Ravelin Group Defensive Firearm Training, IL Concealed Carry, Safe Direction, AR 500 targets

PHONE: 630-834-4423 | EMAIL: sales@ravelingroup.com

About Steve Camp

Steve Camp is Ravelin Group’s owner, lead instructor and driving force.  He is a life-long firearm and training enthusiast.


While still in his teens, Steve received training from Jeff Cooper.  In his 20's he became an avid Defense Training International student and then a DTI affiliate instructor.  For more than 30 years, while busy in a manufacturing business, Steve has dedicated many week-long breaks and countless weekends serving as an affiliate DTI instructor in the training of civilians as well as members of law enforcement and military in John Farnma's Art of defensive pistol, carbine and shotgun shooting.


Steve has served as Ravelin Group's lead instructor since 2011, and is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and a certified Illinois Concealed Carry instructor.


Combining his business and firearm training experience, Steve designs and manufactures Safe Direction® ballistic resistant gun handling safety cases and pads to protect against the immediate aftermath from an unintentional discharge.  He is also designer, patent holder and manufacturer of self-resetting AR 500 reactive steel targets, most notably the Rotator® and URT.  He also writes and edits Ravelin's Blog.

About Ravelin Group

Ravelin Group offers personalized Defensive Firearm Instruction for all skill levels including introductory, basic, intermediate and advanced students.  We provide Illinois Concealed Carry Certification to small and large groups.  We can come to your location for groups of 6 or more.

Ravelin Group's core firearm training strives to cultivate competence and self-confidence with an emphasis on foundational gun handling skills.  Muzzle awareness, trigger finger in correct register position, correct sight alignment and proper trigger finger placement are crucial for the advancement of personal defensive skills.

We engage the student with specific confidence building drills on paper and reactive steel targets.  After building competent gun-handing skills, accuracy is the next priority, we then work towards refining technique and efficiency of motion before employing the use of a timer to foster increased speed.  We emphasize:

  • Safety
  • Awareness
  • Self-restraint
  • Disengagement

Ravelin Group is the manufacturer of Safe Direction® Gun Handling Safety Products including our Academy Pad™ and Pistol Transport /Secured Carry Cases (US Patent # 8006604 A1). We also manufacture self-resetting reactive steel targets including the Rotator® rotary action target for handgun and shotgun use. (US patent # 7,114,725 B2) and the URT-Urban Rifle Tactical Window Target.


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Steve Camp's Curriculum Vitae

  • Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor (ILCCF)

  • Approved Concealed Carry License Firearms Curriculum

  • Certified NRA Instructor# 19905384 (Home, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun)

  • Defense Training International - Certified Affiliate Instructor:

  • Basic and Advanced Defensive Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun
  •  Police Defensive Handgun
  •  Military Combat Pistol
  •  Women's Defensive Handgun
  •  Vehicle Defense
  •  Force-on-Force Scenario Based Training
  • Sage Less Lethal Certified Instructor

  • Certified Armorer: 1911; Smith and Wesson M&P Pistol 

  • Kenpo Karate - 1st Degree Blackbelt  (1992) - Master John McSweeney (10th Degree Blackbelt)


  • Active Independent Instructor to individuals, groups and the following:
  • Assist Addison Police Department Pistol and Patrol Carbine Training
  • Active Shooter Programs and Quallifications. 
  • Assist Multi-Jurisdictional LE Raid Teams in southwest Michigan
  • Firearms training officer for a Police Department in southwest Michigan

  • Defense Training International current certified DTI Instructor (25+ years) instructing:
  • Defensive Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun (Basic through Advanced classes)
  • Tactical Med
  • Force-on-Force Scenario Based Training
  • "Train the Trainer" Program for FBI and DEA instructors; FBI Academy, Quantico, VA
  • US Marine "Pre-Deployment" training (M9 pistol and M16 rifle systems)
  • USMC Miramar Air Station
  • USMC Camp Pendleton
  • USMC Yuma Air Station. 
  • ILEETA Patrol Rifle Certification Course


  • API - Gunsite 1980 250 - Jeff Cooper and Chuck Taylor

  • API - Gunsite 1981 499 - Jeff Cooper and Clint Smith

  • DTI - Defense Training International - John Farnam 1981 - present

  • Strike Tactical - Police Pistol Training - Henk Iverson 2006
  • EAG - Tactical Operator's Carbine - Pat Rogers 2005
  • LFI - Lethal Force Institute - Advanced Handgun 2001
  • Addison Police Department - Citizen's Police Academy 2005


  • Better Bilt Products: Owner 1975 - present
  • Administrative
  • Sales
  • Product design
  • Manufacturing expertise
  • 20 years as CEO; a family run and owned metal fabrication business. 
  • Safe Direction, LLC
  • Owner and founder; 2004- 2012
  • Managing member 2004 - 2012
  • Administrative
  • International and domestic sales
  • Product concept & design and manufacturing. (US patent # 8006604 A1)
  • Liquid-Tight Connector Company: Owner 1992-present
  • PLM Universal, Inc.: Owner 2007 - present
  • Addison C&I Commission member: 2000 - present (Addison, IL)


Steve Camp is named as inventor on two US design and use patents: 

Steve Camp is co-inventor on a US design and use patent: