Want to teach Ohio cCW Classes?

Are you ready to get certified to teach?

We’ll train you to start teaching the best concealed carry classes!

The NRA Pistol Instructor training program will enable you to teach high quality classes that draw more students.

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Upcoming Dates for the NRA Pistol Instructor Training

Instructor classes are three-days. Each day will go 8 am to around 8 pm. This includes all training required, NRA Basic Pistol, NRA Basic Instructor Training, and the NRA Pistol Instructor Training.

Classes are held at Wagnalls Memorial Library at 122 E Columbus St. Lithopolis, OH 43136

Class fee of $369 covers all training fees. This does not include the NRA certificate fee, either $35 or $60 paid to the NRA. The full class fee must be paid when registering.

Click on a date to get registered:

You’re on Your Way to Teaching CCW Classes!

Here is the 3-Step Plan to Get Certified as an NRA Pistol Instructor

Ready to start teaching?

If you are like most of our instructor candidates, you’re friends have probably been asking if you can teach concealed carry, but you haven’t been able to help them yet.

Do you love guns and enjoy helping others learn how to shoot safely and effectively? Then you’re ready to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and get the official credentials to teach the Ohio concealed carry (CCW, CHL) and other firearm courses. 

If you want to know how to get certified to teach Ohio concealed carry classes then this training is where you need to be.   

Get Certified to Teach Ohio Concealed Carry (CCW) Classes

As a concealed carry instructor not only do you get paid to teach, but you also get many other benefits.

  • Discounts on guns and gear
  • Earn money while teaching your passion
  • Tax savings by writing off your business’s guns, gear, and training

Now is the perfect time to start your concealed carry training business. 

Ohio recognizes NRA certified instructors for teaching Ohio Concealed Carry. This instructor level training is a three day class that is completed in an extended weekend. You do not have to have a concealed carry license to become an instructor.

NRA Pistol Instructor Training

Want to Teach Conceal Carry Classes?

Becoming an NRA certified pistol instructor is the best way to start teaching or assisting in concealed carry classes. Earn money while providing high quality firearms instruction.

Want Discounts on Guns and Gear?

Many companies offer discounts for NRA certified instructors. Some of these companies include Sig Sauer, Ruger, Sprinfield AmoryFNDaniel DefenseCrimson Trace, and many more. 

Get Everything That You Need to Start Teaching!

At the training you receive the materials needed to start teaching:

  • Lesson Plans for Multiple NRA Pistol Classes
  • PowerPoint Presentation for the NRA Basic Pistol Class
  • Copy of the NRA Basic Pistol Course Book
  • Copy of the Student’s Exam and Answer Key for the NRA Basic Pistol Course
  • Details on How to Teach Ohio Concealed Carry Classes and what to put on your student’s certificates.

After the instructor training you’re ready to get started!

Got Questions After the Training? I’m Here For You!

Although the details are covered in the training, keeping those details straight after the course can be challenging. As your NRA Certified Training Counselor, I’m your first point of contact for NRA program questions. Since I’m a full time instructor, I’m more readily available to quickly get you back on track.

Where do I get the completion certificates?

How can I promote my course on the NRA site for free to get more students?

What details do I have to have in my course?

Rest assured that you have support after the training through Kevin Sadeski who has trained over 25,000 for Ohio concealed carry and over 600 NRA Instructors!

NRA Pistol Instructor Training at Armed2Defend

Now is the perfect time to start or expand your concealed carry (CCW) training business.

The NRA Pistol Instructor certification is the mostly widely recognized certification in the country. This is the gold standard for pistol isntruction. All sheriff offices in Ohio honor the NRA creditials for teaching Ohio concealed carry (CCW, CHL) classes.

Many NRA instructors are also becoming USCCA Certified instructors to add to their credentials and course offerings. There are a lot of benefits to the USCCA certification. Click here for details on the USCCA Instructor Certification.

This instructor level training is a three-day class. Please see all the details below. You do not have to have a concealed carry license to become an instructor. Day one of the instructor training can be used to get your license. But if you just want to take an Ohio concealed carry class, you can see the details here: Ohio CCW training, click here.

The goal isn’t to just get certified.

You want to GET TRAINED how to be the BEST INSTRUCTOR.

This is about more than jumping through hoops. You want training that matters. And that’s exactly why Armed2Defend exists.

Ready to start teaching?

Get the FREE Ohio CCW Training Guide!

Bonus: Includes 5 Real Answers to the concealed carry test.

Course Details


Course Goal:

To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course and to teach for the Ohio and select other states’ Concealed Handgun Carry License (CCW, CHL).

Prerequisite:

Completion of the pre-course qualification listed here. This video goes into the details and demonstrates the pre-course requirements:

Please note that the instructor level training requires the ability to plan ahead and to be ready for the training and prerequisites. If you have questions, please ask, but you must be familiar with the expectations before the training. If you can’t be prepared for the instructor training, then the expectation is that you won’t be able to properly prepare to teach a class after you certified. 

Be sure to record yourself handling the gun and shooting. All instructor candidates have safety issues. Identify and fix them now before the instructor class.

Course Fee:

$369 for the 3-day pistol instructor class.

Total Cost:

$369 Class fee + $35 (if an NRA member, $60 if not an NRA member) NRA Instructor Certification = $404 (or $429 if not an NRA member).

Join the NRA before the class to get the discount: https://armed2defend.com/nra-membership/

Course Location:

Please see each date for the location. Typically our classes are within 20 minutes of downtown Columbus Ohio. The classroom portion is located at the historic Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis Ohio. Our private covered shooting range is 4 minutes away in Canal Winchester Ohio. 

You can see the detailed directions to the classroom here: https://armed2defend.com/resources/wagnalls/

Course Length:

This course is a full three days. Each day will go from 8 am till around 8 pm.

Day 1 is the NRA Basic Pistol course. This course is required, please don’t ask if you can skip it. This course will teach you the course material and make the next two days of instructor training easier. We’ll end at the shooting range and you’ll be required to complete the pre-course qualifications at that time. You must pass these to continue to Day 2 training. If you do not pass, then you’ll be required to pay a fee to redo the qualification at a future date.

Day 2: This is the NRA Basic Instructor Training. In this course we learn the NRA policy and procedures, what makes a good instructor. This day is all in the classroom.

Day 3: NRA Pistol Instructor Training. This day you’ll actually teach the lesson plan using the NRA instructional methods. This day will have range time. You’ll play the role of the instructor and instruct another instructor candidate through the NRA range training lesson plan. Then you’ll play the role of a student so another instructor candidate can have the chance to teach.

After the course I have up to 10 days to submit the NRA course report. I typically submit it within a few days. After I submit it you’ll be notified and you can create your login on the NRA instructor site and finalize your credentials to become a certified instructor.

Food and Drinks:

You will not be able to leave the class to go out for lunch. Please either pack you own lunch/drinks/snacks or plan to purchase in class. Typically there is an option to purchase food and drinks at the training. More details will be sent after you register and as the class day gets closer. We don’t mind if you are eating/drinking during class. (We have a microwave you can use but we do not have a fridge.)

Gun, Ammo, & Safety Equipment:

You are responsible for supplying the pistol and ammunition for the training and qualification. For this course and qualification any caliber pistol (including 22 lr) and sighting system (including red dot and/or lasers) can be used. No AR style pistols will be allowed. We recommend that you bring around 300 rounds of ammo for the instructor training and qualification. We can supply the range safety equipment for your to borrow if needed. We require side shields on glasses.

Your range gun must be unloaded and in a closed bag, box or case until you’re instructed to remove it. Please have all magazines also unloaded. You’ll load them as instructed during the training. Please leave your firearm locked in your car during the classroom portion. If you aren’t sure, please ask.

Number of Participants:

There must be at least 4 NRA Pistol Instructor Candidates in the training to hold the class. This typically isn’t an issue. Typically the class size is around 10 candidates but depending one demand it might be larger or smaller. Larger isn’t always bad because you get to see a larger variety of instructional styles and techniques from each instructor candidate.  

Qualification Target:

The required NRA Pistol Instructor shooting qualification is not timed but it is scored based on hits within the target and group size. You can read more about the qualification here. At Armed2Defend we modified the qualification distance to 15 feet (instead of 45 ft) and modified the target accordingly to a 3 inch circle with a 2 inch group requirement. You must score 16/20 within the target and group size to qualify. You will have three attempts to qualify.

You must also adhere to the NRA’s 3 gun safety rules and follow the instructor’s commands to pass. Typically 20% of the instructor candidates fail this qualification due to safety issues or lack of skill. You must come prepared to pass.

The targets are in the pre-course qualification packet here: https://armed2defend.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NRA_Pistol_Instructor_Candidate_Packet_Armed2Defend.pdf

Ready to sign up for a class?

Your training matters.

We’ll give you an amazing experience.

Rodrique Henry
Rodrique Henry
19:30 20 Nov 21
had an amazing experience. I am little upset that I forgot to take a photo with George. He gave me a lot of great tips and made the whole process comfortable.
Tammy Rose Huff
Tammy Rose Huff
21:01 17 Oct 21
The class is great. I had to take the online version. It has lots of great information. And the range was great. I got the help I needed and all the employees are friendly and they don't judge you. I have recommended them to everyone I know.
Kelly Foster
Kelly Foster
00:26 24 Sep 21
Have nothing but great things to say. The instructor/sensei was very knowledgeable. I strongly recommend! Kelly Foster
Douglas Bouffard
Douglas Bouffard
23:53 17 Sep 21
I went through this course yesterday. I assumed it was going to be a boring 8 hours. I was wrong. It was fantastic. Everyone was great and I actually learned way more then I thought I would. I can’t recommend them enough. One of the best decisions I ever made. Thank you
Mazin Prim'Adonna
Mazin Prim'Adonna
23:01 14 Aug 21
So first of all as an African American woman I did my research on different companies because if we're being real we have historically been kept out and many of us feel uncomfortable in these white dominated spaces; but, after a few google searches I came across armed to defend and immediately noticed the diversity. I was like "great. thats where I'm going", and I'm SO GLAD that I did. Kevin and Alisha are literally the bomb.com. Like, the type of people you would want over for dinner or game night. They managed to make information that could be deemed as boring very entertaining and engaging. They also have great energy. Even their instructors were warm and knowledgeable. This is a great family owned business and definitely a safe space.
J C
J C
22:38 08 Aug 21
Awesome CCW/CHL training. Kevin and Alisha are top notch instructors who are passionate and knowlegeable about their field. Their style of teaching accommodates newer and seasoned firearm enthusiasts. They covered state requirements while also ensuring student questions were addressed on the spot. Finally, the range time was relaxed while prioritizing safety at all times.
Kenyon Cox
Kenyon Cox
18:42 03 Jul 21
Outstanding learning experience with Kevin! He spoke at appropriate levels with each student, with lots of good tips, pointers, and feedback. Highly recommend.
Tina Moore Golden
Tina Moore Golden
22:15 31 May 21
I just took the class may 28th, 2021, the class has so much information and teaches so well. It's a very laid back fun class. Not a drill Sargent class. They share everything they know in class and at the range. No question left unanswered. I highly recommend armed2defend if you want a ccw.
Monica McKinney
Monica McKinney
15:32 24 Apr 21
I must admit the class I attended last month was so informative. I was amazed how thorough and interesting the class was for everyone. I finally had my appointment for my license and I was prepared for everything needed down to the photo.Thanks so much for everything and sharing your passion of defense.Monica M
Megan Leigh
Megan Leigh
23:33 13 Mar 21
Highly recommend! Very nice and informative
christine bowen
christine bowen
22:15 07 Mar 21
I had an incredible experience with the class yesterday. I had some knowledge as to what was to be expected. The class was informative and educational. For me the best part of the day was the drive home, my 22 year old son was with me and the knowledge he gained from the experience. I would highly recommend this company.
Christine Bowen
Christine Bowen
22:12 07 Mar 21
My 22 year old son and I attended the class yesterday. To say we err impressed is an understatement. The instructors were fabulous and answered all of our questions. They had excellent scenarios to help us better understand this life choice. The range was awesome and we watched people who had never handled a weapon become confident in their abilities. It was truly an incredible experience. I highly recommend Arm2defend
Joseph Gaynor
Joseph Gaynor
21:23 07 Mar 21
As someone who has taken NRA Pistol classes before, I was happily surprised that the range training for the CHL featured 5+ NRA Instructors, as well as the leaders of the training, Alisha, and Kevin who are NRA Instructors themselves. Most other training providers I considedred don't provide instruction during the training process, and the investment in qualified NRA Instructors made me feel much better about this training over the others that I investigated before applying for my CHL. This is a great Company to use whether you're an experienced shooter, or have never shot a gun before. You will feel more comfortable with a firearm, and understand the responsibilities you have as a firearm owner by going through this company. Would highly recommend.
Brandi Marie
Brandi Marie
23:52 06 Mar 21
This was a great class to attend. The instructors were very knowledgeable on all the information given. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for this type of class.
Jason Finigan
Jason Finigan
23:17 28 Feb 21
Took the class last week. Highly recommend to anyone thinking about attending CCW training. Great class, Great Instructors
Tony James
Tony James
19:25 20 Feb 21
Great class and great detail for CCW holders.
Bobbie Sheets
Bobbie Sheets
01:28 17 Jan 21
Took my class today! Would recommend to anyone! Such great people running this program and so much one on one attention in the range. Thanks so much! Bobbie Sheets
Tabetha Leonard
Tabetha Leonard
18:43 05 Jan 21
The staff was very knowledgeable from class to the range. It was absolutely the best experience.
Dream Big
Dream Big
02:28 04 Dec 20
This was a very informative class with great instructors, they did a awesome job with engaging and involving everyone in the class. Also huge shout out to Instructor George at the range, Doing an awesome job!!
L Atcherson
L Atcherson
14:00 03 Dec 20
Great class! Very informative. I was nervous at first, but I learned so much. Kevin and Alicia were awesome. The sampler pack at the range was quite helpful in helping me to choose my own firearm.
nick mccormish
nick mccormish
03:10 15 Nov 20
Great class!Kevin and Alisha are clearly passionate about what they do and are very engaging during the classroom portion. We had Tommy at the range and he was great too!Thanks to all for a safe and enjoyable experience for a couple of beginners!
Parker Delaney
Parker Delaney
03:57 13 Nov 20
Phenomenal course through and through. Kevin and Alisha were great and made sure to keep everyone engaged. Big thanks to the whole team at Armed2Defend!
Brian Pharis
Brian Pharis
19:10 16 Oct 20
What a great class (CCW training course). Highly recommend.
Victor Sanchez
Victor Sanchez
09:00 11 Oct 20
The class was easy to understand and participate in. With the classes being given over the net, it let people participate more openly and relaxed. With a class that talks about defending oneself and possibly taking another persons life, the trainers presented themselves as people of the community.If you are looking to get CCW license and are looking for that military/ police training experience in your class, then don't take the class from Armed2Defend. Armed2Defend will give you respect and train you as a person. They know that you will be taking a firearm into their community(s), so they will train you to take a firearm into a community, not onto a battlefield. Armed2Defend is the way to go for your CCW training!
Brian Coyan
Brian Coyan
01:15 11 Oct 20
Great people with a great perspective providing great training. The course is very educational and presented with a great philosophy of the best gun fight is the one you avoid. I would definitely recommend. Kevin and Alisha were both knowledgeable and tremendous at teaching the material. Thanks!
Isiah Chillous
Isiah Chillous
02:35 08 Oct 20
A2D has awesome instructors who take the time to walk you through gun safety/handling and self defense. You’ll enjoy your training! I had a great time.
Scott Fowler
Scott Fowler
23:22 02 Oct 20
Top notch training by knowledgeable folks
Thomas Miller
Thomas Miller
20:56 02 Oct 20
Class was awesome, they made sure the zoom style classes were effective, I liked how they kept folks accountable during class. Range day was great and the facility was set up nicely.
Bruce Bishop
Bruce Bishop
16:12 02 Oct 20
Excellent experience. I enjoyed the online class modules and the range was absolutely great. As one who hadn't fired a gun for years this was a great experience. After the class I received my concealed carry license within 4 four days. Thanks all!
Joe Herb
Joe Herb
14:35 02 Oct 20
great place for beginners or experienced shooters, this is the perfect family run business.
troy standiford
troy standiford
00:39 02 Oct 20
I took this course about 8 years ago.I guess the best information I gained wasabout the law and how it relates to a ccwholder. I’m going to now send my 21 year old daughter through this same course. I would recommend them to anyone looking into ccw.
Eryn Harris
Eryn Harris
10:59 29 Sep 20
I took this class virtually due to COVID-19, even with it being virtual it was very detailed and they allowed us to ask questions. It didn’t feel rushed at all. At the range, we were able to use actual weapons and practice for the entire scheduled range time instead of doing more “lectured learning”. Would recommend.
Amanda Neighborgall
Amanda Neighborgall
04:07 27 Sep 20
Great class. Made it interesting and fun.
Judy Barclay
Judy Barclay
19:15 25 Sep 20
This is a great company and the owners are awesome as well as instructors! So glad I took my training here! I learned so much from the great hand on hand instructors who help me.I have told my friendsand family in fact my cousin and her husband just did their training here at Armed2Defend and they loved it as well!I recommend 100%
Ahmed Egeh
Ahmed Egeh
16:10 24 Sep 20
Amazing experience.I enjoyed the training; staff were great, and I've learned a lot from them.
Adam Spafford
Adam Spafford
20:43 23 Sep 20
So glad I found these guys! While most other concealed carry classes were booked for months out, I got in and out of their class VERY quickly. The convenience factor of doing 6 of the required 8 hours from home makes this worth far more than what they charge. Thank you, Armed2Defend!
Rob Gordon, Real Estate Advisor
Rob Gordon, Real Estate Advisor
19:24 23 Sep 20
Great training!
Jamal Saxton
Jamal Saxton
17:13 23 Sep 20
Part of the last class of '19. Wonderful people,great advice. Tip notch. Choose these guys.
HK Wright
HK Wright
21:32 22 Sep 20
The class offered was very low stress & nonjudgmental.. I learned so much & the class time flew by fast..The instructors that spent time with me at the range,made me very confident in handling a firearm effectively.⭐️ANY WOMAN wanting or needing to carry a firearm.. THIS IS PLACE U NEED TO GO⭐️
Mike Mateer
Mike Mateer
20:23 22 Sep 20
Super company. Instructors teaching specifically by the book. No shortcuts. Standards are maintained. I would strongly recommend them and would use them again
Leslita Reed
Leslita Reed
23:16 20 Sep 20
I am a first time gun user. I was so nervous to take this class because of my fear of firearms. They made me feel so comfortable. The class was very easy to follow and understand! Thank you and I recommend anyone to take this course.
Jeff Kanowsky
Jeff Kanowsky
22:02 19 Sep 20
This was a great place to take the CCW class. Great instructors with patience and a lot of knowledge. Don’t go anywhere else but here.
David Uhl
David Uhl
18:51 18 Sep 20
Well organized with available classes. Good Job overall
Heath McNamee
Heath McNamee
02:08 17 Sep 20
Excellent class to attend for anyone wanting to conceal carry. From beginners to regular shooters this place covers every skill level. I can't say enough good things about how this range and classroom is ran. A+!!
Eleuterio Ruelas
Eleuterio Ruelas
17:40 16 Sep 20
The married couple who run this have a way to address all concerns and topics thoroughly. The online classes were simple and easy to follow. I wish more people would seek this class out so that they can understand how effective, concise and simple this course is. Remember, this is just the first step. It's your responsibility to further your firearm training. GREAT INVESTMENT!!!
Cameron Zakany
Cameron Zakany
17:36 16 Sep 20
Very educational, instructional and non-bias
Craig Shepherd
Craig Shepherd
00:12 14 Sep 20
Staff and curriculum was excellent.
Brenda McGuire
Brenda McGuire
18:41 13 Sep 20
My husband and I both enjoyed the concealed carry class and learned a great deal. The folks who teach this class are very knowledgeable and work super hard to be sure you are comfortable with all of the information as well as with handling the firearm of your choice.
DrFeon Maria Battiste
DrFeon Maria Battiste
18:04 13 Sep 20
Yes I would recommend Armed2Defend.
Flexible class schedules, knowledgable instructors, and a great learning experience.
Leeshon “Armed Advantage” Scott
Leeshon “Armed Advantage” Scott
17:17 13 Sep 20
I had a great time doing the training class. It was a really big class and Kevin made sure everyone felt welcome. I will be doing more training with them in the future.
Marcus Grace
Marcus Grace
18:18 12 Sep 20
Very informative and professional session
Mark Darnell
Mark Darnell
15:02 05 Sep 20
They offered various handguns to use and teaching was informative. Lawyer talk was beneficial. Felt safe and would not hesitate to recommend.
Maheer Khan
Maheer Khan
01:14 05 Sep 20
Kevin and Alisha were awesome instructors. Made everything super easy for me. They're a true power couple.
Brad Davis
Brad Davis
22:56 04 Sep 20
I took my CCW course through Armed2Defend and it was an amazing experience. Kevin and Alyssa are experts in the field and top notch teachers. The range training was so good. I will be back for more education from this team!
Dave Ritchey Jr
Dave Ritchey Jr
22:48 04 Sep 20
Great class for the money,good info,great instructors,,being x military it was very informative for beginners on up..
Danielle Heilbrunn
Danielle Heilbrunn
16:02 02 Sep 20
This was such a memorable and fun class. I am looking forward to taking more of the classes that they offer. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in basic gun safety all the way up to advanced tactics.
Demetria Wilcoxon
Demetria Wilcoxon
00:36 02 Sep 20
Armed2Defend is an awesome place because they treat you like family and are truly concerned about your safety and are very passionate about what they do. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone. I received a personal call checking on me because I signed up twice but didn't go. So he rearranged things after he listened to my story and helped me a lot. Thank you for that. I forgot his name but not how he helped me. Thanks Armed2Defend.
April Davis
April Davis
22:01 31 Aug 20
My Women's Concealed Carry Class was simply amazing! Alisha Sadeski's was the instructor- her abilities as an educator was definitely noticeable. Her enthusiasm and genuine desire to educate and help each student was amazing. I would highly recommend Armed2Defend to anyone who is looking for a First Class training experience!
Wesley Eddy
Wesley Eddy
18:16 31 Aug 20
High quality Instructor. Maintaining a good training pace. Look forward to next scheduled class.
Meagan VanTilburg
Meagan VanTilburg
22:36 30 Aug 20
You can tell they are passionate about what they do and i feel so much more confident after taking their class. The range staff was very experienced and patient. I learned so much in such little time. The sampler pack was my favorite prt of the experience because it helped narrow down what i felt comfortable with and helped me decide what to purchase.
Tolley Colley
Tolley Colley
22:13 30 Aug 20
Alisha and Kevin are knowledgeable, friendly, and great instructors. I highly recommend their classes.
Ronald Porter
Ronald Porter
15:41 29 Aug 20
Armed2Defend is a great learning experience. Given the gravity of gun ownership, responsible knowledge required to possess, and skill required to carry out your rights, this is one organization dedicated solely to those who want ownership and concealed carry. Kevin and Alisha both are teaching professionals with degrees and they take safety, teaching, and learning about gun ownership and handing with the utmost respect. The range portion of the experience is safe with 4 students with an instructor and only 2 on the firing line at a time. I feel I received much more than I paid for and these five stars are earned by the organization.
Lauren Beaver
Lauren Beaver
21:43 28 Aug 20
My husband and I really enjoyed our experience with Armed2Defend. The classes were very informative but didn’t feel stuffy or intimidating. The owners are extremely personable and answered everyone’s questions happily. Our experience at the range was amazing. I was totally at ease and was thoroughly impressed with how professional and safe the procedures were. I would recommend Armed2Defend to any new or experienced firearm user!
rage abdi
rage abdi
19:27 26 Aug 20
family owned business, well train instractores!!! you will feel welcomed when you arrived the Range!!
James Schottenstein
James Schottenstein
15:55 25 Aug 20
My wife and I took this course to complete the requirements for obtaining a conceal carry license. We spent a total of 8 hours in a single week by taking 3 nights of 2 hour classes each night and passing quizzes each night. The final night we drove to the company’s private range in Canal Winchester where we obtained training and technique in firing our personal guns and also has the opportunity to try several other guns. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Kevin and Alisha and their staff.
Ben Ali
Ben Ali
01:14 25 Aug 20
Nice people to work I enjoy my training with you guys good job
Jeff Pireu
Jeff Pireu
22:43 24 Aug 20
Great class and experience! Appreciate Kevin and Alisha!!
Nikole Ogle
Nikole Ogle
14:51 24 Aug 20
Provided perfect atmosphere for learning about concealed carry and learning to fire your handgun! Far exceeded my expectations!
Mike Mateer
Mike Mateer
10:17 22 Aug 20
Top Notch Academy. Instructors can teach, not just talk. High, professional standards maintained and students are helped as much as possible to meet them. You will learn, not pay for the certificate, with this Academy. I highly recommend them as one of the best in the nation.
M.E. Mateer
M.E. Mateer
10:11 22 Aug 20
One of the best training academies to be found. Highly professional, maintaining standards, great educators. Basic Instructor Training was taught specifically to NRA standards. Definitely NOT a pay for your certificate class.
deborah ball
deborah ball
00:00 21 Aug 20
Very informative detailed instruction in such a short time period. Very organized.
Larraine Albert Shrigley
Larraine Albert Shrigley
02:28 20 Aug 20
I took my concealed carry course from Armed2Defend after the pandemic started so the class part was done online. I had never done a zoom course and had issues with it the first night but I still learned a lot and enjoyed the lectures. The range was great—George was my instructor and he was great, very personable, patient and kind. I had my own revolver with me but had not been to a firing range in years and was very rusty, plus I had never fired a semi auto and didn’t even know how to load one. I purchased the 15 gun assortment for after my range time and highly recommend that, it was great having a chance to try them all out there with the help of the guys all of whom are very knowledgeable. I left there that day having chosen the exact gun I wanted for my concealed carry pistol and can’t wait to go back to the range! Very glad I did this course and I highly recommend Armed2Defend
rose ruffin
rose ruffin
23:05 16 Aug 20
The entire staff at armed 2 defend Rock.. Thank you for the confidence and skills. I will Definitely be back for the refresher courses. Yes I would recommend armed 2 defend to family and friends.
lana urey
lana urey
04:02 16 Aug 20
Took the CCW class. Instruction classes are online, very flexible, easy to take. The range part is very personalized upon your skill level. Highly recommended to check them out.
Kat Bradley
Kat Bradley
03:58 11 Aug 20
I was nervous going into the CCW class with virtually no experience. The instructors were able to identify where I was with my experience and build on it. They made me feel confident and assisted in finding what kind of pistol was best for me. The classroom portion was done via Zoom meetings due to COVID. The instructors were attentive to the students and made sure everyone was paying attention and understood each concept before moving forward. I don’t have a single negative thing to say about this experience. I will continue to be involved in their meetings to further my skill and will be bringing friends! 10/10!
Krista Weston
Krista Weston
15:09 09 Aug 20
Extremely thorough! I highly respect the passion, time, and effort this team puts into their classes. I learned a lot and had fun comparing notes with my husband who took the class a few years back. This team is consistently improving their class structure and what they can offer. Very relaxed environment, as well, which helps ease some of the tension you may be feeling going through this process. Highly recommend.
Judie Barclay
Judie Barclay
14:36 08 Aug 20
Took my class 2 weeks ago. I learned so much, they have instructors who really are into safety for your concern. I would recommend this company to everyone looking for a CCW class. Thank you Mr. George! You taught so much and you made it very comfortable.
John Carr
John Carr
02:26 24 Jul 20
Very well run ! Will teach u Self defense gun safety ! Great for beginners friendly staff!!
Sherm Stevens
Sherm Stevens
12:46 02 Jul 20
Great course. Very thorough. Zoom meeting for classroom time was very convenient during the Chinese virus shutdown. They have a private range near Canal/Lithopolis that is off the beaten path. They offer a deal to allow you to shoot a bunch of different guns, well worth it! Love the enthusiasm of the owners.
Hannah Lentz
Hannah Lentz
17:38 20 Jun 20
Took their class a few months ago and I’m SO glad I did!! Kevin and Alisha do such an amazing job laying out the coursework and training. They are both incredibly passionate about what they do which makes this class so fun and not intimidating at all! If you’ve been interested in getting your CCW, this is the class for you. Thanks Armed2Defend. Looking forward to taking women’s classes with Pew Pew Mom soon!
Linda Nicole
Linda Nicole
23:04 31 May 20
I want to thank Kevin, Alisha, and the team for taking time to train me and my cousin. It was really a Great Experience 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾💯💯💯❤️❤️❤️ I want to send a special S/O to George for my 1 on 1 lesson🤗🤗❤️❤️you are truly amazing 😉 I definitely recommend you sign up💯💯💯🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Robert Spivey
Robert Spivey
16:44 10 May 20
If you've ever taken a class where you sit down and are talked at the entire time, you struggle to focus, and feel like you're wasting your time. You will will not feel that way about this class. Kevin and Alisha are very passionate about this and it shows! 10/10 would reccomend.
Bill Christenson
Bill Christenson
23:16 29 Apr 20
They covered all the bases including an attorney who added great perspective. Good range situation too
Donald Adkins
Donald Adkins
13:39 29 Mar 20
the best class ever for learning the fundilmentels off concealed to carry
Joe Milliron
Joe Milliron
09:59 09 Mar 20
Awesome class !! I would highly recommend it.great information that can be used everyday life top notch instructors 👍👍
Taylor Lin Harding
Taylor Lin Harding
22:01 06 Mar 20
Loved the class, instructors are passionate about what they do!
Ray Oxendine
Ray Oxendine
01:58 26 Feb 20
Great instructors, they are very patient and will answer any questions you need to know. I learned alot that I had know idea. Well worth the money and time. I will be taking extra training classes on the range in the near future. Plus got my CCW license two days after getting certified. The 9MM M&P9 2.0 that I used on the range.
Tee Williams
Tee Williams
01:19 13 Feb 20
10/10 I recommend to all.
Maria Baker
Maria Baker
01:07 02 Feb 20
The class is presented in good form.
Ed Blaire
Ed Blaire
17:51 01 Feb 20
Kevin's course is amazing and second to none!
Tim Barrage
Tim Barrage
00:26 30 Jan 20
Great training. Great people.
Chris Hunt
Chris Hunt
13:34 25 Jan 20
Step by step instructions. With knowledge instructions. Plus take time like with my wife, to make more comfortable.
Michael Hatfield
Michael Hatfield
22:17 17 Jan 20
The classes were very informative and all my questions were answered. Great instructors. I would recommend Armed2Defend to anyone.
John Potter
John Potter
19:40 17 Jan 20
First class training. I've gone through 3 of their NRA training programs and learned a lot in each one. Instructors work with you so you get the most out of the time you spend.
Katy Isaac
Katy Isaac
15:22 15 Jan 20
My husband and I decided to get our CCW’s and we LOVED our experience. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors. Highly recommend.
Leon Getz
Leon Getz
10:58 05 Jan 20
Great instructors and we had a great time while learning and shooting. If your looking for a CCW class this is the one you should attend.
Karen May Dillman
Karen May Dillman
12:45 29 Dec 19
Very well run. Class material is broken up between lectures and videos. Topics cover the basic CC information as well as what to expect in the aftermath that may involve police and the courts. The range is very well organized with plenty of experienced instructors. A big plus is their extra Pistol Sampler Experience. The sample included 14 different model/type of pistols and it is well worth the added cost. The last one I fired turned out to be the one for me! Highly recommend Armed2Defend.
Kristie Kiphart
Kristie Kiphart
16:03 24 Dec 19
CCW Class is well ran. The NRA CCW Class is also well ran. They stick to the rules without making the class stressful as well as the shooting qualification. That means a lot. Thanks!
Ahmed Sulkaan
Ahmed Sulkaan
20:11 22 Sep 19
I was always afraid of guns but Armed2Defend instructors changed my perspectives about guns. It was awesome class and I gained language. Thanks to Kevin, Staci, Alisha and all the instructors.
Chris Zaker
Chris Zaker
17:05 18 Sep 19
Outstanding class taught by a crew of very knowledgeable instructors!
Ed Johnson
Ed Johnson
10:20 15 Sep 19
Had a great time! Instructors keep it moving and make it fun
John Brown
John Brown
00:53 15 Sep 19
Awesome instructors!! Very informative! This was a Great class!!
Michael Malcolm
Michael Malcolm
15:07 01 Sep 19
Great CCW class! Instructors were very upbeat and made the class was very fun and informative. They offer all different levels to the class depending where you are at.

I recommend this class to all my family, friends and anyone looking for a great CCW class.

Thank you for doing an outstanding job!! Keep up the good work.

M Malcolm
Sean Moore
Sean Moore
21:26 15 Aug 19
Kevin is great. I am all about safety and education. This program was spot on.
Dwayne Spence
Dwayne Spence
12:43 29 Jul 19
Took the course several years ago and found them to be very thorough and knowledgeable in every aspect of gun handling safety and training.
John Powell
John Powell
19:32 07 Jul 19
I recieved my training for CCW instructor at Amed2Defend a few years back which has in turn enabled me to train many Ohio Patriots to carry in self defense including a class with just over 100 students. The instructors were very professional and knowledgeable and conducted an awesome atmosphere to learn a lot. I would recommend this group highly!
Jack Bartholomew
Jack Bartholomew
14:06 25 Jun 19
I've been a gun owner and hunter all my life, but I learned so much from Kevin and his instructors in the CCW course. It helped me correct some of those 'old' habits that I'd grown up with. This organization is high quality, and worthy of utmost respect.
Melissa Huff
Melissa Huff
13:31 20 Jun 19
educators are patient with beginners.
humorous and kind....obvious dedication and enjoyment of teaching others to be safe, competent, and prepared.
treat every one with the same dignity, respect, consideration, humility, and humor.
encouraged participation makes class fun and welcoming and you'll want it to be your "defense learning home". worth every penny.
Marc Salvatini
Marc Salvatini
13:48 17 Jun 19
Best Firearms Training in Central Ohio
John Abbott
John Abbott
03:18 15 Jun 19
Friendly and Knowledgeable
Connie Ward Scott
Connie Ward Scott
23:46 23 May 19
Great instructors & very helpful!!! Very helpful Highly recommend Armed2Defend!!!!😁
Steve Wolfarth
Steve Wolfarth
22:50 08 May 19
My wife and I took the Armed2Defend Concealed Carry course on the recommendation of a friend and we are very happy we did. The class was conducted in a professional manner and we were encouraged to participate with questions and comments. The use of the private range was a plus and we encourage anyone contemplating taking a Concealed Carry course or other firearms skills classes to contact Armed2Defend.
Bj Blair
Bj Blair
14:59 05 May 19
Thanks for everything...Great instructors, the best content, best value...by far the best value for CCW in Central Ohio!
Marc Maynard
Marc Maynard
23:14 20 Apr 19
great class for a great price range time was good as well
Mike Yonnotti
Mike Yonnotti
19:23 12 Apr 19
Comprehensive and personal attention. Everything a course like this should be.
Felicia Levy
Felicia Levy
23:06 06 Apr 19
This place is amazing! the instructors worked hands on with everyone though the whole training class. I was scared at first but they made me feel so confident in the training it was a great experience. I would give this place a 10 star if I could! Great job
Paula Doss
Paula Doss
13:37 31 Mar 19
Fun and informative, everyone there is professional but friendly. I would recommend them to anyone serious about protecting themselves! Thank you guys!!!
Susan Zemba
Susan Zemba
21:54 30 Mar 19
Awesome class. Instructors are very knowledgeable. Great for all skill levels.
Shaundell Miles
Shaundell Miles
17:52 18 Mar 19
Words cannot express my gratitude for this awesome team of instructors. Everyone was professional and extremely safe. The amount of information and knowledge given and offered is worth far more than the asking price. I couldn’t have chosen a better group of instructors to teach me.
Mike John
Mike John
05:33 18 Mar 19
Totally awesome Instructors and class time.
Absolutely amazing!! Great experience and so much good information. Would definitely recommend 🤗
Jonathan Heide
Jonathan Heide
13:55 10 Mar 19
the knowledge and presentation was amazing. it all really helped me to get a better understanding. I really enjoyed Stacy and his Jokes. that made it more fun easy to follow. My instructor was super helpful in understanding the workings of my gun and how to better handle it properly and safely. I am pleased though i wish i had a little more one on one time. Everything was great though. Keep it up. I will recommend you guys all day!
Kamal Seidu
Kamal Seidu
19:41 08 Mar 19
The instructors were great. Answered any and all questions, gave very valuable information. They take gun safety very serious which is important. Overall great experience i will always recommend.
Bryan Horn
Bryan Horn
19:57 04 Mar 19
The instructors were very informative. They do a great job of keeping the mood light and somewhat entertaining. And the talk from Ken the Attourney is very good. Not to mention the sheriffs office said they are one of the best.
Jason Barham
Jason Barham
18:55 17 Feb 19
Great training, very thorough. Can't beat the price for what you receive. Instructors are very knowledgeable and helpful. Will be coming back for advanced training. Kevin and his staff are awesome.
Joe Vimmerstedt
Joe Vimmerstedt
18:35 17 Feb 19
Great class. Great instruction. Definitely want to get more instruction and take more classes.
Joseph Eddy
Joseph Eddy
01:17 07 Feb 19
Great atmosphere and safe throughout. They had enough instruction for one on one learning. Great job guys!
Jacques McCoy
Jacques McCoy
05:31 22 Jan 19
Great instructor an very knowledgeable!
Jermaine Ford
Jermaine Ford
13:23 20 Jan 19
Fun class, easy to understand, no pressure, very relaxed very knowledgable of their training, patient, friendy, and affordable price.
Tim Shaw
Tim Shaw
01:18 26 Nov 18
Outstanding training. Legal instruction by Attorney who knows the ccw law.
Brad Reynolds
Brad Reynolds
02:42 12 Nov 18
very knowledgeable and safety oriented... learned alot and look forward to learning more
Matt Tennant
Matt Tennant
16:42 06 Nov 18
Great instructors plus learning Ohio Conceal carry laws.
Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones
21:10 02 Nov 18
I have taken both the concealed carry course and the NRA pistol qualification course. The instructors have always been professional and always strive for a safe fun experience for all shooters. I highly recommend this program for anyone looking to get a ccw or just tightening your shooting groups.
Robin Egginger
Robin Egginger
10:01 25 Sep 18
Kevin made this a fun learning experience, not dull and boring. The range was covered and that was very nice. The range instructors were very helpful and understanding. Thanks for the great experience.
William C Antoniak
William C Antoniak
02:54 23 Sep 18
Awesome class! I learned SO much, both in the classroom and on the range. I would recommend this class to anyone! They are very professional, and are very knowledgeable. I had an awesome experience today, and hope to continue learning all that I can! See you the next time!
Ryan Williams
Ryan Williams
23:14 17 Sep 18
Fantastic class. Wonderful instructors that are passionate about make an informative, and thorough experience.
Aaron Simpson
Aaron Simpson
19:05 06 Aug 18
It was a great class I would recommend it to anyone!
Alan Matteson
Alan Matteson
22:52 04 Aug 18
Good instructors. Helpful when it comes to questions. Learned a lot of new things on the legal and shooting portions. Definitely would recommend.
Mike Wood
Mike Wood
13:55 25 Jul 18
Great class, best thing is they have staff for each part of the process. They have a class instructor, legal expert, and guys on the range. This set up is great due to the fact that you don't have some jack of all trades trying to do it all.
Kaylee Renea Henry
Kaylee Renea Henry
23:24 24 Jul 18
Very professional and very helpful. I was nervous about attending this since I have no experience with a firearm at all. I had a great time and feel more comfortable with a gun now and will continue to take classes on defense with a firearm.
Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones
16:34 09 Jul 18
First impression’s mean a lot... I will never forget this one!!!
Alexis Lilly
Alexis Lilly
01:35 08 Jul 18
Very professional and it was a very fun class. I LOVED the fact that they were very BIG on safety, especially since this was my first time using and firing a firearm. They make sure that you are comfortable and confident while handling the firearm and that your aim is on point. Definitely recommend this course!!!
I just finished the basic pistol class needed for a CHL and it was amazing. The instructors were so helpful and answered all questions that I had (no matter how silly they were). The range instructors were just as awesome and made me feel very comfortable with shooting (this was only my third time shooting a gun). I highly recommend buying the pistol sampler package for anyone who is looking into buying their own hand gun. It’s only $35 and I got to shoot about 18 different guns to see what I liked and didn’t like. I feel much more confident about going and purchasing a firearm now that I have an idea about how specific ones shoot. I can’t wait to try one of their Women’s Pistol Group this summer!
Julie Wright
Julie Wright
01:53 14 Jun 18
Best class and people you can find. (and they have a working German Shepard thats to die for...Beautiful dog! ) Top quality people here.....
Dean E Boucher
Dean E Boucher
11:22 16 May 18
Had a great class yesterday. They really take the time to go through it all. The instructors are great and I gained a lot of information from this class. If you are new to the world of shooting they will help you get started. Your intermediate they will push you on the Range for you to feel what it's like to shoot under stress. For you new people just remember the only dumb question is the one not asked because they will give you an answer to any of them.
Jayleigh Jones
Jayleigh Jones
00:01 29 Apr 18
Excellent instruction material, very friendly and knowledgeable instructors, extremely safe range. The class was large, but there were more than enough range instructors to provide personal attention. No wonder Armed2Defend is top rated! I'm so glad my husband and I chose them to get our CHL certificate. We both had a great time!
Richard Burton
Richard Burton
03:04 16 Apr 18
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Cheri McCoy Devors
Cheri McCoy Devors
01:51 15 Apr 18
The instructors took their time to ensure I was ready. So glad I chose Amrmed2defend as I'm armed with all the information needed for my CHL.
Darryl Corcoran
Darryl Corcoran
01:47 10 Apr 18
Had a great time...great instructors and staff with a lot of knowledge...and the law portion was a good benefit of the class...will refer other people...thanks for the experience!!!
Tim Menz
Tim Menz
01:12 10 Apr 18
Had a great time taking this class. Kevin was a great teacher both in the classroom and on the range. Kevin took time at the range to work with me to help correct some trigger pull issues I was having. Was going low left all day and after 15 minutes with him I was hitting center. Thank you so much to the whole staff at Armed2Defend and especially to Kevin!
Alex Storm
Alex Storm
15:38 08 Apr 18
ARMED2DEFEND is the Best 5 Star quality CCW Training you can get, go ahead check it out for yourself. I had A Great Time at ARMED2DEFEND You will Love it Just as I Did. Thanks again to All the Instructors at ARMED2DEFEND for A Great Time in the Class and at The Shooting Range.
Cathryn Schissler
Cathryn Schissler
18:47 04 Apr 18
We felt very welcomed, a lot of great information. *Stacy Duncan is an amazing instructor.
Andrea Poehler
Andrea Poehler
21:21 31 Mar 18
Had a great experience here and hope to come back for more classes! They were very informative and made the class fun! I will definitely be recommending my friends and family to come here.
TJ Spurlock
TJ Spurlock
02:17 22 Mar 18
It was my wife's first time ever shooting a pistol and the staff made her feel safe and comfortable. The class was educational even for experienced shooters like myself and you can't beat the price.
John Daniel
John Daniel
03:29 14 Mar 18
Absolutely amazing. Great people full of knowledge and amazing instructors at the range. I highly suggest Armed2Defend.
Stephen Payne
Stephen Payne
03:28 13 Mar 18
Awesome instructors and a great class to take. great law portion as well which isn't standard for most CCW classes. Highly recommend them if your interested in getting your permit. I look forward to going to Kevin to further my training with some of his other classes he offers as well
Tyler Fultz
Tyler Fultz
03:06 11 Mar 18
Great staff and instructors . I would suggest this course to anyone seeking their ccw
Mike McMahon
Mike McMahon
21:19 08 Mar 18
Took the course last year. Super organized and stays on topic! Very informative from all angles to include commentary from an Attorney! Highly recommend! 5/5! My only comment/concern would be the amount of cell phone usage while on the range...eyes and mind should focused on only one thing...just my humble opinion and did not detract from my own experience...
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We’re Kevin & Alisha

We’re ordinary people who happen to take our safety seriously. You’ll find our approach to concealed carry to feel more practical than tactical. So if you were hoping for a class that feels like boot-camp, this isn’t it.

We love helping people like you gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing you could protect yourself and your family.

We can’t wait to meet you!