• Address:
    4250 Alum Creek Dr. Obetz, OH 43207
  • Phone:
    (614) 489-5025
  • Email

CCW Classes

Are you interested in getting your Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL), also known as a concealed carry permit or CCW? Passage of Ohio's concealed handgun licensing law in 2004 led to a literal explosion in the number of people who were not only seeking a facility where they could be trained to meet the standards of qualification for a Concealed Carry Permit, but where they could also continue to develop and maintain their newly acquired skills. Vance Outdoors in Columbus, Ohio goes above and beyond the state minimum for a CCW Class and offers students the chance to learn from true professionals in both the classroom and the shooting range, all within the same facility.

CCW classes are held at our Indoor Shooting Range and Training Center in Obetz, Ohio. Sign up online, or at one of our three locations in Columbus, Hebron or Obetz.

In late December 2014, Ohio legislature passed revisions to the Concealed Handgun License laws that take the minimum class length of 12 hours down to 8 hours, which went into effect late March 2015. After careful consideration, and in order to maintain the quality and high standard of our classes, we have decided to modify the Vance Outdoors CCW Class to 10 hours, which includes classroom and range time.

Weekday CCW Classes

The Weekday CCW Class takes place over three consecutive evenings: two three and a half hour evenings evenings, followed by an evening of three hours. The first two days consist entirely of classroom time. Students will then train on the shooting range during the third day.

  • Cost: $150
  • Time: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (First two evenings) / 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Third evening)
  • Size: 16 students
Available Dates 
Jan 21 - Jan 23, 2020Sign up
Feb 18 - Feb 20, 2020Sign up
Mar 24 - Mar 26, 2020Sign up
Apr 21 - Apr 23, 2020Sign up
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2020Sign up
Nov 17 - Nov 19, 2020Sign up

Saturday CCW Classes

The Saturday CCW class consists of 8 hours in the classroom, followed by 2 hours of training on the shooting range.

  • Cost: $150
  • Length: One 10-hour class
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Size: 16 students
Available Dates 
Dec 21, 2019Sign up
Jan 11, 2020Sign up
Feb 1, 2020Sign up
Mar 7, 2020Sign up
Mar 28, 2020Sign up
Apr 4, 2020Sign up
May 16, 2020Sign up
May 30, 2020Sign up
June 13, 2020Sign up
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July 11, 2020Sign up
Aug 1, 2020Sign up
Aug 15, 2020Sign up
Aug 29, 2020Sign up
Sept 5, 2020Sign up
Sept 26, 2020Sign up
Oct 3, 2020Sign up
Nov 7, 2020Sign up
Dec 5, 2020Sign up

Sunday CCW Classes

The Sunday CCW class consists of 8 hours in the classroom, followed by 2 hours of training on the shooting range.

  • Cost: $150
  • Length: One 10-hour class
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Size: 16 students
Available Dates 
Feb 9, 2020Sign up
Apr 19, 2020Sign up
July 19, 2020Sign up
Sept 13, 2020Sign up
Oct 11, 2020Sign up
Nov 22, 2020Sign up
Dec 13, 2020Sign up

Ladies Only CCW Classes

The Ladies only CCW class consists of 8 hours in the classroom, followed by 2 hours of training on the shooting range.

  • Cost: $150
  • Length: One 10-hour class
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Size: 16 students
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CCW Classroom

Learn your skills in the classroom

Students in the CCW Class will experience a mix of lessons and discussions, while getting a chance to be hands-on with the firearms they're learning about. Whether or not you're an experienced shooter or if you're just getting started, you're certain to learn something new in the Vance Outdoors CCW Class.

CCW Instructor

Learn from top instructors

The Vance Outdoors CCW Class is run by skilled instructors with knowledge and experience in concealed handgun techniques. All of our instructors are certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and/or the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Commission (OPOTA).

Gun Range Targets

Practice your skills

Put your classroom experience to use on Ohio's most advanced indoor shooting range. Students will start out by firing a practice course and then progressing to the qualification course. Students are expected to exercise the basic fundamentals and safe gun handling learned from the classroom session.

Topics covered in the classroom

  • Basic fundamentals and safety of handguns and ammunition.
  • The meaning and importance of Concealed Carry.
  • The moral and legal issues with the use of lethal force.
  • An extensive review of the Ohio Revised Code on Concealed Carry.
  • Get hands-on with your gun in our advanced indoor shooting range, as we go over proper sight picture and alignment, along with the commonly accepted grips and shooting stances. We also demonstrate and practice safe, proper gun handling.
  • Hands on experience of proper sight picture, sight alignment, grip, and shooting stance

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to bring my own handgun?

No. You are not required to bring your own handgun, but you are more than welcome to do so. One of our range rental guns will be provided at no charge to those who don't have a handgun to bring.

What is the age requirement?

You must be 21 or older. If between the ages of 18-20, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian - to attend the Vance Outdoors CCW Class.

Will there be a lunch break?

Yes, a 30-minute meal break is provided for the single-day, Weekend CCW classes. You can bring your own lunch, or drive a short distance to restaurants down the road.

Where is the class located?

The class is located at our Shooting Range & Training Center, located at 4250 Alum Creek Dr., Obetz, Ohio 43207.

Recent Reviews

5 Star Rating

CCW Review

Melissa from Columbus, Ohio
May 20, 2017
Very interesting and informative class. Well worth taking even if you aren't interested in obtaining a CCW certificate.

5 Star Rating

Excellent materials and training

Jaime from Lancaster, OH
February 1, 2017
I researched a couple of other CCW classes that were ultimately cheaper, but sign up at Vance for the instructor bios and modern facilities. Training was very serious and I learned new gun handling and safety skills that I continue practice every morning. Well worth the cost of the class. I plan on taking the self defense handgun track next.

5 Star Rating

Concealed Carry Class

Mark from London, Ohio
August 19, 2016
Excellent Class! Will be taking others here, Recommend this class. Great instructors

5 Star Rating

Just Do It!

David from Grove City, OH
October 30, 2015
Have you ever thought, Great, the stinking spare tire is flat. Gotta get that fixed. . Then three months later you get a flat, go to get the spare and, OH MAN! or some other not so nice words. Well what do you think your going to be thinking after you saw Vances is giving CCW classes and you decide to put that off and now you are looking out from behind a car with some nut shooting at you because you were playing your music too loud

Vance makes it easy with choices of class types, dates and forums. The staff is very helpful in picking out the right weapon, ammo and class room / range qualification. JUST DO IT!

  • Business hours

  • Mon - Fri: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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