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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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The Tactical Flashlight – My Most Used Piece of Carry Gear

I carry several items for personal defense. I carry a handgun, extra magazines and a good pocket knife.

The one item which gets the most use, is my tactical flashlight.

My light is not only is it an essential piece of defensive gear. It is also the most utilitarian item I carry, with uses beyond self defense.  After all, how often have you dropped your keys or some other item under your car seat and need a light to find it?  Have you ever had your electricity go out during a big storm and needed to see around your home?

Modern defensive/tactical flashlights have several features which differentiate them from the common/economy flashlight.  Let’s talk about those features:

  1. A momentary-on tail-cap switch this allows the user to depress the switch with the
    thumb and turn on the light and easily turn off the light by letting
    o of the thumb.  This grip also allows for holding the flashlight in a manner to be used as a striking device if needed.
  2. LED light source of at least 200 lumens (preferably more) – 
    LED’s have become the go-to light  source for flashlights.  You may find a good price on a mini-maglite at your local hardware store. However, the output/brightness doesn’t really stack up against a modern tactical light.  Most tactical lights will also use more powerful lithium batteries.  These batteries have the higher energy output needed to power the brighter LEDs.
  3. A crenulated bezelthe rim around the lens of the flashlight often has ridges that protrude in a sort of “castle wall” pattern.  These ridges are extremely effective at causing pain/damage to an assailant if used as a striking device.  While the light helps you see, it is also nice to have a dual purpose as a defensive weapon if needed.

Defensive Use of the Tactical Flashlight:

A great use of the tactical light and more common than one would think, is a non-lethal, non-threatening response.  Imagine this scenario: You are walking in a dark parking garage.  You hear foot steps behind you and keep looking back and notice someone you believe is following you.  Rather than point your gun at the possible assailant, you can point your really bright tactical flashlight in the direction of the possible bad-guy and in to their eyes.  This will cause pain/discomfort in their eyes, and will often dissuade an attacker or identify that the person is not a threat.

The use of the light is an alternative to immediately deploying a concealed handgun (until you are certain the handgun is needed).  If the individual was not a threat, you avoid the possibility of being charged with “brandishing” your handgun or some other offense related to deploying your handgun when the situation does not call for it.

The tactical flashlight also aids in the requirement of “positive target identification” before shooting at the bad guy.  This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  The mainstream news outlets have reported incidents where a family member is accidentally shot by a another family member who thought their home was being broken into.  While they may have actually been in fear that someone want them harm, identifying the target and being able to tell friend from foe could have avoided a great deal of tragedy.  This is why a flashlight should always be stored with your home defense handgun.  You need to know if you are shooting an actual bad guy, instead of the teenager who snuck out to party with their friends and is coming home late.


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