Hilltop gun Club


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.

Carbine Clinic October 17th 11am – 3pm

The operations board of HillTop Gun Club is hosting a Carbine Clinic October 17th at the weapons training facility located at 675 Pearl Wood Road Athens County Ohio, from 11 am to 3 pm. The clinic is being taught by combat veteran’s, highly skilled instructors and recent discharged military individuals. The clinic is $30 which includes a sack lunch, door prizes and a certificate. First hour is a lecture on safety and range protocol then we shoot for the next 3. Additional instructors will discuss reloading and proper component selection and insurance. Range discussion will include cleaning, sighting, aiming, gun nomenclature, targeting and shooting at various targets supplied by the club. Limited registration. All guns are inspected and tagged. Contact John Euler at 575-640-7792 moosemaniac@yahoo.com or Bill Hayes at 740-707-7139 hagle@intelliwave.com.. See our website at Hilltopgunclub.com and like us on Face Book.

August gun range pictures

July gun range development

Finally, a break from the rain!

Marksmanship Principles – Sharp Shooter or Machine Gunner?

As a youth I was taught marksmanship skills by combat veterans who drilled the utmost important shooting principles into my training. Aim small – Shoot smile and 1 shot 1 kill. Every time i handle a firearm I practice those basic skills.
Most of my students strive to be marksmen or marks women knowing full well the effects of missing an intended target is a waste of precious time and energy and ammunition’s. Marksmanship is hitting your target each and every time.
Recently I had the opportunity to test out a newish 5:56 AR Carbine in the 125′ range shooting at a 5″ tall wood block setting on a 1″ thick board. I shot the first 12 rds on target and then set myself up again and fired the remaining 18 rounds of full metal jacketed Hornady ammo. I missed 2 times. My students were a father and son team of ex military service and both were combat veterans who shot a lot and their training in the special forces field was more than evident.
Next thing I know the dad gave me another 30 rds to play with and I did.
I set up for my next 6 shooting drills. forward aggressive, rearward defensive. side to side shuffle. kneeling. using cover and some rapid firing drills. Staying in the shooting principles that I emphasis always I found my target, pointed my firearm, aimed aligned the sights fired followed through and breathed.
A moment later the block had 29 nice new tiny holes punched through leaving a rather interesting piece of artistic work.
Aim small – Shoot Small.

Recent gun range development

Mad Minute – The RIfle Shooting Drill.

The Battle of Belgium’s Mons Canal October 23 1914. The Brittish Army had set up forces in a long swath along the Conde Canal area facing the German Army in a defensive manner. The Germans 1st Army Commanding General was 100% clueless the Brittish were watching his every move due to the fact the he was in hot pursuit of the French Army, and then for some unknown reason; with no intellegence no warning or battle order he turned his army and promptly began to attack the Brittish Army!
That was a bad mistake.
Some written stories say the Brittish newly trained Army marksmen were shooting very precision shots up up and beyond 1000 yards and killing as many as 50 Germans apiece. Kill rates for the Brittish Army soldiers using mostly Lee- Enfield rifles were beyond 6 to 1.
Before the Brittish connected the dots and started a national program of encouraging and training and supporting firearm sports most people in the cournty couldnt hit the inside of a barn if they were standing inside with a firearm shooting. It didnt take long before the in thing to do was go shoot even the Queen herself started her own National Competition. Nation wide the vast majority of rifle shooting had improved greatly within a very short few years because of a Tactical Shooting Drill called the “Brittish Mad Minute Shooting Drill.”
HillTop Gun Club is excited to announce the Mons Shooting Drill coures will be offered this August 24th. What makes this class exciting it it is for Veterans and their familes exclusiviely. Future information pending. Sponsors are encouraged to contact our staff. August will be a day of commradre and fun friendly shooting. Some proceeds go to Gilham – Frank VFW Post 8804.
The Brittish Mons shooting drill is 15 aimed shots into a 12″ circle target at 300 yards in 60 seconds. Trust all of us, it is a very challenging shooting drill requiring skill and experinece.
For the sake of the drill and safety Hilltop staff will use the same 12″ target but at shorter distances. Get out your rifle, practice up and drill.

JUNE 5-7 Work Party

If all goes well there is going to be work party at the range this coming June 5-7. We intend to move the massive amounts of dirt we removed from The Slot Range and take it down to the Lower Range and lift that area up. The other jobs hopefully we an accomplish is finishing the awning of the shelter house, re routing and widening the creek, cutting brush, adding another layer of gravel to the parking lot, putting up a board and post fence, adding an extension to the septic tank for our future out house and enlarging the Shoot House Range area. A lot of projects but with enough helpers and members we should accomplish the majority of them. Please send up an email if you are interested in coming down to help. Once we get finished then the following next few weeks we will set up for some serious firearm training and shooting. Staff

A new defensive handgun will get you killed & the new Ohio CCW law

Our Chief Instructor recently purschased a brand new high capacity Para Ordinance Warthog, which is a wicked little handgun that carries 10 45 ACPs rounds. When the gun first arrived it was nearly impossible for 5 grown strong men to operate the slide and overcome the high presure return spring. We all thought the gun was problematic and that few people anywhere would be able to make the gun function. We sent an email to Para asking what was up with the intense pressure of the spring and we were told it was only a 20 pound spring.. HAHAHAH all of us can assure you the spring pressure is more like 120 pounds and the Para rep told us to go blow no less than 500 rds through the gun to loosen it up. He recommended a 1000 to really get it functioning.
On April 23rd after a long day of work on the range 5 individuals test fired the Warthog using 2 types of 230 grain FMJ ammo. All shooters had malfunctions with the gun including, stove pipes, train wrecks, jammed up jelly tight and mis fires. After 100 rounds the gun did warm up but the issues of a defensive handgun not firing each and every time again is a danger to self and to others.
Concealed Carry Laws in Ohio in on track to be changed again so that there will be no requirements to train with your mind or body to apply and recieve a license to carry concealed or open. The board of HillTop Gun Club and or affiliate national firearm advocacy group have voted 100% against the proposed new law mainly because of the lack of skill in want to be students. The clubs instructor has taught over 1000 people in handgun training and he states that, ” not only will a new handgun get you killed but if Ohio does pass the no training requirement law then if there was a shootout and the person with the non tested and non functioning handgun attempts to defend theirselves or others they may end up injured maimed or killed.” HillTops current CCW range training requirements now is the student must fire no less than 200 rds during the qualifications part of the training.
Let the buyer beware that when you buy your new defensive handgun it needs to be properly broke in to fire each and everytime. Having a CCW license without proper training or hand gun breakins is just a dangerous precident in waiting.

Gun Range Helpers

April 24-26 John Euler, Dave Lawarence, Jerry Mathney and Bill Hagel came down to the range and volunteered their time to help finish the Shelter house, install the Slot Range drain system, cut a massive tree out of our very jammed up creek and off the top of a jammed up boat in the same creek, built a parking lot, raised up the head of the Slots head wall by 5 more feet and mowed the property. No organization can operate without membership help and voluneetirsm and resouces. Our next project wil be installing a post and rail fence up along the county road and then a 5 strand barbed wire fence around the immediate shooting ranges. The barbed fence will also be electrified to get any tresspassers’ attention that it isnt a good idea to come on the property without permission. The officers of HillTop Gun Club want to thank the volunteers for coming down and helping. We do appericate your time and effort. The Staff.

Gung Ho on the Gun Range

According to the weather forecast there may be good working conditions for Phase II at the gun range property, April 24-26, 2015. Equiptment operators intend to hog out the Shoot House pit another 50′ long, thus allowing more training ranges and they will use the escavated soils over into the Bottom range to help level and drain it.
HillTop Gun Club members, guests, veterans, locals and interested parties contact us if you would like to help in public service . Interested people should bring tools for fence building, parking lot creation, finish up the shelter house, setting up flagging and distance markers, setting up the septic system tank lid, seeding and strawing and tree and brush cutting out of the creek. Dave Lawarence is overseeing the boat stuck in the creek issue and will need help also.
Saturday at 4PM we will be holding a “Sighting in” of your small caliber carbine. Targets are supplied. 50 rounds minimum required.
Please consider helping out April 24-26. Hours are 11:30 am till 6pm – Friday 830 Saturday till 5pm and 10 on Sunday to 3pm.
Range develeopment is work of very criticlal and high nature of construction work techniques and thoughtful engineering to make it safe for everyone on the range to others and to the enviroment. HillTop Gun Club currently is awaiting approval for a Certificate of Reconigtion for the flora and fauna protection, growth and evergreen management practices from the United States Enviroemental Protection Agency.