Firearm training classes for BOTH classroom and range.

Firearm education and hands-on shooting experience.

Modern Defense is a Colorado Springs based company providing quality and affordable firearm safety courses for men and women of all ages at Dragonman's Shooting Range. We believe firearm training courses are an essential component required to enhance the attitude, awareness and knowledge required of all individuals who wish to own and operate a firearm for years to come. 


The safety material was kept interesting and very open... I could ask any question without feeling scrutinized! As well as the shooting part which we were rained out of and our first reschedule but she made time for when my schedule was open again! All around very helpful with tips and pointers on how to be more comfortable with my gun and zeroing in on target practice! Definitely check out modern defense for a class!

Michelle McNeil

Melissa's approach to firearms made it very easy to get over my fear of guns. I had not picked up a gun since I was 16, and was recently hired for a career in criminal justice. I decided it was time to overcome my fear, and a friend referred Melissa. For a gun enthusiast, she was understanding and very approachable. I could not have had a better teacher. Highly, highly recommend.

Sara Elizabeth

I took Melissa's class a few weeks ago after purchasing my first firearm. It was a great experience. She was very patient and thorough, and didn't seem to mind that I had so many questions. I enjoyed her teaching style and when I did my range training, she offered me many pointers which I have applied. Melissa was very supportive and encouraging, definitely not critical, and that helped to put me at ease and build my confidence.

Zack Relic

I am an avid hunter and shooter. Whether it be busting clays in the back 40, rifle or pistol target practice, trap, or sporting clays, I enjoy it all. That means I have to work a lot to be able to afford it, which means my free time is minimal. Melissa's concealed carry class was short, educational, and to the point. It took one evening and now I am waiting to receive my permit in the mail. I can't wait to be a legal permit holder so I can further protect my family, friends, and my self. Thanks Modern Defense! 

Travis Reynolds

Before taking this course, I thought I knew a lot about firearms, so I highly underestimated the amount of information I would take home with me. To my surprise, Melissa was very knowledgeable and taught me more than I could have ever anticipated. I urge everyone to take a course with her. She shares information beneficial to every experience level. Her degree of patience, sense of humor and passion for the subject also made the class very enjoyable.

Kim Williams

Melissa is one of the most educated and experienced firearm instructors in Colorado Springs. She's personable, well-spoken, safe and affordable. Her classes provide direct, to-the-point information, and everyone leaves knowing how to shoot safe and accuratetly.

Mel Bernstein
Melissa Flanell - Owner of Modern Defense

Everyone's learning style is different.

Contact Us

(719) 396-4381

Location: Dragonman's Shooting Range  

1200 N. Curtis Road
Colorado Springs, CO. 80929

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