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From Our Editors
Live-fire training takes place at an indoor range.
Instructors supply ammo and handgun rentals, including semi-automatic pistols.
At a Glance
Daniel J. Laudick, Sr. has a lot of reasons to feel proud. He has served in the Marines, worked on the US Department of Defense's counter-drug and counter-terrorism unit, and appeared on the Discovery Channel's One Man Army. Despite all this, his proudest moment may be a weapon-retention class he taught one Saturday. Soon after, someone attacked one of his students, a federal contractor, and went for his gun. Daniel's student not only retained his weapon using the techniques he learned in class, but also subdued his attacker without firing shot.
The instructors at Northwest Suburban Tactical Training Center aim to prepare students for those kinds of situations. And they each have pretty impressive resumes as well. Adrian Rivera is a federal police officer who protects the president during Chicago-area visits, and Matthew Boelhower is a three-tour Iraq veteran appearing in The New York Times bestseller Joker One and whose platoon was featured in Soldier of Fortune Magazine. All three share the belief that in these rare but life-threatening situations, people revert back to their training.