CEO & Chief Instructor
Rick started Achilles Heel Tactical in 2017 after separating from the Marine Corps to pursue a new career in law enforcement.
Rick has over a decade of combined experience in both military & law enforcement service. During his time as an infantry marine, he deployed 3 times in support of OIF and OEF operations. Rick fulfilled many billets on these tours such as Squad Leader &
Scout Sniper Team Leader. While serving in law enforcement, Rick served as an OPOTA LE Firearms Instructor, SWAT team member and Patrolman.
Rick's affiliation with Action Target as a LETC firearms instructor provides him with the opportunity to train law enforcement officers, military service members, and tactically minded individuals all over the United States. Rick uses his training & experience, combined with continued studies & professional development to instruct his students.
PERFORMANCE > PROMISE
Paul serves as an active LEO with over 16 years of experience working for a large state agency. Duties ranging from general road patrol, tactical patrol units, assistant range master, firearms / tactic instructor, and special operations canine handler. Paul has been teaching Firearms and tactic for over a decade and holds countless of Instructor certifications in, CQB, Firearms, combative’s, Small Unit Tactics, NVG, and Swat Operations.
Paul is currently serving on a full time unit as a special operations canine handler and is tasked with providing tactical canine support to Federal, State, County and Local swat teams within the Tri-State area. Paul specializes in high risk woodland operations / open area searches, high risk warrant service, barricade suspects, hostage rescue, and fugitive apprehension. Paul has conducted thousands of high risk operations state side. Paul is also deputized as a US Marshal TFO and is assigned to them part-time to provide tactical support during fugitive operations.
When time permits Paul competes in USPSA open and carry optics divisions. Pauls teaching methodology is principle based and rooted in the fundamentals. He combines his professional background and passion for the shooting sports to produce effective, efficient, accountable, tacticians and marksmen. Traveling around the country as an Instructor for Achilles Heel Tactical, he lead instructs the CQB & NVG courses at AHT. His passion for training only grows as he continues to remain a student of his craft.
David Acosta Jr
David grew up in the northeastern United States, chasing his dream of becoming a police officer. He achieved that dream at a young age, joining the ranks of a municipal law enforcement agency, in a violent city in the northeastern United States. His seventeen-year career had an emphasis of expertise in low-profile investigations and tactical operations.
After having spent his first four years in the patrol division, he worked in a myriad of special assignments. These assignments included the department’s Investigative Services Division, Crime Suppression Team, Warrant Task Force, as well as the Street Interdiction and Narcotics Unit. While assigned to the Street Interdiction and Narcotics Units, he was primarily utilized in an under-cover capacity in both municipal, state, and federal investigations.
David was later recruited to a federal law enforcement task force where he continued to work in an undercover capacity. There, he was part of a team that built several federal investigations into violent street gangs that were responsible for dozens of homicides and interstate firearms and drug trafficking.
Shortly thereafter, he was assigned to a federal fugitive task force where his team was responsible for traveling the country, locating and capturing wanted violent felons who were actively eluding law enforcement apprehension.
In the latter years of his career, David was assigned to the police academy to pass on his knowledge and experience to the future generation of crime fighters, as the lead tactical training officer. As such, he led both recruit and in-service training in not only coaching and instruction but also the development of programs pertaining to the application of force and its correlating tactics.
David joined the ranks of his department’s SWAT team early on in his career. He spent the next twelve years holding the roles of assaulter, breacher, sniper, assistant team leader and team leader. He was also the primary marksmanship and tactics instructor for the last eight of his twelve years on the team.
Having since retired from law enforcement, David’s passion for training only grows as he continues to remain a student of his craft. He is a God-fearing, family-loving American who takes pride in passionately preparing good Americans to be self-reliant in defense of themselves and others.
- Mission Statement -
Achilles Heel Tactical is a veteran owned & operated firearms training company that travels the nation teaching firearms fundamentals to civilians, law-enforcement personnel, and military service members in order to create a more accountable community.
At Achilles Heel Tactical, we educate by delivering a variety of training that will serve you at the range, in your profession, or at home. We are committed to educating customers through individual or group training in a variety of offered courses and community based training events.