Hilltop Gun Club

Firearms and concealed carry training, near Athens, Ohio

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.

More January gun club construction

Pics from January CCW class

Gun range development continues!

The wet weather has slowed down a couple projects, but we’re pushing ahead with everything else!

January CCW Class

Our next CCW Class will be held January 11 2015. This will be the last 12 hour concealed carry class that HillTop Gun Club will teach.. New State of Ohio law was passed and a bill signed by the governor will now reduce CCW training to 8 hours. 6 hours of related and a minimum of 2 hours on the range. HillTop Gun Club usually spends more acutal training time on the gun range than 2 hours. Class cost is $125.00. Groups and other students can recieve a discount. Please email for more details.


Membership into HillTop Gun Club will be avaliable January 1 2015. There are various levels of membership each offering a specific set of conditions. Board, Full and Lifetime members are required to meet the specific conditions of membership . All membership conditions and requirements will be addressed in your membership packet.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: associate members (A) are allowed to shoot and train on two ranges which are the pistol and the close distance rifle ranges.A members pay full costs of training, clinics and additional usages of the training facility. Yearly A membership is $100.00

FULL MEMBERS:Full (F) members have total access to all training ranges, reduced costs for clinics, discounts on firearms and related items, attire, fund raising actitives and priority over specific range usage and instruction. Full membership is $300 per year

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP: Lifetime membership (L) is $3000.00. Lifetime members recieve discounts on all training, clinics, attire, firearm purschase and related accessories, have the ability to use any range at any time and bring guests and family

2 & 3 YEAR MEMBERS: 2 and 3 year paid members will recieve a reduced membership cost at $550 for at 2 year and $800 for a 3 year paid in full. 2 and 3 year members recieve the same bennifits as full members

GUESTS: all members are encouraged to bring their guests to the facility as a way to encourage positive fun and safe firearm training and as a way to introduce them to the range. Guests are allowed to use the range 5 times per year and pay $25.00 per visit. After their 5th paid visit they are encouraged to join the club and will recieve a 10% discount to do so

COLLEGE STUDENTS AND CLUBS: College students membership is limited to their academic year. Student membership is $75.00 per year. Student members are limited to range usage. Students wishing to train throughout the summer can pay an additional $10.00 and become an associate member

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP: any and all Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, FIrst Responders and current and former military members recieve a 10% discount on any membership and recieve the same benifits of the training facility as would a Full Member.

SPECIAL GROUPS: Group rates are available. See a Range Master for details

GUN RANGE UPDATE & The Furgueson Issue

HillTop Gun Club advising board recently met to discuss the up and coming opening of the weapons training facility. The board has decided that the facility will remain in the hands of private ownership and that the property and training areas will always be private and off limits. HillTop Gun Club training facility will be accepting various levels of memberships in the near future. Our current levels of membership is Associate Member, Full Member and Board Member. Each level of membership has its own perks and range usages. All members must apply to a current member to be vetted and voted on to be allowed to join. Memberships cost will have various levels and all members must pass various firearm shooting disciplines such as pistol, rifle and shotgun, archery, Air soft and thrown weapons. Our primary objective for the range the members and invited guests is SAFETY! Safety is in effect at all times. Member must agree to abide by the club rules and take a firearms course. Currently the range areas are being cleaned (this property had 2 burnt up full size modular homes, 3 buildings, a dumping ground and had not been mowed in 10 years) thus it has taken hundreds of hours of labor and many thousands of dollars in cost to clean the place. Our next work session is this coming December 6-7 and we will be bush hogging the upper meadow and clearing out the lower creek bottoms and hillsides for future range development. Our engineer is drawing up plans for our remote control moving targets stations and we are in the first phase of building a shelter house with shooting benches, packed gravel floor and sound abatememt ceiling and roof. Many new target holders have been made and will be set up December 7. Week 3 of December we will be in discussion with the boundry and security fence installers and electricity from American Electric and Power. Hilltop will have high post night security and training lights set up. Please contact us with your training needs.

New gun range construction

Development on our new gun range is coming along nicely. Here you can see our process of heavy excavation, road-building, and strawing and seeding.


Our family hired HillTop Gun Club for a private instruction series in Personal Self Defense and the Handgun Basic Level 1training. Everyone was treated very professionialy and with great respect although none of us had ever seen or touched a handgun our instructor said after a very tiring training on the gun range that we are all now “Gunners” We were informed by others that the chief instructor doesnt give the title of gunner out freely. Some in our family travel and others are at home. Being alone can offer trememdous opportunities for mischief or worse. We thought it was in all of our best interests to learn about the storage shooting and carrying of a pistol.. After 12 hours of HillTop Gun Clubs 1 on 1 training I am no longer afraid of actually holding a handgun or shooting one. They are trememdous instructors. Elizaberh. 11-11-2014


HillTop Gun Club Chief Instructor Kevin Martin will be conducting the last Concealed Carry Weapon class of the year 2014 December 13 Saturday from 8 AM to 8 PM. Class room instruction will be held at 8156 Salem Road Athens and the firearm training will be conducted at our new range facility. Course requirements include hearing and eye protection, proper dress because we train on the range no matter the weather condition, hydration fluids, handgun, 200 rds of ammo for your handgun and 1 box of 9MM for the instructor. All classes require a $50 deposit no later than December 3. Class cost is $125 per student. Discounts apply to current and former military – fire department – law enforcement and school teachers and groups. HillTop Gun Club Basic Handgun Level 1 training is is considered the most challanging and demanding in Ohio especally due to our shooting requirements and testing. All students must pass 4 levels of handgun shooting on the range to recieve a certificate. Please contact us as soon as possilbe about your CCW training.

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?

Chief instructor Kevin Martin, aiming pistol
Chief instructor Kevin Martin
Tactical pump shotgun
Tactical pump shotgun
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.