Illinois Firearms Education

This section of our web site offers basic firearm education; it is not meant to be, nor is it, a firearms course. Students and interested persons who are
researching firearm safety and “Best Practices” will find the information in this section they are seeking--keep in mind,
this section is not a
substitution for a firearms course!
If you have a question or want to see a subject specifically addressed, please email us at

Essential Safety Practices and Responsibilities

Basics of Firearm Safety

Rules for Using a Gun

Safe Storage of a Firearm

Firearm Basics

Common Pistol Information

Revolver Components and Operations

Operating Single and Double-Action Revolvers

Semi-Automatic Pistol Components and Operations

Operating Single and Double-Action Semi-Automatic Pistols

About Ammunition

Cleaning your Pistol or Revolver

Federal Gun Laws, Self-Defense, Stand your Ground, Castle Defense, and other Illinois Gun Laws

Federal Gun Laws and Acts

Illinois Gun Laws

Use of Deadly Force in Illinois

Carrying Concealed in Illinois

The Defensive Mindset

The Four Stages of Mental Awareness

Avoiding Confrontations

Responding to an attack

Non-Lethal Self Defense Options

Cover and Concealment

Basic Pistol Shooting Skills

Fundamentals of Shooting a Pistol

Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting Stances

Common Pistol Stoppages

Using Your Firearm for Self-Defense

When you must Shoot

After a Shooting Occurs


This section of our education series addresses commonly debated positions or misunderstood topics related to gun ownership. 

WARNING: These are very pro-gun, second-amendment opinions related to every citizens right to carry and protect themselves with a


If an unarmed citizen feels safer waiting for the police to arrive, as their children, family, and self are under attack, brutally raped or

murdered--we honor and respect their position.

By the same standard, if an armed citizen chooses to include a firearm as part of their personal self-defense plan, we ask you respect

their opinion as well.

Why Carry a Pistol?

Where can you Carry Concealed?

"No Guns Allowed" Signs

The 21 Foot Rule

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