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.

Call or email for more information.

  • 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.

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.

Recent comments from our Feb 17 2013 CCW class

The gun training was most beneficial. Thank you
The State of Ohio needs more training and there isn’t enough time shooting. The safety aspect of the class was most beneficial
I don’t see how the training course could be improved other than more gun training
I need more time and more training. The explanations and demonstrations were the most beneficial. The class was very good
I could use more suggestions on how to clean my gun and more criteria on buying a pistol. Practicing without ammo and demonstrations was the best. The instructor needs to allow more than 60 seconds to fully load a magazine
A new gun will get you killed
I did not know there was so much to learn about selecting, buying testing and storing ammunition.
I shook like a dog shitting razor blades the entire time on the range. I’m scared of my gun. I am going to be taking more classes with HillTop until I feel more confident
Loading and unloading magazines while Kevin encourages us in his very intimidating way is stressful. Then he is always, “come on come on, hurry up” don’t stand still, quit looking at your magazine, where is the bad person. Get that gun back up and running. I am just totally exhausted
It was a day that I will not forget.
I am going to recommend to all of my friends who are wanting to have a concealed carry weapon permit to go to HillTop and receive the best training available in Southeastern Ohio
I thought the Yo Yo Homeboy shooting was odd but then I did it again and found it helpfull


Hilltop Gun Club is actively seeking a piece of land in Athens County preferably in Waterloo, Dover and York townships. We would like 10 to 20 acres, undeveloped, must have a high wall or tall hillside, road frontage and away from as many people as possible. We will pay cash for the right property. The purpose of the land buy is to build the most professional operated and set up gun range in the entire Southeast Ohio. Our range will be built with Range Development Team within the NRA and will be open to the public.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you have vacant land or know of some to buy.


What does the phrase “any new gun will get you killed” mean to a new shooter or even an old experienced shooter that has shot 500,000 rounds of ammo in their life time you might ask?
Yesterday the Chief Instructor and assistants of HillTop Gun Club held the 3rd Concealed Carry Weapon Ohio course of the year and all students who attended had brand new handguns. As we have said for decades any new gun that is not properly broken in and cleaned and lubed will fail to function. All guns yesterday including the chief instructors brand new Taurus Super Duper Heavy Duty SOCOM prototype 9 mm failed many many times. I used up 100 rds in that gun and it “STOVE PIPED” on me as least 30 times. If it wasn’t for many decades of combat and tactical training to clear the weapon and to get it back on line I could very easily get hurt or die if I used that NEW GUN for concealed carry. or self defense usage.
All told yesterday February 17th 2013 there was a total of 1100 rds of ammo expended during a brutally cold day on the range. Out of the 1100 rds of ammo there was probably over 100 times the guns did not work. Think on that a moment. You go buy a brand new handgun, you have never shot it or maybe you have shot it 20 times then its time to go train and you find out your 400 – 600 – 1000$ gun wont function. Why put yours or others lives on the line if you have to use a CCW gun and it will not work? All firearms (new) over the last 20 years are manufactured at aircraft machined tolerances. They are way way to tight and will most always fail if not properly broken in. Have you ever thought of the 300,000 people in Ohio who have a CCW permit who has never been properly trained or have had their gun tested to see if it works and they are walking around with a gun that might now fire? That’s on scary thought!
So the word to the wise is, if you buy a new gun and if you intend to carry it for self protection then that guns needs to be broken in properly. If you want more information just ask any of the thousands of students of our who found out the hard way on the gun range instead of on the street in a violent confrontation.

February 17th 2013 Concealed Carry Class is being held!

HillTop Gun Club is pleased to announce that the February 17th 2013 concealed carry weapons class is going to be held. We have had people ask about can they still get regiseterd and the answer is yes. We do not close out any of our class untill 2 weeks before. Often however we do not get as many people that promise to come and thats why we charge a deposit. So folks if you want trained and experience a real class that you will give you a life time learning ordeal then please send in your deposit and come.
Do you want to learn from someone that is charging $45 or $75 per student? Its like buying crap from China that you know is going to break before you get it home. So beware of the cheap and the easy or you will get what you paid for!
HillTop is known by an 8 county Sheriffs department area in Southeastern Oho and they all approve our training cerfificates.
Call text email and get your seat now for this up and coming exciting one of a kind training

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.