Mission

Our mission is to provide responsible gun owners with the highest quality combat proven, reality based professional firearms training available in Illinois and the Midwest to help ensure survival of a lethal force encounter physically, psychologically and legally.

Philosophy

United Risk International’s Firearms Training philosophy is based on a simple set of principles:

Experienced Personnel

Our personnel are our strength. We employ highly-educated and experienced individuals to provide our clientele with academic level training and professional instruction. Our instructors are friendly, practical and don’t take a “holier than thou” or “my way or the highway” attitude which permeates many firearms instructors.

Reality Based

We strive to incorporate our own experience as well of those of the innovators who developed the techniques that we teach. Our instruction is not based on hypothetical principles, competitive sports methodology, or recycled training manuals. Our training methods are constantly evolving, as the threats they are designed to counter evolve. That being said, the techniques we have selected have been combat proven on the street or the battlefield either by our own instructors or the mentors they learned from.

Attorney Approved

We do not take lightly our educational responsibilities related to concealed carry laws and legal issues concerning lethal force confrontations. That’s why all of our curriculum concerning legal issues was developed and approved by Illinois licensed legal counsel. In fact, many of these class segments are personally taught by an attorney, to ensure you get accurate, court-defensible information you can count on, the first time. Laws change almost daily in this nation, which is why you can’t afford to risk criminal prosecution because of outdated, inaccurate information.

Broad Vision

United Risk International’s Training Division strives to promote safe gun handling and defensive weapons education for all responsible gun owners. We believe in and utilize the methods that we teach; and our objective is to make this critically important knowledge available to responsible firearms owners in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Educated, well trained gun owners  help to preserve our rights and secure our society.

Staff

United Risk International’s Training Division is the only Firearms Training Agency that utilizes Chicagoland-based Attorney Instructor teams to ensure you get accurate, court-defensible information you can count on, the first time.  We do not take lightly our educational responsibilities related to concealed carry laws and legal issues concerning lethal force confrontations. Laws change almost daily in this nation, which is why you can’t afford to risk criminal prosecution because of outdated, inaccurate information.

Craig Lawrence CPP, CAS

For the last 20 years, Craig Lawrence has been studying and teaching modern pistolcraft to law enforcement, private investigators and private security personnel. Starting his career in northern Arizona, Craig had the opportunity to train with professionals at the epicenter   of the modern pistolcraft movement, including instructors from Jeff Cooper’s Gunsite Academy, Chuck Taylor’s American Small Arms Academy and the NRA’s Law Enforcement Activities Division. Upon returning to Chicago, Craig worked as a firearms instructor, police officer, private detective, corporate security director and government contractor. In 2003 he formed United Risk International, a Chicago-based firm providing security consulting, investigative and training services to government agencies, corporations and foreign diplomatic personnel. United Risk’s Training Division has provided counter-terrorism consulting to 14 foreign consulates in Chicago, as well as firearms training to U.S. and foreign law enforcement, active military & private  civilian contractor personnel.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CAS), Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board
  • Board Certified in Security Management, American Society for Industrial Security (A.S.I.S. International) Certified Protection Professional, (CPP)
  • Certified Private Security and Private Detective Firearms Instructor, Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • N.R.A. Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor- Handgun/Shotgun, Patrol Rifle/AR-15, and Tactical Shooting Instructor
  • Illinois State Police Certified Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Licensed Class “A” Private Detective, State of Illinois and Wisconsin

MEDIA APPEARANCES:

CNN, CNBC, WGN Morning News, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald, PI Magazine, FOX News.com, Lifetime TV, Forbes.com, Worth Magazine, Bloomberg Radio, Sky Radio, and “Viewpoints” nationally syndicated radio show.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • International Counter Terrorism Officers Association (ICTOA)
  • International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA)
  • US Association of Professional Investigators, Charter Member
  • International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
  • Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB)
  • National Rifle Association
  • FBI Infragard

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:

  • Advanced Pistol Techniques for the Patrol Officer, Jon Krupa / Spartan Tactical
  • Advanced Tactical Handgun, Chuck Taylor / American Small Arms Academy
  • Tactical Operations, Hulsey & Associates / The Police Marksman
  • Deadly Force and the Police Officer, Northwestern University Traffic Institute
  • Advanced Tactical Pistol II, Corbon Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • FATS Firearms Training Simulator, FBI Regional Training Facility
  • Force on Force Simulation Instructor Certification, MLEFIAA / POSA
  • Low-Light Instructor Certification Training, Ed Santos / Tactical Services Group
  • Edged Weapon Defense Instructor Certification, Tactical Training Associates
  • Tactical Operations Specialist, Brian Smith / Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute
  • Survival Shooting Tactics, Brian Smith / Midwest Tactical Training Institute
  • Certified Armorer, Glock Inc / Will County Sheriff’s Department
  • Executive / VIP Protection, Executive Protection Institute

David Mierswa J.D., MBA

David Mierswa (featured left with Chuck Taylor) was raised in Wisconsin where   he learned the value of “hard Midwest work ethics.” He has earned several degrees, including a Bachelor of Business Administration, Master’s in Business Administration and a Law Degree from Thomas Cooley Law School. After earning his degrees, David went on to start his own firm, The Law Offices of David P. Mierswa and Associates.  His practice specializes in Contract and Commercial  Law and Litigation as well Asset  and Business Fraud Protection.

After surviving a gunshot wound to the face, David became a Gun Rights and 2nd Amendment Advocate. He is an active member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA). Subsequent to his defensive weapons training, he participated in regional competitions with the IDPA, Police Pistol Combat League, and the US Practical Shooting Association.

In addition to his role as the Principal of his law firm, Mr. Mierswa teaches classes and seminars on legal issues related to gun ownership, concealed weapons carry and lethal force confrontations. He has authored several books and publications, including “Self Defense and the Law: A Primer” (2nd Edition, 2011). Mr. Mierswa is an NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, certified in Pistol, Shotgun, Patrol Rifle / AR15 and Tactical Shooting.