Listed below are the items that we recommend for new gun owners to purchase. The links take you to the best prices available, today.
We are always available for questions, and would love for you to use the links on www.firearmmentor.com for your purchases.
Grain weight does not matter for the purposes you are using the firearm for (not for competition). Please use this link to purchase ammunition. Ammo is most economical when purchased in bulk (500-1000 rounds at a time). You should get a small amount of hollow point ammunition, and the rest (bulk) should be labeled as "FMJ" or ."TMJ." This type of ammunition is used for practice/range and is much cheaper than hollow points, which are used for self defense. You will be required to provide your FOID card. Ammo can be shipped to your house.
Some firearms come with a cut out to install a red dot sight. Search for "handgun optics."
If your firearm is equipped with a rail underneath the barrel, a weapon mounted light is a flashlight attached to your firearm. It allows you to have proper grip, and not have to hold a flashlight in your support hand, during low light conditions (that bump in the night). There are a ton of options. Look up "Streamlight TLR."
Concealed Carry Curriculum offered by FIREARM MENTOR meets the minimum requirements to obtain your concealed carry permit. The first part of the Illinois Concealed Carry Curriculum resembles an NRA Basic Pistol Course. The second part covers statutory law (Illinois Concealed Carry Act, FOID Act, and Gun Control Act of 1968), relevant case law affecting concealed carry, and scenario based discussion.
The third part consists of range qualifications. The order of topics is dynamic and subject to change. Questions may drive discussion of topics earlier than scheduled, moving the topics around different time slots to accommodate student interests.
Our classes are designed for a beginner shooter. At a minimum, for concealed carry training, you will need to bring:
If you own the following, please bring it to the class:
You do not need to own a firearm or holster to take the class. If you do not have one, we recommend coming to class without the equipment, learning, and then make a purchase after you receive all of the information. Ammunition is not included in pricing.
Private lessons are for individuals or groups, and can be tailored to the individual needs. Each course is different, but all courses cover basic firearm safety.