“I came into the course nervous and a little uncomfortable. I came out of it confident in my ability to use my gun to protect my family and with the knowledge of how and when to do so.”
— Female, 30s, April 30/May 1, 2011 class.
GSL Defense Training, LLC is proud to announce Illinois-approved classes for residents wishing to apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry License (ICCL) after the first of the year when applications are available.
Classes come in two flavors:
— A 16-hour GSL Defense Training Basic IL CCW class. This class is also an NRA Personal Protection in the Home course, which is nationally recognized by many states, including Florida and Arizona, as satisfying those states training requirements to receive a non-resident carry permit.
Here’s the full course description:
This Illinois-approved course satisfies the 16-hour training requirement to apply for an IL carry license. It is also the GSL Defense Training NRA Personal Protection in the Home course which is recognized nationally by numerous states to satisfy those states’ training requirements to carry as well.
Course goal: To develop the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the right to self-defense. This class covers a review of the NRA gun safety rules, how to use firearms responsibly and ethically for personal protection, as well as developing the proper mindset for using a firearm for personal defense and when facing a life-threatening encounter. Also covered will be mental awareness, how to avoid becoming a victim, strategies for home safety, responding to a violent confrontation in your home and basic defensive shooting tactics. We’ll teach you gun ownership laws and more importantly, an in-depth discussion on the judicious use of deadly force including when deadly force is justified against “unarmed” aggressors.
Additional topics and activities included by GSL Defense Training above and beyond the NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course: We will discuss interactions with potential assailants, the moral and ethical decision-making involved with deadly force, malfunction clearing drills and weapon retention strategies. Also, post-shooting interventions with witnesses, responding & investigating officers, the media and others will be covered and *much* more.
Students will spend several hours on the range with live-fire both days. Students will fire approximately 250 rounds.
A Firearms Owners ID Card is recommended, but NOT REQUIRED. Novice shooters are welcome!
This course not only satisfies the training requirement for IL, FL, AZ and other state carry licenses, but will also serve as a strong foundation for future development of your personal shooting and self-defense skills.
— An 8-hour GSL Defense Training Basic Plus IL CCW class. This class is the 8-hour “make up” class that former GSL Defense Training alumni need in order to apply for their Illinois Concealed Carry License. This one-day class has four-plus hours of range time and four-plus hours of legal lectures as required by the Illinois Firearms Concealed Carry Act.
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Here’s what our students say…
(Just a few of the comments from spring and summer 2013 alone)
The staff are all WONDERFUL. They take individuals at all levels and increase their skill levels. They do this is a friendly, non-judgemental and professional manner while making stressful situations not only bearable but successful for each student. I would highly recommend this course to anyone. You gave a newbie uncomfortable with firearms confidence and skill in a very pleasant two-day period.
Excellent instructors; absolutely worth the money and time.
I have been shooting for 35 years and learned A LOT. Enjoyed all the instructors, they were very helpful with loads of advice and encouragement.
Course was exceptional and instructors have a tremendous knowledge of subject.
This class was so much better than I expected. I had, and still have a lot to learn, but I feel much more confident in the handling and proper use of a gun.
For me, as a beginner, I think the course is amazingly instructive and helpful. I just wanted to say that all of the instructors are incredible and I would like to say a big THANK YOU! to all of them. Their sense of humor made everything so enjoyable.
This course FAR surpassed my expectations.
Great course. Had a great time. Good people & good food with guns! Can’t beat that.
It was great. Instructors were all great – so helpful, never made us feel stupid. You are all true patriots.
I am really happy I decided to take this class! I feel much more prepared and aware.
As a novice shooter, I was so grateful for the instructor to student ratio. They all helped me immensely. I feel like I am comfortable shooting firearms now.
Overall fantastic experience. Good instructors, super nice. Hard for me to sit still as a rule, can’t believe I did for so long, and was spellbound for so long. Great Job GSLDT.
Course was excellent. Couldn’t have been a better set of instructors. Thanks.
Extremely impressed by the good number of instructors to the number of students. Their training has shown me more than the trainers I’ve had in the past.
The instructors make people with limited experience feel very comfortable.
My goals included: Learn and have fun. Accomplished both, Thank you all, Great Food!!!
Excellent class, excellent instructors. Lots of fun and learned a ton. Great Job! All staff was friendly, helpful. Never felt left alone and unsure what to do next.
I came looking to gain some knowledge of and comfort around firearms. I am leaving with a new hobby I am looking forward to pursuing.
Instructors were very passionate about what they were doing, which made the students even more interested.
Really enjoyed the class!
I had a wonderful time and learned a great deal. I have been shooting for most of my life and found out I was doing it wrong!
The instructors were the best of any I have ever encountered.
All instruction was great. Instructors made me at ease having not fired a gun in a number of years. Instructors were extremely patient and encouraging.
GSLDT provided a great course. Even as an experienced shooter, I learned something at every session. I brought my wife and father and we all thought it was great. Semper Fi!
I will be recommending this to all of my friends/family… My passion for shooting and handling pistols has increased exponentially because of the many tips/tricks/training learned this weekend. THANK YOU!
Overall extremely well put together training that I highly recommend to anyone who owns a defensive firearm.
I learned so much more than I expected. I enjoyed this very much…
Very enjoyable weekend. Much more than I would’ve thought.
Great class. It really helped me break some bad habits and I feel much more confident with my shooting skills.
The situational shooting was very effective. Enjoy the large number of staff to students.
I’m a better shooter, more confident!
Love the instructors!! Hats off to a professional, friendly and outstanding team of instructors. Thanks so much.
It’s great having such friendly and informative instructors.
All of the instructors did a good job and were very patient with someone like me who hadn’t shot a gun for a long time before this class.
Good course. Much more material covered than I ever imagined.
Enjoyed the course. Would recommend it to others. Very helpful.
Very, very good course. I could see improvement from Day 1 to Day 2.
Great class. It really helped me break some bad habits and I feel much more confident with my shooting skills. I will be sending my 16-year-old son when he turns 18.
I think this is an excellent course covering all relevant topics about gun use.
The 16-hour, two-day class is available to everyone from novices to experienced shooters. Everyone will get something out of it! New shooters will see a big increase in confidence, ability and safe gun handling. Experienced shooters will see an elimination of wasted movements, tighter groups and new skills.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: All remaining dates are now available for everyone needing only 8-hours of training.
At DeWitt Co. Sportsmen’s Club in Clinton:
November 4-5 (Monday/Tuesday)
At DeWitt Co. Sportsmen’s Club in Clinton:
Friday, November 8: FULL
Saturday, November 9 : FULL
Sunday, November 10: FULL
Wednesday, November 13 ** Call ahead. Near capacity
Thursday, November 14 ** Call ahead. Near capacity
Monday, November 18
Tuesday, November 19
If you have questions, the ISP’s Frequently Asked Questions is pretty good. Be advised, there are some errors last time we checked (including conflicting information about the number of hours Hunter’s Safety courses count for).
If you want to find some of our instructors on the “ISP Approved Instructors” list to ensure we really are approved, click here.
Look for John Boch, John Naese, Jeff Schwarm, Steve Davis, Kay Davis, Pete Wheeler, Dana King, Eric Luke and Susan Luke for starters. We have other staff currently pending.
If you want to look up our course on the “ISP Approved Curriculum” list to ensure we (GSL Defense Training, LLC) really are approved, click here.