June 21, 202416 hours
Live Fire; Gun Rental AvailableAge: 18 & older

Proeliator’s Concealed Carry License course for the State of Illinois is a 16 hour class which satisfies the state training requirement to obtain your Illinois CCL.

Proeliator’s Concealed Carry Permit class for the State of Illinois is a comprehensive course which includes the full USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals course along with the required state-specific supplemental legal information you MUST know before carrying conceled within Illinois.

This is a comprehensive course for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self-defense in the State of Illinois. This course has become the gold standard across the United States for law abiding Americans seeking to obtain their concealed carry permit and specifically approved by the State of Illinois. The course is a complete guide to understanding conflict avoidance and situational awareness; home security and home defense; handgun, shotgun and AR-15 basics; shooting fundamentals; the physiology of violent encounters; the legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath); a complete guide on gear, gadgets; ongoing training; and, of course, the “do’s and don’ts” of carrying concelaed in Illinois.

Course Topics:

Law Enforcement Interactions

Guidance on appropriate and lawful interaction with police while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.

Legal Requirements

All applicable state & federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of firearms.

Firearm Safety

How to keep yourself and others safe when handling guns.

How to Shoot

Sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control, and stance.

Operations & Maintenance

Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm.
Click here for Detailed Agenda…
  • developing a personal and home protection plan
  • self-defense firearm basics
  • defensive shooting fundamentals
  • the legal use of force
  • violent encounters and their aftermath
  • gear and gadgets
  • basic and advanced skills
  • ongoing training
  • Illinois supplemental:
    • The Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act
    • The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act
    • The application process
    • Training required
    • Applying for a permit
    • Process for approval
    • Denials, and how to handle them
    • Requirements for displaying your permit
    • Where carrying is banned, or otherwise restricted
    • Related statutes and federal law
Live Fire Exercise
  • students will complete live fire training at a professional range (indoor or outdoor)
  • students will complete a nationally standardized shooting qualification, AND
  • students will complete the required Illinois course of fire (B-27 target)
    • 10 rounds at 5 yards
    • 10 rounds at 7 yards
    • 10 rounds at 10 yards
    • students MUST achieve 70% (21 out of 30) rounds on target
  • live fire exercise facilitated by USCCA Certified Instructor(s) / Range Safety Officer(s)
What to bring*
  • You must show up on time.  The state requires 16 complete hours of training
  • Your valid Illinois FOID card
  • lunch
  • pen & notebook
  • handgun you intend to use (Instructor(s) will perform a safety inspection on all personal handguns prior to use)
  • 100 rounds of ammunition (you won’t need them all)
  • hearing protection (electronic preferred)
  • eye protection

* Handguns along with eye and/or ear protection are available for rental.  Ammunition is also available for purchase.
Please contact us via training@proeliatorllc.com or by calling (812) 660-1411 for options/rates and to make a reservation.

Students will receive
  • Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals – 2nd Edition by Michael Martin
  • Printed copies of the Illinois Conceled Carry Supplemental information
  • USCCA Course completion certificate
  • Illinois State Police Concealed Carry Firearm Training Certificate
    (The certificate will need to be uploaded into your concealed carry license application on the ISPFSB website)

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Our Instructors

I have been a firearms instructor for much of my adult life, not as a full-time position, but in addition to my primary occupation as a technologist. I spent eight (8) years in the U.S. Navy where I was part of the pilot program for what is today the Individual Augmentee program. While today IA sailors are combat trained by the Army, my class was trained by the Marine Corps. (Semper Fi!) During this time I received the Navy Expert Pistol and Navy Expert Rifle Medals. I did one deployment serving in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon my return I was tasked with anciallary duties as a Firearms Instructor.

Later, I joined the Brermerton Police Department in Bremerton, Washington as as Reserve Police Officer and attended the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Reserve Law Enforcement Academy. After serviing as a patrolman for a little over a year, I was again tasked with Firearms Instructor duties, focused on the annual re-certification of reserve police officers and sheriff deputies.  I served four years as a reserve/part time police officer.

I have been a firearms instructor for nearly 30 years and fully realize that in order to be the best instructor I can – to help people develop into safe and compentent gun-owners – I need first to be a good student myself.  Firearms competency is a perishable skill – if you don’t use it, you loose it!  To that end, I typically attend 1- 2 trainings per year from some of the top instructors around the US (Gunsite Academy, Sig Sauer Academy, Masaad Ayood Group, Rob Pincus, (I.C.E./CFS), Haley Strategic, etc.) and continuously incorporate what I learn into my courses.

In his book As a Man Thinketh, author James Allen wrote ‘Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.‘ (Allen, J., 1903)  We can have a discussion about how “deep” that statement is, but to keep it lite — You do not want to be found wanting in your self-protection skills when faced with an armed intruder to your home.  That’s the wrong ‘circumstance’ for your lack of training & skill to be ‘revealed.’

One must not only learn the basics, but commit to on-going training including situational training.  Going to the range to plink a few rounds once a month is NOT training; it’s just shooting; most likely, amounting to nothing more than reminding you what recoil feels like.  While all of our courses have a distinct focus, you will also leave with next steps and recommended exercises so when you do go to the range you can work on maintaining and improving your skills.

Unfortunately being skilled in firearms alone is not enough in these times.  The litigious nature of our current society has many gun owners scared; scared about what may happen should they find themselves in a situation which forces them to draw, let alone discharge, their firearm.  This is why in 2021 I decided to becomes a certfiied Instructor of the USCCA.  Their Conceled Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals course has become the ‘gold-standard’ training for those planning on carrying conceled.  Not only does the course teach the basics of HOW to to shoot, but also provideds excellent instruction on the legal aspects of knowing WHEN to shoot and WHAT to do (and not do) after.

Welcome to Proeliator!  I appreciate you being here and and look forward to a long relationship with you.
Remember our motto:  “Vincit Que Se Vincit” – “He conquers who conquers himself

~ Mark

Dr. Burgard is a life-long 2nd Amendment supporter, a Benefactor Life Member of the NRA, a USCCA and NRA Certified Instructor in multiple diciplines and a proud member of the FBI’s Infraguard organization.  Mark received his PhD in Computational and Data Sciences from Chapman University in Orange, CA. (And no, that doesn’t help him shoot any better. 😊)

USCCA Instructor Certifications:

  • Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals
  • Countering the Mass Shooter Threat
  • Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience
  • Woman's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals
  • Emergency First Aid Fundamentals
  • Children's Firearms & Safety Fundamentals
  • Marksmanship Simplified: Foundations of Handgun Coaching
  • Range Safety Officer

NRA Instructor Certifications:

  • Basics of Pistol Shooting
  • Basics of Rifle Shooting
  • Basics of Shotgun Shooting
  • Home FIrearms Safety
  • Refuse To Be A Victum
  • Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Range Safety Officer

NRA Law Enforcement Division Certifications:

  • Handgun Instructor
  • Shotgun Instructor
  • Tactical Shooting Instructor
  • Tactical Shotgun Instructor
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • Precision (Scoped) Rifle Instructor

Navigate 360 Certifications:

  • ALICE Certified Instructor
    (Active Shooter) 

Illinois State Police Certifications:

  • Concealed Carry License Instructor
    CCT#:  CCT21K181

ALERRT Certifications:

  • The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

Circumstance does not make the man;
it reveals him to himself.
James Allen, Author, As A Man Thinketh

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