Help for the New Gun Owner

I AM A NEW GUN OWNER. WHAT DO I NEED TO BUY?

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 below for your purchases.

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RECOMMENDED ITEMS FOR NEW GUN OWNERS FIREARM GUN

Break-Free Gun Cleaning CLP-16 Cleaner/Lubricant/Preservative .68 FL OZ, Liquid, Single Squeeze Bottle CLP-16-1

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$4.99

Hoppe’s 9 Dry Gun Cleaning Kit w/ Brushes, Swabs – Rifles, Clam Pack

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$22.99

BECK TEK, LLC TEKMAT TEKR17TMLOGOGY Logo Cleaning Mat TEKMAT Logo 17 X 11 Gr

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$12.99

Vaultek Safe Essential Series VE10 Safe, Black, VE10-BK

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$139.99

Maglula UpLULA Universal Pistol Magazine Speed Loader, 9mm to .45 ACP, Black, UP60B

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$39.89

Caldwell E-Max Low Profile Electronic Hearing Protection Ear Muffs w/Shooting Glasses 487309

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$36.59

Nexbelt Braided Dress Belt, Non-EDC, Black, PCD6274

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$52.99

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO PURCHASE? AMMUNITION AND MORE

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Ammunition

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.

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Weapon Mounted Light

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.”

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GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION

Topics of Private Lessons

  • Semi Automatic Firearms
  • Revolvers
  • Shotguns
  • Long Guns
  • AR-15s
  • AK-47s
  • Lever Action Rifles
  • Bolt Action Rifles
  • Semi-Automatic Rifle​

Purchase your beginner’s book, authored by Marcus Melnick. You can order

Handguns, The Adventure into Shooting Sports

by clicking here

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.

A FOID card is an identification card that allows Illinois residents to obtain, purchase, and own firearms and/or ammunition.  You can apply for a FOID card at www.ispfsb.com.

Yes.  Several times a year, we offer advanced classes that incorporate movement and first aid.
Upon completion of the 16 hour class or 3 hour renewal, you will be issued a certificate.  It is up to you to apply for the license at www.ispfsb.com.  We offer a third party vendor, www.abovebiometrics.com, who can help you apply for their license.  It is up to you to know and understand if you utilize this service.  As stated on the waiver, Firearm Mentor is not responsible for applying for your licenses.  Similar to a driver’s education class, we offer training.  Obtaining licensure is wholly up to the student.

By law, the state has up to 120 days to process a CCL application without fingerprints, and 90 days to process an application with fingerprints.  Due to backups with the state, wait times may be longer.  Firearm Mentor does not have a view into the State process or application times.

Nothing.  Firearm Mentor is not responsible for anything that is in your background which may disqualify you from licensure.  Disqualifying events could be:  criminal record, criminal arrests, mental health diagnoses, FOID status, age (under 21), indictment or information,  alcoholism, drug addition, area danger to oneself or others.

Our classes are designed for a beginner shooter. At a minimum, for concealed carry training, you will need to bring:

  • A pullover garment (i.e., a sweatshirt)
  • An open front garment (i.e., a jacket)
  • Paper and Pen to take notes
  • A positive attitude
  • If you own the following, please bring it to the class:
    • A firearm
    • A holster for the firearm

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.