Training Northern Illinois Safe Firearm Ownership & Marksmanship

Training Illinois - One American at a Time

Joshua Hoffman

President & Instructor

Martin Schaefer


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 in1979.  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.

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!

HG Firearms Training, Inc.

Training Illinois - One American at a Time

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