All instruction offered by GAT GUNS is taught by instructors who are all NRA certified and some are certified by the state of Illinois for law enforcement training.  All those who teach the Illinois Concealed Carry classes are certified by the Illinois State Police and those who teach Utah, are certified by Utah.

These instructors have decades of experience in all aspects of firearms training.  Many are Police officers, SWAT Team training officers, and military veterans.  Others compete in IPSIC, IDPA, and other events.

All instructors carry a minimum of $1,000,000 liability insurance.

Our instructors have the experience and knowledge to teach you how to develop the shooting skills to make you a better shooter.  Also, if you are getting training in self defense, they will teach you when to shoot and when not to shoot.  This knowledge will keep you from making a mistake that could change your life forever.

Paul Warren
Safe Side Tactical, Owner/Lead Instructor
A Police Officer with just under 20 years of experience and is the owner of Safe Side Tactical.

He is a certified Police Firearms Instructor, NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, NRA In Home Defense Instructor, and Utah State Certified Concealed Carry Instructor. He also holds many other state certifications to teach firearms courses.

Paul has been teaching Concealed Carry Courses for the last 4 years and draws from his experience in working undercover narcotics. Paul currently serves as a Patrol Sergeant and the Sniper Team Leader for their multi-jurisdictional S.W.A.T. Team, with over 18 years of experience as a S.W.A.T. operator.

Paul has developed most of the courses taught at Safe Side Tactical. He believes that education and training is the key to staying safe and hopes that you will take the next step to be on the safe side of a deadly force encounter.

Jerry Kau
GAK Sharpshooters

Gerald Kau has been a certified NRA Instructor for over 25 years. His class is structured for a private 3-hour session including safety habits, target shooting, and self defense techniques. Generally it is limited to 3 students in the class; exceptions include small family groups or couples that know each other. He has also taught international groups and law enforcement that want to improve their skill set of accuracy and speed.  Class content includes stance, breathing, sight picture, trigger control, grip, arm position, and learning how to present the gun to the target. It’s one hour in the classroom and two hours on the range.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced shooter, this three hour class will improve your accuracy and speed.

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For cost, content, structure, and times available, call (630)957-7126.

Cost and times are available based on individual or group instruction.

Thank you, stay safe.

Lynn Garnand
Safe Side Tactical
Lynn is an NRA Training Counselor and NRA Certified instructor in Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety, Metallic Reloading, Shot Shell Reloading, Chief Range Safety Officer, Range Safety Officer and Refuse to Be a Victim. As an NRA Training Counselor, Lynn conducts instructor courses to certify new NRA Certified Instructors.  Lynn participates in competitive rifle and pistol events and is a specialist in ammunition manufacturing and ballistics.

Lynn co authored the GAT Guns CCW courses and has extensive legal knowledge gained from his prior experience working the local, county and state police in the hiring, testing and officer advocacy role.  His military experience includes a number of technical roles and leadership roles in both manned and unmanned aircraft.   Lynn is frequently found teaching one of the two 8 hour IL CCW courses and soon to be introduced renewal courses at Gat Guns.

Lynn conducts both student and instructor level courses at GAT Guns including Basic Rifle Basic Pistol and Range Safety Officer. Lynn co-authored the Long-Range Rifle course taught at GAT Guns and works with a number of competitive shooters to make custom ammunition for their long-range needs.

His approach to teaching is rooted in his own learning experiences across a number of diverse disciplines. Lynn makes his courses relevant to the student by including material and teaching in a way that he would have wanted to be introduced to the subject.  Whether it’s a pistol grip, a rifle position , a shooting strategy or a legal issue in the defensive firearm world, Lynn relates ideas of fundamental understanding to the unknown in an enjoyable and memorable way.

Bob Hartwell

Safe Side Tactical

Bob is an NRA Certified Instructor in Pistol, Rifle and Reloading as well as a Range Safety Officer, Long Range Rifle Instructor and certified Illinois State Concealed Carry Instructor. He can be found hanging out at GAT Guns on the weekends teaching many of our classes, or just helping a student select a pistol or rifle. Bob has extensive knowledge in ammunition handloading including both internal and external ballistics helping students make better ammunition or just get started.

With over 45 years of shooting experience, Bob combines his experience in the tactical and competitive shooting worlds with his background in the sciences to provide his students with both the “hows” and “whys” of safe shooting in a fun and easily understandable fashion.

TD Roe
Excel Training
TD has been instructing at GAT Guns since 2012.

She is a NRA certified Pistol Instructor, IL Conceal Carry instructor and National Range Officer Institute Certified Range officer.

She’s been shooting pistols competitively since 2007 and has been sponsored since 2009. She has won and placed in the top 3 ladies in many state, area and national USPSA and IDPA matches.

Her training is ongoing and is competitive and tactical based.

TD’s classes are focused on learning gun safety first. Then efficient gun handling and shooting in a fun, approachable, and easy to understand method.

Bill Zeller
Excel Training
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Illinois Approved Concealed Carry Instructor
  • National Range Officer Institute Certified
    Chief Range Officer
  • USPSA program director at North Porter
    County CC in Chesterton, IN 2006-2017
  • USPSA program director at Oak Park
    Sportsmens Club in Plainfield, IL 2011-2016
  • IDPA Match Director at Excel IDPA and NPCCC
  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

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