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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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Why I Am Not a Tactical Trainer

I must preface this article with this statement:

I am a civilian, defensive firearms instructor.  My background is not in military or law enforcement training.  My responsibility is to deliver instruction on concealed carry, defensive mindset and practical skills the responsibly armed citizen needs to be safe in a less than 100% safe world.  While I myself participate and encourage others to participate in tactical or advanced classes, that is not the current purpose of my particular shooting school.

The Shiny Vocabulary of the Gun Training Realm:

tactics (noun, definition) – an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end

tactical (adjective, definition) – (of a person or their actions) showing adroit planning; aiming at an end beyond the immediate action

The firearms training industry is filled with certain terms and phrases which
are supposed to immediately incite an image of highly-trained, elite, anti-terrorism agent with the skills of James Bond and Seal Team Six.  If you read through the endless Facebook posts and blog sites, you will see words like “operator” and “tactical”.  You might see pictures of instructors dressed up in military style body armor or camouflage uniforms.

This is not what I do.  This is not what I teach.  My defensive firearms instruction is geared towards the practical and realistic side of what the responsibly armed citizen may need.  I simply teach the skills and mindsets necessary for a person to defend themselves.  I am not teaching the average citizen to go to war or to take down a meth lab.  We teach defense not offense.  The fact is, most defensive gun uses are reactive and do not have well planned endpoints in mind short of prevailing over an unexpected threat.

Let’s take a look at the two scenarios which cover the majority of the average citizens need for a firearm for self defense.

Home Defense:

You are trying to protect yourself and your loved ones (note I do not mention property) from an assailant who means to do harm to another human.  This is a scenario where I could foresee the use of a home defense long gun.  This would be a shotgun or defensive rifle like an AR-15.

The idea here, as long as you have the time, is simply to gather your family, barricade in place with your gun at the ready and get on the line with 911.  If you truly think their is an intruder, you should not try and “clear the house” or search for the bad guy.  Look at it this way, Navy SEALS and Police SWAT units use team tactics to clear houses.  Unless absolutely necessary to reach a family member in need, actively seeking out a threat in your home, can be a much more dangerous task than most people assume.

Defending Yourself in a Public:

You are responding to an imminent threat against yourself or loved ones from an unforeseeable event.  If it were foreseeable, you should have left the area and avoided the conflict.  The defense skills here are meant to stop the threat as quickly as possible, create distance from the threat and hopefully provide an avenue for escape.  Even in the case of a spree killing event (the anti-gunners like to refer to this as active shooter events), the goal is not to seek out the threat, the goal is to gather your family to an escape point and defend them if necessary.  The average citizen is not trained to seek out and intercept bad guys.

This is the essence of concealed carry.  You have a concealed handgun available to you beneath your outer layer of clothing.  It is there for defensive purposes.  If it were for offensive purpose, I would choose a better platform than a handgun.  But offense, is not what concealed carry is all about.

Why I am Not a Tactical Trainer:

Why do I not consider myself a tactical trainer?  I think the word tactics is overused for the basic defensive skills people want to learn from their concealed carry permit class.  This is why I call my company “Practical Defensive Training”.  We teach practical skills, which are defensive in nature and train our students to prevail over threats to themselves and their loved ones.

Is there a place for the tactical trainer?

Absolutely.  I have even taken classes from individuals whose credentials and skills allow them to teach those higher level offensive-force tactics.  There is a great deal of information you can learn that will translate in to better defensive skills.  I encourage every responsibly armed citizen to seek out higher levels of training.  Still… the place to start is enrolling in one of our high-quality concealed carry classes. 🙂


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Praise in Public, Criticize in Private

A Fundamental Concept in Defensive Firearms Instruction

-Kind Acknowledgement to Joe Kalil for his many years of developing instructors and demonstrating the “Praise in public, Criticize in Private” principle in every skill and certification course I have taken under his instruction.

Criticize With Care:

We have all been there at one point in our lives… a teacher, a parent or a spouse publicly rebukes you for something you did, and it tears you down.  You feel embarrassed, or hurt and you either shut down, or retaliate.  At the very least, you become resistant to the message being presented to you, regardless of its usefulness.

Public admonishment of a student under your tutelage in a defensive firearms class can have the same affect.  By publicly criticizing the performance or questions of your students, you risk building resentment against the topics and techniques you are teaching.  The manner in which criticism is given makes the difference between keeping a student engaged or making them resistant to the learning process.

When giving criticism, it is important that the only audience you have is the individual whom needs correction.  Have a private discussion.  This shows respect for your student and allows you to tailor the message in a way which reaches that individual student without interfering with your primary teaching styles.  Wait for a break period in your class or range time.  It is a better option than interrupting all of your other students in order to reproach or critique a student’s actions.

One MAJOR exception to the criticize in private rule is SAFETY.  IMMEDIATELY address any issues which place other students, instructors or safety officers in danger.

Praise Good Performance:

Whether we are comfortable with public adulations or not, people feel good when praised.  It builds confidence in the individual and creates a positive emotional connection to the person doing the praising.  Praise is a mechanism which improves a person’s receptiveness to a message you are presenting.
Give positive encouragement and praise students for what they do well and how they improve.  Public adulation is a great tool to encourage higher performance.  Public praise is also a tool to indirectly reach other students you are instructing.  It shows positive examples of how to perform a task or technique.  You reinforce the ideas and techniques you are teaching by pointing out good examples.

Public praise gives students something to celebrate together and encourages comradery.  It has the ability to increase the fun and effectiveness of your class.

As defensive firearms instructors, we are teaching skills that are supposed to protect lives.  It should be of paramount importance that we go out of our way to fully engage and encourage our students to be open to the message we are sharing.

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