Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I go to GPA for these courses?

What makes us different from all the other schools in the entire mid-west are the following:

  • Experienced staff with military (USMC), law enforcement, and professional training backgrounds.
  • Small class size (10 max in classroom) and individual coaching at range for an hour.  
  • NRA Certificate of completion which qualifies you to continue taking advanced NRA training courses
  • We use SIRT laser trainers (in classroom and first thing at range) to verify student proper aiming (sight alignment & sight picture)
  • Excellent reference book for Phase 2 class from USCCA on Home Defense and Concealed Carry
  • Range fee for Phase 1 & Phase 2 included
  • Targets for Phase 1 & Phase 2 included
  • Most comprehensive curriculum for Phase 2 covering the latest changes in the law by a retired judge/prosecuting attorney/sheriff.
  • Discuss and try out various concealment holsters, and methods in Phase 2
  • Fire from concealment during Phase 2 (using laser trainer and holster) at reactive targets
  • Shoot / No-shoot exercises using laser trainer in Phase 2

How old do you have to be to enroll in classes?​

Students enrolling in all classes provided by GPA must be 18. 

Will I get to shoot a gun?

After completing Phase 1, Basic Pistol Training course, there will be range training with live pistols and ammunition. 

Can I bring my gun to class?

No, student guns and ammo are NOT permitted in classroom.

Can I bring my own gun to the range?

Yes! Bringing your own pistol to range training is encouraged but not necessary.

(There is a $20 fee for using GPA pistols and ammunition) 

Will I get my Concealed Carry Permit?

Yes! You will be eligible to apply only after you have successfully completed 16 hours of training as required by Illinois State law. (GPA Phase 1 and Phase 2 satisfy this requirement) 

Assistance on Illinois Concealed Carry Application is provided if needed. 

Note: Other state requirements may vary. Please see "State Requirements" on the "Resources" Page

What classes do you offer?

  • Phase 1 - NRA Basic Pistol Training
  • Phase 2 - Illinois Concealed Carry Training
  • Utah - Concealed Carry Permit
  • NRA - Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • NRA - Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Refuse To Be A Victim

*Pre-registration for all courses is required*

For more information about the courses GPA offers, visit the "Courses" Page

Where is the classroom?

Inside Bass Pro Shop Gurnee, Illinois in the Hunting Department, 3rd Floor. Right above the shooting range. 

How much does it cost?

Depending on the course, prices vary.

  • Phase 1 is $160, which is all inclusive.
  • Phase 2 is $160.

Please, visit the "Courses" Page for complete details.

*There are ways to earn gifts that you can apply to course fees*

Like and Share our Facebook pageto your timeline and earn $10 towards any course offered by GPA.

Bring a friend and earn an additional gift of $10 towards any course offered by GPA. 

Whats included?

Depending on the course.

  • All range fees, marksmanship coaching, and targets
  • NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting Book ($20 Value)
  • USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals Book ($30 value)
  • NRA Baseball Cap
  • Copy of your Fingerprints for Concealed Carry Application
  • Passport Quality Photo for Concealed Carry Application 

What do I need to bring to class?

Notepad, pen, highlighter, beverage, snacks and a lunch. (Mall Cafeteria is also available)

When are the courses?

Classes are scheduled in advance and are posted on the GPA Calendar.

To see the calendar, visit "Schedule" page 

How long are the courses?

Depending on the course, between 4 and 8 hours. 

For more information, visit the "Courses" page 

Am I required to submit fingerprints with my application?

No. If you choose to submit your application without electronic fingerprints, your application may require additional research and may take an additional 30 days. 

How long does it take to receive my Illinois Concealed Carry License? 

The Illinois State Police do a great job in beating every deadline given to them. You should receive your license well within 90 days if you have paid for and submitted electronic fingerprints, or less than 120 days without submitting electronic fingerprints.