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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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The One Man Gun – Is It Enough?

I read about the concept of the “One Man Gun” on the Breach Bang Clear blog a  while back.  The idea really stuck in my head.  Some guns are only meant for one bad guy.

With the popularity of small, single-stack pistols for concealed carry, we need to know the limitations of those platforms.

Situation Dependent Gun Choices

While I fully agree with the idea that a small gun that you comfortably carry all the time is better than the large pistol you leave at home, there are limitations to this statement.

If you travel in a relatively safe part of town, and are typically not in large population concentrations, a smaller pistol may be just fine for your daily carry.  In areas where there are larger population centers, or high crime rates, a handgun with a greater capacity may be more useful.

Some of the smaller concealed carry pistols on the market are not meant for multiple bad-guy engagements.

Keep in mind, single-stack 9 mm handguns like the Glock 43 or the Smith & Wesson Shield have minimal capacity for ammunition.  Each of these small pistols only holds 6-7 rounds in their magazines unless you have an extended magazine.

Compare these choices to a Glock 26, or Heckler and Koch VP9sk where you have 10+ rounds in a magazine for only a small increase in size.

Compare further if you are carrying a Glock 19, H&K full-size VP9 or Smith & Wesson full-size M&P.  Each of these handguns carries 15+ rounds of ammunition.

The general idea is: if there is a greater chance you may encounter more than one assailant, you should consider carrying a bigger gun and extra ammunition.  It may mean that we make different choices in concealment clothing or holsters, but that is a sacrifice to think about

Gun Choices in the Era Of Civil Strife and Terrorism

Unless you have been living off the grid up in the mountains of Montana recently, you have seen news stories of our dangerous world.Over the past few years we have witnessed increased violent protests/riots.  Violent protestors have shut down Interstate Highways and targeted police officers with violence.  Antifa,  an anarcho-communist group is openly operating in the US and calling for violence against anyone who disagrees with them.

Europe is under siege with weekly terrorist attacks.  Terrorists  are armed with guns and knives.  Some use vehicles to run over people while others use bombs to target little girls at pop concerts.  It is naive to think this isn’t going to come to the United States at some point.

I fully admit, a gun is not going to help much against the bomb wielding terrorist.  In many of these scenarios you want to be armed and trained.  Whenever possible, I always want to carry a gun to defend myself and my family.

Should my luck go bad and I end up in a situation where either a violent protest starts where I am, or a terrorist attack happens, I do not think I want to solely be carrying a “one man gun”.

How Much is Enough Gun?

I can’t answer this directly.  This is up to you and, unfortunately, your assailants to decide.

I choose to carry a full size 9 mm handgun with two extra magazines whenever possible. I use high-quality, defensive ammunition and regularly perform maintenance on my guns.

Even in a riot/terrorist attack, this may not be enough.  It all depends on the number of assailants, their willingness to do violence and what armament the bad guys have.

Personally, in such situations, I would prefer having my defensive rifle handy.

In recent years, many police and police SWAT units have adopted the patrol rifle because of its effectiveness in mass violence scenarios. The reason I carry a pistol, is that my rifle just doesn’t conceal very well.

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The Risk of Advertising – Clothing Choices

I play a little game every time I go out in public.  While i am in the grocery store, hardware store or a restaurant, I try to guess who is carrying a concealed handgun.  Then, I watch to see if I can detect the outline of their pistol showing through the clothing choices.  This is not because I am worried.  I do this to learn how to blend in better since, I too, am carrying a concealed pistol.

Remember, there is a serious tactical and safety advantage to going about your day unnoticed with your handgun covertly placed where no one knows you have it.

Branded Gun Manufacturer Clothing Choices

Let’s face facts… if I see a man or woman wearing a shirt with their favorite gun brand.  That is a pretty big giveaway that you may be carrying.  Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer and any of the big brand names are recognizable enough to tip someone off.

Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of shirts and hats which proudly display my favorite gun manufacturers.  I typically save those for the range, competition or lounging in my home.

Pro-Second Amendment Clothing Choices

I am about as pro-gun a person as it comes.  I think citizens should have the right to own whatever they choose until they commit a crime worthy of disallowing gun ownership.  As a disclaimer, I do not think violent felons without remorse for their actions should have guns.  I choose to use my forum as a professional firearms instructor to spread the Second Amendment gospel.  I am weary about advertising out in public when I am not instructing.

Gadsden shirts (AKA Don’t Tread on Me shirts) are a big clue that you may be carrying a concealed handgun.  National Rifle Association apparel and other pro-gun messages on shirts or hats are other indicators to pay more attention to you.  Displaying your pro-gun stance on a shirt is great!  Just be wise of where you want to display that message so that you ultimately are not identified as carrying a concealed weapon.

“Tactical” Clothing Choices

While less noticeable in many ways to blatant advertising of gun related themes, the tactical style clothing choices can also be a giveaway that you are carrying.  Cargo pants by 5.11 Tactical, Tru-Spec or Propper brands may be an indicator to those of us in the gun community of your carry status.

Do you have a shirt, hat or jacket with velcro to attach morale patches?  These style are very common in the pro-gun community.  Are you displaying your morale patches proudly?

While extremely functional and useful, the tactical/military inspired clothing choices are at least a signal to other gun-knowledgable individuals that you might just have your CCW permit.

Going Unnoticed

If you are trying to truly conceal a gun… you should realize that simply covering up the gun may  not be enough.  Be aware of any outward indicators you may be displaying.  Be aware of your surroundings and the audience you may have.

There is a principle in the defensive training world called the “Gray Man” principle.  This is where the individual who is trying to blend in and not stand out.  They do not appear to the extreme of any side of the spectrum and do not call attention to themselves.  The “Gray Men (and women)” are extremely hard to identify whether or not they are concealed carrying.

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