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Citizens Defense Research

“The class standard for shooting was high enough that I wondered aloud if students would be able to keep up.

I was wrong.”- Tamara Keel

Citizens Defense Research

“Until taking The Armed Parent/Guardian, I had no training on how to move children out of the line of fire, or how to act in certain scenarios including hostage/kidnapping scenarios,…”- Bob Owens

Citizens Defense Research

“I learned things I can apply to both my 10 year old and my 17 year old (much to his mortification).”- The She-Shepard

Citizens Defense Research

“Instead of providing ‘do this’ pronouncements, TAP/G is a more nuanced class and requires an appropriately thoughtful approach to using a gun to defend yourself and others..”- Annette Evans

Citizens Defense Research

“The class got me to critically analyze how I interact with my environment when I am out with my kids, got me to think about new ways to protect them or get them out of my way in the event of a potentially violent situation, and opened my eyes to new levels of accountability in regards to muzzle awareness and shot placement.” – Dan Easterday

Citizens Defense Research

“I always hear guys asking, ‘What can I do to get my wife interested in training?’ The answer is this class! It will resonate to their inner momma bear. You will learn together about the roles you each can and will play in a hostile situation. You will become a team.” – Scott Jedlinski

Men And Women Deserve Access To The Skills That Can Help Them Succeed In A Violent Encounter

Current Courses Offered

Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian

A course is designed around the thought, “What if my children are with me when I get into a shooting?” Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian discusses with students the hard/soft skills necessary to solve the commonly observed shooting problems associated with fighting with our children present. Are some of the most commonly held best practices for if we are attacked when we are alone actually going to put our loved ones at risk when they are present? Students will be shown WHY the context we find ourselves in as a parent can change our tactics. This skill-intensive two-day course covers application of practical handgun skills in a family environment. Topics include, but are not limited to; types of attacks, avoidance skills, handgun terminal ballistics and the importance of accuracy, one-handed access/shooting skills, shooting past/around no-shoots, clearing family members from lines of fire, best practices for dealing with a close-range assault while loading/unloading children from the vehicle, malfunction clearances and more with the end result being students better capable of delivering fast, accurate, fight-ending fire on demand.

Course Breakdown:

Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian is a 16-hour course spread over two, eight-hour days. It is broken into 3 sections that can be taken individually or taken together.

Day 1 begins with a 4-hour lecture (Block I) in a classroom environment followed by 4 hours on the range (Block II).

Day 2 is a full eight hour day on the range (Block III).

 

Pricing:

$450.00 (Includes Block I, II & III)

Block I: $100.00

Those who arm themselves with knowledge, never find themselves unarmed.

The Armed Parent/Guardian Seminar is a 4-hour block of instruction that is designed to help give you answers to the question “What happens if I am targeted for violence while my children are present, and what are some strategies I can employ to mitigate my risk?” Topics include the importance of context when considering this problem. Video examples of the types of attacks that are typically perpetrated against both adults, and children.

This seminar may be attended by itself or in conjunction with the Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills for $250 (a $25 discount).

Block II: $175.00

This four-hour block of instruction immediately following the Seminar that is focused entirely on access to a handgun in a holster; a quick, efficient and safe draw from the holster; malfunction clearing; ammo management; as well as accuracy at distances ranging from 3 to 25 yards. This block is specifically designed to push individuals boundaries of accuracy and efficiency and produce skilled, efficient shooters and is good for anyone (parent or not) who wants to challenge their individual skill level.

This block can be taken by itself or in conjunction with the Seminar for a total of $250 (a $25 discount).

Block III: Cannot be attended without Block I & II at this time.

Day two adds another 8 hours of instruction, including a ballistic demonstration, combat anatomy lecture, as well as techniques in controlling individuals, under our care during a violent encounter, ranging in age from a baby in arms to non-combative adult. You will also learn the principles of hostage rescue with a handgun as it relates to your loved one, shooting on the move, and when/how it’s appropriate to move people under your care out of the line of fire during potential violent encounters.

 

 

 

Technical Handgun: Tests and Standards

This class is an intermediate/advanced level 8-10 hour class where we will dive into the weeds on defensive shooting standards, and the technical skills it takes to be successful performing them. Heavy emphasis will be placed on pushing people to new levels of automaticity. Multiple tests will be shot for recorded score, and the class’s top shot will receive a “Major Award”.

Shooters will be expected to already be proficient with their chosen handgun and carry method at the beginning of class. Shooters will need to be capable of bringing AT LEAST 60 rounds, loaded in magazines, to the line at a single time.

Topics will include but are not limited to:

  • Increasing presentation speed
  • Decreasing reaction time to visual stimuli
  • Maintaining accuracy while shooting as quickly as possible
  • Recoil management
  • External pressure disassociation (Performance Jitters)
  • And More!

Course Breakdown:

A 10-hour course held exclusively on the range.

Pricing:

$200.00

 

 

 

 

Contextual Handgun: Fundamental Concealed Carry Skills (FCCS)

Many concealed carry classes offered these days may satisfy the state requirements to apply for a concealed carry permit but do little else to actually prepare an individual for using a firearm for self-defense.

This course is designed to prepare students for the practice and mindset of carrying and living with a gun on a daily basis. In this class, students will learn about real-life concealed carry options and how to access firearms from them. Students will learn the fundamental skills they must have in order to use a firearm for self-defense and work those skills in a supportive, yet challenging environment. In addition to learning the skills of using a firearm, students will also be challenged to consider when it is appropriate to use a firearm and be guided through simple shoot/no shoot decision making drills that help to establish an early precedent of decision-making and reasoning while firearms are present.

Course Breakdown:

A 10-hour course held exclusively on the range. Occasionally the course may be broken up into two blocks depending on range requirements and local registration. Check the schedule accordingly before registering.

Pricing:

Due to scheduling and local range fees, FCCS may be offered in two parts of as a single day with different price points per range agreements and class times. Check listing prices accordingly before scheduling.

 

 

 

Courses On Eventbrite

Click here to register for any of our classes on Eventbrite!

It was exactly what I wanted. And boy, did this class deliver for me!

Julie Parks

This is a tough subject to deal with, but they deliver it in a manner that makes it easier to deal with.

William Martin

This is truly a class that you can use to protect your family.

Steve Grosheim

Upcoming Classes by Date

October 2018

~ October 13-14, 2018: Elgin, IL ~
Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian (seminar, fundamental pistol skills and tactics, and techniques for the armed parent)
Price:
4-hour Seminar Only ($100 or $250 when combined with Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills)
16-hour Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian ($450)
Hosted by: Fox Valley Shooting Range.

Register:
Click here to register.

~ October 20, 2018: Athens, GA ~ SOLD OUT!
Technical Handgun: Tests and Standards
Price: $200.00
Hosted by: First Person Safety
Register: Click here to register.

~ October 21, 2018: Athens, GA ~
Technical Handgun: Tests and Standards
Price: $200.00
Hosted by: First Person Safety
Register: Click here to register.

~October 27, 2018: Waterloo, IA ~ SOLD OUT!
Contextual Handgun: Fundamental Concealed Carry Skill (Block I)
Price: Contact host.
Hosted by: Mr Guns
Register: Click here to register.

~October 28, 2018: Des Moines, IA ~
Contextual Handgun: Fundamental Concealed Carry Skill (Block II)
Price: $175.00
Hosted by: Crossroads Shooting Sports
Register: Click here to register.

 

 

November 2018

~ November 4, 2018: Des Moines, IA ~
Contextual Handgun: Fundamental Concealed Carry Skill (Block I)
Price: $149.00
Hosted by: Crossroads Shooting Sports
Register: Click here to register.

~ November 24, 2018: Des Moines, IA ~
Contextual Handgun: Fundamental Concealed Carry Skill (Block II)
Price: $175.00
Hosted by: Crossroads Shooting Sports
Register: Click here to register.

 

 

December 2018

~ December 15-16, 2018: Glendale, AZ ~
Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian (seminar, fundamental pistol skills and tactics, and techniques for the armed parent)
Price:
4-hour Seminar Only ($100 or $250 when combined with Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills)
4-hour Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills Only ($175 or $250 when combined with Seminar)
8-hour Seminar + Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills ($250)
16-hour Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian ($450)
Hosted by: Active Self Protection

Register:
Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2019

~ April 27-28, 2018: Culpeper, VA ~
Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian (seminar, fundamental pistol skills and tactics, and techniques for the armed parent)
Price:
4-hour Seminar Only ($100 or $250 when combined with Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills)
4-hour Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills Only ($175 or $250 when combined with Seminar)
8-hour Seminar + Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills ($250)
16-hour Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian ($450)
Hosted by: FPF Training

Register:
Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2019

~ May 4-5, 2019: Reevesville, SC ~
Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian (seminar, fundamental pistol skills and tactics, and techniques for the armed parent)
Price:
4-hour Seminar Only ($100 or $250 when combined with Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills)
4-hour Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills Only ($175 or $250 when combined with Seminar)
16-hour Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian ($450)
Hosted by: Shoot Logic, LLC.

Register:
Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

June 2019

~ June 8-9, 2019: Brookville, OH ~
Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian (seminar, fundamental pistol skills and tactics, and techniques for the armed parent)
Price:
4-hour Seminar Only ($100 or $250 when combined with Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills)
4-hour Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills Only ($175 or $250 when combined with Seminar)
16-hour Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian ($450)
Hosted by: James and Korey Cocking

Register:
Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

August 2019

~ August 10, 2019: Culpeper, VA ~
Technical Handgun: Tests and Standards
Price: $200.00
Hosted by: FPF Training
Register: Click here to register.

~ August 24-25, 2019: Portland, OR ~
Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian (seminar, fundamental pistol skills and tactics, and techniques for the armed parent)
Price:
4-hour Seminar Only ($100 or $250 when combined with Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills)
4-hour Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills Only ($175 or $250 when combined with Seminar)
16-hour Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian ($450)
Hosted by:
Public Safety Training Center & Indoor Shooting Range
Register:
Click here to register.

~ August 30, 2019: Ephrata, WA ~
Technical Handgun: Tests and Standards

Price: $200.00
Hosted by: Central Basin Shooting School
Register: Click here to register.

~ August 31 – September 1, 2019: Ephrata, WA ~
Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian (seminar, fundamental pistol skills and tactics, and techniques for the armed parent)
Price:
4-hour Seminar Only ($100 or $250 when combined with Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills)
4-hour Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills Only ($175 or $250 when combined with Seminar)
16-hour Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian ($450)
Hosted by:
Central Basin Shooting School
Register:
Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

John Johnston

John Johnston

Instructor

John Johnston holds several instructor certifications such as Rangemaster Advanced Handgun, Vehicle Close Quarter Battle (VCQB), Close Quarter Battle (CQB), and more. He is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, Ballistic Radio, and a product consultant for companies specializing in self-defense.

John is a strong advocate of critical thinking and challenging the status quo. As the co-owner and instructor of Citizens Defense Research he is passionate about fostering curious students who are emboldened to ask questions. His desire is that they understand why certain tactics, techniques and products may or may not be applicable.

He is a father of two whose hobbies include firearms history, terminal ballistics, and the study of applied violence.

Melody Lauer

Melody Lauer

Instructor

Melody Lauer is a Rangemaster Advanced Handgun and NRA certified instructor since 2007. As the co-owner Citizens Defense Research she has dedicated herself to quality, reliable self-defense information and training. She continues to seek new opportunities to learn and share information relating to self-defense and the safe, effectual use of firearms for self-defense.

Melody is a mother of three, Emergency Medical Technician and writer dedicated to learning and sharing the most effective skills in preserving innocent life.

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