Illinois Concealed Carry Training

Introduction to Concealed Carry

The introduction to concealed carry course is an Illinois approved concealed carry curriculum.
The Introduction Concealed carry course is designed to educate the student about the firearms that are best suited for personal defense and concealed carry. As well as how to use them efficiently in the context of a dynamic critical incident. Also the laws pertaining to the safe and lawful carry and use of a concealed firearm in public.

Upon the successful completion of the class the student will be awarded a certificate of training. This will allow the student to apply with the Illinois State Police (ISP) for the Illinois concealed carry license. At the time you apply with the ISP you will need to pay to the state a fee of $150 for the license.
The course is 16 hours in length and is typically held on Saturday and Sundays.
The training consists of,

Fundamentals of concealed carry: covering, action types, handgun types and how to select a handgun to fit your needs. How to care for and maintain firearms as well as responsible storage are also covered.

Fundamentals of defensive shooting: live fire defensive drills and a live fire qualification which is required by the state. Self defense and the Law is covered extensively to ensure all students have an understanding of the Law as it pertains to concealed carry.

Participants must bring the following:
Eye & ear protection (prescription glasses are OK)
Concealable pistol
Good quality sturdy holster (not required but recommended)
150 rounds of practice ammunition
Drivers license / F.O.I.D. card
Veterans who want 8 hours training credit will need to bring a copy of Military ID or DD214 & will need to attend the 2nd day of training.
Notebook and note taking materials

There are three options for the Introduction to Concealed Carry course

Option 1: Hosted Course

With this option the host must provide the class room facility for the 12 hour lecture portion of the course. The live fire portion of the course will be held at Vanguard Personal Defense private pistol range.

Course fee is $100 per student with a 3 student minimum (10 student max)

Option 2: Private Course

With this option the lecture portion of the course is held at the Kirby Building in Effingham Illinois and the live fire portion of the course is held at Vanguard Personal Defense private pistol range.

Course fee is based on student enrollment.

1 student $300

2 Students $200 per student

Course combines Intro to concealed carry course and Intuitive Defensive® Shooting.

3-6 students $150 per student

Course is the standard 16 hour Introduction to Concealed Carry course.

Private courses are subject to schedule availability.

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Option 3: Lake Land College Course

This option is through Lake Land College and held at Accuracy Firearms indoor range in Effingham IL.

Cost for the course is $150 per student.

Lakeland College course

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