Defensive Rifle Operator

Operation and function of the AR rifle, use of the rifle in defensive scenarios and incorporation with pistol.  The training will enable the student to learn effective techniques for operating in ranges from 2 yards to over 100 yards and in the real world environment.  The physical aspects of this course require the ability utilize various kneeling, sitting and prone position and to move across uneven ground.

  • Rifle functionality, operation and maintenance
  • Options & accessories, lights, sights, slings & mags
  • Rifle ballistics and sight adjustment, iron and optics
  • Positions, movement, and barricades
  • Malfunctions and remedial action drills
  • Reactive shooting
  • Pistol transitions


The long gun provides for significantly more range and power, these are real world differentiators.  The AR platform requires specialized understanding of its strengths and weaknesses to be a truly effective platform.

Not just a familiarization class, this course will provide you with the additional tools to safely and effectively operate with the AR rifle

Advanced classes are available to students who have completed the Imminent Threat Defense Illinois Concealed Carry training, NRA Defensive Pistol, or NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home.  You must be able to demonstrate proficiency in, live fire draw from holster, barricade shooting, rapid fire shooting, and shooting on the move. 

These classes are limited in size to ensure quality instruction and maximum learning opportunity.  Contact us for availability.

Concealed Carry Refresher

It has been said that owning a pistol no more makes you a shooter than owning a piano makes you a musician.  It is critical to learn and practice the skills of shooting a pistol and training for the real world.  It is equally important to work with an instructor to refine your skills.  Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice does.  Bad practice just makes you bad.

This class is designed to reinforce those skills you learned in previous courses, especially those “training” classes that consisted of a test of 30 or 40 rounds and no real skill development.  Not just another test, this course will reinforce those skills you need to effectively operate as a concealed carry shooter.

Shooting with Movement

Movement is a significant differentiator and the world is dynamic.  From a defensive perspective standing in one spot is likely to produce undesirable results.   Transitioning to movement and shooting on the move, requires developing skills with your feet, adapting to changing balance and unusual stances to maintain proficiency

Not just a familiarization class, this course will provide you with the additional tools to safely and effectively operate in a world that moves.

One Handed Pistol Operator

This course brings aspects of the real world of gun fighting to training.  In a self defense scenario it is very likely you will be forced into a situation where it is impossible to engage using the proper two handed grip.  Developing skills in one handed operations is an essential component in your toolbox of skills you need to develop and maintain to have that tactical advanatage in a deadly force encounter.

Low Light Operations

An FBI study showed that about 70% of gunfights occur in low light conditions.  Darkness is an advantage to attackers and they use it.  So learning how to deal with darkness is an essential skill.  This course will enable you to operate more effectively in low light, how to select and use tools that can improve your effectiveness.

Not just a familiarization class, this course will provide you with the additional skills to operate in a world that is mostly dark.

Shooting from Alternative Positions

The world isn’t square and you can’t always pick your playing field.  Not only learn how to compensate for unusual terrain but learn to choose the best positions to balance speed, support and protection required by real world circumstances.  This course will provide you with the additional tools to safely and effectively use the best position for the situation



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‚ÄčNRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course

This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.


NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course

Comprehensive and intensive in its approach to equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity.

The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality strong side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation.

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations.

This is the course the NRA developed to teach the skills necessary for concealed carry and it is possibly the only nationally recognized course on the subject.  Further, only specific NRA instructors with advanced training are authorized to teach this subject.

If you are considering concealed carry, this course is a must.

Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Training


Course Description
This training class meets the requirements to apply for an Utah concealed carry permit, it is based on the National Rifle Association’s Basic Pistol course and the Utah prescribed concealed carry course.  This 4 hour course is a classroom class.  Students will be instructed in the principles of safe gun handling, fundamentals of pistol firearms, marksmanship, basics of concealed carry and Utah Law.  The limited enrollment allows for each participant to receive personal attention and instruction.

This certification also meets the requirements for non-resident concealed carry applications for Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Oregon, and Virginia

Participants must meet the eligibility required by the State of Utah, see the details at  Participants should have prior firearms training or experience, all applications must be approved by the instructor.

The Training
Participants receive training that meets the requirement of Utah Department of Public Safety concealed firearm permit training.  Certification is competency-based and require the student to demonstrate competency through both written and practical tests.  Demonstrated competency is a requirement to receive certification for this programs.

Students registered for the class should down load the curriculum.  Students do not need to print the curriculum or bring it to class.  (click here to down load) 

Class size is limited.  Students must be pre-registered.  Persons interested in application forms or with questions should contact NRA Certified Instructor Jim Humphrey (217-855-8623 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

About the Instructor
Jim Humphrey has over 15 years of law enforcement experience as a police and sheriff auxiliary. Certified by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification as a Concealed Carry Instructor, he is also a NRA Certified Civilian and Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor in multiple disciplines.  Additionally, he is trained and certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and as an expert pistol marksman.   A competitive shooter for thirty years and schooled at the top advanced shooting academies, Mr. Humphrey provides training that blends Law Enforcement with NRA approved programs, emphasizing the best components of each.


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