Chicago’s Finest Tactics and CCL is owned and operated by two Chicago Police Officers. Jack Shilney and Josh Weitzman are not your average Chicago Police officers, they are highly trained and combined they possess over 45 years of law enforcement experience. They have each worked extensively in a variety of police units, both have worked years as undercover officers in narcotics and gang investigation units.
As partners on the Chicago Police Narcotics High Risk Entry Team (which eventually became the CPD SWAT TEAM) Jack and Josh received countless hours of training from CPD, FBI, and DEA. With each course they took and with every certification they received they were honing and sharpening their firearms and tactical skills. Josh was promoted to Detective in 2003 and was assigned to be an original member of the newly created CPD Detective Division heavy weapons team. Jack was assigned to the Education and Training Division of CPD where he has taught tactical training and firearms instruction for the last 10 years.
Throughout their respective law enforcement careers Jack and Josh sought and received as much additional training in firearms and tactics as available, understanding the importance of quality training as the foundation to be successful law enforcement officers. It is with this knowledge, experience and emphasis on quality training that prompted and motivated them to start Chicago’s Finest Tactics and CCL.
The passing of Illinois House Bill 0183 created an influx of Concealed Carry instructors. Jack, Josh and the hand-picked firearms instructors that make up the team of Chicago’s Finest Tactics and CCL possess over a century of concealed carry experience. There is no substitute for learning how to carry a concealed weapon other than from instructors who have been carrying them for years.
Chicago’s Finest Tactics and CCL want every real world citizen to have the opportunity to be trained and learn from the highest quality and professional trainers available. Every member of Chicago’s Finest Tactics and CCL is currently an active Chicago Police Officer. The entire team at Chicago’s Finest Tactics and CCL want to pass their real world knowledge of carrying and using firearms onto anyone wishing to obtain an Illinois Conceal Carry License. The staff at Chicago’s Finest Tactics and CCL carries guns for a living and stake not only their reputation on quality training but their lives on quality training and tactics.
Our mission is simple and has been the same for decades. We protect the average citizen with our lives. Now by training them the right way and the only way, they can protect themselves.
Chicago’s Finest Tactics & CCL is an extremely professionally-operated organization that still manages to maintain a hospitable and friendly environment. Their responsiveness to my inquiries was unmatched by any other CCL sources to which I had reached out. Classes are conducted by CPD Range Instructors – masters in their craft. Not just excellent instructors, but an excellent GROUP of instructors. Their camaraderie and history of shared experiences pull the class together into a comfortable and relaxed setting. Veteran law enforcement officers, competent and knowledgeable in laws and regulations governing firearms, instruct with expertise and thoroughness, adding just the right touch of humor to make every student feel at ease regardless of their own personal level of firearms experience. All instructors were encouraging and hang in there with you from beginning to end! Their attentiveness to each individual’s needs and experience level was absolutely awesome! The class was conducted with a “NO STUDENT LEFT BEHIND” objective. Can’t say enough great things about this group, from Bonnie at the front desk to all of the instructors: Jack, Ephrain, Chris, Mario, Phil, et al – THANK YOU!~J.H.
The drills in dry fire were very informative and helped correct problems. The course itself taught me several things I was not aware of.~A.S.
The knowledge from the instructors is from first hand knowledge. They were great and I will tell everyone I know interested in CCL to go to Chicago’s Finest Tactics & CCL.~ Ron
Registration was very accommodating. Found the materials very well organized. Highly recommend.~ Rebecca S.
Excellent class, even better people. Highly recommend.~M.T.
Real life experiences. Real life stories. Amazing course! Makes you feel comfortable with a gun!~Jen L.
The class was excellent, I was made comfortable. The instructors were knowledgeable and made you feel comfortable handling the equipment.~S.T.
I would absolutely recommend CFT & CCL again. They were professional, and knowledgeable instructors. From the novice to the more skilled students, the presentation was thorough and the atmosphere was comfortable. Great Instructors and a really good group.~R.C.
The fact that all instructors teach recruits was important to me. The instructors giving real life examples and being realistic of the physical/conditional dilemmas that a citizen may run into is great food for thought while we await our CCL. Thanks for helping “the good guys” even the playing field.~D.R.
Jack Shilney was/is a fantastic teacher. He was enthusiast and very careful to make sure all understand the materials given. I felt safe in the classroom and on the range. I enjoy the lifetime support that I have used several times already with Chicago’s Finest Tactics and CCL.~A.C.
Fantastic course-Jack was extremely knowledgeable and very patient with teaching and explaining all the materials. I’d highly recommend this service to anyone, especially women, interested in concealed carry in Illinois.~Jen S.
The class was very informative. I was hesitant about taking the class but finally agreed because of my fear of guns. The instructors were patient and extremely knowledgeable. I feel good about my training and comfortable with my experience. It was excellent, worth the time and investment. Thank You!~I.P.
The most effective part of this training was learning to be aware of my surroundings and keep in mind the “what if” scenarios, and to always go with my gut feelings.~R.B.
I enjoyed learning the differently methods of how to prepare yourself in different situations. Hearing different ideas/strategies/scenarios that I never would have thought of.~K.S.
This class offered easy ideas on items to use as defense weapons. I highly recommend this class and I think everyone in my office should take it!~L.K.