Contextual Handgun: Concealed Skills Assessment


John Johnston

John Johnston

Lead Instructor

Class Description

On-demand shooting skill is crucial if you are ever forced to use a gun to save your own, or someone else’s, life. There are many shooting drills that can help develop your shooting skill but little discussion as to how performance on the range might translate to real-world ability.

Contextual Handgun: Concealed Skills Assessment is a one-day class meant to be shot from concealment with real-world carry guns. Concealed Skills Assessment seeks to help students answer the question “What is good enough, am I there yet, and how do I get there if I’m not?” by providing a framework to measure and assess students’ current ability with their actual carry gun against evidence-based time and accuracy standards gathered from real world incidents.

Topics Covered
  • How draw to first shot speed can impact tactics

  • “Real World” accuracy standards

  • Why “sooner not faster” matters

  • How to consistently get a sub-second draw from concealment

  • And more!

Gear List

(in order of importance)

  • Note taking material
  • ACTIVE hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Camp chair
  • Hydration/Nutrition
  • Whatever form of concealment you usually employ
  • Quality semi-automatic handgun or quality revolver (If you are running a revolver, please bring a cleaning brush as well as whatever other tools are necessary to keep your gun running)
  • The ability to bring AT LEAST 30 rounds to the line loaded in either magazines, speed loaders, or speed strips
  • Quality belt/Enigma mounted open-mouth holster designed specifically for the firearm (or weapon mounted light) being used
  • SERPA or other holster that require the trigger finger to release a retention mechanism are NOT ALLOWED in class unless the student can provide documentation that it is issued to them by an employer as required duty gear. Students wishing to attend class with a SERPA or similar style holster must read this ( and acknowledge in writing that Citizens Defense Research has made them aware of the inherent risk involved in operating SERPA or similar style holsters under pressure.
  • Magazine pouches are encouraged but not required
  • UP TO 400 rounds of ammunition
  • Handheld light, if you regularly carry one
  • Inert pepper spray, if you regularly carry pepper spray
  • Personal shade device (Outdoor Ranges)
  • Rain gear (Outdoor Ranges)

Cancelation Policy

The only way we can know that a class is full is when the specified number of students have registered and paid their tuition fees. Once a class is full, we have to turn away others who would like to attend. If you cancel too close to class, or fail to show up for class, you keep someone else from attending and would cost us a student. Please be sure you can attend a class before signing up for it. We believe this policy is fair to you, to other students, and to us. In order to minimize this, we have strict policies on pre-payment and cancellation.

To secure a slot in a course full payment is required (unless otherwise specified). If a deposit is made, the balance will be due 30 days before the course starts. Cancellations by a student inside the thirty day window will be non-refundable but creditable to another Citizens Defense Research class anywhere the student wishes to train, within 18 months of the cancellation. Cancellations by students the week of the course will be non-refundable and will receive no credit. Cancellations by Citizens Defense Research will be fully refunded within 14 calendar days.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

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