American Firearms Training of Illinois Featuring Top Shot Class provides professional training for gun safety and marksmanship. Our certified firearms instructors are prepared to offer the very best in training for a myriad of disciplines.


American Firearms Training of Illinois

Andrew Tranchita

Andy is NRA Certified in Basic Pistol, Shotgun and Home Firearms Safety. This includes his experience as an Illinois State Police approved Firearm Concealed Carry Instructor, Trap and Target Shooter, Waterfowl Hunter, INDR Hunting Safety Instructor and a former Reserve Police Officer in the state of Illinois. He is also a Concealed Carry Instructor for Florida, Arizona and Utah.

Jeffery Wilson

Jeffrey is a USCCA Certified Instructor providing expert services including: firearms maintenance (pistols/rifles/shotguns), AR-15 rifle builder, home firearms safety and defense, and is a Illinois State Police-approved Concealed Carry Instructor. Jeffery is a former U.S. Marine who is a lifetime long and short range rifle shooter, hunter (deer, upland birds and more). Students needing specialty type firearms knowledge in disassembly and assembly of both long and short firearms should definitely use Jeffery's services.  

Nick Pennella

A talented firearms instructor teaching Basic Pistol, AR-15 Rifle, firearms builder, lifetime target shooter and Certified USCCA Instructor.

Francisco Gonzalez

With years of experience under his belt, Frank is NRA Certified in the following disciplines: NRA Basic Pistol, NRA Range Safety Officer, Approved Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor, and a lifetime target shooter with both handguns and rifles.

Note: All instructors are approved to teach Illinois concealed Carry modules. 

Julie Johnson

Julie is a certified Sabre Civilian Safety Awareness Program Instructor and NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor. She is a Patrol Sargent for a police department in the western suburbs where she has served for the last 20 years. Prior to a career in law enforcement, Julie served in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years. Julie has been a Defensive Tactics and Use of Force Instructor for 15 years and is a Certified Instructor in Pressure Point Control Tactics, Handcuffing, Baton, OC Pepper Spray and Ground Fighting.

Kevin Schultz

Kevin brings his U.S Navy experience including Airsoft Firearms, Military Situational events, Game-Themed Charity events and extensive police training with airsoft guns. The Airsoft Classes we offer are geared to family members of all ages and highly recommended for skill enhancement.