GARY DAUGHERTY – Lead Instructor


NRA Certified Instructor - Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

NRA Certified Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor

Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Illinois State Police Authorized Concealed Carry Instructor


Massad Ayoob Group (MAG-40) Graduate

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman Ret.

Rob Pincus (I.C.E. Training)

Kathy Jackson: Cornered Cat: Defensive Handgun 2 Day Class
Don Stahlnecker:  Handgun Retention


National Rifle Association (NRA Life Member)

Gun Owners of America (GOA)

Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)

Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA)

Illinois Carry

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)

United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)

OVERVIEW: Gary has enjoyed shooting for over 30 years. His love of shooting and all things related to firearm safety and training lead him to become an NRA Certified Instructor so that he could share his knowledge and passion with others.  He regularly participates in professional development and continues training to improve and expand his skills. This allows him to offer the ultimate learning experience to his students.  Gary is a regular participant on The Polite Society Podcast, a weekly discussion covering legislation, news and practical information important to all in the firearm community. In addition to this nationwide platform, Gary is involved at the local level and serves as the Illinois State Rifle Association’s North West Suburban Town Hall Chairman.   

Firearm safety institute staff