Concealed Carry Curriculum

This course may be taken with no previous experience and is the only training needed to apply for CCL. The Initial Firearms Curriculum is 16 hours of in-person instruction over 2 days and we cover items 1-5 listed below.  The 8 hour Class Curriculum covers items 4 and 5 only and is only for those that are prior military or have taken one of three courses offered by NRA and received  at least one certificate. 

At the conclusion of the course you will sign up for a time to qualify at the shooting range.

  1. Firearm safety

    • 4 basic firearm handling safety rules
    • Home storage
    • Vehicle storage
    • Public Storage
  2. Basic principles of marksmanship

    • Stance
    • Grip
    • Sight Alignment
    • Sight Picture
    • Trigger Control
  3. Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm

    • Gun identification: revolver, semi-automatic, misc.
    • Ammunition identification and selection
    • Safety and cleaning protocols
    • Cleaning equipment
    • Loading and unloading
  4. All applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm

    • The Act in its entirety, with emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/10(h) which includes instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm. Also with emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/65 which includes instruction on prohibited areas and the parking lot exception
    • The FOID Act 430 ILCS 65/1 et. seq.
    • The relevant portions of the ILCS including but not limited to 1) 720 ILCS 5/7-1.  Use of force in defense of a person*2) 720 ILCS 5/7-2. Use of force in defense of dwelling*3) 720 ILCS 5/7-3. Use of force in defense of other property**4) 720 ILCS 24/1 et. seq. Unlawful Use of Weapons**** Must define dwelling, aggressor, forcible felony and unlawful use of weapons pursuant to the ILCS.
    • Real life examples modeling when to use lethal force
  5. Weapon Handling

    • Dry fire practice drills, handgun fundamentals
    • Dry fire practice drills from concealment
    • Dry fire practice stress drills
    • Live fire practice drills, handgun fundamentals
    • Live fire qualification with a concealable firearm consisting of minimum of 30 rounds which must include 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.

Please note the following:

  1. Unsafe actions will be cause for immediate disqualification from class.  NO Refunds.
  2. Must pass shooting qualification with 70% or above. If you do not pass,  NO refunds.
  3. Must be 21 years or older.
  4. Fingerprints are optional but can be obtained on site for your convenience at an additional cost of $55 (Note: we are a certified Live Scan fingerprinting vendor)
  5. Dress code- NO high heel shoes, boots, or wedge, NO open-toed shoes, NO low-Cut shirts.
  6. The IL permit will probably be recognized in up to as many as 30 plus states. Our Illinois state training is quite extensive and is longer and more intense than most other state’s requirements.

What should I bring to the training?

  • NO LIVE AMMO IN CLASSROOM!
  • Your Firearm (unloaded and responsibly handled)
  • If you don’t own a firearm, limited quantities will be available for rent
  • NO magnum calibers
  • NO derringers
  • NO firearms without a trigger guard
  • 50 rounds of ammunition - 20 rounds will be used for practice shooting and 30 rounds are needed to qualifying.  (NOT included in class price). 
  • Hearing protection - If you do not have your own, we will provide it for you; however, quantities are limited.
  • Eye protection - standard glasses and non-safety sunglasses are not protection for your eyes.  A baseball cap (to deflect spent brass)
  • Bring the strong side holster that you will be using to conceal your firearm or your concealment holster and the belt needed to use that holster.
  • You will not be shooting from your concealment holsters. They are used to practice drawing your unloaded firearm.
  • If shooting a semi-automatic pistol, bring two magazines and magazine pouch for your belt.  If shooting a revolver, bring a speed loader if you own one.
  • You will should wear or bring with you a vest, button-up shirt, or a light jacket to conceal your firearm.
  • You’re welcome to bring along a lunch plus drinks and snacks.
  • Pack ammo in a completely different bag or case.

In order to qualify for the 8 hour class, applicant must show proof of one of following:

  • Active, Retired or Honorably Discharged member of the United States Armed Forces DD-214
  • NRA Basic Pistol Course
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • In order to receive an 8 hour credit, you must provide successful completion of prior training course.