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Citizens Defense Research: The Armed Parent/Guardian

May 26, 2018 @ 08:00 - May 27, 2018 @ 17:00 MDT


The Armed Parent/Guardian

A fast-paced course 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.

To make the Armed Parent Curriculum more accessible the Armed Parent classes are offered in bite-sized and affordable options by breaking the course into three blocks that can be attended separately or all together.

Block I – Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian Seminar ($100 – stand alone (NO SHOOTING OR GEAR REQUIRED)) is a four-hour lecture discussing the types of attacks parents and children are likely to face, situational awareness, gear, mindset, post-incident, legal issues and non-firearm solutions to common issues while out and about with your children while remaining vigilant and minimizing your appeal as a potential victim.

Block II – Contextual Handgun: Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills ($175 + range fees) is a four-hour block of instruction immediately following the Lecture 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.

Block I & II – Seminar and Fundamental Pistol Skills ($250 + range fees) can be taken together for a discounted rate and both are a prerequisite for the completion of the Armed Parent/Guardian.

The Armed Parent/Guardian ($450 – includes all range fees) is a full 16-hour course that includes Block I (the Seminar) and Block II (Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills). Day two adds another 8 hours, 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.

Gear Requirements for Fundamentals and TAP/G Students:

Quality handgun

3 magazines for double-stack handgun (minimum), 5 magazines or speed loaders for single-stack firearms and/or revolvers

Quality belt-mounted, open-mouth holster for that firearm (no SERPA)

At least one (preferably two) magazine pouches

Eye and Ear Protection

700 rnds of ammunition

Concealment garment

Pre-school sized backpack that can be weighted and dropped

Range appropriate clothing

We will be shooting rain or shine, please bring appropriate clothing.


John Johnston:
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 is a Rangemaster Advanced Handgun and NRA certified instructor since 2007. As the co-owner and instructor of Citizens Defense Research she has dedicated herself to quality, reliable 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.


May 26, 2018 @ 08:00
May 27, 2018 @ 17:00


Shootlogic LLC
1487 Edisto River Rd
Reevesville, SC 29471 United States
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