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Next CCW Class – Saturday June 22

Concealed Carry Class for Kentucky and Ohio Residents

Our CCW Classes are catered to beginners… SAFE, low stress, personal attention, lots of fun and humor… and quality instruction you can not find anywhere else.

Classes are hosted at our training center located at 5512 Taylor Mill Rd, Taylor Mill KY 41015!

If you are interested in learning gun safety, proper handgun shooting techniques or want to know the rules and laws for concealed carry of a handgun, THIS IS CLASS MEETS ALL YOUR NEEDS.  You will learn everything you need to become a safe and responsible gun owner with solid shooting skills.

Even if you do not own a handgun yet, we have several handguns available to loan out for use during the class (we do charge a small fee for any ammunition we provide).  This will help you determine the right type of handgun for you before you go shopping at your local gun store.

Training certificates are issued to students on the day of class. Upon completion, you will have met all the legal requirements needed to apply for your concealed carry permit.

Next Class Will be Held On:

Saturday, June 22nd at 8:00 am

This class includes approximately 6 hours of class time followed by live shooting exercises at an off-site location (indoor or outdoor range depending on weather).

You Can Register at this link:

Concealed Carry Class for Kentucky and Ohio Residents

Our highly-qualified Instructors have certifications from the National Rifle Association (NRA), the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.  We aim to provide the safest, most informative and most enjoyable concealed carry class in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

This class meets all of the legal requirements for Kentucky Concealed Carry of a Deadly Weapon Permit (CCDW) and Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) requirements.

Cost is $65.00

You will attend class from 8:00am to 4:00pm in Taylor Mill, KY.

Training Certificates are issued at the end of class.

Class topics include:

  • Firearm Safety at home, at the range and carrying in public
  • Ammunition parts and how they work
  • Handgun parts and how they work
  • The fundamentals of proper shooting techniques
  • Situational awareness and conflict avoidance
  • Where you can and cannot carry with your concealed handgun permit
  • Use of deadly force
  • Interacting with law enforcement
  • What to do after a defensive incident
    … and much more.

You can register and read further information at the following link:

Concealed Carry Class for Kentucky and Ohio Residents


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Permit-less Carry Has Come to Kentucky

If you have been in one of my classes before, you have heard me say:

“A permit is nothing more than the government renting you your rights back for a fee…”

I am very excited for the announcement that Kentucky will no longer require a permit for concealed carry.  We have joined the ranks of those states who believe in the natural right to self-defense; and government need not be the gatekeeper for concealed carry in the state.

Constitutional Carry, as it has become commonly known, and better designated as permit-less carry, simply states that within the borders of a state which subscribes to such doctrine, one does not need a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

What does this mean for Kentucky residents and CCW holders?

link:   Governor Bevin Signs Constitutional Carry

Beginning in July 1, 2019, within the state of Kentucky… you will no longer need a permit to carry a concealed handgun.  You will still need to go through the permit process if you wish to carry outside of the state.  Most states in the USA do not recognize reciprocity with states who have permit-less carry alone.  Many states do recognize a permit that has some basic training requirements met.

Kentucky, being wise about reciprocity, is maintaining its permit system.  New permits will be issued under the same system we currently have.  They will still require a training class for that permit and all of the associated fees to maintain the system.

If you wish to be able to carry a concealed firearm in many of the states which border Kentucky and travel around the United States where reciprocity is honored, you will need to apply for the full permit.

Being a Responsibly Armed Citizen

I am a huge advocate for education and training.  While you may be allowed to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, you really should seek out training.  There is a great deal more to concealed carry than strapping a gun to your belt and walking out your front door.  Permit-less carry will soon be available, but you will still be held to the same laws as a permit holder.  Therefore, you will still have the same restrictions on where you can and cannot go.  The rules surrounding reasonable use of force and deadly force still apply to you.  As a responsibly armed citizen, it is of great importance you voluntarily seek education.

Permit holders and constitutional-carriers alike need to seek out skills based training as well.  Practicing basic marksmanship at your local indoor range is insufficient to prepare you for real world defensive gun use.

Even if you have some private land or a dynamic range to practice at, do you know how to efficiently perform handgun skills?  Have you been taught the proper techniques from a professional?  Do you know how to deliberately practice and not just send lead down range?

Go take a class in defensive handgun skills.  Take a friend with you.  I promise, it will be well worth your time and money investment.  After you take a skills class, you will then have the knowledge you need to make that deliberate practice worthwhile.

Permit-less Carry as a Great Philosophy

Until the entire USA recognizes permit-less carry as completely and totally acceptable, there will be restrictions if you do not have a permit.  So what is my advice?… I think you should still seek out the full CCW permit.

With the permit, comes the minimum education you will need, not only to be armed with a weapon, but to be armed with knowledge.  If you get your permit, you will not be restricted to only carrying in Kentucky.  You will have a basic understanding of the laws which govern concealed carry.  You might even learn better fundamental techniques for shooting.

Permit-less carry is a great philosophy.  I absolutely love that Kentucky now recognizes this fundamental right to self-defense without a fee.  We still have a long way to go in the country before this is universally accepted… and all states become constitutional carry states.  Until then, we should chalk this up as a win, and keep advocating for the enhanced freedom for our brethren in less free states.

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Patch Collecting

This is a bit of a guilty hobby… morale patches are fun to collect. I have many that are simply for fun, but this article is a chance to explain some of the patches I currently have with significant meaning. These are the patches I display in my classroom when I am teaching. They are meant to be conversation pieces to help draw students into my world, my experiences and my motivations for teaching in the defensive firearms world.

Ideals and Motivation

First and foremost, I consider myself a Christian and a Patriot.  My faith, ideals and principles guide every decision I make in life.  I teach and train self-defense because I believe that innocent life is sacred and worth protecting.  I believe wholeheartedly the God instilled our rights to life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness; as well as gave us the ability to protect those things.

I am a firm believer in the constitution of the United Sates, which serves as a governing document to protect those rights (that is, when our politicians follow the rules and limitations set down in the constitution).

The patches that make up this block espouse those principles mentioned above.  I should make a note about the two flag pins on either side of the main flag patch.  The one on the left is simply a reworking of the Gadsden flag which represents the resistance to oppression our founding fathers demonstrated with their sacred honor and treasure.  The pin on the right is the battlefield cross.  This is in honor of all of those fine soldiers who have given up their lives to protect the freedoms we have here at home.  I would be remiss without mentioning, I get these pins from a retired former Army SF/Green Beret.  This gentleman makes some very awesome items I personally gift out to my warrior friends and assistant instructors.  Find him at this link:

Earned and Gifted

Here are a few that I am extremely proud of…  These are all patches which I have earned through hard work, my time and my treasure; or in the case of one of these, a gift from a good friend and training/competition partner.

The bottom three patches are certifications I have achieved with the intent to enable my teaching of Concealed Carry Classes.  They have also served to improve my teaching abilities as each class provides a different method or style of teaching.  These certifications also required me to teach in front of other professional instructors and take criticism in my content and delivery of the class concepts.

The dragonfly patch I earned through taking Haley Strategic’s D5 Carbine class.  This was an intense 3 day class where I learned how to effectively deploy my AR-15 style carbine.  I even ended up running my rifle out to 600 yards on a time challenge and was able to make the hit in about 1.2 seconds from a freestanding position (click this ink to read the course review of Haley Strategic’s class.).

The Q-Series patch was given to me and others after going through an instructor development class with Gary Quesenberry hosted by an instructor association which I used to be a leading member.  Gary was the former lead firearms instructor for the Federal Air Marshals as well as a competitor on the History Channel’s “Top Shot” TV program.  His class was awesome, and I hope to train with him again one day.  (click this link for the course review of Gary’s class.)

The last patch, in the upper right corner, is quite special.  A good friend gave me this patch to celebrate the birth of my son.  While I will not name him for the sake of his anonymity, I can say he is one of the best shooters I know.  I very much enjoy getting to put practice time and competition time with him, and he always pushes to shoot better, faster and more accurate.

I wish I had patches from all of the classes/trainings I have attended.  Unfortunately not all of them had patches available.  I figure, when I start my advanced classes, I will have to have some patches made for my students.


Organizations I Am Involved With

I am a Life-Member of the NRA… as well as an NRA certified instructor. While the NRA has taken some flack recently for some less than optimal stances on gun-control… they are still the largest group of Pro-Second-Amendment supporters in the nation.  A little leadership shake-up may make them affective again.  The NRA also does a massive amount of education support of adult and youth shooting sports.  This helps maintain my respect and support for the organization.

I also support other pro-2A organizations, like the Firearms Policy Coalition, but I don’t have any patches for them yet.  😉

I am also a competitor in the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).  This is a place where I can practice skills not allowed at your basic indoor range, like drawing your firearm and shooting while moving.  Competition also provides some stress on top of your skills, as your score is time based and you have an audience.  I encourage everyone who does concealed carry to go out and compete.

Products and Gear

I only display the patches of companies’ products I use and have high levels of quality in their specific product lines.

I carry and shoot Heckler and Koch, Sig Sauer and Glock Pistols regularly.  Each of these brands have high quality and reliability.  My current choice for daily carry is the Heckler and Koch VP9.

G-Code tends to be my go-to for outside the waistband holsters.  Typically I only use OWB holsters for competition and “Tactical”/Defensive load outs and not for Concealed Carry (I use JM Custom Kydex for CCW, but I don’t have a patch by them yet).   AR-500 armor sells decent rifle rated body armor for a good price to civilians.  This is for my “Tactical”/defensive load out as well.  Only for use during training or if we have a terrible civil-unrest event which the use of body armor is merited.

Scalarworks, makes the best optic mount on the planet.  All of my rifles are outfitted with scalar works mounts.  They are light-weight, tough as could be and their ratcheting mount screws allow me to take off the optic and put it back on without losing my zero.  These are great mounts.

Lastly, the one product that is not 100% related to firearms.  The hand with the two fingers sticking out is a salute from SKILLSET magazine.  These guys are all about “Redefining the Alpha Lifestyle”.  The talking heads on TV, in our schools/universities and the political left keep pushing the nonsense of “toxic-masculinity”.  The goal is the subjugation of men into the realm of unneeded and unwanted status. The writers and contributors to this magazine produce content that celebrates positive role models with SKILLS to make a difference.  Alpha and masculinity should not be used as derogatory adjectives and thus should be held in high regard. The only ones saying different are the ones with the agenda to persecute men and diminish them.


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