“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
Click for more information about our 16-hour Essential Carry class (our Illinois Concealed Carry Class) that satisfies the Illinois State Police training requirement for a Illinois carry license. Essential Carry will help you stay safer and protect your family. Our emphasis is on building the skills and mindset to avoid conflicts in addition to using your handgun safely and effectively. We want you to stay safe and teach strategies to do just that!
If you know little or nothing about using or storing a gun, we’re the ones that can help you! GSL Defense Training provides Illinois State Police-approved coursework by our Illinois State Police-approved instructors which is required as part of the application process for an Illinois concealed carry license. We’re not new to this. We have been teaching similar courses for over for nearly 25 years now.
The training we offer is tailored to those still fairly new to handguns, yet offers highly-experienced, long-time shooters plenty of coaching to help them improve their speed and precision skills as well. Young or old, male or female, novice or experienced, we stand ready to help. Our team also excels in the training of those with disabilities and we have had a lot of experience. We can help you overcome whatever challenges you have, from minor to profound.
Today, we have a diverse set of over a dozen outstanding instructors on staff, both male and female. They include attorneys, law-enforcement trainers (including a retired FBI instructor), military veterans and a host of professionals from all walks of life. Most have been to top national schools, including overseas, to study. Each brings the best of what they have learned back to share with our students. Each and every one of our instructor cadre are very talented, patient and skilled at helping both new and experienced shooters improve their skills.
GSL Defense Training, LLC brings the same excellence to providing cutting-edge firearm and self-defense training that Guns Save Life brings to gun rights advocacy, although the two organizations are separate. While they are separate, GSL Defense Training is affiliated with Guns Save Life and GSLDT supports GSL’s mission. We work together towards shared goals.