Tactically Sound

Firearms. Medical. Preparedness

Prepare Yourself

Jim Dexter is a 14 year law enforcement officer who spent 10 years in the volunteer fire service.  He is currently assigned as a SWAT Team Leader on a multi-jurisdictional team.  As an FBI certified Firearms Instructor and American Safety and Health Institute Emergency Medical  Responder Instructor Jim combines the experiences in his background to deliver a curriculum tailored to your environment.  Jim is a State of Illinois Basic SWAT, FBI Pistol Instructor and Red Dot Pistol Instructor, an Illinois Tactical Officers Association Tourniquet and Bandage Instructor, Rescue Task Force Instructor, and Self-aid/buddy-aid Instructor as well as a graduate of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care- Medical Provider course.  All Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) content has been marked as approved educational content by the Committee on TECC.


Having served with the US Army in Iraq Jim brings both tactical and medical experience to law enforcement and citizens alike as a Stop The Bleed Instructor and Tactical Emergency Combat Care Instructor.  His prior employment with the Federal Air Marshal Service has placed him in locations around the world where preparation and possession of a "sound" skill-set was crucial. As a former Director of Emergency Management Jim retains skills in emergency planning, exercise planning and facility planning.  Jim has extensive end user experience and training in Red Dot Sight (RDS) equipped pistols and has assisted multiple police departments nationwide in the approval and implementation of RDS pistols. He has published RDS implementation articles and is cited in firearm manufacturer RDS programs.  Tactically Sound Training Center is the only entity with red dot pistol training approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.  Jim is a member of the Walther Arms Defense Division and former member of Tactical Team Staccato.

Course Schedule


August 8 Emergency Trauma Care  Maxon Shooting Sports Des Plaines, IL


September 17 Red Dot Transition Tinley Park, IL Police  


October 6 Intro to Red Dot Pistol  Kane County Sheriffs Office 




October 20-23 Alabama Tactical Officers Association Conference   TECC

October 17-18 Defensive Red Dot Pistol   The Site Mt. Carrol, IL


November 11 Intro to Red Dot Pistol (LE Only) Lockport, IL


Throughout my career as an instructor, I’ve gained an understanding of how to work with people of all skill levels and learning styles. My personalized lessons, along with my passion to teach others, have proven successful with a wide variety of clients. Interested in how I can help you? Don’t hesitate to reach out.


Firearms Instruction

With a focus on red dot pistols open enrollment, closed and law enforcement courses are availabe  Private firearms instruction is available for all levels of skill.  From basic pistol and rifle fundamentals to advanced firearms handling.  A unique and individual lesson plan can be created to meet your needs.

Medical Instruction

As a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care recognized educational content trainer Tactically Sound brings TECC guideline based instruction to those who need it.  This includes open enrollment classes for Civilian First Care Provider and Department level training for those who fall under the guidelines of First Responder With a Duty to Act.

Custom Course

Drawing from over a decade in both the Police and Fire Service as well as management level experience in Emergency Management, Tactically Sound can create curriculum to fit you or your company's needs.  If it's related to personal or business security/preparedness Tactically Sound has the experience and knowledge to get you prepared.

Client Testimonials

Just took the Civilian First Care Provider class in Villa Park, IL. It was an outstanding class. Jim Dexter is clearly passionate about what he teaches and he took time to interact with each student individually. There were great training aids and the information taught has real life application. I have always had medical kits close by but now I keep one on my person. I hope to take many more Tactically Sound training classes in the future.

TECC class attendee

I had an opportunity to train with Jim at the OTOA conference in June 2018. He is a great instructor with a ton of experience that backs it up with his skills. I can’t thank him enough for helping me “see the light” while utilizing red dot pistols! Keep up the good work and be safe!!

Jimmy  Columbus, OH PD

Got an opportunity to sit through Jim’s MRDS for patrol course at the 2018 ILETTA Conference. He’s a wealth of knowledge and as far as I could take away from it, a subject matter expert in the field. I was skeptical of running a red dot on my duty pistol, but took the plunge and haven’t regretted it once. It’s absolutely a force multiplier (day or low light use as away).
Jim also assisted me in getting my Dept. to approve MRDS for duty use. Took less than a month (lightning fast for admin approval for those who know). Looking forward to getting out and putting some rounds down range in one of your classes.

IL Police Officer

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