Pistol Class Orland Park, IL
Serving the Surrounding Areas
I have been approved by the Illinois State Police as an Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor. My other certifications include NRA pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Instructor and Range Safety Officer. I also offer NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home course.
Our classes are conducted in a clean, well-lit, comfortable conference room. Local ranges are used for the qualification requirement, as needed. Additionally, private group training is available, in your facility. You will need safety glasses and earplugs. I will provide the firearms and ammunition. You do not need a FOID to take the class, no experience is necessary, first time students are welcome. Please DO NOT bring Firearms or ammunition to class!
SAFETY IS OUR PRIMARY FOCUS
I compete in Pistol and Rifle events, and am competent to help you with all of your Firearms needs and questions.
Illinois Concealed Carry Class (16 hours) cost is $250 per person, ask about veteran discounts!
Group discount, pay for 5 and get the 6th person free.
Class Cost $250
*Note the classes listed below show a cost of $50.00 which covers the class Deposit only (Non-Refundable Deposit). Part 2 tuition is $150, or it is available in the Concealed Carry Course package.
Part 1 (Midland Firearms Basic Pistol Course)
Part 2 (IL Concealed Carry Act)
To fulfill the Illinois State Police 16 hour training requirement, you must take Part 1 and a Part 2 class.
US Military Special offer:
Servicemen and women receive an 8 hour time credit for their service from the Illinois State Police and are only required to complete 8 hour of firearms training with their DD-214 showing an Honorable Discharge. Midland Firearms Training offers the 8 hour course for $150, but we offer the Midland Firearms Training Basic Pistol Class “no charge” for veterans. In other words, you will receive all 16 hours of training for $150.
- Safety is the first rule of firearms training.
- Firearms training is serious business, horseplay will not be tolerated.
- All classes will be English language only.
- Do not bring firearms or ammo into the class, please secure them in your vehicle until you are asked to bring it into the class and then only unloaded firearms are allowed.
Students are welcome to take a refresher class at no charge, any Midland Firearms Training Basic class Part 1 or Part 2. It is our goal to help our students be the safest, most informed gun owners possible. Contact John at email@example.com for more details.
Gift Certificates are available for purchase which make a great gift for Christmas, Birthdays and any special occasion!
Give the Gift of Protection
Dr. Tony - July 1st 2020
As someone who was encouraged by family to consider a conceal to carry license, I went to class not particularly motivated but felt it was the right thing to do. I was trying to "check the box" so that I would be qualified to apply for the license. To my surprise, I found an instructor who took the teaching process very seriously. As a medical professional, I've been around instructors at many levels, but finding someone passionate about his profession is rare. Not only did he make sure every line of his presentations were understood, but when we took our final exam, he made sure those who missed questions individually expressed understanding before we went out for my shooting session.
It's hard enough to take an all day class no matter what the topic, but the combination of an engaged teacher, insightful videos, and his ability to get each of us to know each other made my license to carry class experience one I will always remember. His ability to drill in us the need to practice, practice and practice to develop muscle memory at times of crisis will forever stay with me as I grow in this area of my life. I give John and his training my highest recommendation.
Tim H. - June 29th 2020
I recently attended John's two day Conceal Carry Handgun class. The class was extremely informative. There are lots of hands on exercises. John is very knowledgeable and his presentation style is entertaining and engaging. It is a great class for a Beginner. Initially, I had inquired about a different course that John offers. John recommended that I attend this class. I don't regret it for a second. The two days flew by, and I learned way more than I could have ever imagined. I would recommend John's class to everyone. It is money well spent. John is also helpful outside of the class once it ends. He responds to any questions you have in a very timely fashion.
Helen M - June 28th 2020
The course for concealed carry was very informative. John was clear and concise. I had never shot a gun and he walks you through every step so you are fully aware of what to expect and what to do the correct way!
Diane P - June 22nd 2020
My husband and I recently attended the Basic Pistol Course necessary to obtain a concealed carry license offered by John Roth of Midland Firearms Training. The class was exceptional and we could not have had a better experience. After researching a number of different venues that offered the class, we selected Midland Firearms based on the experience level of Mr. Roth as well as his focus on safety. Neither my husband nor I had any significant experience with firearms and no experience in shooting a firearm prior to attending the class. John is an excellent instructor who was able to combine his wealth of experience and accomplishments with the required course material to make the learning process more informative and interactive. He is very clear in establishing the tremendous responsibility that accompanies concealed carry and provides the necessary tools to each of his students to become confident, knowledgeable and responsible firearms owners. John offers a personalized approach to training by addressing each student’s individual concerns. We both highly recommend Midland Firearms Training not only as a means to obtain a concealed carry permit but also for everyone who has ever considered owning a firearm. John Roth is excellent and exceeded every expectation.
Thanks John, for giving me the training, confidence and ability to be a responsible firearm owner.
Fred S - June 13th, 2019 CCP Renewal Class
Midland Firearms does a wonderful job with the necessary training and supplying useful information for responsible gun owners.
John Roth provides an excellent balance between fundamental, "textbook" instruction and practical application. His classes and instruction style demonstrate that even the experienced shooter can learn something new, while breaking things down when necessary so the less experienced and even novice shooters in the group don't feel overwhelmed. His enjoyment and passion for shooting sports and helping students learn in a safe and structured environment is evident in his high-energy style, yet is not overwhelming. Whether new to shooting or an experienced shooter, you will not be wasting your time with John at Midland Firearms.
Tom R. - 5 star
On the recommendation of my son, I had the totally worthwhile experience of the Illinois Concealed Carry Class with Mr. John Roth of Midland Firearms Training. As an adult, my son has not steered me wrong in any of his recommendations, and here is another one. Having been a college instructor for over twenty years, and very aware of different, effective and ineffective teaching styles, I can confidently say, John Roth is one outstanding instructor. Why ? He teaches the class, with non-stop energy and a deep passion for the subject matter. That deep "passion" about the subject being taught makes the difference between a "good" and an "outstanding" instructor. John is outstanding. He not only taught us the do's and don'ts of firearms, the laws of concealed carry, proper handling, cleaning, use, storing of firearms, etc. but, perhaps more important, and what makes him different from the many CC instructors out there, is that, without even mentioning it, he also taught how to respect the firearm, and the responsiblities inherent in choosing to conceal carry. It was a lesson I did not expect to receive, or much less look for. On that premise alone, I would strongly recommend John Roth
Ismael. - 5 star
Took my Conceal Carry Class at Midland Firearms Training and I have nothing but great and postive things to say about John. His class was very detailed, John made sure he answered all of the questions we had and made sure we understood what he was teaching us. He is very knowledgeable and an awesome instructor I recommend Midland Firearms Training to anyone wanting to get there Conceal Carry. 10 stars to John and his team I couldn't be more happy with my decision.
Jen Ntim Martinez reviewed Midland Firearms Training — 5 star
This class blew away my expectations! John was very knowledgeable and was very patient with everyone in the class to make sure all our questions were answered and that we were comfortable and safe in class room and range. Even if you’ve taken classes before I highly suggest taking his classes they are top notch and worth every dollar
Sherry Boike to Midland Firearms Training— 5 star
I highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to go to a concealed and carry class. John Roth is a very informative instructor. He knows his business. He is sure to answer any question you may have. To say you learn a lot is an understatement. DON'T SETTLE FOR THE REST. GO TO THE BEST!!!
Anthony Mcgee reviewed Midland Firearms Training — 5 star
Just finished my training with John at Midland and I feel very satisfied with the time and effort that he put in to helping me get familiar with handling a firearm. I would suggest that everyone takes his pistol course. I will be joining him for more training in the future. Thanks John
John Roth is very knowledgable and passionate with his classes he makes them very interesting and informative I would definitely recommend anyone that's interested in carrying to take his classes I would definitely take any other classes by John in the future.
December 5th - Craig Walter
If you want a great teacher in Firearms Training, see John Roth. I spent a couple of long days with John and learned quite a lot. There is so much to know and he has a way about getting his point across. I will be sending my wife and son for the same training. And, will also sign up for advanced training in the near future.
October 25th - Mike Farrell
John and his team do a great job in training you on the laws for CC. I highly recommend Midland Firearms Training for anyone thinking about getting CC. They also offer other Firearm training classes too.
September 26th - Kevin Houlihan
The class was very informative. John does a great job instructing all levels of firearms knowledge. John exhibits a great passion for the subject matter which makes the course both interesting and thought provoking. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting. Great job John!
September 26th - Mike Dixon
I would like to thank you very much for taking 2 long days of boring laws and rules. Plus many videos of actual stories along with learning about a wide selection of different weapons, ammo, holsters, etc; Your experience and knowledge kept the class very interesting and educational as it should be. You had answers for all the questions asked rather than I'll get back to you I always got in the past. You were able to deal with 12 different people with out leaving any one still having any questions or hesitations. Very professional, informed, plus offered a wide variety of weapons and accessories. You were able to deal with the experienced shooter as well as the beginners which never touched a weapon before. Your patience allow every one to get the perspective of the in's and out's of CCW training. From my point of view, the people that take your class come out more informed and have a much better understanding of carrying a weapon which will result in all our safety in a long run. Armed and unarmed both should go through your course just to under stand how each individual should deal with the problems not only the police but we face daily just to keep our loved ones safe. I plan on telling every one interested about your course and hope more can spend a weekend to learn how to be a more positive person.
There is strength in knowledge and peace of mind in wisdom.
July 20th - Randy Cybulski
Very knowledgeable. Glad I went out of my way to travel for johns course. Recommend without hesitation.
June 27th - Lashun James
I completed the Illinois Concealed Carry class on yesterday with John Roth and his team. I must say they all were very professional, knowledgeable, passionate , and very approachable. I feel good and confident in understanding the safety of the firearm as it was drilled into our minds which now its second nature. I highly recommend Midland ( John and his amazing team) for basic, intermediate, and advance classes. I'll be continuing my training with John. In addition, you cant find good genuine people who's willingly to help and assist you while in class and after class.
June 26th - Jetaun Frazier
Just did the two day Conceal & Carry classes and it was an amazing experience. John and his team are so knowledgeable. They take their time to make sure to answer any and every question that you have. You know that you are in safe hands when it comes to instruction on firearm safety. I say that it's definitely worth the attending.
February 21st - Valerie Cesario
Everything was awesome. John and his team did a fantastic job! I highly recommend his classes if you're looking to get your concealed carry permit!
February 19th - On The Bri-Level
Nothing but great things to say about John and his whole team at Midland. I went into this class with very little shooting experience and now I feel much more comfortable as a gun owner and way more confident as a shooter. Had issues with sighting grip and both have improved tremendously in just one night of work. I couldn't recommend them enough. 10 Stars!!!!!
February 13th - Tom Kollias
Just finished taking the 2 day Conceal & Carry classes and I cannot say enough good things about the classes, instructors and company. John and his teams passion for educating gun owners on conceal & carry, safety, the law and personal responsibility made it a very informative and exciting class to be in. The amount of information covered in class is more than I can go into in a single review, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed. I recommend that if you or anyone you know is interested in taking such a class this is the place to be. My personal review is 5 star, 2 thumbs up.
February 2nd - Ron Phillips
I took my concealed carry course through Midland. I was an excellent course. John was great and did a fantastic job with the novices that were in the class. I highly recommend them for your firearms instruction needs.
January 18th - Katie Stempniak
Very impressive class! My husband and I both completed the 16 hour NRA Basic Pistol/CCL course. We both gained a responsible and cautious understanding of our rights. We feel comfortable firing a weapon and respect that exercising this right is our last resort for protecting our lives. John and Tom are thorough and very patient instructors and I would recommend this class to anyone, at any age. At the end of the course, one can expect to feel comfortable loading, unloading, cleaning, firing, holstering and concealing a firearm. I look forward to taking more classes and a lot of practicing.
January 17th - Bear Boudonck
I just took my first class yesterday, finishing with my second class today. I feel like John is very knowledgeable and thorough with what and how he teaches.
I find the class very informative and would recommend it to everyone. With that being said, the only downfall, that is somewhat out of John's control, is class clowns. Some people don't take class as serious as they should, especially when dealing with firearms. If John could take a little more control over that, his class would be 100% perfect. It all just boils down to who is in class with you I guess.
As far as John himself, very nice guy, can interact with everyone. I mean everyone.
There were elderly men and women in class, young girls with no firearm experience, guys that say they have a lot of firearms experience but do everything all wrong. I mean you name it, I'm sure he's worked with everyone, and has done a great job at doing it!
I had some firearm experience but half of the things I was taught were all wrong. I feel John's class helped tremendously. Keep in mind, this is only after my first class, I have another one today.
Needless to say, I'm greatly looking forward to it! Thanks John!
January 11th - Charlie Lyons
Took Basic Pistol Course.on Sat 1/9/16. Great class John does a excellent job. Makes sure all questions are answered and is available to answer any time. Taking the Concealed Part Sunday 1/17/2016
January 10th - T.J. DiGrazia
For anyone looking for an instructor that is approachable, knowledgeable, and passionate about proper gun handling please check out John Roth at Midland Firearms Training. The conceal and carry class was awesome, it didn't matter if you were an experience shooter or a first time shooter John made it fun. Our class ended up going 1.5 hours long because we spent extra time reviewing several guns that John had brought in and taking them apart. It was an excellent experience! Don't be intimated, take advantage of your 2nd amendment right and protect yourself, your family, and your community.
January 3rd - John Maxedon
For one... I rarely rate and offer thoughts on services. I also seem to find that most reviews you see out there are those that had bad experiences. This is a much different situation.
John is a very patient and thorough instructor. I would highly recommend his courses to anyone. Definitely quite a few choices out there for trainers right now. Many of those I've heard check all the boxes for state requirements but would not be able to take someone from no experience at all to having complete comfort and understanding. John does just that. I'd be willing to elaborate or answer any questions anyone might have before deciding to use Midland. In my opinion though ... It's the best " bang" for your buck.
December 12th 2015 - Mike Viola
I just took the NRA pistol basics and conceal carry course with John and the Midland team. John is a fantastic instructor and person. He was extremely patient, helpful, and enthusiastic. It was an extremely useful and enjoyable weekend. Thanks John!
October 28, 2015 - Sheri Vile
My husband took the concealed carry 2 day class and asked me to post his review, here it is.
"What can I possibly say about Midland firearms other than John and his team were incredible. I have never held a pistol before but I was not nervous. I was pretty confident in my ability to strike the target consistently but others in my class weren't. John and his team took the time and energy to work through every conceivable question the class had. Witnessing how they taught even the most nervous of students with patience and professionalism made me appreciate their skill and knowledge that much more.
Where my personal knowledge and abilities were lacking was in shooting fundamentals (and philosophies such as what to own, when to shoot and more importantly when not to), maintaining and actually owning firearms. I had no idea how radically the laws have changed where comes to firearms. For example I didn't know they had removed the 10 round maximum magazine size law in Cook County Illinois.
They painstakingly answered all my questions as well even going so far as answering dozens of emails questions that I had. John kind enough to offer his personal time and hold an additional class to show me and anyone interest how to clean the gun.
John has gone way above and beyond as an instructor and the information he gave us was solid. Thanks to him I was able to purchase my first hand gun knowing with confidence that I wasn't overpaying and that I was getting the right one for me. I wholeheartedly recommend Midland firearms to everybody and anybody."
August 2nd, 2015 - Josef Sefshine Anderson
Excellent class for introduction to firearms! Well worth the time and money!!!!!
August 1st, 2015 - Doug Klimah
Excellent! John was very knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended.
June 28th, 2015 - Dave Hyland
I took both the NRA and Illinois Conceal Carry courses this weekend. John is an excellent instructor. He kept the classes moving and interesting with his personal anecdotes. He is very knowledgeable in firearms and firearm safety. Anyone considering applying for their conceal carry license should not consider any other instructor than John and Midland Firearms training.
May 17th, 2015 - Mike Dryfhout
Very knowledgeable instructors, happy to help with any concerns or questions. You can even take refresher classes free of charge.
May 9th, 2015 - Wynslow Thresh
Excellent instructor (John) and great course material, very well presented. Looking forward to the intermediate course in June.
May 3rd, 2015 - Dawn Steinman
John is an excellent instructor. Small classes. Spends whatever time is necessary for proper training. Highly recommend.
May 26th, 2015 - Jim Hetfleisch
Just completed basic pistol and conceal carry with John and Midland. I've been shooting since 1997, wish I would have taken John's course years ago. Opened my eyes and taught me things I thought I already knew....I recommend Midland to anyone looking for the correct training everyone should have! Great great stuff all around. Thank you John!
(All classes subject to
change based on attendance)
|CCW Renewal 07-15-2020||Wednesday July 15th 2020 6:00 pm||$50.00|
|Midland Firearms Training Basic Pistol / Concealed Carry - Part 1 - 07/18/2020||Saturday July 18th 2020 7:45 am||$50.00|
|Midland Firearms Training Basic Pistol / Concealed Carry - Part 1 - 07/25/2020||Saturday July 25th 2020 7:45 am||$50.00|
|IL Concealed Carry Act - Part 2 - 07/26/2020||Sunday July 26th 2020 7:45 am||$0.00|
|CCW Renewal 07-26-2020||Sunday July 26th 2020 1:00 pm||$50.00|
|CCW Renewal 07-29-2020||Wednesday July 29th 2020 6:00 pm||$50.00|
Please contact me for the Intermediate Pistol Class - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Additional Course Information
Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.
More Details: This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 2nd edition, 2009, 02/11)
Prerequistes: NRA Basic Pistol
The Intermediate Pistol Course is all about getting comfortable with your firearm. This course will drive the core marksmanship fundamentals required to master the manipulation of your firearm. This course will take you out of the comfortable static shooting most people do at the local range. Emphasis is taken on instilling safety and proficiency with your firearm.
This course will prepare you to properly, safely and effectively unholster your firearm and present it to a threat if such need should arise. The dynamics of shooting at closer distances will be explained and the hands-on drills will drive home the importance of the core fundamentals.
This course is 25% classroom and 75% hands-on and will have you firing your handgun for approximately 6 hours. Manipulating your firearm under new pressures and timed constraints will prepare you for the unexpected. This course will not only teach you the skills, but will also give you the confidence you need to feel comfortable handling your firearm in worst case scenarios. This course is 1 day of hands-on lecture and hands-on drills.
Equipment Required: Revolver or semi-auto handgun (handgun rental available), Minimum 3 magazines (5 ideal), 250 rounds of ammunition, Strong side holster (Fobus type recommended, without button release), Empty chamber indicator, Magazine holster, Eye and ear protection, Baseball style cap, Speed loader, Water bottle.
Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.
More Details: This course is at least 14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; cleaning, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 1988, revised 12/10)
Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target.
More Details: This course is at least ten-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning how to shoot shotguns at moving targets. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting at straight away and angled targets; cleaning; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Shotgun Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 1988, revised 06-09)
Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.
More Details: This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.(Lesson Plan, revised 08/11)
NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.
If you already have your Illinois Concealed Carry Permit and it is about to expire, you are required by the Illinois State Police to submit a 3-HOUR REFRESHER Certificate with your renewal. Midland Firearms Training will be offering the 3-HOUR RENEWAL classes and certificates on nights and weekends. The curriculum includes the law relating to the ownership, storage, carry and transportation of a firearm. The FOID Act, the laws relating to use of force and unlawful Use of Weapons. We will also review; the shooting fundamentals, proper concealment and shoot the Illinois State Police qualification on a B-27 target. You do not need to bring anything to class, we provide the firearm, ammunition, targets and range fees. Tuition cost is $50 per student. Classes will start in August 2018.