Hilltop gun Club


2017 Concealed Carry class schedule is posted. Click here!
Hilltop Gun Club offers concealed carry certification, and array of firearms training, sales & service, in Athens County, Ohio.
  • 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.
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Hilltop Gun Club membership prices:
  • $50.00 Individual
  • $90 Family
  • $5.00 Guests
  • Kids under 18 free
  • Range use: $25 per day

 · All members are required to donate 10 hours to the range per year.
 · Range donated hours can be purchased at $20 per hour.
 · Range open Saturdays: Winter 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Summer 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Hilltop Gun Club contacts

Dave MilnerRange Development
John EulerRange Safety Officer/Instructor
Fred ZerkleMarketing/Liaison
Robert StumRange Safety officer/Liaison
Casey MyersWebsite Development
Jim SaltzmanPublic Relations

Another great review from a satisfied customer

Another great review from a satisfied customer:

"I was very pleased with the CCW class through the Hill top gun club. It was great training and John and Kevin are A+ instructor's. Highly recommend anybody that wants to take this class to go through them."

- K.L.

A great review from another satisfied customer

I recently completed the concealed carry handgun course that is offered at the Hilltop Gun Club and I am more than satisfied with my experience. Trainers Kevin Martin and John Euler are incredibly knowledgeable and experienced instructors with a wealth of training skills and techniques that far surpasses any shooter I have ever met. Even being the fairly experienced shooter that I am, Kevin and John opened my eyes to new aspects of firearms handling and using that I had never even considered. The training style of the course is very militaristic and hands on and will offer you a chance to challenge yourself mentally and physically. However, the course is still structured in a way that is suitable for men and woman of all ages and walks of life. I myself am a male in my early 20's and as I mentioned, I could not be more pleased with the course. Also, as a college student on a tight budget, the cost of the class was very affordable and well worth the relatively small investment when compared to the amount of information learned in the course. I left that day feeling confident in the new skills I had learned and found myself very eager to learn more. Fortunately, the Hilltop Gun Club offers an wide variety of courses in varying degrees of difficulty, including hand to hand combat as well as rifle and shotgun classes. I highly recommend the Hilltop Gun Club to anyone. Weather you have no firearm experience and wish to learn to basics of safety and handling, or you are a skilled shooter looking to hone in and expand on your abilities, the Hilltop Gun Club has something for you. Thanks for reading. Sincerely, Ryan S.

The Head Shot Triad

Recently I was asked when I was on the range teaching a class from a concerned student about how to instantly stop a violent action with a handgun or pistol. In addition she expressed her fear of being blown to bits by a Terrorist with a suicide vest or bomb. Those questions got me to thinking long and hard for an easy answer. I told her later in the week to show up to the range and we would practice shooting THE HEAD SHOT TRIAD drill. As like any other professional combative disciplines instructor I name my training drills. The Head Shot Triad is a drill we run to blow out the brain's Medulla Oblongata out of the skull. If you do a quick internet search you will be able to see and study the human brain and its various parts. Attached and hidden at the top of the spinal cord and nestled under the cerebellum lies the medulla oblongata. Its primary job for humans is that it controls the hands and heart amoungst other functions. Destroy the medulla and the threat is stopped. Any projectile that penetrates the skull most usually stops a human movement within nanoseconds. The medulla oblongata is a favorite target of world wide special forces, law enforcement and highly trained gunners. Knifer's know that slamming a cold razor sharp dagger right into the base of the skull (where the oblongata is) in the Back Neck Pocket as we say in our martial system of Bando will put the human down and out in a blink of an eye. Shootists can attest that a speeding bullets into a skull works the best to stop a threat but that target zone is the most difficult to actually hit especially if the target is dynamic. A case in point would be the United States Navy SEALS that put Osama Ben Laden down with a hot 5:56 round tearing through his nose. OK so you catch the drift that a correctly placed bullet into a select region of a brain works. What is a HEAD SHOT TRIAD shooting drill? 1. the target zone is the size of a roll of fifty cent pieces 2. the target zone is 360 degrees around the skull 3. the target zone can be entrapped at any angle Targets: 1. start with a static target with a piece of duct tape placed on a humanoid target from ear to ear, Shoot face to face 2. make a target that is round or buy theater department Styrofoam heads. They cost about a $1.00 3. run a row of duct tape around your target and then turn the target so you are facing a back or side of a skull Drill 1. From 1' shoot 3 rounds into the skull target From 5-10-15 and 25' do the same shooting drill From 50' and 75' out to 125' again preform the same shooting drill.. Check your shooting ability and adjust for proper marksmanship Drill 2. Set up the skull target as if the person in kneeling down or bent over Shoot down into the skull from various distances Shoot various distances while preforming a Tactical Retreat to cover. Remember you are thinking this person may have a bomb on them and it may explode Drill 3. *THIS DRILL IS DANGEROUS SO DO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOUR DOING AS A SPEEDING BULLET CAN FLY OFF FOR A MILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!* Kneel, squat, roll and Lay down and shoot up into the base of a skull Lie prone and shoot up into the skull at a distance Lie on your back, kneel or crawl and shoot directly straight up into the bottom of the skull Drill 4. Use various cover and concealment training aids and preform various marksmanship shooting drill into either a humanoid 3-D target, a made target or a paper target from various distances. Learn to find any items to throw at the BAD PERSON or TERRORIST if possible to distract them before shooting their head off Shoot with one eye closed and with one hand. Drill 5. *DO NOT SHOOT CENTER BODY MASS IF YOU ASSUME THERE IS A TERRORIST AS A BULLET COULD CAUSE AN EXPLOSIVE PACK TO IGNITE* There are as many shooting drills as their are stars in outer space. I believe that less is more in any shooting drill so stick to the basics. What is the Threat Where is the Target Find your gun Locate the target Point your gun Aim you sights Fire your weapon Fire again Follow Through Breath Sweep and Scan the area 360 degrees because his wife or buddy might be coming right at you with a trigger in their hand!   Stay safe Kevin Martin Chief Instructor: HillTop Gun Club Athens Ohio

Membership fees and Range rental

Hilltop Gun Club is excited to announce that the Board Members of the club have set the permanent price structure for the range rental and for Membership. I'll list the costs: . range rental is $25.00 for 24 hours . membership fee is $50.00 per year . membership offers discounts on clothing, ammo, firearms, training and other parts of the range including our primitive camping out cabin. . discounts apply for more than one guest at a time . law enforcement and military and veterans also receive discounts for range usage and membership    

Concealed Carry Weapons 2017 Schedule

HillTop Gun Club CCW Master Instructor John Euler will be conducting Concealed Carry Weapon instruction classes beginning in February. Remember if you bring along a friend or family member you will receive a discount on your training fee. Hilltop Gun Club also conducts private training classes and we offer group rates for the Concealed carry classes. Classes are $125.00 per person. Discounts apply. Students must supply 200 rounds of ammo for their handgun and 1 box of 9mm for the instructors. All students must have hearing and eye protection. Please contact us for further information and watch both this web site and our Face Book for updates and news.

2017 CCW class schedule:
February 18
March 18
April 15
May 6
June 3
July 29
August - date to be determined.
September 16
October 15
November 29
December 18

HillTop Gun Club and Gilham - Frank VFW Post 8804 from New Marshfield Ohio will be conducting a FREE  Women's Self Defense Clinic this January 21th from 11 to 1. This clinic will highlight the importance of physical self defense practice, hands on learning experiences, Pistol 101 lecture, Self Awareness is Self Awareness and Home Safety tips. Free Refreshments and gifts. Please contact the web site or our Face Book for further information. Location for the clinic is 8156 Salem Road Athens Ohio 45710

Free women’s self defense and pistol clinic

Hilltop Gun Club is conducting a free women's self defense and Pistol clinic Jan 21 11-1 @ 8156 Salem Road Athens. Please make plans to attend. Students will learn self defense techniques, threat identification, "self awareness is self defense" discussion, home safety plans and Pistol 101. Free refreshments and Door prizes. See our FB page and website for updates. Hilltop Gun Club page on Facebook

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

647647647-900 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.