instructors for the premiere metro east illinois concealed carry class
Meet The Instructors
Manuel “Manny” EspinozaLead Instructor
Illinois State Police Approved Concealed Carry Instructor
NRA Certified Instructor
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) Certified Police Firearms Instructor
Singleton International Shoot-house Instructor
National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) Law enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response (LASER) Active Shooter Instructor
Tier One Certified Active Shooter Instructor (civilian response to an active shooter)
ILETSB/FEMA certified Field Force Operations
I am an active law enforcement officer of 16 years currently assigned to the patrol division and qualify active/retired police officers with their firearms. I also train officers in several less-lethal weaponries.
In 2008, I was assigned to a local Tactical Response Team (TRT), where I began my training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). In 2009 I joined a regional Special Response Team (SRT) comprised of approximately 40 tactical operators and serves 11 counties in Illinois. The SRT is a fully functional team that serves high risk search warrants, responds to barricaded/hostage incidents along with any other situation requiring specialized officers. I have taken part in numerous operations (ops) ranging from high risk search warrants to barricaded incidents. I also had the opportunity to take part in high profile ops, such as the Chicago NATO Summit 2012.
I am still an active member of the SRT team and serves as a ‘squad leader.’ As a ‘squad leader,’ I prepare and oversee training for the SRT throughout the year and also develops and issues op orders. I have attended: an 80-hour basic SWAT school; Advanced SWAT – Midsouth Institute Self-Defense Shooting, Advanced SWAT – Hostage Rescue; a Team Leader course, along with numerous WMD related courses. Further, I attended numerous live-fire Shoothouse training and monitor Shoothouse training.
John “Brandon” DeSherlia Range Instructor
Prior to joining law enforcement, I spent 4 years in the US ARMY, during that time, I regularly assisted as a range control NCO, learning the principal of range and firearm safety and employment. Joining law enforcement in 2007, I was appointed one of my department’s firearms instructors. Since that time, I have expanded my firearms training, attending numerous courses, learning from world-renowned special operations, law enforcement and competitive shooting instructors. I continued my career in firearms instruction in 2012, when I became a member of and a firearms instructor for a regional WMD/Counter Terrorism tactical team. I continue to train armed professionals and vetted civilians in rifle/carbine, shotgun and handgun courses. I employ a systematic, full-spectrum training system, which focuses on the individual students performance, allowing them to progress without focusing on the outcome, yet building confidence in ones ability to safely and competently deploy a given weapon system.