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Firearm classes in the Cleveland, Ohio area

CCW Class

Learn To Shoot

Learn To Reload Ammo


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This course is tailored to fit both first time handgun owners and seasoned shooters. We present all the material necessary for you to safely and confidently carry a handgun when it is desired to do so. You will leave our course with all the information required to safely own, use, care for, and store your  firearm. Your 2 hours of range time will expose you to a variety of drills that  will provide you with a basic set of skills that can mastered with practice.

With the required 10 hours of classroom work, and the 2 hours of “live fire” range time, you will have met the instruction requirements necessary to obtain your Concealed Carry License in the State of Ohio.

 You will leave our class with:

• The knowledge necessary to safely and    confidently own and use a firearm -

   We guarantee It !!

• An open invitation to come back and see    us anytime if you want our opinion, our    help, or just want to go to the range with    us!

• An embossed and officially signed    Certificate of Completion suitable for    framing.

• The application needed to apply for your    CCW license at your County Sheriffs    office.

• The State of Ohio Attorney General CCW    law guide

Get to know your gun

Every student will learn how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble his or her own firearm. We take the time because we want you to leave our class with ALL the knowledge necessary to care for and operate your firearm. Don’t have a firearm yet? You can take apart and reassemble one of ours!

instructor James Zernitz with ccw student James Zernitz on location with firearm students

Target training

We have you practice aiming and shooting fundamentals in the classroom with laser training pistols followed by quite a bit of target training with AirSoft (plastic BB) pistols and paper targets. This is so important! You will learn what is needed to become a good shot AND when you get to the range for your live fire, you will be familiar with shooting and range commands.

We offer way more than a PowerPoint presentation

• A ready-to-learn attitude!

• Eyeglasses if you wear them

• Handgun if you have one (does  not  have   to be the handgun you would  intend to carry   concealed)*

   (please do not bring ammunition into the     classroom with you)

* We will loan you a firearm free of charge for the class and range if you do not own one (see below)

What to bring to class

What to bring to the range

• A ready-to-learn attitude!

• 50-100 rounds of ammunition

• Eye and ear protection ( we can     loan you some of  ours if you do not own any)

• Eyeglasses if you need them   (you will need to see your targets!)

• Handgun if you have one (does  not  have    to be the handgun you would  intend to carry    concealed)*


    • Firearm Safety

    • Handgun and Cartridge components

    • How to clear malfunctions

    • How to select a pistol and ammunition for defense

    • One hand / two hand shooting

    • Basic shooting techniques

    • Aiming and breath control

    • Shooting Positions

    • Concealed Carry Laws in Ohio

    • Care, cleaning and storing of firearms

    • How to properly select and wear a concealed holster

    • How and where to train after the class   


How to carry your concealed handgun

We include a great holstering section in our CCW class! We present many different styles of holsters and clothing, and discuss the appropriate way to wear all types of holsters, as well as the pros and cons of concealed carry holster options. We think every CCW course should include this information. After all, you are learning how to potentially carry a firearm, not a cell phone!

Reloading demonstration

Some students may be very interested in getting started with ammunition reloading. We give a brief demonstration on how to reload ammo and show some of the basics needed for you to get started. Even if you have no interest in ever reloading ammunition, all of our students find it interesting to see how cartridges are made.

What to bring with you

You do not need to own a firearm to take our  Concealed Carry Course!

We will loan you one  FREE OF CHARGE;  we just ask that you  provide the ammunition. Most  students will purchase 50 rounds of ammunition (available at Dick’s Sporting goods or most  Walmart’s). Ammunition is difficult to find these days so plan  ahead. Please do not wait until the day before class to find your ammo.  We have loaner guns in:

 9mm Luger, 40 caliber, 45 ACP, 38 Special, and .22 Long Rifle

 Please call if you have questions

Beginner Friendly! Safety is Always first! In house Target training!

We give our students a first class range experience!

We really believe our instructional methods provide you with the best and safest, ‘live fire’ range qualification available.

We will schedule your two hour range qualification at a time that is convenient for you in a setting that is as stress free as possible. We can meet you at the range as part of a small group (you and 1 or 2 other students from your class) or ‘one-on-one’ for those that would prefer to shoot in a more private tutored setting.

Why do we do it this way? Simple. Students cannot properly learn how to safely and effectively handle a firearm in 2 hours when they are at the range with a large group of other students. It is very difficult for instructors to monitor everything that is going on around them at a live fire range. No fault of theirs. Just about all of the instructors we know in the area are safety conscious and take the job seriously. It just makes sense though, that you cannot get the full attention of an instructor who is watching 8 or more students at a time.

Why else? SAFETY! Simply put, more students mean more guns to watch! We can do it, and we have done it, but to be honest, it is super stressful to watch everyone, give range commands and anticipate everything that could happen at a range. Besides, you will not learn as much in that environment. Or be as safe.

A lot of CCW classes are taught in one day. 10 hours in the classroom, a hurried drive to the range, and then two hours of shooting. It is certainly convenient for some to get it all out of the way in one day, but you do make sacrifices. Unfortunately sometimes that sacrifice learning and safety.

We do not charge you anything more for our private or small group range instruction! It is all included with your course fee. You won’t get that anywhere else!

We have asked many CCW holders who were taught by some of the other groups in town if our range ‘experience’ would have appealed to them. Without exception, the answer was yes! Some were glad to have ‘done it all’ (class and range) in one day, but they did admit that their range qualification did not teach them much, particularly those new to firearms. A couple mentioned safety issues with their range time, and many others mentioned a very stressful and hurried range qualification process.

We just believe that teaching and coaching should always have yours and our safety in mind.

Sitting in a classroom for 10 hours is hard. For most of us another 2 hours on top of that and we would be on ‘auto pilot’. Instructors are no different, and believe it or not, it is much more draining to be the instructor! Hours 11 and 12 of a twelve hour course are taught on ‘fumes’ and that is when mistakes can happen.

Honestly, we would rather get the class done in one day too (we have families and other jobs just like you), but we don’t want to sacrifice safety for convenience.  

CDA students receiving certificates Soda, coffee And snacks Provided! Flexible  range times

Our classes are well taught, very informative and actually fun! You will learn how to safely own, use, accurately shoot and care for a handgun.

Ohio Concealed Weapons Permit course

$115 per student $200 2 students (same class) SAVE $30 $100 prior Military Top notch Training! Great Instructors! Free handgun Rental!

 • Please wear lace-up type shoes to the shooting range. Sandals and flip flops are not    allowed (too dangerous)

 • Please note, jewelry or fingernail length that  would interfere with the proper and safe    operation of a handgun is not permitted.

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