Phase 1 - NRA Basic Pistol Training (PH1)                                                                         $160

Includes book, range fees, and targets. Firearms may be provided for a $20 cleaning and ammunition fee (.22LR). No FOID card required for any class range exercises. 

Our students start with a solid foundation from the NRA Basic Pistol Course which far exceeds the basic requirements established by the law and designated the Illinois State Police. This nationally recognized curriculum serves as the best platform to establish your basic knowledge, skills and attitude for safe, and confident firearm handling. This also gives you the opportunity to take several of the advanced pistol courses offered by the NRA, such as Personal Protection Inside and Personal Protection Outside the Home. If you choose to continue your NRA training, the opportunity could include becoming an NRA Certified Instructor or Coach. 

Our Phase 1 (NRA Basic Pistol Course) typically consists of 9 hours of classroom time where we discuss reasons to own a pistol, pistol basics including identifying ​main components and pistol action types, safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, fundamentals of pistol shooting, cleaning and safe storage of pistols, shooting positions, and additional activities to become involved it including our women’s recreational shooting league.
We use special laser trainer pistols which have the same look and feel as the popular Glock semi-automatic pistol. The laser dot confirms the proper sight alignment and sight picture (point-of-aim & point-of-impact) and any errors quickly become self-correcting. We practice this in the classroom setting using small 4 inch reactive targets which are more challenging than what we actually shoot at the range. These new “dry-fire” skills translate easily to the range producing tight shooting patterns (groups) with the first few shots. This generates confidence and enthusiasm in the student and makes for great stories at home or the office. 

When we consider prior military and first responder personnel, we are certainly grateful for their previous and continuing service to their country and neighborhoods. The Illinois State Police does allow prior military and law enforcement may be credited for prior service, for up to 8 of the required 16 hours for the Illinois CCL. We feel getting the latest information, coaching to correct any bad habits, and learning the same core fundamentals on firearm safety and usage as their Phase 2 classmates will certainly benefit our veterans when you consider the huge responsibility they accept when carrying a concealed firearm out in public. This responsibility reflects not only on them, those they protect, but the general population they are mingling among. We want all our students to make good, sound decisions if and when they feel they must defend themselves against a life threatening attack, and those loved ones they are responsible for. 

​In this regard, we offer our prior military and first responders a “two-for-one” package for the Phase 1 class. Here they may bring a spouse, significant other, friend, family member or co-worker, and share in the learning experience together for the cost of one individual. With this everyone wins!

Phase 2 - Illinois Concealed Carry License (PH2)                                                                $160

Includes an outstanding course text/reference manual on Concealed Carry and Home Defense, range fees, targets and ISP qualification certificate, digital photo and digital copy of qualification certificate to upload with Illinois CCL application. 
​This is a non-NRA course based on curriculum developed by the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) and enhanced by Gurnee Pistol Academy with emphasis on Illinois specific laws regarding concealed firearms and concealed carry equipment and techniques. 
​The material we cover deals with all applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm. We learn about the new Illinois Firearms Concealed Carry Act (Public Act 98-0063), with special attention on interacting with law enforcement personnel while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm. 
We discuss the Illinois Firearms Owner Identification Act in detail and the FOID card needed by any Illinois resident who wishes to purchase firearms and ammunition. 

 We discuss portions of the Illinois statues dealing with the use of force: • in defense of a person, • of a dwelling, and • of other property. We also discuss the unlawful use of weapons. 

We spend a considerable amount of time on firearms handling and marksmanship, including: 
• Dry fire practice drills (using the laser trainer in the classroom), on handgun fundamentals, conceal carry equipment, techniques, 
• Dry fire practice drills from concealment 
• Dry fire practice drills (using the laser trainer in the classroom) on many real life shoot/don’t shoot street exercises used by law enforcement; generated and scored by professional computer simulator. 
• Live fire practice drills at the range, focusing on handgun fundamentals. 
​• Live fire qualification with a concealable firearm consisting of minimum of 30 rounds which includes 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards; 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards; and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the Illinois State Police. 

Phase 3 - Marksmanship Performance (PH3)                                         Range Fee $25 per 1/2 hr

Includes individual marksmanship coaching.  This uses state of the art computer generated target generators and scoring system:  Dryfire practice is an excellent way to work on shooting fundamentals. Many of the top competitive and tactical shooters recommend dryfire practice with your firearm of choice. However, those same shooters also agree that dryfire practice is boring. While you get a lot of trigger time (without firing a lot of rounds of ammunition), you don't get a lot of feedback and it's difficult to see how well you are doing.  Our system fills the gaps in dryfire practice and gives you a way to track your progress.  How It Works -  The system will see each shot and record where and when the "hit" occurred.  It uses advances in the field of computer vision to "see" the laser from your training aide and record the exact location of your shot. This unique system also provides a shot timer for the added benefit of working on timed drills, as well as numerous other features and modes to help you get more from your dryfire training. 


• Shot tracking on multiple targets 
• Shot timer modes: Basic (not timed), Immediate Start, Random Start, Random Start with Par, and Call Targets 
• Adjustable delay for random start timer modes 
• Laser color detection o Can ignore certain laser colors (useful for trigger press laser on devices like SIRT pistols) 
• Reactive targets -- optionally, a sound can be played with each detected hit 
• Special-purpose targets -- choose an action to be performed whenever a target is hit 
​• Save targets for later analysis 
o Save targets for multiple shooters 
o Delete old, unwanted targets 
o Print saved targets o Edit the name and drill of previously saved targets 
• Race mode to track shots for multiple shooters (up to 9 shooters on their own targets) 
• Diagnostic mode to display any movement during trigger break 
​• Target down mode to train for shooting until the target goes down 
​• Reload mode to simulate emergency reloads

Phase 4 - Concealed Carry Defensive Training (PH4)                              Range Fee $35 per 1/2 Hr

Includes individual coaching.   Our computer controlled targeting systems is a perfect tool for individual training (refine the quality of the trigger pull; improve accuracy and holster-drawing techniques).   For personal defense and using the new “Use of Force” high stress simulation, it will help the new concealed carrying individual make the right decisions on when to shoot and how long to shoot for to eliminate a threat.  For competitive shooters it has 65 Regular, IDPA, and IPSC targets available.  MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING - Little is known about how ISMT (Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer) transfers to live fire. LTC Yates, United States Marine Corps (USMC), studied the effectiveness of the ISMT to train Marines in marksmanship fundamentals (2004). Using 28 participants at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, during the initial rifle qualification using the USMC course of fire, a side-by-side comparison was conducted to measure the performance of Marines trained in ISMT compared to Marines who were trained using dry fire, culminating in a final live-fire qualification. The results showed no significant difference in group shots and scores; in other words, the Marines who trained with ISMT performed as well as those who trained without ISMT. LTC Yates concluded that there was a lack of evidence to support ISMT being used as the only training mechanism without also providing expert instruction. The importance of this study was that the ISMT training was as effective as dry fire. These simulators do: 1.) effectively imparts the skills that self-defense shooters require to deal appropriately with use of force situations and, 2.) teaches skills that are transferable to naturalistic settings.

Utah Concealed Carry Permit (UTAH)                                                                                $100

This is an optional course which allows the permit holder to carry a concealed firearm in the following states:  Alabama Kentucky Pennsylvania Alaska Louisiana South Dakota Arizona Minnesota Tennessee Arkansas Mississippi Texas Delaware Missouri Utah Georgia Montana Vermont Idaho Nebraska Washington Indiana North Carolina West Virginia Iowa Ohio Wisconsin Kansas Oklahoma Wyoming  The class consists of a four hour classroom session discussing firearm safety, and the Utah laws which apply to a law abiding concealed firearms holder. When you travel in other states which have a reciprocal agreement with Utah, it is your responsibility to adhere to the local laws of the state you are in. 
We take your fingerprints on the state of Utah provided FBI cards, as well as take your passport size photo thus saving you time and trouble in the process.  These classes are typically scheduled once per month. 

Refuse To Be A Victim (RTBAV)

Experts agree that the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the decision to refuse to be a victim. That means that you must have an overall personal safety strategy in place before you need it. Through a four-hour seminar (shorter presentations are available) called Refuse To Be A Victim®, you can learn the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. Hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials across the country have implemented Refuse To Be A Victim® into their crime prevention and community policing initiatives.This seminar includes classroom instruction on a variety of crime prevention strategies, from criminal psychology to automobile crimes to cyber crime. You will learn about common weaknesses that criminals look to take advantage of and a variety of corrective measures that are practical, inexpensive and easy to follow. Strategies include home security, carjack avoidance techniques, cyber safety and use of personal safety devices. Seminars are approximately four hours, though they can vary in length and may be modified to suit the needs of a particular audience. You will receive the “Refuse To Be A Victim” student handbook and a course completion certificate. This is not a firearms instruction course, and does not include instruction in physical combat self-defense.

Sassy Shooters

Women who have completed Phase 1 with Gurnee Pistol Academy may come join in on our group shooting session! We rent the full range at Bass Pro Shop located at Gurnee Mills. 30 minutes per shooter. Two instructors are present to assist. This group is mainly shooting for fun and getting free instruction, then going out for lunch afterwards. This group meets every 2nd Saturday of each month. 
Contact Sue Pate for information (224) 305-5400.

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