High praise for Advanced Defensive Concepts


Dave Bunnell is a life-long shooter, the General Sales Manager for a local television station and one of my frequent shooting partners.

He’s had concealed carry permits from other states, but wanted to take a Florida basic pistol course to better understand state law before applying for a concealed carry license – a smart move.

He chose to go with Advanced Defensive Concepts, a training firm run by Marc Pezzella and Tom Dusseau.

Marc, the lead instructor, is the SWAT team commander for a local sheriff’s

Marc Pezzella. Photo courtesy Advanced Defensive Concepts

Marc Pezzella. Photo courtesy Advanced Defensive Concepts

office with decades of experience. I’ve shot with him. He has mad skills with an M4.

Tom served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a civilian contractor in Iraq, in addition to working decades behind a badge. Both have resumes too long to list here.

Their prices are reasonable, especially for the high level of instruction.

If you want quality training – if you want to learn how to fight with a pistol or carbine – give them a call.

Here’s Dave’s take on the training:

“This past weekend I completed my concealed carry training course with Advanced Defensive Concepts, which was recommended by High Noon Guns of Sarasota.

The class began with basic gun safety and the laws that apply to concealed carry in the state of Florida.  This took about three hours in the classroom with video and handouts – very informative and thorough.

As an experienced shooter, I picked up quite amount of new information and the course refreshed information that I have been taught in the past.

Once on the range, all class members were given individual attention from Marc and Tom.  Proper grip, stance, and tips on target acquisition were covered.  I can say from experience that safety was always top of mind during the session.

All shooters improved throughout the day, including myself.

I highly recommend this training class for experienced and non-experienced people who are considering obtaining a concealed carry permit.”


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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