Meet Your Firearms Instructors

At Ultimate Defense, our firearms instructors are the heart of our commitment to providing top-notch training and education in firearm safety and proficiency. Each instructor brings a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to our courses, ensuring that students receive the best possible training.

Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced shooter seeking to refine your skills, our instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. With a strong emphasis on safety, responsibility, and hands-on training, our team of firearms instructors at Ultimate Defense is here to empower you with the skills and confidence you need to handle firearms safely and effectively.

Meet Your Firearms Instructors

Sergeant Paul R. Bastean
Lead Instructor/President
Managing Director/Primary Owner
Ken Pondrom
General Manager
Lieutenant Joshua H. Gilliam
CCW, Ladies Night, How to Survive a Carjacking & LEOSA Instructor
Member of the St. Charles County Metro SWAT Hostage Negotiator Team
Sergeant Jason Keim
CCW, Civilian Response to Armed Confrontation & Defensive Rifle Instructor
Member of the St. Charles County Metro SWAT Hostage Negotiator Team
Sergeant Eric Feagans
Defensive Handgun 1-2 Instructor
Captain Chad Layton
Defensive Handgun 3 & Home Defense Instructor
Tactical Advisor and Firearms Instructor - St. Charles County Regional SWAT
Lieutenant Joseph Litzinger
Defensive Handgun 1-3 & Home Defense Instructor
Don Muschany
CCW Instructor
Retired Police Officer – Former SWAT Operator
Randy Sanders
First Steps, Second Shots, Ladies Night, Choosing the Right Handgun, & Private Training Instructor
Dept of Homeland Security MO Task Force 1
Sergeant Melissa Doss
Women's Self Defense Instructor
Lieutenant Clayton Alley
Women's Self Defense Instructor
St. Peters Police Officer
Tom Mead
Range Safety Officer, Private Training Instructor
Kimberly Mate
Women of Ultimate Defense
Ryan Sever
Handgun Maintenance, Defensive Rifle, Civilian Response to Armed Confrontation

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