• July 10, 2021 - July 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Armed Parent/Guardian with Citizens Defense Research



Join Kaery Concealed as we host Melody Lauer, John Johnston, and Chris Cypert from Citizens Defense Research for the impactful course The Armed Parent/Guardian.  Please register for the course here.


Option #1  ($125) is a stand-alone, no shooting required 4 hour classroom seminar 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.  Register Here
Option #2 ($500) is the full 16 hour course (the 4 hour classroom lecture and 12 hours of live-fire) 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.  Register Here


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?”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.


NRA Family
Massad Ayoob’s daughter (he lovingly calls her The Evil Princess) shares her feelings about the course
Caleb Giddings of Gun Nuts Media shares his thoughts about the course here
Civilian GunFighter Blog shares his thoughts here
Lee Gullet of Primary & Secondary share’s his thoughts here
Growing Up Guns talks about his experience in the course here
Competitive shooter Annette Evans of Beauty Behind the Blast shares her experience here

Here’s a clip from YouTube of The Armed Guardian instructor, Melody Lauer, doing some teaching.


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
600 rounds of ammunition
Concealment garment
Pre-school sized backpack that can be weighted and dropped


Melody Lauer is a Rangemaster Certified Advanced Handgun Instructor, Deadly Force Instructor through the Massad Ayoob Group, and Agile Training & Consulting OC/Pepper Spray Instructor. She is an NRA Certified handgun instructor with fourteen years of experience teaching men and women how to defend themselves with a firearm. As the owner of Citizens Defense Research she has dedicated herself to quality, reliable self-defense information and training. With approximately 1,000 hours of professional development, Melody is one of the leading experts on armed conflict with children present. She continues to challenge herself through active participation in her local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy and works as a front-end developer for a local programming firm. Melody is a mother of three and writer dedicated to learning and sharing the most effective skills in preserving innocent life.







Venue Website:

6411 N Aubrey L White Pkwy, Spokane, Washington, 99208, United States


Founded in 1916, Spokane Rifle Club offers the best and most varied facilities for shooting sports in the Spokane area.  SRC is a member only club and is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 8am to dusk.  The facility has an Indoor Pistol Range, Trap Range, Outdoor Pistol Range, and 100 and 200 yard outdoor rifle ranges.

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