Meet The Instructors

Illinois Concealed Carry Certified Instructors

Steve Watson

Director of Training Condition Yellow Academy, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor

steve-head-small-2Steve  has been involved in the shooting sports since 1996 following his honorable discharge from the US Navy Submarine force.  While in the Navy, he qualified with the .45 cal. Pistol and was a member of the Nuclear Weapons Security Detail.  Mr. Watson has trained at several premier firearms training institutes including Front Sight (NV), and Sand Burr Gun Ranch (IN) prior to becoming certified as an NRA Instructor.  Licensed to carry a concealed firearm in 32 states, Mr. Watson has also trained under Massad Ayoob the founder of Lethal Force Institute (LFI), Massad Ayoob Group (MAG), developer of the Stress Fire system for gun fighting, and author of several books on the justified use of lethal force, most notably – In the Gravest Extreme: Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection (ISBN-13: 9780936279008).  In 2013, Mr. Watson became the Director of Training for Condition Yellow Academy.

Instructor Certifications:
–    IL Concealed Carry Instructor
–    Defensive Pistol
–    Defensive Pistol Skill Builder
–    Advanced Tactical Pistol
–    Defensive AR Platform
–    Defensive AR Platform Skill Builder
–    Advanced Tactical AR Platform
–    Defensive Shotgun
–    Defensive Shotgun Skill Builder
–    Advanced Tactical Shotgun
–    USCCA Instructor

NRA Instructor Certifications:
–    NRA FIRST Steps and Basic Pistol
–    NRA FIRST Steps and Basic Shotgun
–    NRA FIRST Steps and Basic Rifle
–    NRA Home Firearm Safety
–    NRA Personal Protection In the Home (PPIH) and Outside the Home (PPOH)
–    NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading
–    NRA Refuse To Be A Victim
–    NRA Range Safety Office

Memberships and Affiliations:
–    North Suburban Police Pistol League (NSPPL) Member
–    International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Competitor
–    United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)
–    National Rifle Association
–    Illinois State Rifle Association
–    ICarry.org Founder’s Club Member
–    IllinoisCarry.com

Brian Gard

Chief Instructor Condition Yellow Academy, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor

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Brian has been involved with firearms and firearms training since 2000 where he fired his first rifle in basic training at Fort Benning in the US Army. Since then Brian has worked for Brinks as an armored truck messenger where he received firearms training and certification in shotgun, semi-automatic pistol, and revolver. After working for Brinks, Brian went on to obtain IL state certification (for on-duty use) for rifle (AR platform), semi-automatic pistol, and pump-action shotgun. In addition to these firearms qualifications, Brian also certified in the use of restraints (handcuffs), Monadnock baton, and Fox Labs OC spray. Upon completing this additional training and certification, Brian worked as a private sub-contractor performing both security duties and armed logistics & transport duties. Brian has been teaching small arms skills privately since 2010 and has a great deal of experience training men and women of all ages and skill levels, from first time shooters to those who carry a firearm for a living.

Instructor Certifications:
– Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor
– Defensive Pistol
– Defensive Pistol Skill Builder
– Advanced Tactical Pistol
– Defensive AR Platform
– Defensive AR Platform Skill Builder
– Advanced Tactical AR Platform
– Defensive Shotgun
– Defensive Shotgun Skill Builder
– Advanced Tactical Shotgun
– Simunition
– USCCA Instructor
– Chief Range Safety Officer

 

NRA Instructor Certifications:
– NRA First Steps Pistol
– NRA Basic Pistol