Instructor Bios

BASICS: Range and Gun is proud to have an excellent staff of professional gun and firearm instructors. All are extremely qualified, but more importantly to us, are extraordinary instructors; observant, kind, patient, articulate and love helping and training others.

Below are their bios and certifications. If you have any additional questions about our instructors or our classes please contact us.

The Guys At BASICS:

Jeff DesJardins

Jeff is a United States Marine, retiring after 21 years of honorable and faithful service as both an Enlisted and Officer of Marines. During that time, he spent 10 years as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor, teaching beginners and experts alike.  Jeff is also a Certified NRA Instructor, Range Safety Officer and a Chief Range Safety Officer.  He spent the last 6 years as a Contractor aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, performing maintenance and training on a multitude of indoor and outdoor ranges.

Words to Live By: “Demonstrate to the world, there is No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy than a United States Marine.” – General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

Franklin Dickinson

Franklin has been a life long shooter starting at the age of seven. Primarily a hunter using rifle and shotgun he started shooting pistols in 1976. In 2007 he obtained his Florida Concealed Weapons License and a change occurred; he went from predator to prey and was forced to study a new mindset. Franklin is a proponent of Threat Focused Shooting, also known as Point Shooting and Practical Shooting. He has taken training from Robin Brown, Threat Focused Shooting, but is self taught. His passion is in helping others.

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David Alred

U.S. Marshal, retired.  Supervisor of Regional Fugitive Task Force in charge of operations and training in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Gainesville.  Director /Instructor High Risk Fugitive Apprehension program. Inspector in charge of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Fugitive Task Force in charge of all investigations.  In charge of Firearms and Defensive Tactics Training in Florida/Caribbean Region.  Shooting Team captain U.S. Marshal Service.  Sergeant Clay County Sheriff’s Office/SWAT Team Member.  Clay County Sheriff’s Firearms Instructor.