Firearms Training and your LEGAL Responsibilities

CPDefense is dedicated to bringing you the best, most knowledgeable and professional defensive firearms training anywhere.

The Basics

Basic handgun knowledge, handling and proper care.

Your LEGAL Responsibilities

Your Legal Responsibilities and your right to self defense.

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundementals

Firearms carry and use inside and outside your home.

What CPDefense Offers Students

Gun Class

Our Courses

Our small and convenient class size allows for personal attention of each student.  Students with zero knowledge, skill or understanding to those  who have been using firearms all their lives,  will greatly advance their knowledge and confidence. We offer the most comprehensive classes for the absolute best value.

Become Responsibly Armed, Educated and Safe with our Professional Training

With 30 years of firearms and emergency first responder training and experience, you're getting the best training available. At CPDefense we know that every student is different. Because of that, every student needs an instructor that knows how to teach and guide them the best way possible.

USCCA Certified Instructor
Chris Pongratz - Owner/Certified Instructor

Weapons Specialist (U.S.C.G.)

Basic Instructor School (U.S.C.G.)

Certified Firearms Instructor (U.S.C.G.)

Instructor Development (I.L.E.A.)

Certified Firearms Instructor (I.L.E.A.)

Certified Concealed Carry and Home Defense Instructor (USCCA)

Ceritified Women’s Handgun and Self Defense Instructor (USCCA)

Certified Range Safety Officer (USCCA)

Certified Instructor Countering the Mass Shooter Threat (USCCA)

Legal Elements of Self Defense (Law of Self Defense)

Thousands of U.S. Coast Guard members Active and Reserve Units

Hundreds of Police Officers

Firefighters and EMT’s

Civilian Private Classes

Unit Commendation and Humanitarian Service Medals for Hurricane Andrew

Police SWAT TEAM Leader

Certified Firefighter and EMT

Husband and Father of three Sons. Two serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

What Our Students Have to Say

"I was amazed at how Chris was able to understand how his students were motivated to learn in different ways and he then adjusted his message to meet that way."
Steve J.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
"This was a highly informative class with the instructor being very knowledgeable in this field. Information was relative and pertinent to today’s social environment, as well as information that other instructors may not think to give you."
Rhonda M.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
"Took Intro to Firearms class in July. Small class size allows for one-on-one questions and instruction, helpful for new gun owner. Already signed up for additional training."
Brandon W.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
"Very detailed Intro to Firearms class by Chris Pongratz. I learned the basics of types of guns and ammunition as well as how to disassemble and clean my handgun. I am looking forward to the next classes on sighting and stance then self defense and home defense."
Jennifer M.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana


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I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.