© 2017 by Final Defense Institute


Final Defense Institute LLC, was established in 2013 as a small business veteran owned company.  We apply a unique approach to firearms training and education by using proven methods with emphasis on skill development, individual attention and realism.  Each member of our team brings years of vetted experience from Southwest Asia and Eastern Europe to the streets of your community.  Our training philosophy is designed to challenge the student to their full potential by first identifying their weaknesses and in the end identifying their full  potential.  In these challenging times you owe it to yourself, your family and the community you live in to train with a progressive firearms company and "make every shot count".

Eric Perkins
Director of Training

Eric Perkins is an 11-year veteran of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System-Emergency Services Team (SWAT) and a 28 year veteran of a northern Illinois police department.  During his time in SWAT, he served as Containment Team Leader and Entry Team Operator.  He has participated in the successful resolution of barricaded gunman situations, hostage rescue missions, felony fugitive apprehensions, and high-risk warrant service operations.  Currently, Eric serves in his department’s patrol division holding a multitude of firearms instructional certificates and is a former K9 Handler.  Eric’s efforts have been recognized through the numerous awards received from his agency, NIPAS-EST and the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA). Eric is a two-time recipient of the Medal of Valor (SWAT and patrol).  Eric has been awarded a Meritorious Service Award (SWAT), and the Medal of Commendation (SWAT). In addition, he has been awarded the ITOA’s Medal of Excellence for heroism and the Gary Stryker Award for his exceptional dedication and devotion to law enforcement.  Eric is a former assistant instructor at the Mid-South Institute of Self-Defense Shooting in Lake Cormorant, MS., providing specialized pistol and rifle instruction to U.S. and foreign Special Operations Personnel.  Eric acted as the lead instructor to Eastern European Special Response
Teams and Counter Terrorism (CT) Units by providing law enforcement counter-ambush and survival training.  Eric’s other activities include being an accomplished competitive shooter and published author.  Eric is a member of the National Tactical Officer’s Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association.  In 2013, Eric formed Final Defense Institute, LLC a company specializing in firearm’s training and education.

Justin Humpich
Lead Instructor

Justin Humpich has been a police officer for 7 years and works in a southern Cook County suburb of Chicago, Illinois.  Justin is an assault team member on a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team holding a verity of team roles and responsiblities.  Justin is a former Marine Corps infantry rifleman and designated marksman having served in southwest Asia. Prior to his law enforcement career, Justin was a government contractor firearms instructor. Justin has instructed for Final Defense Institute, LLC since 2015.

Chris Joswick

Chris “Joz” Joswick is a police officer with over 17 years of experience in a southwest Chicago suburb.  Currently, he is a department firearms program instructor and training developer.   Chris has been an entry team operator with a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team for the past 7 years and has had key roles in hostage rescue, high risk warrant service and barricaded subject operations.  Chris holds a number of training certifications including ITOA Master TPO instructor, Close Quarter Battle pistol/rifle, Vehicle Close Quarter Battle, TACMED, MACTAC and Rapid Deployment.  Chris is an avid shooting enthusiast and has competed in competitive shooting events throughout his career.  Chris has trained with world class firearms and tactic instructors around the nation and has been an assistant instructor with Final Defense Institute for 5 years, instructing VORTEX level 1, VORTEX level 2 and is an authorized Illinois state concealed carry instructor.

Rick Smith

Rick Smith has been a police officer in a Chicago suburb for the past 12 years and is currently assigned to a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team where he holds the position of entry team squad leader.  Rick is a full-time trainer for his agency having a multitude of responsibilities including, developing yearly in-service curriculum for over 100 full-time law enforcement officers and over 70 auxiliary officers.  While on SWAT Rick has participated in hundreds of successful tactical operations such as, high risk warrant service, barricaded gunman, buy bust arrests, Weapons of Mass Destruction events and hostage rescue operations.  Rick is a combat Marine veteran having served in south west Asia and Africa.  Rick is the recipient multiple awards and accomplishments, including a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Ribbon.  Rick is a certified instructor in the following disciplines; Pistol Instructor, Rifle/Carbine Instructor, Less Lethal Munitions Deployment Instructor, Chemical Munitions Deployment Instructor, Noise Flash Diversionary Device Instructor, Taser Instructor, PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor, and WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures Instructor.  Rick has been an instructor for Final Defense Institute since 2016.  

Paul Milone

Paul Milone is an 18 year veteran of the Omaha (Nebraska) Police Department having spent the last 14 years in the department’s special operations division.  To date, Paul has served in Gang Suppression, Narcotics and SWAT.  As a member of the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Paul has been involved in well over 1000 operations including; hostage rescue, dignitary protection, barricaded gunman, witness protection, bank robbery detail and site security of high profile national sporting events in the city of Omaha, Nebraska.  Paul has participated in well over 700 high risk warrant entries, having performed multiple team roles and has worked hundreds of undercover operations both as the undercover officer and as part of the surveillance / arrest element.  Paul is the recipient of the Omaha Police Department’s Live Saving Medal and 3-time recipient of the Unit Ribbon of Excellence.  In 2011, Paul distinguished himself as the recipient of the Chudwin Award while at the National Patrol Rifle Conference for actions taken in 2010 hostage rescue mission.  Paul holds certifications in firearms instruction, defensive tactics, patrol rifle, SWAT, explosive breaching, & advanced undercover operations.  


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Elgin, IL 60120





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