About Us

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My name is Tony Formicola and I am the founder and director of training at StrongSide DFT LLC.

I am an NRA Certified Instructor in Beginning through Advanced Pistol and Personal Protection. In addition I am certified by the State of Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation to provide Concealed Firearms Training.

I am a lifelong student of the gun and have trained with such advanced instructors such as Masaad Ayoob and Rob Pincus.

I have been a firearms instructor since 2008. I taught at and also lead a team of instructors at Genesee Conservation League in Penfield, NY from 2009-2014.

Since then I have founded my own training organization and have been training groups and individuals at my private facility as well as various clubs and facilities in the Rochester, New York area.

To stay sharp and continuously improve my skills I compete in several disciplines including IDPA, USPSA, 3 Gun and various precision rifle disciplines.

My mission is to provide training for those who choose to take personal responsibility for the safety of themselves, their loved ones and potential other innocent victims.

Carrying a firearm is a serious responsibility. It requires a commitment to continuous learning and regular practice.

But there is much more to it than firearms skills. Without the proper mindset, tactical skills and knowledge of State and Federal Laws there are a lot of things that could go wrong. Bad tactics and lack of training can get you injured or killed. An accident or unjustified use of force can have a catastrophic effect on your life.

Not only do you need to know how to use a firearm to defend yourself but you need to know when you are legally justified in doing so.

Your First Step should be to seek quality training.

I believe that our approach to firearms training and level of individual attention is unequalled. There are bigger names out there and they may be highly qualified but I personally guarantee that no other training will give you the confidence that you are seeking as quickly as Strong Side DFT.

Call me today for a personal consultation.

Yours in Safety and Vigilance!

Tony Formicola