• Address:
    4250 Alum Creek Dr. Obetz, OH 43207
  • Phone:
    (614) 489-5025
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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, consisting of 8 hours in the classroom and 2 hours of range time.

Weekday CCW Classes

The Weekday CCW Class takes place over three consecutive evenings: two four-hour evenings, followed by an evening of two hours. The first two days consist entirely of classroom time. Students will then train on the shooting range during the third day, doing "live-fire" training.

  • Cost: $150
  • Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (First two evenings) / 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Third evening)
  • Size: 24 students
Available Dates 
Nov 15 - Nov 17, 2016Sign up
Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2016Sign up
Jan 17 - Jan 19, 2017Sign up
Feb 21 - Feb 23, 2017Sign up
Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2017Sign 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 7:30 p.m.
  • Size: 24 students
Available Dates 
Jan 14, 2017Sign up
Feb 11, 2017Sign up
Mar 11, 2017Sign 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 7:30 p.m.
  • Size: 24 students
Available Dates 
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. By having a minimum of three instructors in every class, students get the benefit of varying perspectives on issues and questions. 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 instructors with extensive law enforcement backgrounds, and decades of experience in firearms training and carrying a concealed handgun as a private citizen. All of our instructors are certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and/or the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Commission (OPOTA).

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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 that is not timed or scored. Progressing to the 4-stage Qualification Course, students will go through accuracy drills and speed drills, along with single-handed & close-quarters shooting.

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.
  • The "Defensive Mindset"
  • 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.
  • A series of reloading and malfunction drills.

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

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!

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  • 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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