Over centuries, modern firearms gradually replaced archaic weapons, such as the rapier and the sternly worded pamphlet. Take aim with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
$69 for a four-hour multistate conceal-carry-permit class (a $150 value)
$89 for a two-hour intro to firearms and shooting class for two (a $250 value), which includes a handgun, ammo, eye and ear protection, and a target for one hour of range shooting
$129 for an eight-hour comprehensive women’s personal-protection class (a $300 value), which includes a handgun and ammunition for one hour of range shooting
After the conceal-carry class, students are armed with an application for a Utah permit, which is valid in 35 states, signed and stamped by the instructor. The class covers the basics of operating a revolver or semiautomatic, but no weapons are actually used or required. Classes are typically available by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
During the firearms and shooting course, instructors teach students the basics of operating a handgun, going over topics such as the different parts of a gun, safe handling practices, and cleaning before furnishing students with a gun and taking the lesson to the range. Classes are generally available by appointment on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Finally, the women’s personal-protection course prepares females to respond swiftly and steadily when faced with real-world dangers. Classes are by appointment and held Friday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Northwest Suburban Tactical Training Center
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.