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This weeks topic include:

What is the best caliber ? Will I be ready to carry after my CCW class and more…


Frequently Asked Questions

Question : I am not new to guns, I have been shooting for over 30 years both Shotgun and Handguns and I manage to get out to the range on a fairly consistent basis. But I have never carried a gun on my person before. Although I have completed my CCW course (through a different organization) and I have sent in my paperwork, I am still unsure where to carry my firearm. Can you make a suggestion?

George T

Cicero IL

Answer: Well that is actually a hard question for us to answer. Many things depend upon what is the best way for an individual to carry a concealed firearm. There work, how they dress, are there mobility issues, are they around a lot of people all day, do you sit at your job, do you stand on your feet a lot. All of these and many more issues come into play when deciding how to carry your firearm. For instance, let’s say you drive a delivery truck, a cross draw holster might be best for you. You sit at a computer all day, maybe a shoulder holster or inside the waist band holster. You work in a dentist office around a lot of people, maybe an ankle holster. If you are always on your feet maybe a small of the back carry is best. Understand that although you have completed your CCW course, if you don’t normally carry a firearm, concealed or otherwise you still need to get training that can prepare you to respond to a threat in a safe, sane and responsible manner. This includes having the ability to present your firearm without posing a danger to yourself or to others around you. Here at Firearm Training Pros we offer several course that can not only help you decide for yourself which is the best carry method but also teach you the necessary techniques in holster work


Question: I am a single mother and have been thinking about buying a gun but I am worried having a gun in the house with the kids. But I am also worried that with the way things are going not having a gun for protection might be worse any suggestions?

Mary K

Chicago IL


Answer: There are many reliable firearm safes available on the market that would eliminate your fears of having a firearm in your home with children about. But do your research some are decent while others are very good. We recommend that you submit your paperwork for your FOID card. In the meantime you can still do firearms training WITHOUT a firearm. Here at Firearm Training Pros we offer several classes that are performed using training pistols and ‘red guns’. This type of training will help you gain competency with a firearm and allow you to make a sounder decision as to the firearm you may choose to purchase in the future.


Question: Smaller guns are easier to conceal and to handle but are they as powerful as a regular size gun?

Kevin J.

Schaumburg IL


Answer: Smaller firearms have pros and cons. First off, depending upon how you choose to carry your firearm concealed can have a definite impact on what frame size firearm to carry. In a vertical shoulder holster, a small of the back holster, an inside the waistband holster and several others a full sized frame firearm is easy to conceal. In a horizontal shoulder holster you may want a mid-size framed firearm. Ankle holster a smaller firearm is normally better. A pocket pistol is very small. Understand that the smaller frame firearms are harder to manipulate, especially if you experience a malfunction. This is due to the recoil spring tenacity and other internal mechanics of the firearm. Also, a shorter barreled firearm takes a lot of marksmanship practice due to the lack of spin put on the bullet as it travels through the rifling along the barrel. The short amount of time the bullet is in the barrel the less time it has to achieve a good ‘spiral’ and the bullet can tend to wobble rather than spin. Regarding the powerful portion of your question, we recommend that no matter what size firearm you choose to carry follow the manufacture instructions that come with the firearm. 9mm, 40, 45, 380, 10mm, 38, 357magnum, all of them are sold with different grain counts and you certainly do not want to use a ‘hotter’ load than the firearm’s manufacture recommends. Here is an example in 9mm. If you purchase +P+ 9mm ammo, that is a ‘hot’ load and you have the possibility of damaging your firearm and in a worse case injure you or others should your firearm suffer a catastrophic failure and explode the chamber. So follow your firearms manufactures ammunition recommendation.


Question: I live out of state but I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. I was ecstatic when IL finally started CCW. I travel home several times a year to visit family. If I get a non-residence CCW for IL do I have to get an IL FOID card and do I have to go to IL to get my fingerprints done for a non-resident CCW permit?

Jerry A.

Little Rock AK.


Answer: As a non-resident you do not have to obtain a FOID card. Only IL residents are required by law to have a valid FOID card. If you do a ‘live scan’ fingerprint your paperwork, once submitted to the state is supposed to take about 90 days, and yes you need to come to IL to do the live scan. However, you do have the option of doing a ‘hard card’ finger print method but if you use this process it will take 120 days for your CCW paperwork to be processed, and yes you can do a hard card from out of state. So the choice is yours a 3 month wait or a 4 month wait.


Question: I want to get a CCW but I am afraid that if I had to use it the bad guy might take my gun away and use it on me.


Bill W.

Aurora IL


Answer: That is an excellent question. It is the one most worried about and least asked. Training, training, and more training is really the answer. The more training you have, the more practice you do in preparing for the worst the greater your ability to avoid and or handle the situation. Here at Firearm Training Pros it is our sincere hope no one is forced into a fight for their life or the life of their loved one, which is why we offer such a wide verity of classes. Not just to prepare you for a worst case situation but also to have the ability to avoid it.


Question: Should I inform a police officer that I am carrying if stopped?


Tracey Q

Bolingbrook IL.


Answer :The law only requires that you inform the Law Enforcement Officer if they inquire. I personally would. If it is dark out I would recommend that you turn on your dome light and inform the officer. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and don’t make any sudden movements. Remember that the officer doesn’t know you personally and if you are reaching for your identification that happens to be near your firearm the office might very well feel threatened. It is better to err on the side of caution for your safety, those around you, and the safety of our Law Enforcement Officers. Ultimately the choice is yours.


Question :I am scheduled to take my 2 days of training to get my concealed carry permit and applying for my FOID card. I have heard from my friends that the training is boring and the test is easy. Will this really prepare me to carry and defend myself?


Arthur L

Chicago IL


Answer :The CCW class allows you to obtain a permit if you meet all of the requirements set forth by the State. I equate it to getting the first driver’s license for many people. Does having that license guarantee that the holder is or will be a good driver? There are a lot of aspects to carrying a concealed firearm that are both mental and physical. Carrying a firearm is a lot of responsibility and each individual should evaluate their skills and knowledge then seek out professional training as needed. Training is of the utmost importance as is regular practice. If you plan on carrying a concealed firearm you owe it to yourself and the general public. We also have our concerns and have lowered our pricing, and have invited students to retake some of our classes such as our holster training and concealed carry training class. We all want people to carry responsibly and to have a safe environment.

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