yOUR OHIO Permit IS Honored IN all the RED states!

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All inclusive concealed carry class $79.99.

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All students receive a free United States Concealed Carry Association magazine at class!

A Crucial Difference Between Concealed Handgun License (CHL) Holders and Permitless Carriers

CHL holders MUST take eight hours of training to apply for a Concealed-Handgun License.

The training covers handgun operation, and safe handling of guns and ammunition.

In addition, these students are required to spend two hours on a shooting range learning how to shoot a pistol safely under the guidance of certified instructors.

Students also are required to read this guide to become familiar with Ohio’s laws regarding self-defense and concealed carry.

Those who choose to be permitless carriers are NOT required take 8 hours of training, they may not apply for a CHL because they have not demonstrated competency.

This does not mean that training is unnecessary, however. On the contrary, anyone intending to carry concealed is advised to seek training because the risks of carrying without training are high, including:

• Injury or death resulting from unsafe gun handling and operation.
• Criminal liability — including going to prison — for using deadly force outside of the very narrow guidelines of Ohio’s self-defense laws.

• Civil liability if you are sued for using your firearm, with potentially devastating financial penalties.
• Legal costs — which can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars — to defend your claim of self-defense in court or to defend yourself in a civil lawsuit, or both.

The stakes are so high that the time and expense of training pale in comparison. Carrying a concealed handgun poses the same kind of risks and responsibilities as operating a motor vehicle.

Source: Ohio Concealed Carry Law Manual. Dave Youst. June 13, 2022

Do NOT use this map as a resource for states honoring your Ohio permit, the official source is:  

Ohio Attourney General State Reciprocity List

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No matter your handgun skill level,

improve your performance,

 become proficient in concealed carry laws and use of force,

safely and legally defend yourself and others.

- Owner/Lead Instructor Jay Vandegriff | Certified Defensive Handgun Instructor | Veteran

Ohio requires eight hours of handgun training to apply for a concealed handgun license (permit) under the permitless carry law.  It is a FELONY to enter a school zone with a handgun in the vehicle without a permit.

BEST Ohio Concealed Carry Class in Columbus, OHIO

Permit and permitless carry, without effective training and education on what to do BEFORE a violent encounter, firearm owner risks being charged with inciting a panic, brandishing, or exceeding use of force...

Or even worse...with some being charged with aggravated assault, felonious assault, involuntary manslaughter and even murder.

The concealed Ohio Concealed Carry Law Manual does a great job of covering the LAWS around self-defense and carrying a handgun.

What the manual does not teach you or show you is de-escalation techniques, tell signs of a violent attack, and dynamic control of distance for the best outcome.

There is a lot on the line, family, job, career, life, freedom, and your future

If you do not know what pre-cursors to look for in violence and how to respond appropriately, with the minimum force necessary.. the consequences can be severe

  handguns may give a false sense of security, especially in the hands of the inexperienced

The Ohio Concealed Carry Law Manual covers about 80% of what responsible everyday carry handgun owner must know... the other 20% comes down to self-preservation, BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the incident, which you will only get with education and training.

"I know from personal experience, I read the Ohio Concealed Carry manual, received my Ohio permit because of honorable discharge from the Marine Corps and proof of firearms training, and then I took a concealed carry class, I was shocked by what I did not know and how truly unprepared I was." - Jay Vandegriff

Classroom Location:
5075 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH

(Crossroads Church Conference Room. Five mins from Easton Town Center)

  permitless and open carry without training

While important to know how to use a handgun in self-defense, the gun is the last thing you should be thinking about using, why?

Mass Shooter Facts:

70% of Mass Shooters end their own life, 26% are killed, and only 4% surrender.  Mass Shooters seek Body Count and Fame.... (source USCCA)

89% of victims are in Gun Free zones. (source USCCA)

Become skilled with a handgun. Gain confidence, safely handle and store firearms. Protect you and your family. Concealed Carry Class tips to improve your accuracy and safety:

TIP 1 Accuracy:  Grip, Trigger Finger, Sight Alignment/Picture, Stance

Handgun Grip  - Full 360 grip with a strong support hand to minimize recoil. 
Trigger Finger Placement & Squeeze - Place the center pad of the index finger on the center of the trigger (ideal) and pull strait to the rear to minimize lateral movement during an acceptable shot.
Sight Alignment and Picture - Front sight clear in the rear sight (blurry) while superimposed over the point of impact.

Stance - Fighting stance 

TIP 2 Safety: Finger on Frame / Slide

For Safety keep the trigger finger out of the trigger guard, off the trigger, and high on the frame or slide, until ready to fire, after firing, while clearing a malfunction, reloading or adjusting grip.

Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only, not to be construed as instruction. Always receive training from a certified instructor and do not attempt without proper training. Firearms handling can be a dangerous activity. Can lead to fatalities and serious bodily injury.

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Core topics and more:

  • Student Handgun Baseline Assessment
  • Home defense planning and invasion prevention and dynamic management
  • Ammunition, Handgun, Safe, and Holster selection
  • Fundamentals, Safe Handling, how to increase performance
  • Smokeless (Virtual) Range for practice sight picture, speed and accuracy
  • Live Fire for speed and accuracy confirmation
  • In-person scenarios and Virtual Range stress-based scenarios
  • Active Shooter Response and First Aid/Triage
  • A-social vs psychopathic violence, non-verbal manifestations, what to look for and how to respond
  • Use of Force Non-Lethal and Lethal Options, and empty-handed techniques
  • Legal and Financial Protections. Review of Ohio Concealed Carry Laws
  • Individual training plan and next steps based on interests and time
  • Access to a Private Facebook Group


"Thought the class was excellent. The instructors were phenomenal " - Charles W.

"Jay, Great class! Both informative and entertaining" -  Andrew C.

"Loved the class! Learned so much more than what I thought I knew. Instructors were all friendly and polite and easy to talk to. They definitely knew what they were doing and taught us all well!!"- Corvette H.

Private Outdoor Range Location:
Short drive offsite from the classroom.

Tel: (888) 696-7322


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