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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 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 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 or speed loaders before coming to the range!


  • Jan 10-11, 2015 - 9am-5:30pm  
  • Feb 2-5, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Mar 14-15, 2015 - 9am-5:30pm  Class Full
  • Apr 6-9, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • May 23-24, 2015 - 9am-5:30pm  
  • June 22-25, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • July 18-19, 2015 - 9am-5:30pm  
  • Aug 10-13, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sept 12-13, 2015 - 9am-5:30pm  
  • Oct 5-8, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Nov 14-15, 2015 - 9am-5:30pm  
  • Dec 7-10, 2015 - 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 10, 2015 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Feb 04, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, Mar 14, 2015 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Apr 08, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, May 23, 2015 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Jun 24, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, Jul 18, 2015 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Aug 12, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, Sep 12, 2015 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Oct 07, 2015 - 5:30-9:30pm  
  • Sat, Nov 14, 2015 - 1:30-5-30pm  
  • Wed, Dec 09, 2015 - 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 factory-manufactured jacketed ammunition. Ammo can be purchased on site.

Note: The content of this class can also be covered in a private lesson at the rate of $50/hour for or $75/hour for group of 2-4. Course length will typically be about two hours to cover the same content with an individual or small group, so the cost is approximately the same.


  • Sun, Jan 04, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, Jan 21, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, Feb 08, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, Feb 25, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, Mar 25, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, Apr 12, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, Apr 22, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, May 10, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, May 27, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, Jun 07, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, Jul 01, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, Aug 09, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, Sep 02, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, Oct 04, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, Oct 21, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, Nov 08, 2015 - 5-9pm  
  • Wed, Nov 25, 2015 - 6-10pm  
  • Sun, Dec 13, 2015 - 5-9pm  

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 factory jacketed ammunition.

Note: The content of each class in the Advanced Handgun Series can also be covered in a private lesson at the rate of $50/hour for or $75/hour for group of 2-4. Course length will typically be about two hours to cover the same content with an individual or small group, so the cost is approximately the same as registering for class.


  • Sat, Jan 17, 2015 - 6-10PM  Class Full
  • Thu, Apr 02, 2015 - 6-10PM  
  • Sat, Jul 25, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Oct 01, 2015 - 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 ammunition.


  • Sat, Jan 31, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Apr 23, 2015 - 6-10PM  
  • Sat, Aug 08, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Oct 22, 2015 - 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 21, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, May 07, 2015 - 6-10PM  
  • Sat, Aug 15, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Nov 05, 2015 - 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, Feb 28, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, May 28, 2015 - 6-10PM  
  • Sat, Aug 29, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Nov 12, 2015 - 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.


  • Sat, Mar 21, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Jun 11, 2015 - 6-10PM  
  • Sat, Sep 19, 2015 - 5-9PM  
  • Thu, Dec 03, 2015 - 6-10PM  

Total Personal Defense - Level 1
3 hrs. / $79.00
This is the first of two levels of training designed to provide instruction in empty hands self-defense tactics. This integrated course begins with a discussion of the personal safety mindset and progresses 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, kicks and escapes. Additional instruction in Kubaton and key chain defense will also be provided. Class size is limited to 8 students.  


Total Personal Defense - Level 2
3 hrs. / $79.00

This is the second part of our Total Personal Defense (TPD) training series. Following a review of the techniques learned in Level 1, students will learn and practice ground fighting techniques which can be used if encounters result in them ending up on the ground after being pushed or shoved, or if they happen to trip over objects in the area. Students will also be trained in the use of aerosol options (Pepper Spray and or Mace). Training will include low level scenarios whereby students can apply learned techniques in simulated realistic encounters. Class size is limited to 8 students.


Introduction to M4/AR Rifle
4 hrs. / $100.00
This introductory 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 using iron sights
  • 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. Students will need a M4/AR variant rifle, at least two magazines, ear and eye protection, and 100 rounds of .223/5.56 ammo to complete the course. Students can rent a rifle for $25 if they do not have their own. Due to the high demand for this course, we will only accept the first 10 students who register and pre-pay at least one week prior to class start...first come, first served.

Following completion of this course, students are encouraged to enroll in the Intermediate Rifle course which will emphasize alternative shooting positions, shooting at distances out to 100 yards, and use of optics for any type of modern sporting rifle.

If you rent a rifle for class and purchase the rifle you use, the rental cost will be deducted from the sale price. SimTrainer has a large inventory of M-4 variant rifles for sale at GREAT prices. We also maintain an inventory of .223 Rem/5.56 NATO ammo, magazines, and cleaning supplies available for sale. Please contact Jeff or Marc via email or in person at the range if you would like to purchase a rifle before class.

Note: The content of this class can also be covered in a private lesson at the rate of $50/hour for or $75/hour for group of 2-4. Course length will typically be about two hours to cover the same content with an individual or small group, so the cost is approximately the same.


  • Mon, Jan 12, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Wed, Mar 11, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Mon, May 18, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Wed, Jul 08, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Mon, Sep 14, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Wed, Nov 11, 2015 - 6-9PM  

Intermediate Rifle
5 hrs. / $100.00
This course is designed for those who have completed our Intro to the M-4 Variant Rifle class or for those students who are competent in the use of their own rifles. Rifles used in this class can be any variation of modern semi-automatic, bolt, or lever action rifles in common calibers. This course will include instruction in use of slings, bipods and optics, and in shooting from different positions including standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone. Students will also shoot at distances out to 100 yards and learn weapon zeroing/point-of-aim and point-of-impact at various distances. Students will need 250 rounds of ammo, any accessories they have for their guns, at least two magazines, ear and eye protection, a ground cover tarp or mat, and clothing and gear appropriate for the weather conditions - the entire course will be held at an area outdoor range. Details will be provided upon registration. Students must be competent in the handling and use of their rifles to enroll in this class.


Basic Shotgun
4 hrs. / $100.00
The shotgun is a very easy-to-use firearm when you know how to use it. Instruction will include:Shotgun

  • Nomenclature
  • Loading and unloading
  • Shoulder mounting and shooting the shotgun
  • Selection, use and patterning of various types of ammo
  • Care, cleaning and maintenance

Completion of this course will provide the foundational skills for anyone interested in using the shotgun for recreational shooting, hunting or self-defense. Students will need to purchase 25 rounds of specialty training ammo from the range on the date of the course. Ammo cost is estimated at $35-$50.

Note: The content of this class can also be covered in a private lesson at the rate of $50/hour for or $75/hour for group of 2-4. Course length will typically be about two hours to cover the same content with an individual or small group, so the cost is approximately the same.


  • Mon, Feb 16, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Wed, Apr 15, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Mon, Jun 15, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Wed, Aug 19, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Mon, Oct 12, 2015 - 6-9PM  
  • Wed, Dec 16, 2015 - 6-9PM  

Shotgun for Home Defense
4 hrs. / $100.00

This course will emphasize the use of the shotgun for home defense. Topics will include:Shotgun

  • Discussion of available options
  • Choosing the shotgun that is right for you
  • Essential configuration of your self-defense shotgun
  • Accessory options and practicality
  • Tactical loading and firing the shotgun

Students will complete a series of shoot/don't shoot exercises using their own shotgun. Students will need to purchase 50 rounds of specialty training ammo on the date of the course. Ammo cost is estimated at $60-$75.


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 held downrange 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 for these classes 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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