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Great River Firearms Training
My firearm and firearms instructor experience comes from a duck blind on the Mississippi River at an early age with my Dad. In 1991 I enlisted in the Marine Corps where I was a rifle/pistol marksmanship coach, Pacific Division Match Shooter and Range Safety Officer.
I have conducted, organized and been responsible for combat shotgun familiarization courses, squad and platoon sized live fire assault courses, numerous rifle and pistol qualification courses. I also carried out waterborne live fire training with the M2 .50 caliber machine gun, MK19 40mm grenade launcher and M240G machine gun from the Riverine Assault Craft during operations in the United States and Panama.
With help from a couple other senior Sergeants we developed a 3 gun fire and maneuver course that members of our battalion completed in advance of deploying to Iraq in 2004. In that course of fire Marines engaged targets from 100 yards or more with their rifle while moving down range conducting reloads, transitioning to a shotgun and finally to a pistol at point blank range. This course of fire was similar to one I completed in Thailand during one of my four overseas deployments. I also was given the opportunity introduce a similar live fire course to law enforcement officers while volunteering my time during a local LEO Sniper Week.
During my time in the Marines I was a Marine Security Guard at a Naval Nuclear Weapons Storage depot, infantryman, Riverine Assault Craft Captain, Marine Scout Sniper and a Combat Veteran of Iraq.
My weapons qualifications included the M1911 .45cal and M9 9mm, M-16A2 and A4, M203 grenade launcher, M82A1A SASR aka Barrett .50 cal and the M40A1 Sniper Rifle.
I am also a licensed Florida non-resident Concealed Carry holder and an avid yet not always successful hunter…
What I’m saying is I like to keep you awake and have some fun/interesting conversations!
I offer training for shooters that own AR-15’s, SKS and AK styled firearms.
Since 2013 we have offered or expanded to include;
- NRA Basic Pistol Course
- Illinois Concealed Carry Training
- NRA Personnel Protection Inside The Home
- NRA Personnel Protection Outside The Home
- NRA Defensive Handgun
Great River Firearms Training
2022 - UPDATED 23DECEMBER2021
Concealed Carry Schedule
CCL Classroom Range and Renewal
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
January 18th, 19th, 20th and 22nd
February American Legion Post 37
15th, 16th, 17th and 19th
March 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th
April 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th
May 10th, 11th, 12th, and 14th
June 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 25th
September 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th
October 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th
November 29th, 30th DEC1st and 3rd
New for 2022
Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) Enthusiast
AR, AK, SKS, bolt guns
Defensive Handgun (DHG)
April 9th MSR/DHG
May 14th MSR/DHG
June 25th MRS/DHG
Sept 17th MSR/DHS
October 8th MSR/DHG
Looking for a private course, one-on-one
or time at the range?
All Illinois residents that want to apply for a concealed carry permit must take at least 8 hours of in person, hands on firearms training to include a live fire qualification. Most residents will need the full 16 hour course. We highly recommend that anyone wishing to apply for the permit contact us and see what preexisting training you have may be applied towards the mandatory 16 hours.
Preexisting training such as military service with an Honorable Discharge, Illinois Hunter Safety Certification, 8 hours of NRA Basic Pistol Course to name just a few.
We can tailor a course to meet your training needs in a one-on-one or group format.
Illinois CCL Permit holders will need to renew every 5 years with 3 hours of classroom and range time.
Buy a new gun, want to shoot one of ours call us and let us cover the basic's with you.