We are keeping our fees the same for last year, with the exception of those who get a four hour exemption (hunter safety, etc.). The one day CCW class will be $75. The 12 hour class will be $115, and the two day (16 hour) class will be $150. NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home will be $75 (one day class) and the Personal Protection Outside the Home (minimum 12 hour class) will be $125. Gun rentals will still be $20 and we will provide ammo for those who use our guns for class. We require a $25 deposit to hold your seat for the CCW classes. We will require payment in full in advance for the NRA Personal Protection classes for a couple reasons. First, the materials are a considerable expense for us compared to the CCW training materials, and second, we had several folks last year tell us they were coming to a Personal Protection class, so we held a seat for them, and then they didn’t show up.

I’ll be posting specific events for these classes on the Boondock Tactical facebook page shortly. IMPORTANT!!!! Your seat will not be saved until we receive your deposit, and I will not put your name on a class roster until I speak to you on the phone. Again, last year we heard from several individuals who told us they would send a deposit, and didn’t, but we held seats for them as a courtesy. It’s not about filling seats, but it is about making sure people who want to come and are serious about it have a seat available. Just clicking on an event saying you’re going isn’t adequate. I need to hear from you and I want to speak to you in person prior to class so I can answer questions, and help some of you feel a little more at ease. I will post phone numbers and class specific info on each event.

The Ladies Only classes fill ridiculously quick so ladies, don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your seat. If next year is anything like 2017, the Ladies classes will be full within 2 weeks of us posting our schedule.

So, check out our class dates, and give us a call if you’re serious about signing up. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

March 10
16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

March 24
16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

April 7
Ladies Only 16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

April 28
16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

May 5
NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home

May 19
Ladies Only 16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

June 2
16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

June 16
Range Day!

September 1
16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

September 15
Ladies Only 16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

October 13
16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

October 27
Range Day/Wiener Roast

November 3
16 Hour Illinois CCW Class

Class fees will not change this year. The 16 hour CCW class fee is $150. The 8 hour CCW and NRA Personal Protection in the Home Class fees will remain $75. The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Class fee is $125. We do offer a couples discount; inquire for details.

The only fee we are changing is gun rental. If you don’t have a gun, and wish to use one of ours for the class, the gun rental fee will be $20, but we will still provide ammo free of charge if you rent our guns.

We are requiring a $25 deposit to hold your seat in class. Your seat will not be locked, and we will not send you a pre-class information packet until we receive your deposit. Just because you click on the “going” button on the facebook event does not save your seat. We need a deposit for the sake of others who would have filled the seat you didn’t. It’s not about filling classes with us. It is, however, frustrating for potential students when we tell them a particular class is full and we don’t have room for them, only to have 2 or 3 no-shows the day of the class. We will again make every effort to limit our CCW class size to 12 just so we can spend plenty of one-on-one time with folks who might need it. NRA PPITH classes will be limited to 8 and the Outside the Home Classes will be limited to 6 students.

Please message us on Facebook, or send an E-mail to should you have any questions. We are excited to get going on year four of teaching firearms and concealed carry classes, and can’t wait to see you all soon!!!

Stay safe, my friends!!!



 Thank you for your interest in attending our Illinois Concealed Carry classes. The following information will assist you in knowing what to expect, and what you will need to bring to class.

The class location is 8736 E. IL 9 Hwy, Ellisville, IL 61431, the intersection of IL Rt. 9 and County Highway 2, commonly known as the Midway Junction.  We are 1 mile east of the Spoon River and 13 miles west of Canton. It shows on a map as “Blyton”.  We are at the residence on the northwest corner of that intersection.  Unless otherwise notes, classes begin at 8am sharp.  We will have coffee and doughnuts each morning, and bottled water, but in order to keep our costs and your fee down, you will be responsible for your own lunch. Brown bagging it would be perfect. If you have your own handgun, please bring it and ammo both days, and make sure you have your FOID card with you! Students going through the full 16 hour class should bring at least 100 rounds of ammunition, and it wouldn’t hurt to bring a little more than that.  NO LIVE AMMO WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE CLASSROOM! If you do not currently own a handgun, we will have limited handguns and ammo available for use during instruction and live firing.  You will also need eye and ear protection. If you currently wear prescription eyeglasses, they will be sufficient for eye protection. Otherwise, bring shooting/safety glasses and ear plugs/earmuffs. No one will be allowed on the firing line without eye/ear protection. If you’re bringing your own handgun, please insure the ammo you bring is chambered for your firearm (9mm Makarov and 9mm Luger/Parabellum are NOT the same!!) Wear comfortable clothing.  Try to stay away from v-necks or low cut tops, as the flight path of ejected semi auto brass is unpredictable.  It’s a good idea to bring a hat with a brim/bill, also. Bring sunscreen if you need it.
Minimum training requirements, as set by the Illinois State Police, is 16 hours. Depending on how the class goes, we may not be done after 8 hours each day. Plan on staying past 5pm on both days.
The cost for the 16 hour class is $150. The 16 hour class will consist of a minimum of 2 hours firearm safety, 3 hours basic principles of marksmanship, and 3 hours care, cleaning loading and unloading of a concealed firearm, 4 hours applicable State and Federal laws relating to ownership, storage, transportation, and carry of a concealed firearm, and 4 hours of weapons handling including live fire exercises and qualification.
Certain individuals may be exempt from 8 hours of training (mainly former/retired Law Enforcement/Corrections Officers and active/retired/honorably discharged veterans). Those who are exempt from 8 hours need only to attend day 2. The cost for the 8 hour class is $75. The 8 hour class will consist of 4 hours applicable State and Federal laws relating to ownership, storage, transportation, and carry of a concealed firearm, and 4 hours of weapons handling including live fire exercises and qualification.
We are asking for a $25 non-refundable deposit to hold a seat in the class. The $125 balance for the 16 hour class, and the $50 balance for the 8 hour class will be required at the beginning of class. Please contact us for a reservation, and mail deposit checks or money orders to Boondock Tactical, PO Box 361, Cuba, IL 61427. Your seat will not be reserved until we receive your deposit. Once we get it, your reservation will be confirmed. We will then send you a brief questionnaire, which we would like to have prior to the class. We are curious as to how much experience each of you has with handguns/shooting in general.
Please keep in mind, you are not guaranteed a certificate just for attending the class. We reserve the right to refuse service, and/or not certify those who do not follow the instructions of Range Instructors, those who do not pass the written test/shooting qualification, and those who we deem as not having the proper mindset, ethical/moral standards, etc. If you are removed from the class we will refund your payment in full. We are not looking to fail anyone, as that would reflect poorly upon us as instructors, but you must remember…..carrying a concealed firearm is serious business that we do not take lightly, nor should you. We take our status as Illinois State Police Certified Instructors very seriously, and we expect you to take your status as students in our class seriously, as well. If you complete the class successfully, you will receive the Illinois CCW Training Certificate (for both the 16 and 8 hour class) required to obtain your Illinois Concealed Carry License.
Please visit our website,, or our facebook page, Boondock Tactical. Feel free to call us if you have any questions. Don Hines can be reached at 309-785-2001. Steve Howerter can be reached at 309-785-8606
We are looking forward to a wholesome, educational, informative, and fun training experience with you. We appreciate your consideration in giving us the opportunity to provide you with the proper instruction and required certification so you can obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License. We hope to hear from you soon!

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