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Condition Yellow Academy
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by Brad Underwood on Condition Yellow Academy
CYA Defensive Shotgun Course review

I attended CYA’s Defensive Shotgun Course on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.

I have previously taken CCW training with Condition Yellow Academy, and I am happy to say that the instructional content in this Shotgun course is every bit as solid, helpful, and real world applicable as the last one. In fact, I got so much good information in class, I was still making notes of what I learned on the following day.

Additionally, I liked the outdoor Private Range where the class was held. It is an ideal location for instruction on a variety of firearms, especially the shotgun.

Finally, Instructor Steve Watson’s personable teaching style, along with the time he took to thoroughly answer my questions, as a well as noticing even subtle ways for me to improve my shooting technique made me feel as if I were the only student in the class.

This course was an outstanding value to me, and I definitely plan to look for more training opportunities with CYA.


by Gary Lukovich on Condition Yellow Academy
Confidence in Being Responsible

I have never owned a firearm before. The Condition Yellow classes were very instructive. Each instructor was focused to help each student learn more than just the basics of handling a firearm and the legal aspects of being responsible. Their follow up before and during the class was impressive – but even more so when you have questions months later. I highly recommend them!

by Paul on Condition Yellow Academy
2020 Conceal Carry and Defensive Pistol

Prior to registering for this class, I have never fired a handgun. I have had limited experience with rifles and shotguns at outdoor ranges, but that was well over 25 years ago. The CY Academy Conceal Carry course was a fantastic introduction to the fundamentals of handgun operation and conceal carry law in Illinois and nationwide. Steve and Allison were great, sharing their knowledge with patience, in a straightforward, easy to understand manner.

I have since purchased a handgun and attended the Defensive Pistol I class. This class was absolutely phenomenal. There was a wide variety of experienced and inexperienced shooters at the range that day, and I know that I left the class with a much greater confidence of handgun operation, including malfunction clearing, holster draw, and emergency and tactical reloads. We also did numerous situational shooting drills that really gave some great insight in how to handle various situations. Once I receive my carry license, I definitely know that I have the confidence to carry on a daily basis..... After all, isn't that why I am obtaining my CCL in the first place? Thank you Steve, thank you Allison for a fabulous day on the range and helping me develop my skill to be able to carry with confidence.

by john hernandez on Condition Yellow Academy
instructor's class

I have been a client of CY Armory for a long time and have never posted a review. I will share my experience in brief. I have purchase numerous firearms, the expertise of the staff no matter if it is your 1st purchase or one of many is excellent and they will help you make a good choice. The range is small but well maintained and clean and the price for using it is better than many any around. There classes are second to none the instructors are thorough very patient and knowledgeable. I have done multiple coarse and the training has been exceptional. I hope if you looking for a quality shop you read this review and visit CY. Thank you Brian Dave Frank and Greg for your commitment and the quality work you guys do.

by Jeff T on Condition Yellow Academy
16-Hour Saturday & Sunday

I just completed the 16 hour Saturday & Sunday classes and I highly recommend Condition Yellow Academy. The instructors are knowledgeable, helpful and all have a passion for firearms and firearm ownership. I learned so much from these classes and most likely will return for a more advanced class. Thanks CY Academy!!

by Jose Jimenez on Condition Yellow Academy
Incredible Detail

I just finished the 16 hour training course on Saturday and Sunday and the instructors were beyond informative if you are looking to improve your knowledge on firearms, Condition Yellow Academy is the one stop shop! My Instructors were Peter and Thomas. They were top notch with their students regardless of prior knowledge coming into the class.

by Mario Arellano on Condition Yellow Academy
CCL classes

Wow! I had no idea on the rules and proper handling of a firearm.

I took the CCL 16 hour course on Aug.1st and 2nd and although it was 8 hours both days, I don't regret it at all. If you are interested in taking the course, don't hesitate and go for it. The Instructors are well knowledge and know what they are talking about. If you are a newbie to firearms don't be nervous, the instructors will be patient with you at the shooting range and will answer any question you might have. The first day of the class is firearm knowledge, gun cleaning and safety with a holster draw training at the end of the course on day one. The second day is at a shooting range at Article 2 Gun range at 6:30am on Sunday so be prepared to be on time. The rest is Gun law which blew my mind, to be honest a bit unfair on how gun laws are written in Illinois, which kind of made me think then why get a CCL. Anyways, during mid day on Sunday someone from USCCA will provide a registration form to sign up for legal protection when you have to use your firearm if you have to. On day one Jay from Biometric will provide his services for LIVE fingerprint and process your CCL form with the state. It makes sense to just have him doing it instead of waiting and never doing it yourself. Be prepared to spend a total around 250ish. For Live fingerprint, CCL form and if you need to change the address on your State ID and FOID card. Oh! at the end of the course on day 2, you will get a free shooting range pass at the McHenry location.

Note: IF you purchase a firearm from the Mchenry location, you can have them send that firearm to the Arlington Heights location to avoid Cook County taxes.

Gun Safety first everyone. Be safe!

by Bill Rediger on Condition Yellow Academy
Just did the class and it was awesome

Just finished the class over the weekend and found it very informative and it was a lot better i even thought it be. Good job guys

by Jim Capone on Condition Yellow Academy

Used CY for FFL for a long time ... they never fail! Great support.

by Scott Womack on Condition Yellow Academy
Most Excellent IL Concealed Carry Course

Steve, Jake, and Allison all did a tremendous job of providing a lot of information in a very effective and encouraging manner. They were willing to answer any questions and walk through the content at a pace where I felt confident with the knowledge gained at the end of each section. I also had never owned or fired a handgun...ever.., and I felt very prepared for the range session, with corresponding success. If you have considered firearm training, no matter your experience level, CYA is the route to go. I have an entirely new and educated perspective now of firearms and the implications of owning and carrying as a result of this course. What a great experience and greater instructors!! Thanks!

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