Contextual Handgun: Home Defense


Chris Cypert

Chris Cypert

Lead Instructor

Class Description

To be secure in our homes requires more than a gun in the sock drawer. “Home Defense” means a layered plan involving multiple disciplines to make your home uninviting to intruders, difficult to sneak around the exterior of your property, difficult to enter, difficult to navigate, and impossible for intruders to dominate. Come spend eight hours with Chris Cypert of Citizens Defense Research as we discover how to make our homes as secure as possible, and examine how best to protect ourselves and our loved ones while at home.

This one-day course consists of three hours of presentation/discussion, and five hours of range time exploring the essential cognitive and technical skills needed to avoid, deter, recognize threats, and prevail in a violent encounter in and around the home.

Topics Covered
  • Digital Security
  • Physical Security
  • Surveillance Options
  • Shaping the Visual Environment (Interior and Exterior)
  • Contingency Planning
  • Staging and storage of defensive tools (firearms, less-lethal, medical, etc.)
  • Fundamentals of pistol marksmanship
  • Non-standard ready positions
  • Use of cover and concealment
  • Shooting while moving
  • Defensive Tactics inside the home 

Gear List

  • Ammo: 250 roundss

  • Quality Semi-Automatic Handgun

  • Minimum THREE magazines (ability to bring at least 30 rounds to the firing line loaded in magazines so with 1911s, micro-pistols, etc., bring more mags)

  • Quality Belt-Mounted Holster: Completely covers trigger guard and mouth remains open after pistol is drawn (no SERPA holsters or clones with trigger-finger-actuated buttons are permitted)

  • Eye and Ear Protection (Active Ear Protection is strongly recommended.)

  • Pants/Shorts with pockets in which student can keep additional loose rounds and load magazines during breaks/discussion on the firing line. (optional)
  • Water/Sports Drinks
  • Sunblock
  • Rain Gear (weather depending)
  • Camp Chair (optional/suggested)
  • Knee pads, yoga mat, or other padding (Some shooting from kneeling will occur for those able, 6”x6” yoga mat pads will be available for those without knee pads.) (optional)

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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