"WE TEACH RESPONSIBLE PISTOL OWNERSHIP, MARKSMANSHIP, AND SAFETY"

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

Our students start with a solid foundation from the NRA Basic Pistol Course which far exceeds the basic requirements established by law and curriculum designated the Illinois State Police. This nationally recognized course 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, such as Phase 2 for your Illinois Concealed Carry license (CCL), or the personal coaching we do to improve your individual skills and abilities. 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 and range 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 night.

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!

The Phase 1 course fee includes targets for practice and qualifying. Also included is a 1 hour marksmanship coaching session to fine tune your skills just prior to qualifying. If you do not have your own firearm at this point firearms may be provided for a $15 cleaning and ammunition donation (.22LR). No FOID card required for any class range exercises. 


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

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 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 have selected an outstanding course text/reference manual on Concealed Carry and Home Defense. It is the absolute best reference book available anywhere and will serve as a valuable source of information for years to come. Most students purchase their copy before your classto get a jump on what the class is all about. You may purchase your copy at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, or Schrank’s Smoke’n Gun in Waukegan.By showing us your proof of purchase and the coupon in the book, your first 30 minute private marksmanship coaching session is free. This free coaching offer is not available if you purchase your text book in class.

Included in the Phase 2 course fee are yourpractice/qualifying targets, ISP training certificate, and a digital or printed copy of your passport photo to upload/send in with Illinois CCL application. 

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. 

 Like all the other instructors, we briefly discuss portions of the Illinois statutes 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. But this is where we are different. Please understand the statutes are the intent of the lawmakers;it is up to law enforcement and the court system to enforce and apply the laws. We actually spend most of our time discussing how the laws are actually applied in the real world. We look at past and present Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court decisions for these answers. We also referenceIllinois Criminal Jury Instructions. Those are not actual laws, but how the law should be applied to actual cases and they are usually written in plain language. This is really important because it shows us why we must do certain things to stay within the rules of Self-Defense and not be prosecuted.

We are different than all the others in that we don’t want you to learn howSelf-DefenseLawsare applied,the same time the jury does (after you’re arrested). If you observe the five principles of Self-Defense that you learn in our class, then you as a law abiding, concealed carry license holder will be very hard to convict, let alone arrest.

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 
• 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 - Personal Coaching (PH3)                                                                 Range Fee $30 per 1/2 hr
Learning to shoot well is an important component of concealed carry. We are not born to shoot well. We all have to work at it, so we make it fun to do just that.

We consider your skills at this point in time, and give you range exercises to shoot. Together we will improve your accuracy, confidence in handling of a firearm, help with selecting a new firearm, improving your speed or combinations of these. We limit these sessions to 30 minutes so we don’t overload you for this point in your training. If you do not have a firearm at this point, we have a selection available for you to try. All we ask is a $15 donation towards cleaning and ammunition. This lets you develop your taste and style for features you like (as well as some you don’t like) with various guns. When the time comes to purchase your first gun, you will be a better informed consumer and get one that fits and you enjoy shooting.


Phase 4 - Non-Lethal Self-Defense & Personal Protection Class (PH4)                       Course Fee $65
This 4 hour class gives our students another tool for their self-defense plan. Not every wants to or is able to carry a firearm. For that we offer this non-lethal course developed by Sabre brand of personal safety and law enforcement sprays. The Civilian Safety Awareness Program (CSAP) integrates awareness, avoidance and the use of defensive products to maximize personal safety. This program is based on the same training principles taught to law enforcement officers and police academy recruits. It is the result of the collaboration between industry leaders, law enforcement and safety experts.

We cover: awareness, avoidance, universal physical protection, how to multiply your force, spray patterns, delivery systems, effects of pepper spray, legal considerations, carry considerations, tactical deployment, decontamination, and be an informed consumer.

Special student materials including your own maximum strength pepper spray must be ordered prior to each class. For that reason we need your pre-registration at least 3 weeks prior to your class so your student materials may be received in time.


Phase 5 - Rules of Self-Defense for Illinois and Wisconsin (PH-5)                                Course fee $65
All concealed carry instructors are required to read the state statutes affecting concealed carry laws. Please understand the statutes are the intent of the lawmakers; it is up to law enforcement and the court system to interpret, enforce, and apply these laws. We spend our PH-5 class time discussing how the laws are actually applied in the real world. We look at past and present Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court decisions for these answers. We also reference Illinois Criminal Jury Instructions. Those are not actual laws, but how the law should be applied to actual cases and they are usually written in plain language. This is really important because it shows us why we must do certain things to stay within the rules of Self-Defense and not be prosecuted.

We are different than all the others in that we don’t want you to learn how Self-Defense Laws are applied, the same time the jury does (after you’re arrested). If you observe the five principles of Self-Defense that you learn in our class, then you as a law abiding, concealed carry license holder will be very hard to convict, let alone arrest.

This session exceeds the requirements for the classroom portion for your five year refresher required by the Illinois State Police. After you have attended the classroom portion and pass your range re-qualification, a new training certificate will be issued so you may renew your Illinois CCL on-line or over the phone beginning January 2019.


Range re-qualification for renewing your Illinois CCL                          Option A - $15 /Option B - $45
We offer two options depending how skilled and confident you are with your shooting abilities.

The range requalification portion will have you firing 10 rounds at a standard B-27 target from each of the three distances 3, 5, and 7 yards. The Illinois State Police requires a minimum score of 70% of your hits anywhere in the black silhouettet at each of the three distances.

Option A – If you are a competent shooter and have been practicing regularly, we will witness your range session and document your score.  The cost for this option will be your range fee, and the $15 processing cost. We will supply all the qualifying targets. If you were successful, your certificate will be available immediately for you to send in along with the license application fee to the Illinois State Police. If you did not qualify, marksmanship coaching is available at $30/half hour and a re-qualification session can be scheduled for the $15 witnessing fee.

If you do not have your own firearms, you may choose from an assortment of handguns. We ask a $15 donation towards cleaning and ammunition.

Option B – If you have not been shooting regularly and want to brush up on your skills, we offer personalized Marksmanship Coaching just prior to your range qualification session. This greatly improves your technique (eliminates bad habits) and you should pass on your first attempt. We will spend an hour working on all the basics so your shooting will improve and you will learn new range drills to use in the future. Once you are shooting at your top level, we will begin the range qualification and take bragging photos of your new success. The cost for this option will be your range fee, and the $45 Marksmanship Coaching, all necessary targets and qualification witnessing fee.

If you do not have your own firearms, you may choose from an assortment of handguns. We ask a $15 donation towards cleaning and ammunition.


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. 


Ladies Night at the Range
Come join us for special (reduced) range rates and coaching just for us girls. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your existing skills or if you’re a new shooter, to try it in a safe, supportive and controlled environment. Several local ranges offer special hours just for us gals. The range is closed to the public and we take over. Give Sue a call for detailed information at (224) 305-5400.

We are getting a wide variety of concerns from women.

  • College age girl who became old enough to own her own firearm, moving away from dorms, living with roommates on her own for the first time, getting her first job wanting to learn how to protect themselves.
  • To women advanced in years who are finding themselves as widows having been in a household where they've always relied on their spouse to be their first line of defense but now finding they have to do it for themselves and everything in between.
  • Business owners, real estate agents, women in a two parent family but the husband is gone for extended periods of time due to business travel. It is generally motivated by a general concern for their well being with the rising frequency of violent crime against women, ​the present state of our economy with little hope on the horizon for things to improve before they get a little worse.


Women are stepping up and taking the responsibility to be their own first line of defense. This is a conclusion they have reached on their own.



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