Our Philosophy

Thank you for visiting The Site. Whether you are a potential first time firearm user, recreational shooter or seasoned professional, it’s our goal to make The Site your all-inclusive firearms training destination. Located in the picturesque rolling hills of Jo Daviess County, 3 hours West of Chicagoland, no other training facility in the Midwest provides the diversity in ranges, depth of instruction or deluxe, conveniently located lodging in a single location.

As a responsible gun owner, you have an obligation to become as safe, capable and confident with your firearm as possible. Indoor ranges are fine for maintaining basic marksmanship skills, but nothing matches the effectiveness of training in our two shoot houses or on our outdoor ranges for the development of essential technical and tactical skills. Learning at The Site is enhanced through the use of assorted paper, stationary/reactive steel and moving target systems. Firearms training is serious business, but it also needs to be safe, inspiring, innovative and enjoyable to be most effective.

The instructor staff is comprised of former Navy SEALs, active or retired law enforcement officers, and renowned civilians, who have been carefully selected based on years of operational experience, depth of subject matter knowledge and instructional effectiveness.  Our instructors are as approachable in the classroom and range as they are in the relaxed social atmosphere of the affiliated Black Bear Lodge.  They make themselves available to answer your questions and are dedicated to ensuring you enjoy your time at The Site.

We guarantee your experience will far exceed your expectations, leaving more accomplished and capable then you thought possible. So again, welcome to The Site and we look forward to seeing you on the range.

Accuracy & Precision

We teach the precise employment of firearms through the development of solid fundamental techniques.  On target, everytime.


Speed is a byproduct of being smooth.  Smoothness is developed by going slow and practicing.  We teach the techniques to make you smooth and fast.


Safety is paramount.  We live by the “four principles of gun safety ” and strive to instill this mentality into every client.

Client Experience

Lessons learned at The Site are enduring.  On the range and in the lodge, you are going to love training at The Site.