HG Firearms Training, Inc.
Training Illinois - One American at a Time

Joshua Hoffman

President & Instructor

  • Certified Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor
  • USCCA Certified Associate Instructor
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA & ISRA Member
  • 40 Hour Illinois Firearms Training Certified
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor Certified
  • American Legion Sergent at Arms
  • US Army Veteran
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Thank you for choosing HG Firearms Training.  I am confident that you will find we offer the most comprehensive training at an affordable cost.  From Basic Handgun Fundamentals for the new shooter, Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Certification for the responsible armed citizen to Enhanced Firearms Training we offer shooters from all walks of life the training you desire and deserve.

I am passionate about teaching and about firearms.  My passion is seen by every student who attends one of our training courses.  More so, once you attend one of our courses we consider you a client for life.  Ask any of our students and they will tell you that if you have a simple question or any issues down the road, we are always here for you.

My commitment to keep our prices as low as possible is our effort to have as many responsible gun owners obtain their License and send a clear message that Concealed Carry works in Illinois.

I am a Certified NRA Firearms Instructor, USCCA Associate Instructor and have been Certified by the Illinois State Police as a Certified Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor.  My passion for shooting began in the Boy Scouts of America over 37 years ago.  I am a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Operation Enduring Freedom as a Sergeant in the Infantry, as part of an anti-terrorist task force in the European Theater.  With over ten years experience educating and training in the field of healthcare public safety, I have established training techniques that help our students understand and remember key concepts.

With a strong commitment to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States and a moral obligation to meet the great responsibility to ensure our students obtain the proper training, I am committed to provide each student with the knowledge, skills and attitude to own and operate their firearm and exercise their right to carry and protect themselves and their families.

Owning a firearm is your right.  Making the decision to legally carry your firearm is a decision that helps you protect yourself, your family and the innocent lives of those in your community.  With your decision to exercise your right comes great responsibility.  It's only right that you receive the proper education and training.  It is our job to provide you with the training you deserve.

HG Firearms Training provides the most comprehensive and most affordable training in basic personal protection and firearms use.  Focusing on the fundamentals that apply to both new and experienced gun owners.  We target our instruction to the individual, specializing in helping our students become safe and knowledgeable legally armed citizens.

While most handgun training includes some tactical elements, HGFT is dedicated to providing everyday individuals the training they need for everyday carry and home defense situations.  After our students have completed either a basic firearms course or the Illinois Concealed Carry Course we then offer students the opportunity to expand into more tactical training, if they desire to expand their training.  Few require military level training, but everyone who owns a handgun need to obtain a level of knowledge and proficiency.  Get the training you want and need.  Practice often and remember:   Anytime.  Anywhere.  Be Prepared.

HG Firearms Training, Inc. is a privately, veteran owned and operated company.  We are not a fly by night operation looking for quick buck.  We are not looking to pack our classroom either.  Matter of fact, we limit our classroom sizes to ensure that you receive the best possible training.  Our mission is to provide each of our students with the best experience, so that they are confident in their ability to safely own, operate and use a firearm safely and in accordance with the law.  We build relationships with our students that go beyond the classroom.

It is important that you find the right instructors for you and that you get what you pay for.  We understand that cost is a big factor for many when choosing the right instructors and because of that we are committed to provide the necessary training at an affordable cost.  It is also important to know what the instructors have to offer for that dollar you about to spend.  Don't settle for the minimum training.    Get the most for your money and be confident that you are receiving the best possible training available.  Continue reading to find out what HG Firearms Training has to offer.  We are confident that you will not be disappointed.

- State of the Art SIRT Training - Experienced Instructors - New and Experienced Shooter Friendly -

- Affordable Prices - Indoor Shooting Range - Exceeds State Requirements - Take Home Materials -

- Continued Education & Training - Florida CCW - Arizona CCW - And More ~

Our Instructors are USCCA and NRA Certified Instructors.  When you choose instructors who encompass both the tried and true fundamentals promoted by the NRA and the specialized training from the USCCA to provide you with your firearms training, you know that you are getting the very best training available.  Whether you are taking a class on Handgun Fundamentals or completing training for your Concealed Carry License you know our courses are built on a solid foundation of responsible gun ownership.  You can be confident that you will be prepared to responsibly own a firearm and prepared to exercise your right to carry a handgun in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois.

Our Illinois Concealed Carry Course students receive the training necessary to safely handle, shoot and carry a handgun.  Responsible gun ownership is the foundation of our 16 hour Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Training Course.  This provides our students with a time tested, solid foundation for which all gun safety is based.  Our training courses also provide our students with valuable tools and satisfy the requirements to apply for the Arizona and Florida Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits.  An Illinois Resident with the Illinois License, Arizona Permit and Florida Permit can legally carry a handgun in 70% of the United States.

Our Instructors are USCCA Certified, NRA Certified and Illinois State Police Certified to teach our classes.  Each are passionate about teaching and firearms.  Once a student takes any of our courses, we consider them a client for life.  Ask any of our students and they will tell you that if you have a simple question or any issues down the road, we are always here for you.  We are committed to keeping our prices as low as possible in an effort to have as many responsible gun owners obtain their License and send a clear message that Concealed Carry works in Illinois.

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Training Northern Illinois Safe Firearm Ownership & Marksmanship

Training Illinois - One American at a Time

Martin Schaefer


  • USCCA Certified Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor
  • Certified Simunitions Safety Officer and Instructor
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor Certifed
  • Certified ARC First Aid - CPR - AED Instructor
  • Certified MEGGITT Firearms Simulator Instructor
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Life Member
  • Military Police Regiment Association Meneter
  • US Army Veteran
  • NRA Member

I am an experienced instructor with over 25 years of military service as Military Police and a Veteran of two deployments to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and two deployments to Afganistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.  I have trained Afgan National Police in all facets of law enforcement, including firearms proficiency with both pistol and rifle.  Currently I assigned as the Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Provost Marchals Office in the U.S. Army Reserve.  In addition, I work full time as a law enforcement training coordinator.

My philosophy is that every student comes to a training course to learn something new.  I believe it is especially important to welcome new shooters and gun owners to the larger community of firearms owners and shooters.  We accomplish this by maintaining a positive learning environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  I strive to foster a sense of community and camaraderie among our students.

Through our training I focus on safety, basic firearms operation, decision making and critical thinking skills.  I help students identify strengths and weaknesses and help develop strategies to overcome any weaknesses by providing realistic, forthright feedback.

I have extensive experience as a range operator and safety officer for multiple weapons, from a pistol to a 50mm machine gun.  My dedication to conducting safe, efficient range operations allow students to achieve and demonstrate a level of proficiency necessary to own and operate their firearm.  We accomplish this through training with firearm replicas and simulators in class that then culminates with live fire range qualifications.

Every qualified student leaves our classes with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to operate and safely own  a firearm.  We provide the very best training at an amazing price!