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Ohio Concealed Carry (CCW) In Person Class – Get the CCW License

In-Person Ohio Class

Ohio CCW Class One-Day Class Fee is Only $110.

Megan L.
Megan L.
23:33 13 Mar 21
Highly recommend! Very nice and informative
Aaron B.
Aaron B.
22:20 07 Mar 21
This class was one of the best classes I've taken. It was fun and entertaining as well as informative. I felt the upselled everything, yet everything they sold was only high quality products that they believed in. Now I believe in them too. They're motto, "It's a lifestyle." is something I've already learned to adapt.
christine B.
christine B.
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 B.
Christine B.
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 G.
Joseph G.
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 M.
Brandi M.
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 F.
Jason F.
23:17 28 Feb 21
Took the class last week. Highly recommend to anyone thinking about attending CCW training. Great class, Great Instructors
Tony J.
Tony J.
19:25 20 Feb 21
Great class and great detail for CCW holders.
Bobbie S.
Bobbie S.
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 L.
Tabetha L.
18:43 05 Jan 21
The staff was very knowledgeable from class to the range. It was absolutely the best experience.
Dream B.
Dream B.
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 A.
L A.
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 M.
nick M.
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 D.
Parker D.
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 P.
Brian P.
19:10 16 Oct 20
What a great class (CCW training course). Highly recommend.
mohamoud A.
mohamoud A.
00:06 15 Oct 20
Victor S.
Victor S.
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 C.
Brian C.
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!
Taeson S.
Taeson S.
13:52 10 Oct 20
Isiah C.
Isiah C.
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.
Cecil G.
Cecil G.
14:44 07 Oct 20
Scott F.
Scott F.
23:22 02 Oct 20
Top notch training by knowledgeable folks
Thomas M.
Thomas M.
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.
Big G.
Big G.
16:16 02 Oct 20
Bruce B.
Bruce B.
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 H.
Joe H.
14:35 02 Oct 20
great place for beginners or experienced shooters, this is the perfect family run business.
Sammy A
Sammy A
05:30 02 Oct 20
troy S.
troy S.
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.
KTEA T.
KTEA T.
01:32 01 Oct 20
Joy R.
Joy R.
15:14 30 Sep 20
Eryn H.
Eryn H.
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.
Landon F.
Landon F.
23:53 28 Sep 20
Ryan W.
Ryan W.
15:37 28 Sep 20
Amanda N.
Amanda N.
04:07 27 Sep 20
Great class. Made it interesting and fun.
Judy B.
Judy B.
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%
Jeff F.
Jeff F.
21:31 24 Sep 20
Ahmed E.
Ahmed E.
16:10 24 Sep 20
Amazing experience.I enjoyed the training; staff were great, and I've learned a lot from them.
Adam S.
Adam S.
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 A.
Rob Gordon, Real Estate A.
19:24 23 Sep 20
Great training!
Jamal S.
Jamal S.
17:13 23 Sep 20
Part of the last class of '19. Wonderful people,great advice. Tip notch. Choose these guys.
Julie R.
Julie R.
23:14 22 Sep 20
HK W.
HK W.
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 M.
Mike M.
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 R.
Leslita R.
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.
Mark B.
Mark B.
12:52 20 Sep 20
Valerie F.
Valerie F.
22:06 19 Sep 20
Jeff K.
Jeff K.
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.
Amber D.
Amber D.
16:26 19 Sep 20
Brooklyn H.
Brooklyn H.
13:09 19 Sep 20
David U.
David U.
18:51 18 Sep 20
Well organized with available classes. Good Job overall
Heath M.
Heath M.
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 R.
Eleuterio R.
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 Z.
Cameron Z.
17:36 16 Sep 20
Very educational, instructional and non-bias
Jimmy F
Jimmy F
01:27 15 Sep 20
Linda F.
Linda F.
18:02 14 Sep 20
Craig S.
Craig S.
00:12 14 Sep 20
Staff and curriculum was excellent.
Brenda M.
Brenda M.
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.
Feon Maria B.
Feon Maria B.
18:04 13 Sep 20
Yes I would recommend Armed2Defend.
Flexible class schedules, knowledgable instructors, and a great learning experience.
Leeshon S.
Leeshon S.
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 G.
Marcus G.
18:18 12 Sep 20
Very informative and professional session
Pete T.
Pete T.
00:54 11 Sep 20
manuel G.
manuel G.
23:33 10 Sep 20
Jay B.
Jay B.
15:44 10 Sep 20
Brutal honesty...the course via zoom was lukewarm, but what really got 5 stars was the drills at the range.. instructor spent over an hour with my group practicing with snap caps, and double feeds, as well as work with the mantis training tool..none of those things are required by law, but def could save my life...class act for going above and beyond, good people!
Thomas
Thomas
21:07 08 Sep 20
Mark D.
Mark D.
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 K.
Maheer K.
01:14 05 Sep 20
Kevin and Alisha were awesome instructors. Made everything super easy for me. They're a true power couple.
Brad D.
Brad D.
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 J.
Dave Ritchey J.
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..
Renee D.
Renee D.
20:26 04 Sep 20
Billy B.
Billy B.
19:50 04 Sep 20
Danielle H.
Danielle H.
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 W.
Demetria W.
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 D.
April D.
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 E.
Wesley E.
18:16 31 Aug 20
High quality Instructor. Maintaining a good training pace. Look forward to next scheduled class.
Meagan V.
Meagan V.
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 C.
Tolley C.
22:13 30 Aug 20
Alisha and Kevin are knowledgeable, friendly, and great instructors. I highly recommend their classes.
Ronald P.
Ronald P.
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 B.
Lauren B.
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!
Chris
Chris
17:17 28 Aug 20
Michael R.
Michael R.
13:26 27 Aug 20
rage A.
rage A.
19:27 26 Aug 20
family owned business, well train instractores!!! you will feel welcomed when you arrived the Range!!
James S.
James S.
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 A.
Ben A.
01:14 25 Aug 20
Nice people to work I enjoy my training with you guys good job
Jeff P.
Jeff P.
22:43 24 Aug 20
Great class and experience! Appreciate Kevin and Alisha!!
Nikole O.
Nikole O.
14:51 24 Aug 20
Provided perfect atmosphere for learning about concealed carry and learning to fire your handgun! Far exceeded my expectations!
Tracey T.
Tracey T.
11:10 24 Aug 20
Mike M.
Mike M.
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. M.
M.E. M.
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.
Chris K.
Chris K.
14:18 21 Aug 20
deborah B.
deborah B.
00:00 21 Aug 20
Very informative detailed instruction in such a short time period. Very organized.
TJ R.
TJ R.
23:25 20 Aug 20
Larraine Albert S.
Larraine Albert S.
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
Brandon R.
Brandon R.
23:36 18 Aug 20
Susan R.
Susan R.
16:24 18 Aug 20
rose R.
rose R.
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 U.
lana U.
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.
Nick A.
Nick A.
21:39 15 Aug 20
Jason B.
Jason B.
18:36 15 Aug 20
Keiko L.
Keiko L.
15:32 14 Aug 20
Kat B.
Kat B.
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 W.
Krista W.
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 B.
Judie B.
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.
Charles H.
Charles H.
22:58 07 Aug 20
Great learning experience. I look forward to more training in the future. Highly recommend to anyone looking for training.
AdmiralApathy _
AdmiralApathy _
00:39 07 Aug 20
Kyle W.
Kyle W.
21:39 06 Aug 20
If you are reading this, do yourself a favor and pull the theoretical trigger on it, immediately!!! Kevin and Alisha are a power couple force to be reckoned with! Best CCW courses I could have ever hoped for. I did all three modules through ZOOM with them and they are the kindest, cutest, most patient people i've met. They always stayed after the "class" to answer questions and clarify anything. The quizzes are straightforward and they took my feedback on the last one and hopefully adjusted accordingly. I had the pleasure of having Kevin as my instructor at the range and It was on the 4th of July so we even got to try some neat toys for free! I tried the pistol sampler even though i have my ideal concealed carry firearm, and I really enjoyed how they had it laid out, (even though i didn't get to shoot one because it "broke"). I met Kevin's dad also and you could tell he was a real old school gamgster in his day. I just received my CHL yesterday thanks to these guys.. If you're still reading just do yourself a favor and take this course. It's the best bang for your buck and you won't regret meeting these awesome individuals. I will be recommending as well as directing all of my applicable business towards them. Anyone who rates this course negatively is a true biggot and trust me, there ARE people who just want to watch the world burn.
Micheal K.
Micheal K.
01:04 06 Aug 20
adrian W.
adrian W.
19:36 05 Aug 20
Great experience very helpful and knowledgeable
Rodney K.
Rodney K.
11:53 04 Aug 20
This was a very easy to follow class and very informative. I have and will recommend it again.
John C.
John C.
02:26 24 Jul 20
Very well run ! Will teach u Self defense gun safety ! Great for beginners friendly staff!!
Sherm S.
Sherm S.
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 L.
Hannah L.
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 N.
Linda N.
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 S.
Robert S.
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 C.
Bill C.
23:16 29 Apr 20
They covered all the bases including an attorney who added great perspective. Good range situation too
Donald A.
Donald A.
13:39 29 Mar 20
the best class ever for learning the fundilmentels off concealed to carry
Joe M.
Joe M.
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 H.
Taylor Lin H.
22:01 06 Mar 20
Loved the class, instructors are passionate about what they do!
Ray O.
Ray O.
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.
Sharon B.
Sharon B.
21:35 16 Feb 20
Best class around for you CCW! Hands down!
Tee W.
Tee W.
01:19 13 Feb 20
10/10 I recommend to all.
Maria B.
Maria B.
01:07 02 Feb 20
The class is presented in good form.
Ed B.
Ed B.
17:51 01 Feb 20
Kevin's course is amazing and second to none!
Tim B.
Tim B.
00:26 30 Jan 20
Great training. Great people.
Chris H.
Chris H.
13:34 25 Jan 20
Step by step instructions. With knowledge instructions. Plus take time like with my wife, to make more comfortable.
Paula P.
Paula P.
01:54 21 Jan 20
I highly recommend this class. The instructors are expert in their delivery of the material and go above and beyond to make sure you understand Ohio laws regarding conceal carry. The time spent at the range was incredible, making sure you know how to shoot safely and that you are comfortable with your firearm, recognizing flaws, correcting those flaws and moving forward. This was really just the best class. Sign up...you will not be disappointed .
Michael H.
Michael H.
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 P.
John P.
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 I.
Katy I.
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.
John B.
John B.
00:25 08 Jan 20
Wow.....What a rewarding experience. The class is very informative and you learn quite a bit about gun safety and your right to carry. They even have a lawyer who gives you legal advise so that you don’t make common ccw mistakes your first time. I will say you MUST pay attention as the information presented is important and can Potential save your life one day and possibles the life of the suspect. The range is outdoors and is full of experienced people who come from various disciplines. They teach you not only your shooting stance but also assist you what your aim and take time to tell you how you can improve your shot and response time. This day was long but it was the best 8hrs ever and an investment I truly believe will benefit me in the days months and years to come. Kevin thank you for being there for people and their 2nd amendment rights and god bless your business your team and the work you do to protect our rights.
Leon G.
Leon G.
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 D.
Karen May D.
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 K.
Kristie K.
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!
Iain J.
Iain J.
13:06 10 Nov 19
The CCW training at Armed2Defend exceeded my expectations. The staff and Instructors were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. In addition, the curriculum was relevant and engaging. I had a blast and absolutely benefited by attending this course. I definitely intend on coming back for refresher trainings and other courses. Armed2Defend thank you so much!
Ralph N.
Ralph N.
18:34 30 Sep 19
The instructors are the best .the shooting range was great I enjoyed everyabout Armed2defend every one wanting a permit to carry should go there. Ralph North
Ahmed S.
Ahmed S.
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 Z.
Chris Z.
17:05 18 Sep 19
Outstanding class taught by a crew of very knowledgeable instructors!
Ed J.
Ed J.
10:20 15 Sep 19
Had a great time! Instructors keep it moving and make it fun
John B.
John B.
00:53 15 Sep 19
Awesome instructors!! Very informative! This was a Great class!!
Michael M.
Michael M.
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
Fred K.
Fred K.
22:43 31 Aug 19
Really great learning experience! Kevin and Stacy and the whole crew were great!
Sean M.
Sean M.
21:26 15 Aug 19
Kevin is great. I am all about safety and education. This program was spot on.
Dwayne S.
Dwayne S.
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 P.
John P.
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 B.
Jack B.
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 H.
Melissa H.
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 S.
Marc S.
13:48 17 Jun 19
Best Firearms Training in Central Ohio
John A.
John A.
03:18 15 Jun 19
Friendly and Knowledgeable
Connie Ward S.
Connie Ward S.
23:46 23 May 19
Great instructors & very helpful!!! Very helpful Highly recommend Armed2Defend!!!!😁
Steve W.
Steve W.
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 B.
Bj B.
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 M.
Marc M.
23:14 20 Apr 19
great class for a great price range time was good as well
Mike Y.
Mike Y.
19:23 12 Apr 19
Comprehensive and personal attention. Everything a course like this should be.
Felicia L.
Felicia L.
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 D.
Paula D.
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 Z.
Susan Z.
21:54 30 Mar 19
Awesome class. Instructors are very knowledgeable. Great for all skill levels.
Shaundell M.
Shaundell M.
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 J.
Mike J.
05:33 18 Mar 19
Totally awesome Instructors and class time.
Amber Harrison W.
Amber Harrison W.
02:20 17 Mar 19
Absolutely amazing!! Great experience and so much good information. Would definitely recommend 🤗
Chrishelle H.
Chrishelle H.
02:07 17 Mar 19
Took my class today great instructors along with LOTS of learning experience . I recommend them to any & everyone 🤞🏾
Jonathan H.
Jonathan H.
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 S.
Kamal S.
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 H.
Bryan H.
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 B.
Jason B.
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 V.
Joe V.
18:35 17 Feb 19
Great class. Great instruction. Definitely want to get more instruction and take more classes.
Joseph E.
Joseph E.
01:17 07 Feb 19
Great atmosphere and safe throughout. They had enough instruction for one on one learning. Great job guys!
Jermaine F.
Jermaine F.
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 S.
Tim S.
01:18 26 Nov 18
Outstanding training. Legal instruction by Attorney who knows the ccw law.
Brad R.
Brad R.
02:42 12 Nov 18
very knowledgeable and safety oriented... learned alot and look forward to learning more
Matt T.
Matt T.
16:42 06 Nov 18
Great instructors plus learning Ohio Conceal carry laws.
Daniel J.
Daniel J.
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 E.
Robin E.
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 A.
William C A.
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 W.
Ryan W.
23:14 17 Sep 18
Fantastic class. Wonderful instructors that are passionate about make an informative, and thorough experience.
Aaron S.
Aaron S.
19:05 06 Aug 18
It was a great class I would recommend it to anyone!
Alan M.
Alan M.
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.
Phil K.
Phil K.
01:53 29 Jul 18
Mike W.
Mike W.
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 H.
Kaylee Renea H.
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 J.
Adrian J.
16:34 09 Jul 18
First impression’s mean a lot... I will never forget this one!!!
Alexis L.
Alexis L.
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!!!
Tara Austyn W.
Tara Austyn W.
22:57 30 Jun 18
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 W.
Julie W.
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 B.
Dean E B.
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 J.
Jayleigh J.
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 B.
Richard B.
03:04 16 Apr 18
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Cheri McCoy D.
Cheri McCoy D.
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 C.
Darryl C.
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 M.
Tim M.
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!
Danny J.
Danny J.
23:10 08 Apr 18
Alex S.
Alex S.
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.
Jovanny D.
Jovanny D.
22:13 07 Apr 18
Cathryn S.
Cathryn S.
18:47 04 Apr 18
We felt very welcomed, a lot of great information. *Stacy Duncan is an amazing instructor.
Andrea P.
Andrea P.
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 S.
TJ S.
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.
Ebony J.
Ebony J.
13:54 18 Mar 18
Stephen P.
Stephen P.
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
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Ohio Concealed Carry In Person Class

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Classes are held near Southeast of Columbus at the Wagnalls Memorial Library at 122 E Columbus St. Lithopolis OH 43136. 

Click here for more details on the classroom location: https://armed2defend.com/wagnalls-2/ 

Our private shooting range is only 4 minutes from the classroom in Canal Winchester. Directions are given at class. 

 

Don’t see a good date? Check out our self-pace online hybrid course!

Get your 6-hour classroom training done on your time. Then schedule a 2-hour range session.

Why Choose Armed2Defend?

No Other Trainer Can Compare!

We have trained far more students than anyone else.

We’ve used all that experience to fine tune the CCW course to make it as enjoyable, meaningful and useful as possible!

Our students love us!

You’ll find overwhelming evidence on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angie’s List and Yellow Pages.

We truly are the best rated concealed carry (CCW) trainer in Ohio.

 

 

We have a passion for providing not only great instruction, but also great customer service.

We are proud to have earned the Angie’s List Super Service award 6 years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018.

We have a large team of instructors at each class. Our low student to instructor ratios on the range mean plenty of individual attention for you. And you get different view-points from different instructors throughout the day.

 

How to Become a Concealed Carrier in Ohio

Verify Eligibility for License With Your County’s Sheriff’s Office. See FAQ #3 Below.

Take Armed2Defend’s Award Winning CCW Training and Earn Your Certificate of Competency

*If you  have military experience, see FAQ #4

Within 3 Years of Taking the Class, Schedule an Appointment With the Sheriff’s Office and Apply for Your License.

Get Your License and Carry Often!

Click here to see the steps for applying for your CHL (CCW) after the training. 

Do You Want a Fun and Engaging CCW Class?

We will teach you in a fun interactive way to ensure that you learn the safe gun handling and usage skills needed for a concealed carrier.

Do You Need a Beginner Firearms Class?

We will train you at your level. The classroom portion starts at the beginner level and progresses from there. At the range, you get to pick your level of training, beginner or intermediate.

See Updates From Our Recent CCW Classes!

Not sure what to expect, take a look at pictures and details from our recent Ohio CCW classes by clicking here.

 

Fun and Engaging Conceal Carry Training

Everything You Need To Get Your CCW License!

Get Everything That You Need!

We are the only trainers who make the whole process simple. By the end of the CCW class, you will be ready to get your concealed carry (CCW) license.

Certificate of Competency

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Ohio Concealed Handgun (CCW) License Application

Link to Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws Manual

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You are set to get your CCW license! We have thought through all the detail to make it simple for you.

Fun and Engaging Conceal Carry Training

Do You Want a Fun and Engaging CCW Class?

We will teach you in a fun interactive way to ensure that you learn the safe gun handling and usage skills needed for a concealed carrier.

Do You Need a Beginner Firearms Class?

We will train you at your level. The classroom portion starts at the beginner level and progresses from there. At the range, you get to pick your level of training, beginner or intermediate.

See Updates From Our Recent CCW Classes!

Not sure what to expect, take a look at pictures and details from our recent Ohio CCW classes by clicking here.

Everything You Need To Get Your CCW License!

Get Everything That You Need!

We are the only trainers who make the whole process simple. By the end of the CCW class, you will be ready to get your concealed carry (CCW) license.

Certificate of Competency

Passport Style Photo (2×2 photo) – Exclusive to Armed2Defend!

Ohio Concealed Handgun (CCW) License Application

Link to Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws Manual

Armed2Defend Folder to Keep it All Safe and Organized

You are set to get your CCW license! We have thought through all the detail to make it simple for you.

Ohio CCW Class Details

Course Fee:

$110 and it includes everything that you need for the training except for food and drinks. You can bring your own pistol and 50 rounds of ammo for the training or we’ll provide a 22 lr pistol and ammo for the training.  (There are NO additional range fees, gun rental fees, 22 lr ammo fees, or range safety equipment fees.)

What to Bring:

We keep the CCW class as simple as possible.

Here is what you NEED to bring:

  • Your photo ID (driver’s license, passport or another form of government photo ID).
  • What you want to do about lunch. You can pack food, snacks and drinks or buy it at the class. Pizza lunch buffet is $6 and drinks are $1.
  • Dress for the weather. Our covered open range has heaters and fans, but it is still outdoor air. Avoid open toed shoes and loose shirts that might catch casings and burn.

Here are the OPTIONAL items to bring:

  • Pen and paper for notes.
  • Your unloaded handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition (or you can use our 22 lr at no cost). Please be sure your gun and magazines are unloaded and secured in a box, bag, or case.
  • Eye and ear protection or you can borrow ours at no cost.

CCW Course Location:

Our CCW 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. We will give you an easy to follow map to the range at the class. The CCW class address is given when you’re registering for a class date.

Prerequisite:

As long as you are 18 or older and you’re not on firearm disability, then you are perfect for our class. This CCW class is appropriate for everyone from beginners to advanced shooters.

After the class, you have up to 3 years to apply for your CHL (CCW) license. The Sheriff’s office will run a background check when you apply for the concealed carry (CCW) license after the training.

Course Length:

Our concealed carry (CCW) class is always 9 am – 5:30 pm, regardless of which day you register for. The Ohio CCW training requirement is 6 hours of classroom and 2 hours of range time and our class is designed to meet these requirements in one day.

Reschedule Policy:

Classes can be rescheduled with no fees up to 48 hours before the class start time. Within the 48 class start time window, there will be a $50 fee if you need to reschedule or cancel. 

Class sizes are very limited due to social distancing required for COVID-19. 

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. For convenience we have a Donato’s Pizza Buffet option for $6, sodas/water for $1 each, and various candy bars and chips for $1. You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. 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:

If you don’t have a handgun then we’ll supply a 22 caliber pistol and ammo for the training. We’ll also have the range safety equipment for your to borrow if needed. We require side shield on glasses.

If you have a handgun then we suggest that you bring it so that we can train you on yours. In that case, you’ll have to supply a minimum of 50 rounds of ammo for the training. Please feel free to bring more than 50 rounds in case there is an opportunity to do extra shooting. We do sell ammo for your convenience but you are welcome to bring your own. We do not have restrictions on the type of casing. No AR style pistols can be used on the range.

Concealed Carry (CCW) Training FAQs

1. Where Are the CCW Classes Held?

The CCW classroom portion is held at Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis. See detailed directions here: https://armed2defend.com/wagnalls-2/ 

Our large, covered range is on private property in Canal Winchester just 20 minutes Southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Our range is only used for Armed2Defend training courses. The exact address will be given in class. Please note, there is absolutely no visiting the range outside of scheduled class time. 

The range is only 4 minutes from the classroomThe classroom portion will be from 9 am until around a little after 3 pm. The CCW range portion will be from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  

*If you are getting dropped off at the class we will be happy to arrange a ride for you to the range. Just let us know. 

2. Do I Have To Have My Own Gun?

Nope! We have you covered! And we won’t charge you extra to use one of our 22 lr handguns and the 22 lr ammunition for the training.

In fact, if you don’t have your own handgun already, we encourage you to plan to use one of ours and wait until after the class to make a purchase decision. We think you’ll have a better understanding on what will suit you best after taking the training and prevent you from wasting money on something you later realize isn’t a good fit for you.

Now, if you do have your own gun and are hesitating about bringing it or not because you aren’t comfortable with it, I urge you to bring your gun! It’s your chance to get comfortable with it! You don’t have to get a certain score on the shooting portion to pass the class. You must demonstrate safety and competency. So, let us help you with your gun so you leave knowing how to effectively operate what you own.

If you bring it and change your mind at the range, you can always revert to using one of ours but at least your options are open. Many people who don’t bring theirs end up regretting it.

3. I Have __________ On My Record. Am I Still Eligible For The License?

As part of the concealed carry application process, the sheriff’s office will run a background check on you.

There are some things that disqualify a person from being eligible. If there is something you are concerned about, my advice is to contact the sheriff’s office in the county you will be applying (since they all do things differently) and talk to them about it.

You can find a summary of disqualifiers on pages 7-8 of the Ohio Attorney General’s Concealed Carry Laws Manual.

Passing a concealed carry training course does not mean that you will pass the background check at the Sheriff’s office. Trainers do not run background checks for the training.

4. I Have Military Experience. Do I Have to Take the Training?

In November 2018, a new law took effect that allows active duty military and retired and honorably discharged veterans to apply for the concealed carry license without taking a training course. You can talk to the sheriff’s office directly if you have any questions. Armed2Defend is not involved in the licensing process so any license related questions are best directed to the sheriff’s office where you will be applying.

If you have military experience but are still interested in taking the training for your own benefit, you certainly can. Many do! It’s especially beneficial to learn about the laws regarding self defense and firearms.

The best part is that this new law also incorporates the state waiving the $67 application fee for all former and current military when applying for the license at the sheriff’s office.

 

5. Do I Have To Be 21 To Take The Class?

No, you do not have to be 21 to take the course. Anyone 18 or older can take our training course. However, please understand that you must be 21 to get an Ohio Concealed Carry License.

The sheriff’s office will honor a certificate of completion from a course taken within the last 3 years. Let’s use an example. Suppose Johnny was 20 years old when he took a concealed carry training course on Dec 15, 2018. The sheriff will honor that certificate of completion until Dec 15, 2021 (3 years from the date of completion). So when Johnny turns 21 in November 2019 he will still have plenty of time to use that certificate of completion to apply for the license before it is expired. Johnny could apply for his concealed license on the day of his 21st birthday if he was in a hurry.

Sometimes parents taking the course want their 18, 19 or 20 year old child to go through the course with them to learn about gun safety even though they aren’t old enough to get the license yet. This is a great idea and we encourage it.

*Please note: Anyone under 21 would not be legally able to transport a gun to class. This is no problem at all. They will revert to using one of ours. There are no extra fees for using one of ours. If a friend or family member 21+ is also attending the class that day, they can transport a gun for the underage person.

6. Can I Just Pay the Training Fee On The Day Of The Class?

At this time we require full payment to complete registration for the class. 

 

7. Will I Get My Concealed Carry License The Same Day?

Just like the BMV is the only place that can issue a driver’s license, the sheriff’s office is the only entity that can issue the Ohio concealed carry license.

To get a concealed carry license in Ohio you must take an 8 hour training course. (If you have military experience, you might be able to use that experience in place of training– talk to the sheriff’s office in the county where you will be applying to clarify with them.) Then you take your certificates of completion from your online training and from our range training to the sheriff’s office as proof of completing the training requirement. Most counties require you to set up an appointment.

Think of taking our course like taking a drivers ed course. There is no drivers ed school that can issue drivers licenses. Likewise, there is no concealed carry training courses that can issue an Ohio Concealed Carry License. Your first step will be to complete the training and your second step will be to apply at the sheriff’s office in the county you live in or an adjacent county.

When you apply through the sheriff’s office for the license there will be an additional fee you pay to them. Please contact your local sheriff’s office for any questions you may have about the license process as each county does things differently.  Any information we put here could be different in your county.  

It is a 5 year license and there is no retraining required to renew your Ohio CCW license. You will be able to renew directly with the sheriff’s office without taking additional training. (Although, additional training is always a good idea since shooting is a perishable skill!)

8. Which States Will My License Be Valid In?

The term used to refer to what states honor other states’ licenses is reciprocity. The Ohio concealed carry license is currently honored in 39 states. (This number changes so always be sure to verify reciprocity before traveling with your concealed carry firearm!)

The Ohio Attorney General’s site has a clickable map that shows you which states honor the Ohio concealed carry license.

No matter where you take your training, when you get an Ohio Concealed Carry License you get the same license. There are NOT different levels of licenses that include more or less states.

9. I've Never Shot A Gun Before. Is This Class Too Advanced For Me?

Not at all! Our course starts at the beginner level and teaches you everything you need to know. In fact, it’s very typical that half of our class is beginners with little to no experience. You won’t feel intimidated or embarrassed in our welcoming, encouraging environment.

On the range, our instructors will be by your side guiding you step by step. You’ll get plenty of pistol handling experience and knowledge so that you leave feeling comfortable and confident owning and using a pistol.

10. What If I Am Pregnant?

We choose not to train pregnant women on our range because of the potential for hearing damage to the baby and the exposure to toxic substances that are a unavoidable part of shooting.

However, you are welcome to complete the 6 hour classroom portion even while pregnant! It’s actually a great idea to get the 6 hour portion done while pregnant. After delivering the baby, you can come back to complete the 2 hour range portion. Since it is sometimes hard for a mom to be away from a newborn for an extended day, many pregnant women find this to be a convenient option.

*Please note you will not be able to apply for your Ohio Concealed Carry License until after you have completed both the classroom and range time.

*There are no additional fees involved. You would pay the class fee in full for the initial classroom time. You wouldn’t owe anything when you came back to complete the range portion. We keep your paperwork on file so we know exactly what you need to complete when you come back.

11. How Long Is The License Good For? How Do I Renew It?

There are 2 time frames that are easy to confuse:

1.) You have 3 years from the date of completing the course to apply for the license. In other words, the sheriff requires you show proof of completing an approved training course within the last 3 years. Example: if you took the course on March 26, 2016 you would be able to use that certificate of completion to apply for a license until March 26, 2019. After that time frame, if you had not applied for your license you would be back to square one and need to repeat training.

2.) The concealed carry license itself is a 5 year license. When the 5 years are up and it is time to renew, there is no retraining requirement. You will just go through the sheriff’s office to submit an application again. Sometimes they need to see a copy of your original certificate of completion and sometimes they don’t. We offer digital replacement certificates for $10 but you should clarify with the sheriff’s office if they need/want it first.

Our Most Recent CCW Student Reviews:

Megan L.
Megan L.
23:33 13 Mar 21
Highly recommend! Very nice and informative
Aaron B.
Aaron B.
22:20 07 Mar 21
This class was one of the best classes I've taken. It was fun and entertaining as well as informative. I felt the upselled everything, yet everything they sold was only high quality products that they believed in. Now I believe in them too. They're motto, "It's a lifestyle." is something I've already learned to adapt.
christine B.
christine B.
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 B.
Christine B.
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 G.
Joseph G.
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.
Chris B.
Chris B.
14:05 07 Mar 21
I signed up to get my conceal handgun license and was incredibly impressed by this team. They held an on line class as well as an in person class....
Brandi M.
Brandi M.
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 F.
Jason F.
23:17 28 Feb 21
Took the class last week. Highly recommend to anyone thinking about attending CCW training. Great class, Great Instructors
Tony J.
Tony J.
19:25 20 Feb 21
Great class and great detail for CCW holders.
Bobbie S.
Bobbie S.
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 L.
Tabetha L.
18:43 05 Jan 21
The staff was very knowledgeable from class to the range. It was absolutely the best experience.
Dream B.
Dream B.
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!!

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