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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“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!”Nathan Rodriguez
“Great friendly bunch. I loved my first time experience shooting. Highly recommended.”Rebecca Vergara
“Awesome group of professionals. Glad I was apart of the class. Keep up the good work!”Jason Grassel
“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.”Amy Ukockis Warren
“Excellent instruction. Constructive criticism on the range. And safety is first. Would definitely recommend them for any conceal carry or tactical courses.”Zack Swank
“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.”Nicole Grassel
“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!”Dinah Ro
“Fantastic Conceal Carry course! Instructors were great & extremely knowledgeable. Really take the time to work with you & are very patient no matter your skill level. You won’t find better range time in any other course. They let you do things, no other place will!!!”Mike Warren
“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!!!”LoriAnn Vincent
“Wonderful experience, worth every penny! I’ll be back again.”Alan Brusich
“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.”Jakub Oleksy
“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.”Colin Brice
“I normally don’t write recommendations. But, I need to comment on the Conceal Carry class I took with Contego Defense.
This is not the run of the mill C.C. Class. This is a class designed for the individual to protect his or herself as well as your family. Safety and ability with firearms is the primary goal, as should it be yours. You will walk away knowing your firearm and being able to shoot proficiently. Classes are also available for the entry level gun owner and those who are experienced. Also, available are certifications for Utah and Florida which I plan to take. Many thanks to Justin and his associates.”John Keach
“Such a fantastic experience!”Denis Dyli
“My Conceal Carry License training with Contego Defense Group exceeded my expectations. Their ability to train, troubleshoot, and introduce new concepts is unparalleled. Contego Defense Group focuses heavily on real world practicum which separates them from most other training and licensing programs. I learned so much, and my skill sets in weapon handling and usage increased marketably. Their training team has many years of combined military and police experience. I walked out of their training confident in my skills and understanding of safety and proper gun control and usage. Second to None!”David Stephens
“Very awesome people and class! We enjoyed all the lessons.”MacLord Nyarko
“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.”Alise Randall
“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.”Aron Jordan
“Excellent group, location is great, and the 6 gun course was a great intro to the variety firearms out there!”Mike Mueller
“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.”Peter Mitchell
“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.”Gloria Ambrosini