Conceal Carry Weapons Course

Gaining you CCW isn't just about taking a class and getting your license. It is important for all gun owners to know proper gun handling. Do you know how to be safe with your gun? Do you know how to adjust your site picture to hit the target everytime? How about proper storage and cleaning.

At the end of the course, you will have everything that you need in order to apply for your license:
1. Certificate of Competency - Guaranteed to meet Ohio's training requirements.
2. Filled out application - To be used for applying with the Sheriff.
3. Passport photo to attach to your application - picture is taken in class and photo will be given at the end of the class.
4. Copy of the Ohio Attorney General's Concealed Carry Law Packet - To be reviewed before applying with the Sheriff.

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The Basic Pistol Course is designed to teach the student proper safety techniques, skills and attitude. This class takes place both in the classroom and the shooting range. Successful completion of the course will meet all requirements for CCW in Ohio and many other States. Successful completion will qualify the student as a basic practical shooter with the NRA. This course is designed for the Novice shooter and / or experienced shooters.

This course is designed to instill the proper knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the daily carry of a concealed firearm on your person. Material and topics of discussion include:

  • Handgun (semi-automatic & revolver) nomenclature
  • Safe administrative handling
  • Firearm & ammunition storage in the home
  • Defensive shooting positions
  • Handgun ready positions
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Malfunctions
  • Firearm maintenance
  • The legalities of self defense
  • Interacting with law enforcement
  • Understanding criminal assault
  • Overview of combat physiology
  • Holsters & placement options

Students are given a written test and must score a minimum of 80% correct. Students must also pass a live fire test with a minimum score of 80%, along with the student demonstrating safe handling of a semi-auto pistol or revolver.

The price of the CCW course is $150.00.

We provide everything that you need for the classroom instruction including lunch and a morning snack. Range Fees are include when you go with the class on the designated day.

All you need to do is show up. At the range you are responsible for your gun and ammuntion. You will need at least 50 rounds of ammunition.

The classroom portion is 10 hours of instruction and the range is 2 hours.

DO NOT bring any ammunition to the classroom.

If you want to bring your handgun it must not be loaded and do not bring ammunition in. All handguns must be checked into the classroom upon arrival.

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NRA Certified Instructor

As a NRA Certified Instructor, Tom Holden brings over 20 years of experience to the class room and range. With this experience and proven teaching methods, Learn CCW brings a classroom experience that will provide skills, knowledge and attitude for safe gun handling.

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

Tom Holden also carries a certificate from the NRA for Range Safety Officer.

Three rules for Safe Gun Handling

ALWAYS keep gun uploaded until ready for use.

ALWAYS keep gun pointed in a safe direction.

ALWAYS keep finger off of trigger until ready to shoot.