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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CCW Classes

As of January 14, the March, April and May CCW Classes are full.  Check out our “Events” page for other CCW classes scheduled for 2016.

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2016 Classes

As of 12-29-16, the April CCW and Personal Protection in the Home Classes are full.  We have added a March CCW Class to be held on the 19th and 20th.  We will likely be adding a PPITH Class sometime this year.

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2016 Class Schedule

Here’s our schedule for 2016. Keep in mind these dates are tentative, but we will do our best to keep the classes set for these dates. We may add some later, depending on demand. Events will be posted shortly with information specific to each class.

  •       16 Hour CCW Class March 19-20, 2016  This class is FULL
  •       16 Hour CCW Class April 2-3, 2016  This Class is FULL
  •       NRA Personal Protection in the Home April 23, 2016  This Class is FULL
  •       16 Hour CCW Class May 14-15, 2016  This class is FULL
  •       NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home May 28-29, 2016 (12 hour class)
  •       16 Hour CCW Class June 11-12, 2016
  •       Range Day June 18, 2016
  •       16 Hour CCW Class Sept. 10-11, 2016
  •       Range Day/Wiener Roast Sept. 24, 2016
  •       16 Hour CCW Class October 8-9, 2016
  •       NRA Basic Rifle Oct. 22, 2016
  •       16 Hour CCW Class Nov. 5-6, 2016


If you’re interested in attending a class click the “register” link, or send us an E-mail to

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2016 Schedule Coming Soon!

I’ve been putting together our training schedule for next year, and should be posting it in the next couple days. Right now, we’re looking at doing six CCW classes, one each in the months of April-June and Sept.-Nov. We will also be doing one other class in the months listed above, varying between Personal Protection Inside the Home, Outside the Home and RNA Basic Rifle. We have a couple range days thrown in, as well, with the big one being Sept. 24. That will be a Range Day/2nd Annual Boondock Tactical Wiener Roast. Last year’s was a blast!

Our fees are staying where they have been since we started….8 Hr. CCW $75, 16 Hr. CCW $150, PPITH $75, PPOTH $100, NRA Basic Rifle $75, and our Range Day fee is $20. The Couples Discount for CCW will still be in place, as well.

It does not look like we will be using the NRA Basic Pistol course as part of our CCW class this year. The NRA has decided to make the Basic Pistol class a “blended learning” course, where part of the class is done online, and then the student would have to find an NRA certified instructor to complete the live fire portion of the class. The Illinois State Police will not accept training in which any portion of the class is done online. All CCW training must be conducted live by certified instructors. So, we are putting together our own Basic Pistol course which we think will be a better fit for those who wish to get their concealed carry permit.

To see the schedule, keep an eye on this page, as well as our website,

Stay safe, my friends!!


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