Thank you Brian, Jay and Paul.
This course is well worth the cost, confidence and peace of mind. Every class member had a different reason for attending and Brian personalized the concerns and questions of each person.
The small class size was the reason I selected Brian as an instructor and I now know it was the best choice for many other reasons. Brian has his students in contact with sources that continue after the course and arranged "class member only" range time.
I will not only recommend this course, when asked; but will be telling everyone to take it.
I came into this class knowing very little about firearms or the rules here in Illinois. By the end of the weekend I felt very confident and learned so much. Brian's class was full of information about types of firearms, saftey, laws and rules, dos and don'ts, technology, equipment, resources, and so much more. The class was fun, organized, and informative. If you are even thinking about someday owning a firearm or would like to know about safety take this class. Brian was great.
Both Brian and Paul were very great instructors. The course was very organized and informative. I gained a lot of knowlegde from this course and would highly recommend this to anyone needing to take their CCL. This class includes it all, even someone that comes to the class to make the application process A LOT easier- he can do your fingerprints, expidite the application process, while also completing and submiting the application for you. You won't have to worry about a thing with these awesome instructors!
I attended this class on 8-23-2015 I found Brian to be a highly competent instructor. He began the class by listing his credentials, establishing his qualifications based on training and experience. He paused after every portion to ask if there where any questions on the info that had just been covered before moving on to the next point. He effectively answered all questions in a manner that did not make any of the participants feel dumb for asking the question. All of the information was presented in a clear, concise, easy to understand manner and he used examples from his own experience along with clear demonstrations whenever possible. Once we arrived at the shooting range for the practical evaluation portion of the class, he worked with each student individually to insure that they had a complete understanding of the principles involved in the safe and effective handling of a weapon before asking them if they were ready to be evaluated. There was no rush to just "push 'em through and get it over with" but rather a sincere dedication to teaching how to do it correctly. All of his advice was tailored to the individual based on their own body structure, natural stance, and level of demonstrated skill. My unbiased assessment of this class is that is geared toward the first time shooter and the development of strong basic safety skills which are critical to the individual shooter becoming proficient in the use of firearms. He also gave clear information regarding the concealed carry application process so that no one had any doubt as to how to get it done. Just in case you are thinking that these folks made this whole thing up just to promote themselves. Would like thank everyone involved in helping me complete my CC training. Everyone was very pleasant and professional. Paul made the class room class very interesting and added humor where possible without taking away from the extreme importance in the class. He kept the classes interesting for the whole time. Thats a tough job. By the end of the classes we had a whole new understanding to the importance of being license to carry a gun. At the range the training was just the best. Always stressing the importance being safe, do it right and be ready to protect yourself and your family. I am very please this place over the other classes and it was an honor to have such an experienced and specialized instructor as Brain and Paul. Thank you very much.
Brian is a great instructor, and as a Marine who went to combat marksmanship coaches course, he is training people in self defense and marksmanship with the uttmost efficiency. He not only took the time to explain each law concerning conceal carry with an example, but answered every question to the best of his ability and took the time to make sure no one was even slightly confused as to what the law stated. He took the time to train each person individually until they were comfortable with their shooting stance and correct form. I would recommend him to anyone, with his knowledge you can't go wrong.
Both Brian and the class were awesome! I've been shooting for 20 years and I cannot believe how much I had to learn. I now feel confident to carry. Thank you Brian. Frank
Brian was such a great instructor, I don't know where to even start on how awesome of an instructor and knowledgeable he is on everything you need and want to know in regards to the laws, training on many different firearms, etc. The way he set this whole course to be handled was above a 5 star rating I give him 10 stars. It shows that he really cares about making sure everyone is comfortable just from where he provided the location of the class to be held at as that was a huge plus, as he knew that providing the right comfort and atmosphere would make getting the course across to people attending more enjoyable and better understanding as we all know that when you are in an uncomfortable situation you tend to miss something being taught to you. The place was an awesome Double Tree Hotel within it's many conference rooms and a great restaurant attached to the hotel as well made it even more enjoyable as you don't have to travel any where for lunch and are having lunch together and even during lunch he continued to answer any questions. All and all if you are planning to take a course on carry conceal I highly recommend Brian's class you won't be dissapointed!!!!
Fantastic class. Informative and very in depth about safety, legal issues, and the effective operation of a firearm. Brian was knowledgable and very patient. Well worth the minimal extra cost. I absolutely recommend Concealed Carry of Illinois. I'll be back for for the refresher course when I renew my permit. Now it's time to practice.
Brian made the conceal carry class highly informative by providing knowledge, technique, and good humor. The hours flew by like minutes. I am looking forward to taking an advanced conceal carry class with Brian. I highly recommend Brian and and his class to everyone that wants a first rate education in the basics and fine points of conceal carry.
Brian demonstrated that he is an experienced expert in all issues related to firearms. Nothing got past him when it came to the slightest unsafe behavior. That was all to the benefit of his students. He likes to instruct his students in sequence one at a time so that each gets his full attention. Brian manifested a good sense of humor which along with his expertise contributed the 16 hour class being enjoyable. I would recommend this class to anyone seeking to fulfill the requirements to obtain a concealed carry license in Illinois.
I would like to say that both my wife and I had great experiences with this class and we vary greatly in our experience levels. My wife has very little experience with a hand gun and I am a veteran with specialized training. What this means to you is no matter where you fall in the continuum of experience there is something for you here to learn and enjoy the process while you are at it. Very professional atmosphere and the instructor was very approachable for questions. I would recommend this class. Thanks again.
The class is just amazing, a wealth of information broken down into easy to remember segments. As a current NRA instructor for pistol, rifle, shothin,and muzzleloader I chose to do my 8 hour class here. And I must say that the level of teaching and the preparedness of Brian are top notch. As far as I am concerned this is the only place that meets my high standards of teaching that I can now trust to send people to get their CCL.
Worth every penny! Instructors will help you across all levels of experience and really make sure you're comfortable all the way thru the training. They have someone available to handle all the filing, fingerprinting, pics, fees. If you have questions before you sign up they will happily talk you thru it. Really good at covering the legal aspects and responsibilities to make you a safe CCW holder. I won't hesitate to tell my friends to enroll.
Brian was a wonderful instructor who knew exactly what he was talking about. He was concise clear and put everyone at ease. I would highly recommend his course or courses for anyone interested in a conceal carry permit and learning to be more expert with a gun.
Brian was very through and did a wonderful job as the instructor. If my wife would go I would take the course again. I enjoyed myself, and it was very informative. Got my Concealed carry card around five weeks after the course.
Brian was an outstanding instructor. His ability to present the information to various adult students from different backgrounds and skill levels was impressive. I can't wait to send my wife to his class. Thanks again Brian!
One stop to get your CC. Brian and his crew are total professionals. Not only do you get taught what a huge responsibility it is to conceal carry,all paperwork and fingerprinting are taken care of.Classes are small(6 in mine)means lots of one on one time.Comfortable settings, (Westin Northshore)professional staff,and everything electronically filed makes hassle free. Brian encouraged the class to him anytime with questions or meet him at the range. Highly recommended.
If you're looking for a professional CC class look no further! Absolute #1 thing that impressed me was SAFETY-SAFETY-SAFETY...owning a firearm is no joke...it's not a toy, and the responsible manner in which Brian conducts his training reflects his thorough knowledge, attitude, and respect while imparting these factors toward the student's mindset as well as ability to handle a firearm.
The classroom atmosphere, being held in upscale area hotels, is another reflection of the professionalism of the staff of Concealed Carry Of Illinois. Comfortable surroundings in comfortable chairs and clean modern facilities. This environment is no high school type classroom!
Range time was fantastic...Brian devoted individualized time to each and every student, no matter the level of experience or expertise. He provided one-on-one instruction while shooting, just as he did in the classroom portion. I'm sure he has reviewed the applicable state & federal laws numerous time in many previous classes, yet he reviewed each and every portion with the same level of enthusiasm and attention as if it were his first class...because it was our first class!
Brian also coordinates fingerprint & application processes during the classroom period (at a reduced $) so this is also another convenience afforded. When you complete the course with a passing score...you're done and the documentation is submitted for you...you just wait for your permit in the mail. One stop shop......HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The perfect combination of professional and personal. I have recommended this course to many many people. Brain has continued to be of help. TIME WELL SPENT
If I could give 6 stars I would. I picked “ CC of I” because the locations are great. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how professional and in depth the classes were. Brian is very knowledgeable and helpful. He covers all information needed and more. The material is presented in a manner that makes the classes fly by. At the qualification range Brian makes it very comfortable even for first time shooters. Brian is always available to help either via phone, at range, or email even after classes are over. He has extensive knowledge of firearms and accessories.
One of the best advantages is, Brian Allows “alumni” to come to the range and shoot with his class. I have taken advantage of this many Sundays and figure I have saved so much in range fees my class was paid for. I would highly recommend Concealed Carry of Illinois