Hilltop Gun Club

Firearms and concealed carry training, near Athens, Ohio
August 24, 2014 concealed carry training coming up!

Hilltop Gun Club offers concealed carry certification, and array of firearms training, sales & service, in Athens County, Ohio.

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  • We are listed on Buckeye Firearms as the CCW instructors for Athens County.
  • Full time year around combat training in the shooting arts including CCW, shotgun and home defense.
  • Our trainers are former and current Law Enforcement and Military and we are all NRA Life members.
  • Athens County’s only certified gun range.

Large frame woman with a small frame handgun or vice versa?

I had a private Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) class recently for a select group of women. One of the most interesting question from all of them was the issue of fashion and a woman carrying a handgun rather they were of large or small body shapes. Women are far more aware of their appearance especially when carrying a handgun. As professional instructors we attempt to convey during the short 12 hour CCW session that you must try on multiple holsters and firearms and a spare speed loader or clip and “feel’ if what you pick out is going to work. Carrying a chuck of loaded steel and or steel and plastic for 1 hour or 12 hours is an arduous task especially when the majority of women do not wear a belt as men do. Woman on the whole do not wear pants that require a belt. So where do they carry their handgun and how to do in fashion? Our thoughts are for women to get a very small handgun either a semi auto or revolver and carry it in a purse or tucked into the hem of their skirt or pants. If wearing a dress then that’s a bit more complicated. Back in the old days women wore garter belts and that was an easy way to carry their handgun. But that isn’t too much of an option any longer. So to make a long session short you the ladies have your homework cut out when you decide to carry a handgun and where are you going to carry it upon yourself or purse or waist band. None of us had a true realistic answer as we are men. SO my question is to our students is if you have a comment or suggestion please contact us so we can post an update on where do women carry their pistol?


The owners of HillTop Gun Club are excited to announce the up and coming new training facility on Pearl Wood Road Athens County Ohio. This state of the art training facility will offer private and public year around training in multiple combative disciplines. HillTop Gun Club is Athens Ohio’s only professional full time training organization offering education in the firearm, edged weapons, thrown items, archery, BB, Air Soft, hand to hand and self defense systems. Our instructors offer world class instruction especially our current and former law enforcement and military personal.
HillTop Gun Club is currently devoting a lot of materials, resources and time at the facility to have it open by early 2015 as long at there inst 10″ of snow on the ground and its -23 below zero.. Current the 125′ shooting lane and slot if finished with 25′ side embankments and the Shoot House bunker is also finished. The Lower range is nearly complete and ready for training. In December Phase 1 of the archery walkways platforms and tree houses will be constructed and ready to use.
Please stay in touch with out website for future updates and contact us for your questions and comments.


HillTop Gun Club is currently in the process of developing a new state of the art gun range in Athens County Ohio. The range will be developed using the National Rifle Association of America Range Development Guideline Manual. Our intentions are to create a 30 person Handgun, competition handgun, shotgun, rifle, archery and air gun ranges. The property currently is in the early development stages and heavy equiptment should start earth moving in late September. Some ideas for the archery range will be walk up platforms with landings at various heights and easy to access trees stands {more like small tree houses} along with shoot lanes. The rifle range may be up to 300 yards. All pistol ranges will utilize stationary and movable targets and will be set up for competition shooting. Shotgun ranges will use the Wild Rabbit and Jungle Lane style to challange shooting along with sationary shooting open air houses. In addition our most interesting range will be the shoot house. Most often firing ranges offer no training or facility for an acutal mock up house or building to enter and leave while engaging targets. We intend to make the shoot house the pemier training house in Southeastern Ohio. In addition there will be ample partking, a restroom and possible a club house. Interested shooters must become a private club member and qualify on the range through which ever shooting discipline they wish to train and shoot. HillTops range will work along side the township trustees, county commissioners and state agencies for enviromental inpact mitigation, local and state laws, good neighboor standing and to bring in local law enforcement people to train at the range. The range will also utilize sound reduction barriers to mitagate firearm reports. Please in touch for future updates.


HillTop Gun Club instructors will be conducting our late August CCW class from 8 am to 8 pm Saturday August 30th at the current headquarters located at 8156 Salem Road Athens Ohio.. Please text 740-517-2774 or email Kevinmartin.1952@gmail.com for any questions. As usual each student is required to have 200 rounds of ammo for their handgun and 1 boz of 9MM for the instructor. Students need to have eye and hearing protection and to dress according to the weather. We shoot on the firing range regardless of the climate. In addition students should have a pen and note book and their choice of water or whatever for throughout the day. The current topics to be discussed is Handgun operations-shooting-cleaning and storage, ammo purschase and storage, Ohio laws pertaining to concealed carry, how to get your license via a County Sheriffs office, self defense tactics, gun range training time, questions and answers, written and verbal testing and qualfications on the gun range. Class cost is $125 per student and if you bring along a guest the price drops to $100 per person. Please contact up ASAP if you are intending to attend and send a $50 deposit to Kevin Martin 8156 Salem Road Athens Ohio 45701.. See you Saturday

August 24 CCW training

HillTop Gun Club is pleased to announce that the February 24h 2014 concealed carry weapons class.

HillTop is known and recognized by an 8-county Sheriffs department area in Southeastern Ohio and they all approve our training certificates.

Call, text or email, and get your seat now for this up and coming exciting one of a kind training!


Our CCW class will be held the 22nd of this month. Please check in for available slots and futher information via email..

Comments from some recent classes at HillTop Gun Club

  • No improvements needed. It was a fantastic class
  • The live fire and safety and the excellence of the teachers was most beneficial
  • The class was very informative and enjoyable and fun
  • I need more hands on experience with my handgun on the gun range
  • Why are there no open to the public firing ranges in Athens County
  • Training in the safe handling of the handgun was driven and redriven into us by Kevin. He never lets up
  • The course was very educational in many aspects of the concealed carry law and in gun safety
  • I didnt know there were so many holsters and places to carry a handgun concealed
  • If  you are offended by swear words then bring your hearing protectors as Kevin is a cusser and he says he does it to shock us out of our own little protected innocent world as bad people cuss and scream and swear much worse
  • The visit the gas stations to watch for narly people is a real eye opening experience
  • Moving while firing was extememly beneficial
  • Im worn out, I am 76 years old. The instructors dont allow us to have excuses and they make us push ourselves through the course as they said if something bad did happen and we had to use our handgun then this is nothing to compare to
  • My daughter has cancer and is in treatment, we travel to Columbus often and around the hospital is a very bad part of town. We are all scared when we get out of our cars, however I carry my LCP with me everywhere and Im confident
  • It was interesting to read in the recent Athens News newspaper in the Womens section as to how many women in SE Ohio are trained to use a concealed carry weapon and speak out in favor of doing so
  • A 1 12 hour day is long perhaps it if was split into two days
  • The shooting drills were fasanating
  • My trigger finger is sore, my hand is sore, my body is sore and I am sore
  • Great course
  • I give Kevin an A+
  • Have a better selection of breakfast food, more various drinks the day was way toooo long but it was an interesting day
  • HillTop Gun Club instructors train us in the snow wind hail rain 104 degrees. No matter the weather we train
  • I learned real quick to not be a “dumb ass’ for keeping my finger on the trigger
  • The most beneficial part of the class was the shooting range and learning all the part of my handgun. Not to mention the laws on actually carrying the gun and where and when

A recent handgun training by the staff of HillTop Gun Club

Recently we conducted a very long Fall season intensive handgun training clinic. The objectives were many and we actually shot through 33 various “what if’s.” You ask what is a “what if?” A what if is what if we were at a gas station or truck stop or fast food restrauant of a coffee shop even a school and what if the bad person or people were intent on robbing harming shooting you or worse and what if that happens what are you going to do to defuse or stop the “What if!”

A tremendous amount of training schools in Ohio and the US concentrate on military and law enforcement tactics as we do also, however our teachers are known to bring in common since and to think outside of the box. As we have said before we are not going to throw a MULE pack on some 90lb woman and then expect her to shoot out the target all the while dragging a 300 pound man that has a bad heart and knees to a safe zone. We just dont expect that to happen in real life around here very much. However what if that did happen,, what if the 90 pound woman and her husband were robbed beaten and he was shot at a gas station and she was the mobile one? What does she do to protect him and herself with her handgun at that time of crisis? Our instructors come up with very safe secure defensive tactics for the class to practice learn and simulate.

Over the 2 day course we also had each student try various handguns and we swapped each others guns so that everyone had the opportunity to see how other handguns operate and if they could use them especally under duress.  One very good learning experinece was to see how handguns have evolved from a 5 shot 38 Special Smith & Wesson to a brand new Kahr with a decocker a single double action a loaded chamber indicator a slide and trigger lock and a another loaded chamber indicator that pops up and is painted red!! Our thoughts are that the newest handguns with all the locks and indicators and de cockers are going to get someone badly hurt of killed if they dont practice with them often.

Some of the more intensive tactics we covered were the shoot and move and exchange your magazine or use a speed loader, go behind cover or concealment to shoot, shoot miss return and shoot the same target, prone shooting, weak then strong hand shooting, shooter down – return fire and shooting in the dark.  Our students were exhusted but very satisfied and more prepared for their own self defensive needs after this class. A good question to you is when is the last time you shot a firearm in total darkness? What could you not see 3 seconds after the muzzel report of about 5′ blinded you?

If you, family, friends or a group are interested in more firearm training give us a call or text or email to find more details and information as to how we can help you in your training needs. HillTop Gun Club offers much more training than involving firearms so give us a contact and let us know how you can become safer and secure.



Concealed Carry Weapons Permits in Ohio

Last week August 7th 2013 the Ohio Attorney Generals office in Columbus released some very interesting information concerning the dramatic and radical increase in concealed carry permits in Ohio. In year 72,000 shall permits were issued by the AG’s ofice, however just in the last 6 months of 2013 over 64,000 permits were issued! This is a very interesting tid bit of knowledge. According to the AG’s office somewhere around 400,000 people now have concealed carry permits and that will soon cross over to 500,000 in the very near future.

If we were living in New York, Maryland, or most of the anti gun states those amounts of permits would have declined. We are very fortunate that Ohio is extreme pro gun pro hunting pro carry weapons and pro let us make the decisions as to where we want our gun laws to be instead of Bloomburgs attack on all politicians who are pro gun.

Last week in Cincinatti there was a Mayors Against Gun rally brought to you by Bloomberg in the down town square supported by families of the mass murder in Connectict. However the amount of people in support of more Anti Gun laws in Ohio fell short of any noticeable means. Some say there were 30 anti gun activits.

We at HillTop Gun Club support smart dscussion and communications pertaining to gun violence reduction and more incarceration along with a movement to regain prayer in school, the reciting of The Pledge of Alliegence and spankings.. Once they took those out of our public schools discipling made a marked and pronounced decline in the United States.

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013 will be here in less than 12 hours. Memorial Day is the only day in the entire year set aside just to honor respect and mourn for the military war veteran of the United States of America. It is celebrated with family reunions, graduations picnics and cookouts and watching the parade in the downtown with the old and new veterans riding – walking; some marching. Memorial Day the only day in the entire year for veterans. At the main cemetery in the town of New Marshfield Ohio at 10 AM starts a world class veterans graveside service which follows local tradition. Gilham-Frank VFW Post 8804 continues a 67 year service in the cemetery. The people of the township and other parts have buried grieved honored saluted their veterans in the hills since 1787! One of the oldest patriotic gestures in the entire United States.Waterloo township was discovered and organized by early settler military men.
Some board members of Hilltop Gun Club are military veterans and also belong to the same VFW Post. Our hands are outreached, we are thankful for your service and it is an honor and privilege to have you on the board of Hilltop Gun Club.

Training will resume the 2nd week of June.

Chief instructor Kevin Martin, aiming pistol
Chief instructor Kevin Martin
Tactical pump shotgun
Tactical pump shotgun
Gun range
Gun range
CCW Certificate
Sample Certificate
"I find him interesting and fascinatingly dangerous"
-Quote from a female from the concealed carry weapon course about chief instructor Kevin Martin.