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IDC Basic Pistol Course: Phase One IL CCW

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At the Range

At the Range

The Insight Defense Concepts Basic Pistol Course is a comprehensive course that involves eight hours of class room instruction and a minimum shooting requirement of fifty rounds at the firing range.

Illinois law as written states that this course will fulfill the first 8 hours of your Illinois Conceal Carry Permit training requirement. This course is designed to teach you safe ownership, storage, cleaning, and principles of marksmanship. This course also teaches the importance of developing your shooting skills with a defensive mindset and public awareness to better prepare you for concealed carry. If you are an Illinois resident and do not have a valid FOID card we recommend that you apply for one as soon as possible. You will need a valid FOID to complete the training for the Illinois CCW permit.

You must have a valid FOID card to gain admittance to the gun range unless you are accompanied by a valid FOID card holder.

We encourage you to bring your own firearm however if you do not yet own a firearm, we can provide one for you to use during classroom exercises. Rental guns are available to use at the range.

Register for a class

Attendees can either pay in advance online, or pay on the day we hold the class. For various reasons we prefer that people register online, and we offer some incentives, described below, to entice our visitors to choose to register online.

Register in Advance Register on the Day
$110.00 $130.00
Pay by credit card Cash only
Guaranteed seat Seat is subject to availability
Scheduled range time on a first-come, first-served basis Guaranteed last in line for the range (wait time up to two hours)

This course costs $110 and takes one business day — see the calendar below for course dates.


Testimonials can be found here.


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What the course covers:

  • General firearm safety
  • Pistol mechanisms and operations
  • Developing pistol shooting skills
  • Pistol maintenance
  • Pistol selection
  • Pistol use

Range Requirement

There is a minimum requirement of 50 rounds fired for this certification. This requirement must be done with the instructor in order to receive the certificate.

You must provide your own factory ammunition as reloads are not allowed. We recommend you purchase your ammunition ahead of time for this class as ammunition is usually available at the range for a fee but not guaranteed.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Your firearm should be unloaded and stored in its proper case
  • Your firearm will be inspected to ensure it is unloaded when you enter the classroom
  • Your ammunition for your firearm must remain in your vehicle
  • No live ammunition is allowed in the classroom

What you get:

Upon completion of this course you will receive a Insight Defense Concepts Basic Pistol Certificate signed by a certified NRA instructor. You will also receive a student packet that contains much of the information covered in the course to use as a reference, and other helpful literature to get you started as a safe and responsible gun owner.

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