Courses

Illinois FCCA Concealed Carry Course

This course is required for the vast majority of applicants for an IL FCCA concealed carry permit.  There is a minimum amount of time that is needed to do each section that the ISP has deemed necessary for this class.  I will be using the CLIC (Carry Legally in Illinois Course) curriculum, an ISP-approved curriculum.  This course covers all the mandated areas, along with a pistol refresher section.  Covered in this course are the applicable sections of the FOID Act, the FCCA law, use of force statutes, federal and state laws relating to the legal transportation of firearms, dry-fire drawing from holster, and a live-fire range qualification using a concealable handgun.  This qualification is done using a B27 target (which is quite a large target).  The course of fire is 10 rounds each from 5, 7, and 10 yards.  Student must have at least a 70% hit rate on the target, and must also exhibit proper range safety, ability to manipulate and load/unload their pistols, and the ability to follow range commands.  Any deviation could result in the student’s rejection for certification by the instructor for an FCCA permit. Students must provide proof of prior applicable training or exemptions (see the list of approved courses and exemptions).

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 2nd edition, 2009, 02/11)

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course

This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan, revised 08/11)

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home Course

The course goal is to develop in students the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed handgun for self-defense outside the home.  This is the NRA version of a basic concealed carry course.  In this course, students will learn about the importance of responsibly and ethically carrying and using a concealed handgun for personal protection outside the home, situational awareness, levels of awareness, mental preparation, avoiding life-threatening confrontations, the psychological and physiological changes that may occur during an attack, controlling and responding to a violent encounter outside the home, and the emotional, legal, and psychological aftermath of a self-defense shooting outside the home.  Also, there is an extensive live-fire range portion to this class that involves learning to safely and effectively drawing a pistol from a hip-side holster or concealed carry purse, along with many techniques related to implementing a pistol for self-defense outside the home.  Prerequisites for this class are having successfully completing NRA Basic Pistol and NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside the Home.