Basic Classes & Certification Courses
NRA Basic Pistol Course
This class consists of the curriculum set forth by the NRA to teach the basic knowledge necessary to safely own and use a pistol. Course includes weapon parts, cleaning, basic function of weapon and ammunition, storage and marksmanship principles. This course satisfies the requirement for NRA Basic Pistol Course.
All necessary material is provided. Cost is $125 per student for the 8 hour course. Contact us for scheduling.
IL Concealed Carry Course
For the IL concealed carry classes we run the 16 hour course over two days (IL CCL PART I & II). The 12 hour course is 4 hours in the morning of IL CCL PART I and all of IL CCL PART II. The 8 hour course is IL CCL PART II. A FOID card is not a requirement to attend the class the class, however, many shooting ranges require a FOID for use of the facility. Day one covers Firearm Safety (2 hours classroom), Care and Cleaning of a firearm (3 hours classroom), Basic Marksmanship (3 hours classroom). Day 2 covers State and Federal Laws (4 hours classroom), Weapon Handling (4 hours range).
It is ideal to bring your own pistol along with a holster, belt, extra magazine pouch, and at least one extra magazine. We can also provide all gear. Cost is $200 per student. Discounts available for military, LEO, first responders, educators and large groups. Click HERE to see our schedule.
IL Concealed Carry License Renewal Course
The IL Concealed Carry Renewal class is a 3-hour course that reviews all updated applicable State and Federal laws related to pistol ownership and carrying along with a review weapon handling. A live fire qualification is conducted per the State requirement.
It is ideal to bring your own pistol and at least one extra magazine. We can also provide all gear. Cost is $75 per student. Discounts available for military, LEO, first responders, educators and large groups. Click HERE to see our schedule.
Home/Work Defense Seminar
Our home and work defense seminars are custom tailored to the needs of each client. Although much of the key concepts and techniques are common to all, we adapt the class to the specifics of each client’s home or work environment, such as the number of employees attending or not (not everyone will be trained), size of the building/facilities (which impacts escape and avenues of approach, hiding places, etc), and expected level of threat. For instance, a pawn shop that has been robbed before vs a suburban home has different likelihood of threat incidence.
Training concepts can include, but are not limited to:
- Active Shooter: Avoid, Deny, Defend
- Weapon selection – such as firearms or non-lethal options
- Force protection/physical security measures – such as alarm systems, fences, personnel considerations, and lighting options
- Reporting procedures – incident logs, contact with law enforcement
- Security drills – how to conduct drills and what drills to conduct
- Identify people that may be a threat
- First-aid for trauma, like gunshot wounds
No gear is required for the class. By appointment only. Please click here to contact us for scheduling and pricing information.
CDG Exclusive Classes
CDG Pistol Gunfight Principles
You only rise to your level of training. With that logic, our Pistol Gunfight Principle Classes teach skills and techniques that prepare you to handle your weapon accurately and proficiently for real world scenarios where every moment–and movement, counts. The four-hour classes consist of live fire drills conducted on our private outdoor range where effective weapon handling is the ultimate lesson for this course. Tactical drills include rapid reloads, engaging while on the move, transitioning shooting positions, and close quarter engagements and many more that are selected and designed to make you a better all around shooter. The classes culminate in either a timed competition course or a real-world scenario, both practical exercises are with multiple targets at several angles and cover points.
The following classes are available:
Class I – Shoot & Move I: This is an introduction level class into the concepts involved in real world scenarios. Drills will cover skills in shooting while on the move, use of cover & concealment, weapon handling, and engaging multiple targets.
Class II – Shoot & Move II: This class builds on Shoot & Move I with further drills that will develop your ability to properly react to threats while armed and presenting yourself as a hard target.
Class III – CQB/UT Training: Close Quarter Battle/Urban Terrain Training lays the foundation for armed combat in and around buildings and structures. Whether you are facing a possible home invasion or find yourself in an active shooter scenario in a crowded mall, these skills are a must for anyone who intends to carry for the purpose of defending oneself or others. Drills will cover concepts moving through spaces while utilizing cover and concealment, rapid decision making to determine threats and non-threats, and working with a partner.
Class IV – CQB/H2H Training: Our Close Quarter Battle and Hand-to-Hand class will focus on threats within the extremely close range while armed. Extremely close range is basically defined by the ability to punch or kick the threat. We will be discussing and training in techniques that focus on rapid deployment of the weapon or the option of using non-lethal force, creating space between you and the threats and/or threats in order to be able to draw, and ultimately escape. No previous martial arts or hand-to-hand combat training is required, but be prepared to work in close proximity and be physical.
There are no pre-requisites for our advanced classes, however, understand that we will only move at the pace safety allows. This may necessitate some drills being excluded. A holster, magazine pouch, and at least 2 magazines will be required. Depending on class, 150 to 250 rounds are required. $200 per student. Click HERE to see our schedule.
CDG Elemental Skills Clinics: Pistol
You only rise to your level of training. Our clinics are designed to develop specific aspects of marksmanship to help elevate your overall shooting skills. We spend two hours focusing on perfecting a single skill or set of skills. The following clinics available are:
- Class I – Draw Technique: Focuses on maximizing efficiency of drawing your pistol. One of the most under practiced skills yet it may be the most relevant in a real world theat.
- Class II – Trigger Control: Focuses on the intricate skill of a controlled trigger pull using special targets and rapid firing drills.
- Class III – Shoot & Move: Focuses on stances and the ability to move and utilize cover effectively.
- Class IV – Malfunctions & Weapon Manipulation: Focuses on identifying and the proper remedy of malfunctions along with effective handling of the weapon for reloads and single hand situations.
A holster, magazine pouch, and at least 2 magazines will be required. Depending on class, 100 to 150 rounds are required. $75 per student. Click HERE to see our schedule.
CDG Rifle Fundamentals
Our basic rifle course is an introduction to the operation, maintenance, and terminology of rifles. A combination of classroom lecture, practical exercise time and dry-fire training is conducted. A portion is dedicated to the concepts of zeroing each rifle to the individual shooter. This four hour course focuses on developing the marksmanship concepts and skills of rifle shooting along with proper care and maintenance. There is no shooting in this class.
A rifle, at least two magazines are required. A sling and ammo pouches are recommended. $120 per student. Click HERE to see our schedule.
CDG Rifle Gunfight Principles
The Rifle Gunfight Principle classes delve deeper into maximizing combat effectiveness while honing basic marksmanship skills to increase threat neutralization at any range of combat. The entire four-hours of each class consists of live fire drills conducted at our private outdoor range. Our drills are designed to pursue a high level of proficiency in maneuvers, identifying cover and concealment, alternating shooting positions, and engaging multiple threats at varying angles and ranges. The following classes are available:
Class I – Shoot & Move: This is an introduction level class into the concepts involved in real world scenarios. Drills will cover skills in shooting while on the move, use of cover & concealment, weapon handling, and engaging multiple targets.
Class II – CQB/UT Training: Close Quarter Battle/Urban Terrain Training lays the foundation for armed combat in and around buildings and structures. Whether you are facing a possible home invasion or find yourself in an active shooter scenario in a crowded mall, these skills are a must for anyone who intends to carry for the purpose of defending oneself or others. Drills will cover concepts moving through spaces while utilizing cover and concealment, rapid decision making to determine threats and non-threats, and working with a partner.
Class III – Rifle & Pistol Combination: This class will utilize the principles of the previous two classes but will add the concepts and techniques of having a back up weapon available. Every drill will require a transition between rifle and pistol. A rifle sling is required for this class.
There are no pre-requisites for our gunfight classes, however, understand that we will only move at the pace safety allows. This may necessitate some drills being excluded. A rifle, at least two magazines, a magazine pouch, 250 rounds are required. A pistol with at least 2 magazines, a holster, and magazine pouch with 100 rounds is also required for Class III. $200 per student. Click HERE to view our schedule.
CDG Hand to Hand Combat Course
“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.”
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”