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.

Top 10 reasons for concealed carry weapons training costs

June CCW training – Taking a class from Kevin Martin

This poor pretty princess searched and researched for over a month to find a competent safe professional firearms instructor. The local sheriff’s department, the gun store, an employee at Dunham’s, a LE at Ohio University, the NRA, and friends all told her to only consider Hilltop Gun Club and me as her instructor. This picture is after shooting 250 rounds of ammo going through 33 tactical drills all within 3 hours.

2016 Memorial Day Service – Please Attend


Please attend New Marshfield VFW post 8804’s 2016 Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30th, at 10 AM. We are excited to announce that we have the State of Ohio VFW Department commander Steven Hayes as our guest speaker. In addition, this year we are concentrating on celebrating the 70 anniversary, with many talented musicians and singers some who will be dressed for 1946, when the post was founded. This year, we are also serving our guests a special meal at the Waterloo Fire Department after the show. Lastly, post members are in the beginning of our fund raising campaign called Seeds of Caring. We will put up a copy of the donation letter this coming week and an address for you to send your generous donation.

Family and Youth Introduction to Firearms Clinic

Hilltop Gun Club will hold our Family and Youth Introduction to Firearms Clinic April 16, 2016.

Military and Veteran’s Day on May 21st

Hilltop Gun Club will hold our Military and Veteran’s Day event May 21, 2016. Come out to train and practice with firearms, and have a good time!

Hilltop Gun Club makes the news again in this Athens News article!


Concealed carry permits are up in Athens County, and about twice as much as the state average. See the article below for more on how Hilltop Gun Club is making this happen!

The Athens News:
Local concealed-carry permits have been surging

L.A. watch store owner refuses to be a victim… repeatedly!

Thugs were robbing and killing shopkeepers in Los Angeles. One of them had the nerve to defend himself, rather than go down, and had the wisdom to get trained properly, for any situation. His training paid off, and very likely saved his life and business more than once.

Small world – this man, Lance Thomas, was trained in knife fighting by Hilltop Gun Club Chief Instructor Kevin Martin!


Hilltop Gun Club activities currently are at a stand still due to the 11″ of snow we received this past weekend. All training has been suspended for the time being. However once it warms back up and the snow pack melts we will be open for members to train again.

Current construction updates for the range will be moving some bullet impact ranges, to fix the nonstop 24/7/365 toe of the back stop water run 0ff for The Slot Range. That area must have cut open a Spring when we made the range. Even after installing 200′ of 4″ PVC drain pipe the area remains soggy at the hill toe. The next project we are working on is clearing out a slice of the forest for our 300+ yard rifle range which will be the only one in the entire S E Ohio area for members to shoot and train. Staff is currently building new target stands, shooting benches and portable benches for the students to place their kit and firearms on while shooting on The Slot range.

In addition staff will be building a NRA designed shooting platform / shelter house for the rifle shooters. This will include a 12′ by 32′ deck with roof, shooting benches, sound abatement items, rifle racks, benches and shade cloth. We assume if all goes well (hahaha) the rifle platform will  be ready for use in Mid March.

We will have the 2016 training schedule up soon. Last, the board members of HillTop Gun Club is currently working with the staff of a national woman’s firearms advocacy group called The Well Armed Woman. Their primary mission is education and instruction and shooting. Because HillTop Gun Club has the only private members range we were approached by the local TWAW contact to be able receive training and shooting use of the range. Please check back for more information.