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Ohio's Premier Firearms Training Center and Shooting Range

Safe, fun, outdoor shooting sports for the whole family! Click here to book your range time.

On Guard Defense is NOT your typical shooting range.  Safety comes first & the fun follows! Instructors and Range Safety Officers are always present on our ranges to keep you safe and offer help when you need it.  From new shooters that might need more individualized attention to experienced shooters that want to draw from the holster or engage multiple targets...we can do that! So grab your friends & come on out!  If you're planning to stay in the area for a day or two, check out our link here for our recommended places to eat, to visit, and to lay your head down at night.

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Firearms Training Classes and Shooting Events for the Entire Family

Firearms Training and Gun Safety Classes

Lady Warrior Weekend
Ladies Night Shooting Class

Lady Warrior Weekend is the ultimate girls' getaway that is fun, builds confidence, and helps women resurrect the Lady Warrior within each of us. 

It's a scary world out there and we're the target. This retreat is designed for women of all backgrounds and skill levels who are  sick and tired of feeling vulnerable and want to learn the skills they need to triumph against evil!

Designed by women and for women, Lady Warrior Weekends will teach you how to escape common attacks and defend yourselves if you have no other choice.  

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Concealed Carry (CHL/CCW)
Ohio Concealed Handgun License

No gun?  No problem!  We provide the gun, ammo and everything you need to earn your certificate in a single day. 

Includes lunch and five free hours of range time for future visits to reinforce what you learn! 

Open to ages 18 & older.  Must be 21 to apply for Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL).

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Teen Adventure Camp
Teen Summer Camp

Don't let your teens become screen zombies this summer!  Send them into the great outdoors for a kick-butt day camp where they'll get to learn about firearms safety, experience archery, pistol & rifle shooting and build unarmed self-defense skills using Krav Maga!!

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Defensive Rifle Training
local AR-15 classes

Everyone loves the AR-15, but there's a big difference between plinking targets and defending your family from a home invasion! 

Can you identify a threat and get your shots on target under stress?  Can you shoot from a position other than a stationary bench and shoot on the move? Will you know how to quickly resolve problems if you hear a click and wanted a bang?

Sh*t happens!  Know what to do when it happens to you!

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Defensive Pistol Classes
firearms training classes

So you've got your gun and your license, but you lack the confidence to carry?  You're not alone!  Most folks that have their license don't carry every day...don't be one of them. 

Take the crucial step of attending DP2:  Drawing from a Holster.  You'll learn how to quickly access your gun and get your shots on target! Don't wait for a critical incident to test your draw skills!!

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Couples Home Defense
defending my home

When there are multiple guns in the house, couples must learn to work together to defend their family and castle!  The last thing you want is to injure or kill a loved one while trying to defend your family from a threat. 

Couples Home Defense weekend is packed with instruction, skills  & drills to help you and your partner work efficiently and cohesively to respond to real-world threats.

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Ladies Defensive Pistol Classes
gun classes for women

Ever gone to a gun store or range and felt disrespected or unsafe?  Has your girlfriend told you about a class she took where the instructor acted like she was a Marine recruit in boot camp?

Yeah, we know!  That's why our ladies-only classes are taught by women who take the time to help you overcome any anxiety you feel and help build the confidence you need to protect yourself.

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Unarmed Self-Defense Classes (Krav Maga)
local krav maga training

Guns are great! But sometimes you just can't carry.  Or you might get caught off guard and need to fight your way to your gun.  That's why it is so important to learn the skills you need to defend in a situation that is just too close for comfort.

We teach Krav Maga - a defense system developed by the Israeli Defense Forces and the best way to learn simple, effective techniques to escape and defend. 

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NRA Range Safety Officer
RSO certification course

If you want to develop the knowledge, skills and attitude required to run a safe and efficient range, the Gold standard in the firearms industry is the NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) designation. 

This course involves lecture & role-playing scenarios to help new RSOs work independently and as a team to ensure range safety and operations.

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AR-15 Workshop
AR-15 classes near me

Whether you've been thinking about buying an AR-15 but aren't quite sure what to look for or if you are a new AR-15 owner and looking for an intro class before diving into more complex courses, this is the workshop for you!

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First Shots
firearms training for kids

Curious about guns but not sure where to begin?  Our First Shots class is perfect for you! 

In partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation ("NSSF"), On Guard Defense introduces new shooters to the universal gun safety rules, proper gun handling techniques and live-fire shooting whether pistols, rifles or shotguns.

Check our Course Schedule or Contact Us if you'd like to arrange for a group event for homeschoolers, groups or clubs.

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Lady Warrior Workshops
lady warrior workshops

Criminals prey on those they believe will be easy targets.  It is critical that the message you are sending is one of confidence and preparedness so you stay off their radar.  

But most women (and men) are oblivious to what is happening around them.  Too many have their faces stuffed in their phones instead of observing their surroundings.  This is a recipe for disaster!

Learn the strategies you need to stay safe by attending one of our Lady Warrior Workshops, held in cities across the state of Ohio.  These sessions are led by Judi Phelps and are packed with information that could mean the difference between life and death.

Check out our current schedule of workshops and register for one near you.  

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Raving Fans

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Had a group of 10 fairly inexperienced shooters head down for a birthday party last month. From top to bottom a class company. Engaging ownership, intelligent instructors, beautiful property, great guns and targets. I will be back!

Luke B.
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I enjoyed the Basic Pistol class and learned so much! I also liked how the instructors spent time after class to answer all my questions. I can't wait to get home and buy my first gun!

Paula F.
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Wonderful experience!!! My boyfriend is a Marine so he is very experienced but I have only shot handguns, this was my first time shooting a rifle. Scott briefed us on the safety of the range and made sure I understood what to expect shooting a different type of gun. Having that guidance made me very comfortable. What a great way to end our trip to Hocking Hills!!! We will definitely be back!!!

Nicki M.