I may have had the misfortune of taking a private shotgun class from Hilltop Gun Club's chief instructor, Kevin Martin. I've read articles and have spoken to friends about the training intensity that Mr. Martin is known for. I contacted him back in November about if and when he would be teaching shotgun and he said anytime I wanted a class to get in touch. According to some law enforcement people, Hilltop's classes are based on realistic combat shooting, as the instructors are always "wired in" with people in the military. Little did I know that I would be flooded non stop with a steady stream of Bando Gun Hand training and a body pounding shooting. Mr. Martin warned me many times that if I was going to take a class that I would need to train myself with my shotgun, especially getting used to the guns kick. He suggested that I start off 6 weeks before the class and shoot 50 rounds of various 2.5 and 3" shells for the first 4 weeks, then to shoot 100 rounds week 5 and 6 to prepare my shoulders and arms to the relentless pounding. I did not do as he suggested. I shoot a lot of various firearms and was thinking that I was prepared. WRONG! Kevin's first drill was a cold shoot with 20 rounds of #7 bird-shot, non stop and to load the gun as fast as possible. That was at 9 AM and the day just started. He stated that firearms "ate a shit pot full of ammo" when being used in self defense and combat situations and a firearm will, "run dry" real quick. Thus the second drill he put us through was reload-reload-reload. That was the beginning of the class and for the next 8 hours with some breaks we shot in access of 200 rounds. He only let up because both of us were so tired and sore we could barely stand up let alone hold up a shotgun. Have a sling on your gun also which I also didn't have. I can state that after Sundays training that I never want to take a any class from Mr. Martin again unless I do exactly as he suggests. Sunday was review and easy training as he knew we were in no shape to, "Mount the Weapon" as he called it. Kevin is like a gentle bear that can and would rip your head off if needed, but his training is world class. Hopefully by October I will be recouped and will take his Carbine class which he states wont beat me up but will break my bank account. Carbine Class Level 4 we are required to have 2 guns and 1000 round of ammo! I recommend Hilltop Gun Club, and especially Kevin Martin to anyone for any type of firearm or archery training. Be prepared and do as he suggests and you will be rewarded for your hard work. Robert
The Hilltop Gun Club & Archery Range is always in need of members and volunteers, especially with the new expansions and the ranges nearly completed and ready for usage. And we need you now more than ever! We are constantly looking for people to volunteer at the rifle range development site, to work as safety officers (Once trained and certified) to help maintain our 14 acre nature preserve, to set up target stands, seed and straw the fresh bulldozed areas and many many other tasks. As usual recruiting new members for our organization and to assist with direct solicitation and mailings is a task we always need help with. The gun and archery ranges need volunteers to help us maintain the trails and set up various ever changing targets. If you are interested in becoming a member of HillTop Gun Club & Archery Range volunteer, please call 740-517-2774 or email or call any of the officers of the range you see listed on our web site. Or email us at hilltopgunclub.com. Like us on Face Book also Staff
Recently a father and his daughters visited the range and inquired about letting his girls try out a pistol. Unbeknownst to me he brought a big thick heavy brand new Ruger .45! Not a gun to start young people, especially very small girls out on. Neither of these two had ever seen a gun let alone touch one so we knew from the start that they would need very proper introduction to gun mounting, proper stance, breathing techniques and sight alingment. Although they were scared out of their normal minds and were shaking like dogs shitting toothpicks by the time we finished their introductions and tactical training these two very young women over came their fears and were actually very into shooting.. As dad said afterwards: "You have a real talent for teaching and calming." We hope dad will buy the girls some .22 revolvers and rifles so that we can start them both off onto a fantastic world of target shooting, firearm collecting and maybe hunting.
There is a well known saying that Rome wasn't built in a day. And I find that so true creating a brand new archery and firearm range out of 14 acres of very undeveloped land and forest. Over the past 3 years the raw piece of property that had 2 burnt out double wide house trailers, a burnt up storage building, a former junk yard, a dump ground for an ex asphalt company and a host of other issues has finally come to the near completion of being ready. Yeah yeah I know i have said that from the get go but it is nearly finished. Last week we graded all driveways and parking lots hopefully for the last time and the Swamp Range was graded for proper drainage to the creek and then seeded and rolled down .If that works then we will start to install the Static Target Archery Range. The Static Target Archery Range will also have a shelter house, bow hangers, benches, tables and chairs and a places to store equipment. That will offer archers stationary targets from 25' out to 450'. The bulldozer operator was finally able to get the junction of 3 roads in and out of the forest graded and all of that area will be seeded this week. The last absolute work we need to complete will to be to lower the area in between the 800-900' bullet impact zone down another 4' then widen out the actual bullet impact bank another 20'. Once that area is finished then we will have a large 150' by 100' flat graded area to conduct classes. Then up goes the target holders and that is ready to be used. The last few small jobs will be to get the #2 Steel Alley bunker graded and seeded and then the swamp will be dozed out so we can drive through the middle of it up into the 1000' rifle range and to create the Bio Gardens and Wildlife area. In other words we are creating a 1/2 acre swamp. UP on top of the meadow at the back of the property we recently noticed that the Butterflies- Bats - Bees and & Bats wildlife area if functioning as designed and planted and last week saw at least 50 Monarch butterflies. You may be asking why is the range being developed into a Wild life sanctuary and preserve? The 14 acres is 50% meadow and lawn and the rest is forest. Monarch butterflies are very endangered and S. E. Ohio is one of the best places in the entire North America area for them to fly to from Mexico. Today we will transplant 12 more Butterfly Weeds which host the Monarch. Over the past years we have seen a myriad of animal life in the area including fish, deer, bear, turkey, geese, frogs, turtles, squirrels, rabbits, raccoon, snakes, opossum, fox, coyote and every known bird including an eagle. The Operations Board of the club decided we must do what we can to protect and encourage all creatures to come live off the land and offer enjoyment to our customers and members. Many people when they see the range for the first time often comment how it looks like a city park. Rabbit Run Range now is cleared and ready to be utilized as soon as we buy Rinehart 3-D and stationary targets. In addition we will also have paper and metal targets throughout Rabbit Run to hunt. Please consider our range for your visitation and usage. We hope to have another shelter house up over top of the Rifle Shooting area and benches shortly Over the next month or so there will be a cabin placed up on top of the meadow and can be rented for a low cost. IT will be primitive camping usage only and there is not a better place for a romantic get away and star gazing. You can always contact any of the board members for further information.
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."
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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