Sergeant Paul R. Bastean

Sergeant Paul R. Bastean
Lead Instructor/President
Managing Director / Primary Owner

Sergeant Paul R. Bastean

Sergeant Paul R. Bastean became a police officer after graduating the Academy in June of 1998. He currently holds the position of Sergeant over the Special Operations Division  positions of Day Operations Shift Commander, Head Firearms Instructor and Armorer for the Lake St. Louis Police Department. Prior to his law enforcement career, Paul owned and operated a successful business in hunting supplies and firearms sales for seven years.

In 2003, after legislation passed that allowed concealed carry in the State of Missouri, he created the company, Missouri Concealed Carry Training, L.L.C which eventually evolved into Ultimate Defense Firing Range & Training Center. Under his guidance and leadership, Ultimate Defense Missouri Concealed Carry is currently the largest and most trusted training provider in the State.

Throughout Paul’s career, he has taught and trained countless men, women and young adults in firearms safety and proficiency for law enforcement, selfdefense and sporting applications. In 2015, The Missouri House of Representatives issued a Proclamation recognizing Paul’s contributions and commitment to law enforcement and the Citizens of the State of Missouri.

The following is a brief description of Paul’s training background, qualifications and achievements:

  • Lindenwood University Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice- Summa Cum Laude
  • Awarded IALEFI Master Grade Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Certificate
  • Certified National Rifle Association Police Firearms Instructor,
  • Certified National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Rifle Instructor
  • Certified National Rifle Association Pistol Instructor
  • Certified National Rifle Association Home Firearm Safety Instructor
  • Certified National Rifle Association Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  • Certified National Rifle Association Shotgun Instructor
  • Graduate Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Graduate of St. Louis County Police Certified Firearms Instructor Program
  • Factory Certified Glock Pistol Instructor
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Member
  • Member – National Tactical Officer Association
  • Life Member of the National Rifle Association
  • Certified Live Fire Shoot House Instructor
  • Factory Certified Simunition® Training Scenario Instructor Simunition® is a registered trademark of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems – Canada Inc.
  • Police Trainer for Active Shooter Incidents
  • Firearm Training System Graduate – (FATS)
  • Advanced Patrol Tactics Instructor
  • Ohio Advanced Law Enforcement Training Center Graduate
  • Tactical Officer Survival Skills Graduate
  • Non Armed Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Expandable Baton Instructor
  • Mace / Incapacitants Instructor
  • Less Lethal Force Training Instructor (Projectile Weapons)
  • Certified electronic disruption device Instructor (TASER)
  • Civilian Defensive Tactics Instructor