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Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian course.

Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian course.


Skills, Tactics, and Legalities for Armed Parents/Guardians

September 8-9, 2018


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


The goal of this course is to teach students the skills and attitude that will make them capable of delivering fast, accurate, fight-ending fire on demand.


Gear Requirements:

  • 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.


About your Instructors:

Melody Lauer is a Rangemaster and NRA Certified handgun instructor since 2007. As the owner and operator of Central Iowa Defensive Training 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.


John Johnston is the host of Ballistic Radio, a RangeMaster certified Advanced Handgun Instructor, and has logged over 1,000 hours of private instruction with many of the top instructors in the industry. In addition to hosting Ballistic Radio, John helps test and develop firearms related products.




The Armed Parent/Guardian

September 8 & 9, 2018

Defensive Training Solutions

2855 Stone Circle Dr.

Troy, OH 45373


This course can be taken as one complete class or broken into three blocks:

Block I
Seminar: The Armed Parent/Guardian
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
Contextual Handgun: Fundamental Concealed Pistol Skills
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
Contextual Handgun: Tactics & Techniques for the Armed Parent
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.

Block III (Day 2) cannot be attended stand alone at this time. You must successfully complete Block I & II to attend Block III (Day 2) of Contextual Handgun: Armed Parent/Guardian.

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