WE ARE CERTIFIED FIREARMS INSTRUCTORS BY THE ILLINOIS LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING AND STANDARDS BOARD (ILETSB), CERTIFIED BY THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE TO TEACH CONCEALED CARRY, AND A CERTIFIED NRA INSTRUCTOR. WE HAVE BEEN TEACHING TOGETHER SINCE OCTOBER OF 2013 WHEN CONCEALED CARRY WAS FIRST BEING INTRODUCED IN ILLINOIS. WHEN YOU TRAIN WITH US, IT WILL BE GUARANTEED CERTIFIED TRAINING WHICH THE STATE and MANY OTHER STATES RECOGNIZE FOR YOUR CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE. Make sure you check the Illinois State Police website to verify qualified instructors before signing up for any training...no matter whom you decide to train with.
We teach a Basic Pistol and Concealed Carry Course, the mandatory Concealed Carry Re-Certification Course for those with CCL's getting ready to expire, and a Tactical/Advanced Course for those that want to enhance their skill set.
IF YOU TAKE THE TWO DAY COURSE WITH US, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY IN 29 STATES as of Jan 2022 (Per USCCA).(You will need to know the laws of each State you intend to carry.) There are easy ways to extend that number of states and we will tell you how during the training.
We keep the atmosphere light and conducive to adult learning. We have fun while we teach and try to make everyone feel like they are a part of a team. No matter what your level of expertise, you will succeed and will have fun doing so. Don't be afraid that you won't be able to keep up with the rest of the class....we've had several "newbies" (several had never shot a pistol before coming to the training-TRUE STORY) come in and by day 2, out shoot many of the seasoned shooters. It's easier to teach a newbie, because they haven't learned a bunch of bad habits. We teach the style that the top shooters in the world use, including the military's elite forces. It has proven itself in time to be the most effective and easiest to acclimate to for efficient shooting. We teach the basics on Day 1 and continue from there. WE GUARANTEE we can make you a better shooter in just a few hours. We've had several hundred students over the last many years, and everyone, with the exception of one due to a medical issue, has passed the state's mandatory qualification without fudging on any of it. We have supreme confidence that we can make an efficient shooter out of anyone in a short period of time. It's fun for us to see the improvement in a very short time. We keep it simple and easy to understand. We don't have the fanciest website, but you can train with us with the confidence of knowing that you are being trained by professionals that have had the experience and the training in gun handling and tactics, the gun laws, as well as countless hours in the courtroom. We don't just turn on a video and have you watch it. We are hands on and will teach you step by step how to properly hold, stand, and shoot a handgun. We will make sure you understand your rights as a gun owner and make sure you know exactly when you can and cannot pull the trigger if God forbid you ever have to. During our past classes, we have improved several of our students' shooting skills from the novice to the more skilled. Many years of hands-on experience in our professions have given us a real-life perspective of what to expect in the real world. In the real world we have both had guns pointed at us and have both been shot at. We have carried concealed for years. We will share these perspectives with our students and are glad to give them the knowledge that we have acquired through that experience and incidents. We have testified in open court and have learned and reviewed case law. We take great pride in improving our students gun handling and shooting skills and guarantee you will know your rights and the laws for concealed carry. When you get done training with us, you will have the confidence going forward required to be a responsible concealed carry licensee.
Mike Swemline (Cambridge) and Shane Oleson (Geneseo) have a combined 60+ years of law enforcement experience. Both were active members of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team. Mike is a Chief (was a Sergeant when we started) with his police department. Shane retired as a Sergeant with his prior police department and is now working with the U.S. Marshals. They have both been teaching concealed carry in Illinois since its inception (Oct 2013). Mike spent 6 years in the National Guard, and has 27+ years of law enforcement experience with 23 years as a firearms instructor for his department, and 18 years on the SWAT team. Mike is certified by the NRA as an instructor for Certified Pistol, and is a life member of the NRA. He has a Bachelors Degree in Criminology and is a certified law enforcement trainer in several areas of law enforcement. Mike has worked with the Secret Service doing pre-arrival work and providing security for a Speaker of the House. Shane has 33+ years of law enforcement experience with 25 years on the SWAT team. He has 28+ years as a firearms instructor for his first department, the SWAT team, and now with his current position. He has worked with the DEA and has Homeland Security training. He worked for 3 years doing undercover work buying drugs and guns in a task force under the state of Illinois' guidance.He has worked with the Secret Service providing inner and outer layer security for a President, a Governor, and a Speaker of the House. He has attended several advanced shooting and combat training classes. He has a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in Biology. He is a certified law enforcement instructor in several areas of law enforcement. He was an assistant coach for the Geneseo High School wrestling team. He has given presentations and training to law enforcement groups, school faculty and students, local community groups, and has been a guest speaker at numerous events.
We have teamed up to teach Basic Pistol, Illinois Concealed Carry, Advanced Shooting classes, and 3+hr Mandatory Concealed Carry Re-certification to interested citizens wanting to learn about shooting a handgun and qualify for their concealed carry license. You will have both of our expertise at your disposal as we work with you as a team in acquiring your concealed carry permit. You will never be just a number when working with us, we will help you succeed in accomplishing your goal and have fun doing so. We emphasize safety and mind-set and will show you how to train going forward offering our many years of experience and expertise of real-world situations. We will give you real-life perspectives on what to expect when carrying concealed and help you prepare mentally for possible future encounters. We take pride in knowing that when you walk out the door from our training, you are fully aware of the law, safety, and liability of being a responsible concealed gun carrier.
We are both from Henry County and our classroom and range is located in Colona, IL off of Wolf Road/Cleveland Road close to the I-80 exit with easy access to the Quad Cities and surrounding area (Click on the Tab at the top of the page for exact Location and Directions). We are both dedicated to giving you professional, up-to-date and current training. We will make sure that you not only know the laws governing concealed carry, but will know your rights as a gun owner.
CLASS FOR THOSE WANTING TO FURTHER ADVANCE THEIR SKILLS:
We are offering an Advanced Handgun Shooting class for those that want extra training. This is a 4.5+ hour/one day class. If you want to learn how to be a better shooter, and especially on the move, this class is for you. A little class time and a lot of range time...use of cover, shooting platform, close quarter combat, tactical movement, etc will all be covered. Check out the dates and get signed up!
Dry fire exercises on the range with Shane.
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"Thank you for hosting a wonderful class! My eyes were opened in so many ways. Concealed carry is a huge responsibility and I am grateful that Mike and Shane helped put safety, law and practical application into perspective. There are numerous ways to handle this right with the respect it deserves so I can keep myself and my loved ones safe." Rhonda H.
GREAT CLASS! RELAX AND FUN ENVIRONMENT. MIKE AND SHANE ARE OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTORS THAT CARES ABOUT EVERYONE IN Matt S.
Mike & Shane made this class fun but also informative about gun laws, gun safety, and guns in general. The knowledge & wisdom from years of law enforcement really enriched the class. Mike and Shane were able to use their experience and knowledge of shooting and were able to give me some great pointers with my technique. What a difference that made! It is more comfortable to shoot now and my shooting is more accurate! I would like to express my sincerest gratitude in providing me with your Knowledge, Experience, Training, and of course the STORIES!!!! The stories were Priceless!!! That made the class Top Notch!!! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this class to anyone that is thinking about taking a concealed carry course. I can't wait for other classes they are considering in the future! Steve Capps
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