I took my Utah, Arizona and Florida with Blackhawk and when Illinois got theirs going I decided to have Blackhawk do this one as well.
They don't just put up a PowerPoint presentation and call it a day, though there are PowerPoint slides and it can be dry but it is needed information.
They have a hands on approach to teaching and the physical pistol drills we did in class were an eye opener.
Anyone who is going to carry a firearm should be as well trained as possible and know what can happen and how to respond.
I have friends who have taken their day one and two classes from other companies and after we talked about my class they felt like they got ripped off because the one class did not even do the required draw from concealment holster drill.
This class will help you better prepare for the day to day of carrying a firearm.
Thanks to Bill, Ian, Hector ,John for all the knowledge passed along.
I would basaclly write the same comments as William did. I was extremely happy with the Utah and Illinois classes I took. Also got the same feedback from my friends who took classes elsewhere they were only taught what the state requires. It was a real eye opener I showed some of my friends what you guys taught me and they were pissed they learned nothing in there classss. I will be taking advanced classes with you guys shortly.
I did my homework before choosing a place that I wanted to take my ILLINOIS CCW training because of the seriousness of the topic.
BlackHawk Defense Instructors and Local Police instructor exceeded my expectations in not only teaching the class but driving home the reality that this is not a game. We have a 2nd amendment right but we also have to be responsible and properly prepared to exercise that right.
The numerous firearm drills taught me the proper way to draw from a holster without getting tangled up in my clothing and shooting myself or someone else. ....ect they have some unique training drills that I have yet to hear of any other companies or instructors offering.
I can go on forever on how this class was and how I left the class with a vast amount of knowledge and a whole new respect for conceal carry.
I already did the homework for you. Take your training with Blackhawk Defense.
Thanks Will, Jason and Roy!!! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience, feelings and comments. We hope to see you in class again!!!
I took the UT, AZ, FL classes a year or two back, and I had such a great experience that I decided to come back for the IL permit. This class shouldn't even be called a class, but more of a training session. There was a lot of hands on experience, which I like because I can get some simulated experience, as well as power points and discussion open for questions and comments.
This class isn't taught by a bunch of intimidating blow-hards either. I get turned off easily by intimidating gun-nuts, but these guys are instructors, ex-military, and educated making the experience more positive.
I would recommend this class, by Blackhawk specifically, to anyone wanting to learn more about protection and firearms in general. I cannot stress enough over the professionalism and expertise that this company provides.
Just took the class, and it is very apparent the instructor loves what he is doing, is a well-seasoned professional, and is very knowledgeable. The training was very thorough -- I was impressed. Blackhawk Defense goes out of their way to make the whole process easier. Don't be fooled by copy cats -- this is the real deal. Thank you!!
I took Illinois, Arizona, Utah and Florida with Blackhawk Defense, and was blown away by the quality of the class. My expectations were exceeded by far. A perfect blend of theory and hands on. They also take their time to make sure you understand not only your rights, but your responsibilities as well.
Take the classes with these folks, you will not regret it.
Excellent concealed carry classes! My friends and I felt completely safe and well educated. Very well organized and professional. I would highly recommend this company for any service they provide. You won't be disappointed!!!
I took the Ill ccw. classes an these guy were great. The instructors
are law enforcement , military or both. That gives you a combination
of the law and a bit of true self defense. If you are thinking of having the wife take a class think of these guys.
Thank you to all guys at Blackhawk.
I will be telling all my friends to take there ccw. classes
This weekend, April 26-27, 2014, I successfully completed the required 16-hour entry level course in order to obtain my Concealed Weapon Permit. I selected Blackhawk Defense since the location was convenient but I received SO MUCH MORE. The course provided me with a professional and informative environment; and instructors who represented a diverse background of law enforcement and military expertise. I highly recommend attending the Blackhawk Defense course to secure the ILCC permit as well as advanced self-defense and weapons courses.
I enrolled and took the Illinois Concealed Carry training on the weekend of 5/31 - 6/1.
I can't impress enough what a pleasure and enlightening experience it was. The instructors were professional beyond my expectations and the training covered a wealth of topics that went beyond what I expected.
Not only was I instructed in the law and safe handling methods but we were also drilled in practical and safe methods of drawing a weapon from a holster and defensive actions as well as assigned safe "do at home" exercises to aid in your preparedness.
Even though there are classes available closer to home, I will definitely return to Blackhawk for further training and certification.
Blackhawk Defense has exceeded my expectations in every way!
Thanks everyone for their feedback!!! We strive to give you the best class possible and give you the most value & information for your money. We hope to see you all in a future class.
Bill and ian were very organized and professional, alot of hands on type drills and top notch in safety. I would defianately reccommend to anybody looking to be trained in concealed carry to use these guys Well worth it. Thanks again. Put another shrimp on the barbie mate
Took this class this past weekend and was extremely impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of our two instructors, Ian and Bill. I had very limited knowledge at the beginning of this class and after taking the class I feel I have enough information to safely and accurately use a gun. Not only did I learn about gun safety but I got some really really useful information on self-defense. I would highly recommend this class!!! Thanks to the instructors for your patience and wealth of knowledge - I can't wait to take the self-defense class.
I took the Illinois CCW class this weekend, as well as the extension portion for Utah, Arizona & Florida. The Instructors were phenomenal with their knowledge of real world experience as well as knowing all the little details we needed to know for the law. The hands on experience that was taught by Ian was an eye opener and I will be practicing these moves all the time.
I would like to give a special thank you to Hector who helped me tremendously by helping me learn the parts of a handgun and giving me the confidence to shoot well.
I also have one more special thank you, and that's to Bill who is not only extremely knowledgeable with everything he taught us, but went beyond what was required and helped me pick out my first concealed carry gun.
These 3 instructors together are the dream team of CCW instructors. I have already recommended Blackhawk Defense to 4 other people who were interested in taking CCW permit classes and will be passing their information along to anyone who is looking for the classes.
Good Afternoon Blackhawks Defense,
This response maybe a tad bit delayed but it is definitely worth commenting. My wife and I took the class back on June 29,2014. We were both very apprehensive to take the class because of our fear of guns! Ian was the ABSOLUTE best, his teaching methods were phenomenal. He was patient, informative and made certain that ALL of the students in the course had a full understanding and wasn't just trying to pass a class. The class itself taught us both sooooo much and my wife (Shon) is always stating, " I am A FEEDER and trying to make sure that she is attentive to her surroundings. Ian you have no idea the positive impact you have had on us both! Shon has no longer had the Monster energy drinks either, she is drinking the organic gel shots you introduced her too! We had an amazing time at the class and it inspired us to become certified in Utah, Arizona and Florida. I admonish any person (LADIES ESPECIALLY) who are apprehensive about taking the course, " Do NOT WORRY YOU ARE IN THE BEST HANDS WITH THE BLACKHAWKS DEFENSE!
You guys were the best!!!
Shon and Sherry Holland
Hi Shon and Sherry, thanks for the feedback. We at BHD takes our training and the students seriously and strive to give the best class possible. Iain is a great instructor and he takes training personally which delivers a great value to the student. Remember to continue your training to keep building your fundamentals. The next step for you guys as FEEDERS is to take the Advanced Pistol 1 class. If you enjoyed what you learned at the CCW class, you will love this class and become more of a FEEDER!!! Thanks again for taking the time to leave the feedback.
In continuance with the previous comment, I neglected to mention who Erin who worked with me to take the course! Kudos to Hector for working such patience and diligence at gun range with all of the issues I encountered with firing my rental gun! And last but certainly not least to Bill and his two sons you all assisted my wife and I with the classes we took. You helped with our pen selection we chose and our knife selection. Each person on the team had a significant impact in our success and we both are forever grateful for your teaching and leadership! We are looking forward to enrolling in the self defense course. Thank you so much
It is us again Shon and Sherry! In continuance with the previous comment, I neglected to mention who Erin who worked with me to take the course! Kudos to Hector for working such patience and diligence at gun range with all of the issues I encountered with firing my rental gun! And last but certainly not least to Bill and his two sons you all assisted my wife and I with the classes we took. You helped with our pen selection we chose and our knife selection. Each person on the team had a significant impact in our success and we both are forever grateful for your teaching and leadership! We are looking forward to enrolling in the self defense course. Thank you so much
16hr 1/24-1/25 Gander Mountain, Joliet, IL class
This class was amazing! Ian, that's my mate! His training methods are tremendous. He is not teaching just from a book, he is teaching from his extensive experience and really knows how to bring it home for you. So a sincere thank you to him for everything. I would be interested in any type of training he offers. Chad and John were also great instructors, making sense of all the legal jargon for us. John was my instructor at the range as well and he has a very calm, cool way about him that helps you relax. I'm sure that helps him diffuse quite a few situations he encounters in his daily work.
Thanks for everything guys!
Advanced Pistol 1 and 2 - Lockport, IL
Taught by Iain...Great class, great group of fellow students and a dynamic and fun (while safe) environment. Iain's experience is shared with the class and you will learn more in an hour than you would in a day in a more static environment. Techniques, tactics and procedures are all covered in a walk-run environment. Looking forward to the next class with Iain.
16hr 6/27-6/28; Great class taught by Chad, who was knowledgeable, patient, and coupled with his easy going style made the class fun. He was able to make sense of the legal jargon during the "law" portion of the class. I was only going to take the 8 hours, as I'm prior military, but learned some things I didn't know by taking the 16 hours. I'd like to take some advanced classes in the future. Great job!
I just completed the Blackhawk Defense CCW Class this past weekend at Gander Mountain in Rockford. Our instructors, Chad & Kevin, were extremely knowledgable. They took the time to answer even the most complex of questions and their patience on fielding questions was most certainly appreciated. Both of these guys made sure that we understood 'why' were taking this class and I think that everyone left there with a true understanding of the responsibility of concealed carry. I would highly recommend this class to anyone planning on applying for your license to carry. Whether you've grown up around firearms or for the novice (like me) who wants to gain more knowledge, the guys at Blackhawk Defense will equip you with the knowledge that you are looking for - and then some. Thanks for taking the time, guys! You made that dreadded 16-hours of class time go by pretty quick!
Thank you Blackhawk
Two months ago I took the Blackhawk IL CCW 2 day as a refresher. I knew of Blackhawk Defenses reputation for quality and this was at a very nearby facility. Kevin's class instruction was excellent. He combined the presentation of the required material with concrete examples, individual and group comments and questions very well. In this manner all student needs were met. There is a lot of material both legal, situational, and firearms to be covered and doing this with a group of diverse experience is not easy. Suffice to say all questions were answered all material was presented and absorbed. Kevin drew on the interplay to enhance the experience. Weapons handling of trainer non firing guns was very helpful. Lastly Kevin also was our instructor at the range, no switching gears between classroom and range instructor. We all used our own firearms which was a big deal for me as opposed to having to use range guns. Highly recommended Blackhawk DEFENSE, highly recommend for CCW and quality of instruction.
I completed the ILCCW course yesterday. Out of hundreds of courses and seminars taken during my professional career, this was one of the very best. The two instructors Kevin and Fred were outstanding. They kept the class interesting and even fun without losing focus on the "deadly" serious topic. I was very impressed with how well prepared they were with every aspect of the administrative issues relating to the CCW application process in IL and the UT, AZ FL options.
Overall they created and maintained an atmosphere of competence and security. I am definitely going to continue my training with Blackhawk Defense.
IL CCW class instructor Kevin 11-27-2016. Great job; content, professionalism, and personality. As a differently-abled individual I am interested in the NRA Pistol Instructor Course to be able to educate, empower, and support others. Especially the differently-abled. P.S. If I encounter anyone interested in IL CCW or other firearm related classes, I will definitely point them to Blackhawk Defense Inc. Thank you Shaun and Kevin for your time and consideration, keep up the great work! Anthony
I took my CCL class with Shaun and Iian as a group of friends where we hosted at our house. There were 4 couples, including my wife and I, with a total of 20. Additionally another group of our friends after hearing us share our experience of the weekend, scheduled and just recently completed another class taught by Iian and Shaun.
As either an experienced or novice shooter, at the end of the weekend you will be glad that you chose Blackhawk Defense. Iian has a passion to teach and impart as much knowledge as he can to you, while at the same time being able to work on your mechanics to make you a better, and safer marksman. You will walk away from the class with the right mindset and right foundation to allow you to be confident in what and how to practice to improve and be able to safely carry.
Blackhawk defense goes the extra and they do that as a standard which makes them the best, highly recommended.
I just recently completed the CCL class from black hawk defense under Ian and Shoun. This class is interesting you will learn a lot from the instructor lots of basic training. Love the outdoor range. Ian will never let you go home until you hit the smallest target 🎯. We even have the chance to shoot some of his CZ feels great. I highly recommend this class ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Looking forward for the next class on April for the advance pistol course.
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