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Civilian Training

SimTrainer is offering the following courses. Please call or e-mail us for registration information or click here to request registration. Additional courses will be scheduled on a monthly basis as needed.

If you have never handled firearms before, or you would like to introduce someone to the shooting sports for the first time in a safe, casual, friendly, and non-threatening environment, check out our award-winning class called First Shots!!

Class Format
All SimTrainer classes are conducted in a casual, relaxed environment. Casual and comfortable clothing is both acceptable and highly recommended, especially for the advanced handgun and TPD classes. We have some refreshments available at the range, but you are also welcomed and encouraged to bring food and drink for yourself or to share with others in the class. This is especially true for longer classes and classes that cross a normal meal hour. Although we do normally have a half hour break at lunch or dinner, many people prefer to bring food with them rather than go out. If you have any special requests you would like us to support, please let us know when you register online in the comment section, with an email on the contact form, or by calling ahead. We may not be able to accommodate every request, but we'll give it a shot.

Private Lessons
In addition to excellent classes, SimTrainer has NRA- and OPOTA-Certified instructors who can teach private lessons to correct shooting problems and resolve any issues. Lessons are only $50 per hour, scheduled by appointment.

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Carrying a Concealed Weapon
16 hrs. / $150.00
This state-mandated course exceeds the requirements for obtaining a Concealed Handgun License (CHL). The emphasis is on the legal, ethical, and moral implications of carrying and potentially using a firearm for self defense. This course includes instruction in weapons handling and safety, range safety, and safe storage of firearms; ammunition handling, use and storage; weapon functioning and operation, legal aspects of firearms possession and use; concealed carry options; firing proficiency/qualification and related required topics. In order to earn certification, participants must pass a written test consisting of a combination of multiple choice, true/false, and fill in questions and complete a structured qualification course of fire from distances of 7, 10, 15, and 25 feet.

The legal portion of this class is taught by an active city prosecuting attorney (evening and weekend classes only). This is one aspect of the SimTrainer course that makes it stand above most others in the area. Most other classes will give you a copy of the Attorney General's CCW handbook and tell you to call your attorney regarding detailed questions. At SimTrainer, you can ask those questions of our attorney! To best prepare for this class and have your questions ready, we recommend that you download and read the Ohio Concealed Carry Law book from the Ohio Attorney General's web site. Also on that site - Standard License Application.

Please note that this course is not primarily a firearms course. The state requirements are all carefully addressed, but students are expected to already be familiar with handling firearms safely and accurately. If you have not had formal handgun instruction before or it has been a long time since you have shot in a structured environment, we strongly recommend that you first complete the Basic Handgun Safety and Familiarization course (below) or arrange for a private lesson before attending the CCW course.

You will need a firearm and holster for the shooting portion of the class. Ammunition is available at the range in .380 Auto, 9MM, .38 Special, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. If your gun requires ammunition we do not carry or if you will be bringing your own ammunition, please have 150 rounds of CleanFire* full metal jacket ammunition for qualification. If you do not have your own firearm in a suitable personal defense caliber (.380 Auto or larger), we have several models available at the range you may rent for class. Unless you have had firearms training and assistance selecting a firearm, it is far better for you to rent a firearm for class instead of purchasing whatever you might find. (Please also note recommendation above - this is not a course to select and learn how to shoot a firearm!) We also have holsters available for use that can fit most popular handgun models.

PLEASE NOTE: Ohio requires that handguns be transported unloaded unless you already have a CHL and are carrying pursuant to that license. The definition of unloaded also requires having no loaded magazines or speed loaders for in a vehicle if a gun they can be used with is also in the vehicle unless the gun and ammunition are separated by closures. We still strongly recommend that you do not preload your magazines and speed loaders before coming to the range!


  • Jan 11-12, 2014 - 9a-5:30pm  Class Full
  • Feb 15-16, 2014 - 9am-5:30pm  Class Added!
  • Feb 24-27, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  Class Almost Full
  • Mar 22-23, 2014 - 9a-5:30pm  Class Almost Full
  • Apr 21-24, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • May 24-25, 2014 - 9a-5:30pm  
  • June 23-26, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • July 19-20, 2014 - 9a-5:30pm  
  • Aug 11-14, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sept 13-14, 2014 - 9a-5:30pm  
  • Oct 20-23, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Nov 15-16, 2014 - 9a-5:30pm  
  • Dec 8-11, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  

CCW Legal Update
4 hrs. / $49.00
The passage of SB 184, which went into effect September 9, 2008, and SB 17, which went into effect September 30, 2011, resulted in some major revisions to Ohio law concerning how license holders can carry their firearms. It is important to know and understand these changes, so SimTrainer is taking the lead in providing update training on this critical topic. This session is open only to those who already have a CHL and desire much needed legal training on the related criminal and civil legal issues. To best prepare for this class and have your questions ready, we recommend that you download and read the current
Ohio's Concealed Carry Law booklet from the Ohio Attorney General's web site. (This book will also be provided during class, so there is no need to print it.) Update training will be offered as follows:


  • Sat, Jan 11, 2014 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Feb 26, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, Mar 22, 2014 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Apr 23, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, May 24, 2014 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Jun 25, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, Jul 19, 2014 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Aug 13, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, Sep 13, 2014 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Oct 22, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, Nov 15, 2014 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Dec 10, 2014 - 5:30-9:30pm  

Additional Course Offerings Include:

Basic Handgun Safety and Familiarization
4 hrs. / $100.00
This basic orientation course is designed for those not very familiar handguns and is an excellent "next step" after the First Shots class. Students will receive training in the safe handling and operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, handgun and range safety rules and protocols, marksmanship principles, and firing proficiency  with handguns. This course will involve classroom lecture and live fire training on a state-of-the-art indoor firing range. Students can provide their own handgun, holster and ear/eye protection or use those provided by SimTrainer. In addition, students will need up to 150 rounds of CleanFire* factory jacketed ammunition. Ammo can be purchased on site.


  • Thu, Jan 09, 2014 - 6-10pm  Class Almost Full
  • Sat, Jan 18, 2014 - 4-8pm  Class Full
  • Thu, Feb 06, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Sat, Feb 22, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Thu, Mar 06, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Sat, Mar 15, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Thu, Apr 03, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Sat, Apr 19, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Thu, May 01, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Sat, May 17, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Thu, Jun 05, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Sat, Jun 21, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Sat, Jul 26, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Sat, Aug 16, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Thu, Sep 04, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Sat, Sep 20, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Sat, Oct 18, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Thu, Nov 06, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Sat, Nov 22, 2014 - 4-8pm  
  • Thu, Dec 11, 2014 - 6-10pm  
  • Sat, Dec 20, 2014 - 4-8pm  

Handgun 1 - Mastering Marksmanship Fundamentals
4 hrs. / $100.00
This is the first of a series of progressive courses designed to develop proficiency and competency in the use of a handgun. This course will begin with a discussion of the components of the handgun shooting success pyramid and progress rapidly to range drills designed to develop mastery of basic marksmanship principles. This course will include specialized instruction in loading/ reloading, handling malfunctions, and drawing and re-holstering your weapon. Participants must provide their own handgun, holster, ear/eye protection and a minimum of 150 rounds of CleanFire* factory jacketed ammunition.


  • Sat, Jan 11, 2014 - 6-10PM  
  • Thu, Apr 10, 2014 - 6-10PM  
  • Mon, May 12, 2014 - 9a-1p  
  • Sat, Jul 12, 2014 - 5-9PM  Class Full
  • Thu, Oct 09, 2014 - 6-10PM  

Handgun 2 - Barricade & Relative Position Shooting
4 hrs. / $100.00
The purpose of this course is to provide students with instruction in the use of cover and/or concealment and shooting from various unfamiliar positions (kneeling, sitting, laying on the ground). The course includes an informative video demonstrating how various types of cover protect from different types of ammunition. Students will shoot a course of fire from behind a barricade and from various shooting positions. Students will need to provide their own handgun, holster, ear/eye protection and up to 150 rounds of CleanFire* ammunition.


  • Sat, Jan 25, 2014 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, May 08, 2014 - 6-10PM  
  • Mon, May 19, 2014 - 9a-1p  
  • Sat, Aug 09, 2014 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Oct 30, 2014 - 6-10PM  

Handgun 3 - Move and Shoot
4 hrs. / $100.00
The emphasis of this course will be on shooting at multiple targets, shooting on the move and shooting at moving targets. Students will also be given the opportunity to shoot at the lateral moving target system to practice tracking a threat moving side-to-side. Students must provide their own firearm, holster, ear/eye protection, 150 rounds of CleanFire* ammunition.


  • Sat, Feb 15, 2014 - 6-10PM  Time Changed
  • Thu, May 22, 2014 - 6-10PM  
  • Mon, Jun 02, 2014 - 9a-1p  
  • Sat, Aug 23, 2014 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Nov 13, 2014 - 6-10PM  

Handgun 4 - Low-Level Light
4 hrs. / $100.00
This course introduces students to shooting in low light environments. Following instruction on the physiological effects of vision in adverse light settings and the use of flashlights to improve performance, students will complete a course of fire in low light without the use of a flashlight and then with the assistance of a flashlight. Students must provide their own firearm, holster, ear/eye protection, handheld flashlight, and 150 rounds of CleanFire* ammunition.


  • Sat, Mar 08, 2014 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Jun 12, 2014 - 6-10PM  
  • Mon, Jun 16, 2014 - 9a-1p  
  • Sat, Sep 06, 2014 - 5-9PM  
  • Dec 4, 2014 - 6-10PM  

Handgun 5 - Spontaneous Assult
4 hrs. / $100.00
The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in the dynamics of violent encounters and to give students an opportunity to apply learned principles in realistic, live fire exercises. Emphasis will be placed on close range, spontaneous defensive instinctive point shooting using both one-handed and two-handed techniques from the concealed holster position. Students must provide their own firearm, concealment holster, ear/eye protection, 150 rounds of CleanFire* ammunition, available at the range.


  • Sun, Apr 27, 2014 - 5-9PM ** Date Change  
  • Mon, Jun 30, 2014 - 9a-1p  
  • Thu, Jul 03, 2014 - 6-10PM  
  • Sat, Sep 27, 2014 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Dec 18, 2014 - 6-10PM  

Total Personal Defense - Level 1
3 hrs. / $100.00
This is the first of four levels of training designed to integrate empty hands defensive tactics with firearms proficiency into a total personal defense system. This integrated course emphasizes begin with a discussion of the warrior mindset and progress to an explanation of situational awareness, avoidance, and maximum engagement with the goal of empowering students to win such encounters when they cannot be avoided. Students will receive training in easy-to-learn and easy-to-apply self defense tactics. Participants will learn and practice simple but effective punches and kicks then progress to escapes and ground fighting. Additional instruction in Kubaton and key chain defense will also be provided. Interested participants will also be given the opportunity to learn weapon retention techniques. These techniques will be practiced until mastered using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. No live ammunition will be used in this course.

NOTE: This series of classes is held at Prodigy Self Defense Center in Springboro, not at SimTrainer. The facility is located at 235 S. Pioneer Blvd, Springboro, OH. Easy access from I-75 exit at State Route 73 East. Turn right at Pioneer Blvd (Burger King on corner). Prodigy is located on the east (left) side of the road.  


Total Personal Defense - Level 2
3 hrs. / $100.00
This course is for students who have completed Level I. Following a review and practice of techniques learned in Level 1, participants will be introduced to low-level simulation exercises designed to give participants the opportunity to practice learned techniques on life-like training dummies. No live ammunition will be used in this course.


Total Personal Defense - Level 3
3 hrs. / $100.00
Following a review and practice of techniques learned in Levels 1 and 2, instruction will include an introduction to ground fighting and force-on-force training using Redman protective training gear. Students will participate in a series of safe, realistic and controlled simulation exercises designed to provide them with opportunities to see how they will respond in real world situations. No live ammunition will be used in this course.


Total Personal Defense - Level 4
3 hrs. / $100.00
Following a review and practice of techniques learned in previous Levels 1-3, students will participate in a series of realistic, stressful, rapidly evolving integrated use of force simulation exercises where they will use decision making skills and learned techniques to bring the scenarios to a logical conclusion. Scenarios in TPD 4 will involve hands on self-defense tactics and Airsoft-converted firearms to add realism to the exercises. No live ammunition will be used in this course.


Tactical Rifle - Basic
9 hrs. / $199.00
This exciting new course will be taught by police and military personnel experienced in the tactical use of M-4 variant rifles. Course content will include:Tactical Rifle

  • Firearm safety
  • Weapon nomenclature
  • Functional operation of rifles
  • Loading, unloading and clearing malfunctions
  • Carry and shooting positions
  • Weapons zeroing
  • Use of iron sights and optics
  • Shooting proficiency
  • Cleaning, care and maintenance tips

This course is for those inexperienced in the operation of AR-15/M-4 variant rifles. Due to the high demand for this course, we will only accept the first 12 students who register and pre-pay. (Online registration not available for this class.) Confirmed registrants will be contacted with a list of needed supplies and directions to the training facility. You will need 250 rounds of .223 Remington ammo to complete the course. Please register and pre-pay at the front desk…first come, first served.

SimTrainer will provide a rifle for use in the class for $25. If you purchase the rifle used, the rental cost will be deducted from the sale price. SimTrainer also has .223 Remington ammo and cleaning supplies available for sale.


Tactical Rifle - Intermediate
5 hrs. / $99.00
This course is designed for those who have completed our Basic Tactical Rifle class. It will include instruction in use of slings and optics and shooting from different positions, including kneeling, sitting and prone. Students will also spend much of the day shooting from distances out to 100 yards and learning point of aim and point of impact at various distances. Students will need 250 rounds of ammo for this course. The entire course will be held at an area outdoor range. Details will be provided upon registration.  Rifles can be rented for $25.


Basic Shotgun
This course will now be offered by appointment only for individuals and small groups. The shotgun is a very easy-to-use firearm when you know how to use it. Instruction will include nomenclature, functional operation, loading and unloading, shoulder mounting and shooting the shotgun, and patterning of various types of ammo. Please contact the range to make an appointment.

NRA Instructor Certification
18 hrs. / $399.00
NRA instructor certification is required for anyone interested in teaching the Ohio Concealed Handgun License certification course. It is also required to teach NRA courses. This course is taught by a certified Training Counselor. No live ammunition will be used in this course. This is a non-shooting course taught in the SimTrainer classroom.




* CleanFire ammo is required for the league and all live-fire classes to reduce airborne contamination from lead-based primers. Because we stand downrange during the leagues and some classes, the airborne lead compounds are not pulled out of the range as completely as they are when shooting from the booths during normal operations. This is a serious health risk for shooters, instructors, and range officers. Ammunition purchased at the range will meet this requirement. If you bring your own ammunition, ensure it has lead-free primers and powders with FMJ or TMJ bullets. Examples of suitable ammunition are Speer CleanFire (CF in the product name), PMC eRange, and Winchester "WinClean" ammo with FMJ or TMJ bullets.




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