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Brandon Desherlia

  • Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor certified by State of Illinois

  • Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor certified by
    Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB)

  • Basic/Advanced Special Weapons and Tactics Course certified by
    Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System

  • Less Lethal Instructor (chemical munitions, impact munitions
    and NFDD) certified by Watch House International

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

principals of range and firearm safety.  Joining law enforcement in 2007,

I was appointed as 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.  The Team is comprised of approximately 40 tactical operators and serves 11 counties in Illinois. I am a 'squad leader' on the team and my job during training is mostly on the range where I develop, instruct, evaluate and qualify the officers on the team. I have attended: an 80-hour basic SWAT school; Advanced SWAT – Midsouth Institute Self-Defense Shooting (attending numerous times), Advanced SWAT – Hostage Rescue; a Team Leader course, along with numerous WMD related courses.

I have assisted Manny in instructing the Illinois 16/8 Concealed Carry Course since early 2016 and have taught many different experience levels. I typically instruct the range portion during the course.


I have experience in large scale Active Shooter response training for both law enforcement and armed security.

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.

Range Instructor Brandon
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