2021 Class Update

I wanted to take a minute to let everyone know what classes still have seats available. Classes filled up really quickly this year, so here’s where we stand:
April 24-25 Ladies Only CCW -FULL

May 16 CCW Recert-FULL

June 5-6 CCW-FULL

June 19 CCW Recert-FULL

September 11 CCW Recert-2 open seats

September 12 NRA Personal Protection in the Home-3 open seats

September 25-26 Ladies Only CCW-This class is full

October 9-10 CCW-This class is full

November 6-7 CCW-This class is full

November 13 CCW Recert-1 open seat

Give us a call at 309-293-5554 if you wish to sign up for a class.
Thanks, and stay safe…..


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2021 Class Schedule

Greetings! It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything. We hope you are all well. Here’s our 2021 class schedule:

March 6 CCW Recertification Class

March 20-21 Concealed Carry Class THIS CLASS IS FULL

April 3 CCW Recertification Class

April 10-11 Concealed Carry Class THIS CLASS IS FULL

April 24-25 Ladies Only Concealed Carry Class TWO SEATS LEFT

May 15 Range Day

May 16 CCW Recertification Class

June 5-6 Concealed Carry Class THIS CLASS IS FULL

June 19 CCW Recertification Class

September 11 CCW Recertification Class

September 12 NRA Personal Protection in the Home Class

September 25-26 Ladies Only Concealed Carry Class

October 9-10 Concealed Carry Class

October 23 Range Day/Wiener Roast

November 6-7 Concealed Carry Class

November 13 CCW Recertification Class

All dates are subject to change, and we may add classes depending on demand. We are keeping our class fees the same (CCW Recert $50, 8 hour CCW $75, 16 hour CCW $150). Due to the unavailability of ammo we have been forced to modify our gun rental policy. If you rent a gun from us for class it will most likely be a .22 and the fee for renting the gun and ammo will be $25. If at all possible either bring your own gun and ammo or borrow one from a friend, While we will try to accommodate those who don’t have their own gun, the ammo shortage will likely hinder our ability to do so.We will be creating events and posting them on our page soon, so keep an eye out for them. Individual events will have a more detailed description of requirements, etc. Please give us a call at 309-293-5554 if you have questions or want to sign up for a class.We’re looking forward to getting back out on the range, meeting some new friends, and having another successful year. Stay safe!

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2020 Event Schedule

2020 Tentative Class Schedule

Here we go…..and please keep in mind, all these dates could be subject to change.

Ladies Only CCW Classes:
April 4-5, 2020
September 26-27, 2020

8/16 Hour CCW Classes:
March 21-22, 2020
May 2-3, 2020
June 6-13, 2020
June 7-14, 2020
September 12-13, 2020
November 7-8, 2020

IL CCW Recert (3 hour) Classes:
March 14, 2020
April 19, 2020
May 16, 2020
July 18, 2020
August 23, 2020
October 9, 2020
October 25, 2020
November 15, 2020

NRA Personal Protection in the Home:
October 11, 2020

Range Day:
May 30, 2020

Range Day/Wiener Roast:
October 17, 2020

A couple things to note…..the June CCW Classes are split weekends. We will do one class on Saturday the 6th and 13th and another on Sunday, June 7th and 14th. All classes will start at 8am with the exception of IL CCW Recert classes, which will start at 9am. The October 9 Recert class will be a Friday evening, and we will start that one at 5pm. Recert classes take between 3-4 hours to complete. Events have also been posted to our facebook page. Remember, just clicking on the event does NOT hold your seat. We require a $25 deposit to hold a seat in a regular CCW class. We require payment in full in advance for recert classes ($50), as well as any NRA classes we may do. The Fee for NRA Personal Protection in the Home is $75. Range day fees will remain at $20. Gun rental fees will also be $20.

Please send us a PM on facebook or call us at 309-293-5554 if you have any questions.

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2019 Class Schedule

Here’s our 2019 training schedule:

March 2 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class)
March 3 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class)
March 9 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class)
March 10 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class) CANCELLED!
March 30-31 CCW Class (8-16 hour class)
April 13-14 CCW Class (8-16 hour class)
April 27-28 Ladies Only! CCW Class (8-16 hour class)
May 11 NRA Personal Protection in the Home (8-10 hour class) FULL!!
June 8 Range Day
June 15 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class) CANCELLED
July 13 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class)
Aug. 10 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class)
Aug. 11 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class)
Sept. 14-15 CCW Class (8-16 hour class)
Sept. 28-29 Ladies Only! CCW Class (8-16 hour class)
Oct. 13 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class)
Oct. 19-20 CCW Class (8-16 hour class)
Nov. 2-3 CCW Class (8-16 hour class)
Nov. 9 CCW Recert (3-4 hour class)

These dates are tentative and I think we will be adding a CCW Class in May once we figure out when local graduations are. We will also be doing our Range Day/Weiner Roast probably sometime in October, so keep an eye on the page for that event. I’ll soon be creating individual events to correspond with the schedule.

RECERT CLASS INFO: ISP will not let you complete your online recertification application until you are within 3 months of your CCW permit expiration date, so keep that in mind when you sign up for a recert class. We are asking for you to be considerate of those who may expire before you, and NOT sign up for a recert class until you hit the 3 month mark. So, if you don’t expire until Nov. 2019, don’t sign up for a March renewal…wait until July or August. As long as you complete your recert class, and complete your online renewal with ISP PRIOR to your CCW expiration date you will still be able to carry concealed even though your current permit may expire prior to receiving your new one. Renewal class fees are $50, paid in advance. ISP renewal fees are the same as your initial permit ($153 and change).

CCW CLASS INFO: Our 8-16 hour classes will remain pretty much the same. There will be detailed info posted with each event. Fees for the 8 hour CCW class are $75. If you have the IL Hunter Safety Card your class fee will be $115. If you need the full 16 hour class your fee will be $150. We are asking for a $25 deposit to hold a seat in all classes with the exception of the Recert classes (see RECERT CLASS INFO above). Your seat WILL NOT BE RESERVED just because you click on an event, or talk to us on the phone. While our classroom fees will remain the same as last year, we will not be offering the couples/family discount, as training materials and liability insurance are getting more expensive.

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Boondock Tactical gift certificates

Christmas is right around the corner. Having trouble finding that perfect gift for your special someone? Wondering what to get for the person who has everything? We’ve got the perfect gift for you! Contact us to purchase Boondock Tactical gift certificates! We can sell them for any amount from $20 to $150, so contact us via PM or E-mail us at

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Why we do what we do…..

At Boondock Tactical, we take pride in our work. It is our goal to provide the best CCW class experience available for a reasonable price. We are proud of the product we provide, and we hope it shows to anyone who has been to one of our classes.

Now….with that being said….while it’s all fine and good to take pride in our product….what REALLY gets us excited is photos like the one we are posting now. This photograph is of the qualification target of a young lady who came to one of our CCW classes this year. She was a first-time shooter, and was somewhat nervous at the beginning of class, and even more so once we got to the range. She had some concerns….. It’s crystal clear to us that she paid attention during the basic marksmanship/fundamentals of shooting portion of the class judging by the looks of her target. When we started the live fire portion of the class she put her first four rounds out of five through the same hole! Obviously, shooting of that caliber (pun intended) got the attention of Donnie and myself…..we thought it was a fluke. Well, she kept shooting, then she switched handguns and shot some more. She changed guns two more times before finally settling for the Glock 43 (single stack 9mm). When she was done with her 30 round qualification course, she had 20 of 30 shots in the “X” ring! We were completely amazed!! I regret to inform you, this particular shooter wishes to remain anonymous, so we won’t share her name, but let’s just say this young lady is a classic example of someone who showed up a little apprehensive, not sure what to expect….and maybe even somewhat fearful. She wasn’t sure if she had what it took to qualify (and she’s not the first one we’ve had feel that way). When she got down to business, she remembered her fundamentals and focused on the task at hand, and by the time she was done, not only had she won the respect of Donnie and myself, she completely amazed every single student in her class.

This is why we teach, and why we absolutely love what we do at Boondock Tactical. We love seeing the transformation from someone unsure of themselves, to someone well on the way to developing a valuable skill set, and being confident in their own ability to nurture those skills. Nothing gives us a greater sense of satisfaction than seeing the light bulb go on inside someone’s head when they “get it”. We’ve seen so many people start out not knowing what they’re doing wrong, but before long they are correcting their own shooting errors before we can, and that is an awesome phenomenon to be a part of, and really fun for us to watch.

So, for those of you who have never shot before, or who have limited experience with firearms and may be somewhat skittish about taking that next step, you are not alone, and we are here to help. We would love to help you increase your skill set and become more confident with your firearms.

One last thing……”M”…..awesome shooting, my friend!!! We couldn’t be more proud of you, and hope to see you again soon!ridiculous

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Boondock Tactical sends it’s deepest condolences, and shares in the sorrow of the passing of Doug Riney, son-in-law and brother-in law of four members of the Boondock Tactical family. Doug was serving in the U. S. Army in Afghanistan when he was killed by the enemy while on patrol on Wednesday. He was a member of the Fairview Fire Department prior to joining the Army. He leaves behind a wife and two small children.

We will be posting in the very near future information for donations for Doug’s wife and children. Please consider making a donation to help Doug’s family during their time of loss.


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Remaining Classes for 2016

We have two scheduled CCW classes remaining for this year.  The October 8-9 class is full.  The November 5-6 class has seats available, so contact us if you’re interested.

We also changed the October basic rifle class to an NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home class.  You must be able to verify you have prior certified firearms training to attend this class, as it is more advanced.  If you have your CCW permit, or have been through NRA, law enforcement or military firearms training (or any other documented firearms training) then you can attend this class.  Seating is limited to 8 people, and we already have a couple of those seats filled.  Don’t wait until the last minute to register.

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Fall events

We’re a little less than a month away from starting up our fall class schedule. The Ladies Only class for Sept. 10-11 is full. We have another CCW class set for the following weekend, Sept. 17-18. Right now we have two seats open in this class. We didn’t advertise this one, and so far it’s all ladies scheduled for this class. So, Ladies…..if you want to get into a ladies only class, here’s your chance. Send us a PM or E-mail to if you’re interested. We will need a $25 deposit to hold a seat.

We have room for two in the Oct. 8-9 CCW class. Our last scheduled CCW class for this year is set for November 5-6 and it’s wide open.

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Our second annual Range Day/wiener roast is set for Sept. 24. Range day fees are $20 per shooter (pays for range supplies and fees). We will have plenty of targets, beverages and snacks. You can come shoot for an hour or so, or stay all day. Range day is an excellent opportunity to work on your marksmanship skills in a little more relaxed environment than one of our regular classes.


We’ll be there to ensure range safety, and to help out with shooting fundamentals, but you can shoot at your own pace. Last year I shot well over 800 rounds and still had plenty of time to socialize, assist shooters, and just enjoy the day. It’s a really good time. If you’re planning on coming for the wiener roast, bring something to share. We’ll have dogs, brats, chili and all the fixin’s and drinks. The Range Day event is posted on this page, so check it out.

If you have questions give us a holler.

Stay safe, everyone….


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Why should you train with Boondock Tactical?

One question we never get asked is, “What will I get if I come to a Boondock Tactical CCW class?”  We’ve heard stories, and seen firsthand, what folks have received from other CCW classes.  Some have received three pieces of paper (one of which was a target), and others have received absolutely nothing at all other than their training certificate.

Why should you train with Boondock Tactical?  If you decide to come to a Boondock Tactical CCW class, you most certainly will not go home empty-handed.  Our 12 and 16 hour students will receive a copy of our Basic Pistol book.  It contains over 80 pages of information designed for the beginner as well as more advanced pistol shooter.  We explain the different actions, firing sequence, ammunition basics and how to handle various malfunctions.  We also talk about the principles of basic marksmanship, how to tighten your groups, and safe storage and handling.  We will give you pointers on how to select a pistol that’s appropriate for you, as well as how to properly clean and maintain your pistol.  Whether you’ve been shooting handguns for years, or if you’re a first-timer, you will definitely learn how to become a better shooter in the Basic Pistol class.


Our CCW course material (8, 12 and 16 hour students) is an in-depth, comprehensive book containing over 100 pages of state statutes (including the complete text of the Concealed Carry Act and the FOID Act), Federal gun law summaries, a list of pro-gun attorneys, links to useful websites and more.  We cover all relevant legal terms, and explain why it’s not enough to just know the statute.  You will learn how courts have ruled when it comes to self-defense and the use of force.  We have multiple handouts not included in the book, and there’s even a written test at the end of the class.

As for shooting…..we’ve seen some advertisements for classes requiring students to bring 30 rounds of live ammo.  The CCW qualification course is exactly 30 rounds.  If you come to our 12 or 16 hour class you will shoot a MINIMUM of 105 rounds.  We will work on safely loading and unloading a charged handgun, live fire reload and malfunction drills, as well as the qualification course.  We will work with you one-on-one, if you’re having difficulty, and we WILL help you get it right.  If we need to run a particular drill multiple times for everyone to “get it”, we will.  Not sure what gun you should buy?  Want to try something different than what you already have?  We encourage our students to shoot any handgun we have (and we have a lot), to see what you like and what you don’t like, before you spend a bunch of money on something you may not like.  If you don’t have your own gun, we’ve got you covered there, too.  We have several different handguns suitable for concealed carry that students may use during class.

We aren’t in this for the money.  We are doing this because we love guns, we love the shooting sports, and we love to teach.  Carrying a concealed firearm is a huge responsibility, and we work very hard to make sure you’re being trained the right way.  We won’t teach you to be a cop, or how to do room-clearing.  We teach our course from a defensive mindset.

Your training experience won’t end when class is over. We have a standing invitation to ALL our CCW students….need a refresher on the legal issues? Can’t remember something we talked about in class? ANY Boondock Tactical student is welcome to sit in on a future CCW class, FREE OF CHARGE. We also send out legal updates and other need-to-know information via E-mail to all our students as changes to the statutes, or recent court decisions appear.

Still not convinced?  Take a look at just a few of the comments from folks who have been through one of our classes…..

:”These guys are not there to make a quick buck. They put in a lot of time and effort – both inside the classroom and out. If you are looking for a CCW class with people who do their best to teach you something – whether you are new to shooting or are a veteran, look no further than Boondock Tactical! “ Todd-Pekin, IL

“Just finished the ccw class and I don’t think I could be any happier than I am with how smoothly and informative these two instructors are!!!! I highly suggest the ccw and I look forward to joining their many other classes they offer. Thanks again guys” 

Carey-Hanna City

“Great class. Steve and Don are both extremely knowledgeable and go above and beyond. In my opinion this is the best place to go in Central Illinois for your CCW training.”


“I reluctantly registered for this class, suggested by my husband, as I have always been fearful of guns. I realize now after completing the basic pistol course that my fear was fueled by not knowing basic gun safety. Steve and Don made me feel at ease no matter what my skill level. Having never shot a gun before, my anxiety increased as we headed to the range. After the first shot, Steve aligned my aim and adjusted my grip and from then on I was hooked. They took the time to show me and let me fire different guns to get a feel for them. Steve and Don are great instructors. Extremely knowledgeable. Enjoyed listening to their stories and experience. When you want to exercise your right to bear arms, start with Boondock Tactical!” 


“Just attended the IL Concealed Carry course this weekend. The instruction was excellent. This course is perfectly suited for the novice to more experienced individual. Steve and Don present the material in a professional and interesting manner. Safety and knowledge first!”


“I would HIGHLY recommend Boondock Tactical for CC Classes or any firearms class, for that matter. I went through the CC 16-hour course and I was amazed at all the work and research that they have put in to make these classes top of the line. It was very reassuring to know that these guys made sure that we had the most up-to-date information at our fingertips. They were great at explaining everything we needed to know and went out of their way to be sure we had all of our questions answered. I felt safe at the range and was very grateful at the encouragement I was given throughout the course. I really wanted to know how to clean my gun and they spent probably over half an hour going through it with me, taking extra time to be sure I knew how to do it on my own. I have walked away from this class with a lot knowledge because of the excellent teaching and guidance from the instructors. I literally cannot wait for another opportunity to take more classes with Boondock Tactical. Spring can’t come soon enough!”



We work hard to make sure your training experience is productive, informative, low-stress, educational and SAFE!  If you’re considering concealed carry, give us a call.  We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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