About Bulldog Tactical

More Than 50 Years Of Combined Experience

All of our instructors at Bulldog Tactical Group have at least thirteen years of Law Enforcement experience and are certified Law Enforcement firearms instructors. Most have numerous trainer certifications and vast experience garnered over many years. We are confident that our instructors will be able to provide you with all of the training you need to become more comfortable and proficient with your firearm.


Our Instructors

John Helms

John is a retired Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant and started his Law Enforcement career in 1991. He has served as a Patrol Deputy, Neighborhood Policing Deputy, Gang Suppression Unit Investigator, Intelligence Unit Investigator, FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force Agent, Patrol Sergeant, Intelligence Unit Sergeant, Fugitive Apprehension Unit Sergeant, Watch Commander, Training Division Lieutenant, armorer, firearms instructor and Rangemaster. John served as the coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Rifle Operator program and coached the Youth Deputy Pistol Team which won a national championship in 2004. John became a State of Florida C.J.S.T.C. Certified Firearms Instructor in 1994 and is on staff as an adjunct instructor at Valencia Community College and Seminole State College of Florida where he instructs basic, advanced, and tactical law enforcement classes. John is a staff instructor for the NRA Law Enforcement Activities Division where he teaches instructor level firearms schools for Law Enforcement and the Military. Some of John’s additional certifications are: CMS Firearms Instructor, Instructor techniques, Shotgun Instructor, NRA Law Enforcement firearms instructor, PPE Instructor, Radiological pager instructor, OC chemical spray instructor, RIPP restraints instructor, Simunitions Instructor, Sig-Sauer Rangemaster School, Knife Defense Instructor, Sig-Sauer armorer, Remington armorer, Smith and Wesson armorer, Colt armorer, Glock armorer, Benelli armorer, Crimson Trace Lasergrips instructor, Community Law Enforcement Academy instructor, FAA flying armed registered, Federal Air Marshals FAM Rush training. John is a presenter at the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (IALEFI) Conference as well as the International Law Enforcement Educators and Training Association (ILEETA) Conference.


Paul has over twenty-eight years of law enforcement experience, both as a municipal police officer and as a deputy sheriff. Some of his assignments have been as a patrolman, as a SWAT sniper and coordinating the service of high risk arrest warrants. He is a firearms instructor for law enforcement officers, is a coach for a competitive shooting team comprised of award winning youth marksmen, and is a firearms instructor for law enforcement academy students. Paul is a certified firearms instructor through the Florida C.J.S.T.C.


David Lane is an attorney specializing in law enforcement liability defense, a sworn reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, and a graduate of the law enforcement academy at Seminole Community College. He is a FDLE certified general instructor, legal instructor and firearms instructor. Mr. Lane is an adjunct instructor at the Criminal Justice Institute of Valencia Community College where he teaches both basic recruits and sworn law enforcement officers on a variety of legal and courtroom topics. He is also a student of firearms and tactics. He has trained repeatedly with EAG Tactical, Viking Tactics, Vickers Tactical, CSAT, the Sheriff of Baghdad, and Bulldog Tactical. Mr. Lane has instructed numerous federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement officers on the legal constraints on the use of force during his career. He regularly instructs for law enforcement agencies all over Florida. He has taught thousands of individuals the requirements to obtain a concealed weapons permit and the laws required to be followed by all citizens in the use of force and lawful carrying of a firearm. His combination of courtroom and practical law enforcement experience gives him the knowledge and abilities to instruct on basic firearms and tactics and the law regarding the use of force.