Its never too early to start teaching the fundamentals of basic shooting. Even a pellet gun can be used for kids 10 years old and up. Always use safetly glasses while training.
Frequently asked Questions:
What can the beginner learn?
If you are new to firearms, contact us and we can help you get started. Whether you wish to have a first experience with a rifle or pistol or want to begin your training in defensive shooting, you can enroll in an introductory course. We can also work with you to quickly get you up to speed and enrolled in a personal protection course.
What can the advanced student learn?
If you have been shooting for a while or even carry a gun with your occupation, you might benefit from our personal protection courses to get a fresh perspective on the defensive use of handguns inside and outside the home. If you have previously taken Personal Protection Outside The Home, or an equivalent course, the Low Light Pistol and Carbine Series and the Advanced Handgun courses will give you some additional practice and instruction.
Who developed the courses?
Personal Protection In The Home and Personal Protection Outside the Home were developed by the National Rifle Association. The NRA training materials included with these courses are excellent resources and the prescribed syllabus for each course is closely followed. All training for NRA courses is performed by NRA certified instructors. Basic pistol training courses are designed to accomdate the training level of the class. Illinois Concealed Carry Courses cover the required state training mandates and include a block on Use of Force, Criminal and Civil Liabilities. All range activities will be provided at a licensed and insured Illinois pistol and rifle range facility in the area.
How do I get an Illinois FOID (Firearms Ownership ID) card or CCW (Carry Concealed Weapon) License?
To apply for your FOID card, go to the Illinois State Police website. You will create your own account, fill out the application, upload a photo of yourself and pay for it all on-line. For the CCW you will need to visit an ISP (Illinois State Police) Live Scan approved vendor to have your finger prints recorded and submitted to the ISP and FBI. You will submit the fingerprint transaction number (TCN) along with your CCW Instructor Course Information that we provide. We will soon be a licensed ISP Live Scan Vendor.
Why do we teach and train in firearm's skills and safety?
We are a nationally certified firearm safety and training firm dedicated to producing responsible, properly-trained firearm owners. We take an open minded approach to our training to ensure that our course participants become well-armed, well-informed citizens that can protect their lives, property and familes.
FIREARMS SAFETY RULES:
1) Treat all guns as if they are loaded until you can determine otherwise.
2) Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction, never allow the muzzle to cover anything you don't intend to destroy.
3) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are aligned on target, and you are ready to shoot.
4) Be sure of your target, and what is beyond the target.
5) Always keep your gun unloaded until ready to use. Ready to use is a user specific term that is highly subjective.
6) Be sure to store guns to prevent unauthorized access that could lead to a negligent injury.
CLASS ROOM SAFETY:
We are extremely safety conscious. All classes are run with instructors who are Range Safety Officers (RSOs) or Chief Range Safety Officers. This is in addition to the RSOs at the ranges where live fire instruction takes place. We expect our students will be attentive to and follow all rules and commands. Ignoring or disregarding safety rules or commands will result in removal from the class. Live ammunition is not allowed in the classroom.
PPE's ARE A REQUIREMENT:
Always use the proper protective equiment (PPE) when engaged in firearms training. The expression "eyes and ears" will be used at most ranges to remind participants to wear approved safety glasses and hearing protection.
We use the same training techniques and tools used by the top law enforcement agencies, the military, and professional shooters to help our students excel in shooting.
These are basic firearms safety rules. There are other common sense safety rules that must be followed at all times. SAFE USE OF A FIREARM IS YOUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW ALL OF THESE BASIC SAFETY RULES MAY RESULT IN SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH
Do not use a lock on a loaded handgun AND NEVER LOAD A LOCKED HANDGUN
Only you can determine what devices or practices are appropriate for the safe storage of your firearm and your ammunition. NEVER ASSUME THAT A “HIDING” PLACE IS A SECURE STORAGE METHOD. Others may be aware of your storage location or come upon it by chance. It is your personal responsibility to use common sense when storing and securing your firearm and ammunition, and additionally to always make sure that it is not accessible to children or other unauthorized persons.
FOLLOW THE LAW
You must be familiar with all local, state, and federal laws regarding the safe storage and transportation of your firearm. Failure to know and follow the law might result in unauthorized access or use of your firearm by another. Obey all laws relating to the storage and transportation of firearms.