Carry Trainer provides real solutions for real problems. It is incumbent upon individuals, businesses, and organizations to protect and defend innocent life.

We provide training for individuals who are looking to make themselves the best that they can be. There is much more to self-defense than obtaining a permit to carry a gun. Training in any martial skill is more than attending a class, it is a lifestyle choice and the decision to exercise the right of arming oneself for the defense of themselves and family should not be taken lightly. Bullets cannot be called back once loosed from the gun. Safety is not an inherent trait; it is learned through proper training and repetition.


  • Awareness
    Keeping yourself safe and out of harm’s way is always the best option.

    Combat mindset
    Are you mentally prepared to use deadly force to protect yourself or the life of another?

    Use of cover and concealment

    Understanding the rapid changing dynamics of self- defense. Making well placed shots while being fired upon is a lot different than making holes in cardboard during a comfortable day at the indoor range.

  • The Right Tools
    Firearm and gear selection.

    Continuing Training and Education
    Continuing training and education. Imagine the most terrifying and stressful experience of your life, double it and now imagine having to perform fine motor skill movements such as drawing, aiming and firing a pistol all the while your heart is pounding in your ears. Does your level of training have you prepared for such a scenario?

    Know Your Rights
    Legal and ethical implications of deadly force.

Getting to know Mickey

Mickey SchuchOwner and Instructor Mickey Schuch is a firearm instructor, for Pistol, Rifle, Shotguns, Personal Protection Inside the Home and Personal Protection Outside the Home, a Range Safety Officer and a member of Illinois Tactical Officers Association.

He is a graduate of Massad Ayoob Group, Midwest Training Group, Tac Med Essentials, as well as many others. Personally he attends over 160 hours of training per year as a student in courses covering topics such as battlefield medicine to long range precision rifle with some of the best and brightest instructors in the world.

Mickey is also the President of a not-for-profit, McHenry County Right to Carry Association, a group that is dedicated to effecting change in the legislation pertaining to self-defense, 2nd amendment freedoms and to educating the public on self-defense laws and best practices. The organization was instrumental in the fight to win back rights in Illinois for carry firearms.

He spends most of his days either conducting live fire training or working to promote and protect second amendment rights. At night you can find him at home running dry-fire drills with his kids or smoking some pork in the back yard.


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1 day ago

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There is a phenomenon referred to as "inattentional blindness". It means some stimulus within the usuable field of vision is missed. Multitasking, or preoccupation on another task and or tasks is a big culprit. In the training world, trainers have attempted to overcome this by incorporating scanning the area and tracking an imagined target to the ground, and the like. I'm not suggesting this is wrong, but we cannot perceive stimulus that doesn't exist. On a side note, this differs than the effects of tunnel vision. Our brains could never process the massive onslaught of data coming into every second. As such the brain learns what can be shifted to the trash bin and what can go the auto pilot program. We tell it through habits and training or lack thereof.
An example is walking up to a door you've never opened. You don't ponder how its going to work out. Instead you just walk up and work that knob. Auto piloted from years of doing. This is important when laying judgement while watching videos of violence or accidents. Phrases like "how did he not see that!" Should be shelved. While we can technically see slightly over 180 degrees, the portion of our vision that sees details is only about 5 degrees. During a force on force scenario at the last S12 Event, two armed attackers entered the training area. The student in that iteration identified and engaged the attacker directly in front of him. At a distance of no more than 10 feet. He lowered his weapon after bad guy one went down. Bad guy two made quick work of our good guy. When asked afterward why he disengaged and gave up, he said, "I never saw him until he started shooting". The two attackers were only a few feet apart.
We choose what to give attention to. Paying attention has a cost. You are giving up bandwidth to take in whatever you choose to. Think about how you feel after a long traffic filled drive.
This is why training to shoot drills is great, but not at all the epitome of personal protection, even at a high level of shooting skill.
Don't fall off moving busses. I hope she was ok.
#carrytrainer #beyourowncavalry #knowthyself #personalprotection #vision #macula #fovealvison
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I was at that training session and it was very eye opening! Our eyes and mind hone in on one thing and that one thing only, oblivious to what is going on around us!

Why would you open the door to a moving bus?

all I can say is wow

Not sure she is ok considering the slight bump after she stepped off the bus....

Phan Thomas

Dumb ass

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