Why Choose Us?

Why take our courses? Our course focuses more than “just what you need to know” to get by, or the absolute “minimum”. We drive home the sincerity and importance of firearm safety, the basic shooting fundamentals, and the proper mindset to confidently operate a firearm. Our instructor cadre provides Top Tier training with multiple years of experience in military, law enforcement, and civilian agencies. 

Mission Statement Our passion, is to instruct people to become confident with their firearm; while responsibly training them to arm themselves and be ‘on watch’ within their community. Our philosophy is simple, the more firearms in the hands of properly trained Shepherds, the better.


What does the cost cover? This is an all inclusive cost! No hidden fees! Cost covers training, certification, range fees, targets, and even meals! You bring your own factory loaded ammunition, or purchase some at The Tac Shack's Pro Shop! Student still must pay the state for their permit application.

What does the 16 Hour Course cover? Our curriculum is much more in-depth than what the state requires. We go over the following, and more:

  • Personal and Home Protection Planning
  • Situational Awareness
  • Home Security and Home Defense
  • Use of Force Options (Lethal/Non-Lethal)
  • Defensive Shooting vs Marksmanship Fundamentals
  • What Happens "After Bang" - The physical, psychological, emotional, and legal aftermath
  • Gun Storage and Equipment - Holster Selection - Etc.
  • Handgun Fundamentals
  • Handgun Selection
  • Malfunctions and Maintenance
  • Handgun Concealment
  • Live fire qualification instruction with a concealable firearm consisting of minimum of 30 rounds which must include 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards; 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards; and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the Illinois State Police.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no age requirement for the course, however you must be 21 to apply for a concealed carry permit in the state of Illinois.

I don't have a FOID...or gun, can I still take the course?

Yes, and yes. A FOID is not required to take the course, however you must have a FOID to obtain a CCW permit. We also have a large variety of rental pistols (and equipment) for rent if the student does not have a firearm. Our rentals are $30 paid at the time of class. A FOID can be applied for simultaneously alongside the CCW application

What can I bring into the event?

Qualification takes place in our indoor range! Please bring a positive attitude, a photo ID, a modern, clean, properly maintained serviceable pistol in good working order, at least 50 rounds factory loaded ammunition, and eye & ear protection. Please wear appropriate clothing and closed toe shoes. We provide all that is required for the classroom (student materials, course materials, food, refreshments, etc.) We will not need firearms for the 1st Day of training, however you can bring them to get some practice after the first day of class.

Wait...? You guys provide food?!

Yes, you heard that correctly. We provide food and snacks that cover the whole event (breakfast-lunch). We also provide water and coffee! We want you to focus 100% with the information we provide. If you have any food sensitivities or restrictions, please plan accordingly.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We are located at The Tac Shack on North University in Peoria, IL. There is plenty of parking available, and we are ADA accessible. Please park on the North Parking lot, and use the flagpole entrance!