A class for training you to better defend yourself in your home

Our 4 hour course is designed for beginners or advanced shooters and includes a half hour of range time.  Each student will learn from the experience and be able to make educated decisions if someone breaks into their home.  This is a unique course only offered through Safe Side Tactical at GAT Guns.  There are many questions to be answered in this complex society that we live in today.  Let us help you learn how to make the right decision when seconds count and your life or your family is at stake.

Please bring your questions and concerns.  Our instructors present the material in a relaxed and friendly way that tries to simplify complex moral and legal questions that need to be addressed before a lethal force encounter takes place.

What should you do when someone breaks into your house?? What is your Plan??

Our In-Home Defense class will teach you how to develop an individual plan for you and your home.  By the end of every class, each person will have a plan in their hands to take home and implement that is unique to their residence and family.

We will have an in depth discussion on laws in Illinois and some of the unique characteristics of our laws versus other states’.

We will help each student develop a safe room that is unique to their home and a list of required equipment that will help the police and the home owner ensure a safe resolution to a tense and scary situation.

Each student will have the opportunity to see how the most common home defense rounds perform when being shot through drywall. Students can also bring in their own personal ammunition to test what they have already chosen to use. (Instructor or range officer will have final say if ammunition can be used)
The most unique part of this course is the shooting portion.
The students will participate in a shooting exercise that allow them to see how many common house hold walls home defense rounds travel through if the target is missed. This is usually an eye opening experience.
The demonstration will cover
.38 special
.380 auto
.45 caliber
.223 rifle
The ammunition will consist of the most common home defense rounds on the market and students are welcome to bring in their factory loaded home defense rounds.

NO FOID card is required for this class unless the student wishes to bring ammunition to test.


The Instructor, Paul Warren, is a Police Officer with over 17 years of experience.

Paul is:

  • A certified Police Firearms Instructor
  • Current SWAT Team member
  • Sniper Team Leader
  • NRA Certified Instructor – Basic Pistol and In-Home Personal Defense

In-Home Defense – $125

  1. Store Hours:
  2. Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  3. Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  4. Sunday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Note: The Ranges Close 1/2 Hour Before The Store Closes

Holiday Hours:

  • New Years Eve - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • New Years Day - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Easter - CLOSED
  • Memorial Day - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 4th of July - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Labor Day - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thanksgiving - CLOSED
  • Christmas Eve - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Christmas Day - CLOSED

GAT Guns Training accepts Credit Cards.