Contego Defense Group is a veteran owned and operated personal defense and firearm training company dedicated to the education of our students for the ultimate goal of saving lives. We believe the world can be a safer and better place for those that are capable, confident, and unafraid. Our full spectrum training program is designed to enhance the physical and mental capacity of our students to provide simple and effective techniques to ensure survival in any life-threatening situation. We teach classes in armed and empty hand combat, as well as every combination in between to ensure you are as ready as possible for any danger you encounter. We constantly seek to improve ourselves and others through a life-long learning process and partner with several experts to provide the best possible training that encourages personal growth and the means to protect and serve others.
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“As a beginner, Contego helps to teach the basics, but then takes that basic level and really challenges you to reach above that. They embark years of training, knowledge, and experience during the 16 hour CCL class. At first I was nervous, but then with the coaching and patience of our fabulous instructors, I felt more at ease. I would highly recommend anyone interested in CCL to go through the Contego Defense Group! Thanks guys!!!”
“I just completed my CCL course with David and Jon and had an amazing experience. They really create a positive learning environment and really know how to present the information to you in a fun and educational way. They really focus on safety and technique which is always helpful no matter what your ability level is. I would highly recommend them to anyone and will be taking future course with them.”
“Just took the CCL class this weekend – impressed by the 1:1 instruction during gun handling and safety drills. I feel more comfortable around firearms and better understanding of the IL laws surrounding conceal carry. Instructors are Veterans and former LEO’s with real world, applicable experience and scenarios. As a woman who has only shot in a gun range 2x before the class… I feel the knowledge I gained this weekend was outstanding. I would highly recommend this company and CCL certification course for anyone in the Chicago suburbs.”
“Excellent group, location is great, and the 6 gun course was a great intro to the variety firearms out there!”
“Very awesome people and class! We enjoyed all the lessons.”
“Very personal training, David Ryniec and Jonathan Villanueva do a great job at correcting any mistakes you may make immediately. Class is very practical and includes a number of different drills that help develop multiple skills in handling a weapon.”
“Great time! These instructors bring real world experience to class. Their background allows them current information and training practices you cannot get elsewhere. Great group of veterans offering their services. I will be coming back for more class time and practice with this group.”
“I just completed my CCL training, with contego defense group. David and Jon are extremely well versed in this field. What I like most was that we got 3 hours of range time and additional training. They really wanted us to respect and understand the responsibility of carry a weapon. My father went elsewhere and we compared our experience. He only had 1 hour of range time, and their was little emphasis of the safety and responsibility of carry a weapon. Great job guys!”
“Contego Defense Classes are FANTASTIC training for everyone! These men are Veterans and I love our Veterans! I am a beginner and I was nervous, but I followed through and glad I did. If I had failed my test, I would have gone back until I passed. CDG Classes are part theory and part hands-on using your firearm safely, but they go a step further. They train you on how to handle your weapon for safety and how to use your firearm correctly. They also explain about the laws of owning a gun. You can feel comfortable about asking questions too. I do not have a firearm yet and I was able to use one of their firearms. I made a choice not purchase a firearm until I took their class and passed their test. Believe me when I say….this class is very thorough in their training and that’s the type of training I was looking for in firearms safety. I wanted both theory and hands on training. CDG is thorough when they train. With Sincere admiration to our Veterans, thank you for your Service in defending our country and thank you for the education of firearms. Sincerely, Jim & Gloria Ambrosini.”
“Awesome classes, awesome instructors! Definitely would recommend taking a class with them! They work with you to put you at ease and improve your skills.”
“Such a fantastic experience!”
“If any of you guys are interested in getting your “Concealed Carry License” my buddy Jon Villanueva is offering classes. He’s in the National Guard, an Iraq War Vet and an all around swell guy.”
“These guys are amazing…. I had taken my Utah class somewhere else and now regret not doing it with this group… The experience and teaching ability shown by each of the instructors is rarely found. Even in a large group, each person was able to get the help they needed to succeed not only in the test but for everyday use.”
“Amazing instructors! All around, very knowledgeable, informative of current laws, safety is priority here, hands on training was badass, and they teach with a hint of good humor. Highly recommended!”