On Guard Defense

Welcome to American Firearm Training's Ohio CHL Certification Course, Ohio Defensive Handgun: Knowledge, Skills, & Law

This course gives you the ability to complete six of the the Ohio-mandated eight hours of training over the internet.  The final two hours will be completed at On Guard Defense Training Center's facility in New Plymouth, Ohio, a few miles west of Athens.

The modern facility is one of the best that Southeastern Ohio has to offer, and AFT ShootSafe Certified Instructors are ready to make your range qualification a safe and enjoyable experience.  On Guard Defense also offers advanced training for those wishing to grow as a shooter.  Remember, this is an outdoor range, so dress accordingly.

Also for sale at the location are eye and ear protection if you need them, as well as ammunition for 
most calibers of handgun.  A firearm may also be rented for your qualification for an additional charge.

To begin, click on the link below.  You will start with the first lesson of Ohio Defensive Handgun: Knowledge, Skills, & Law.  After successful completion of the first lesson, you will have the opportunity to purchase the rest of the course, including your range session at On Guard Defense.  The web-based course sections are:

Lesson One: Introduction to Handgun Safety*

The first lesson of the course is an introduction to many important firearms-related topics.  Among these are general information of handgun operation, ammunition, firearms safety, and gun storage.  

* You will have the opportunity to purchase the rest of the course and your range session after the first lesson.

Lesson Two: Federal and Ohio Firearms & Self-Defense Law

Lesson two of the web-based portion of the course is an in-depth discussion of the relevant Federal and Ohio laws related to firearms ownership and carriage.  Included topics are when and where the armed citizen can carry, how to legally transfer a handgun, your rights as an armed citizen, and legal best practices should you be involved in a self-defense shooting.  The second lesson is taught by one of Ohio's premier gun law attorneys.

Lesson Three: Defensive Handgun Use, and Conflict De-Escalation & Resolution

The third lesson of the course covers several topics related to self-defense tactics, marksmanship, and the resolution of tense situations in a non-violent manner.  Additionally, you will hear from an Emergency Room Physician and a Psychologist, as they cover the physiological and psychological effects of a high-stress self-defense situation.  The lesson concludes with live-action self-defense scenarios, designed to allow you to see what you have learned in a realistic context.

Lesson Four: Review of Ohio's Concealed Carry Pamphlet

Lesson four covers the Ohio Attorney General's publication, which discusses duties of a Concealed Handgun Licensee, among other topics.  

Lesson Five: ASK In-Person Range Certification*

* At the end of the web portion of the AFT course, you will be prompted to sign up for a range certification session at OGD on a date and time that works with your schedule.

You may pause your progress through the web-based portion of the course after each section, or about every 20 minutes, in order to make it work with your schedule.

The above web portion of the course takes an Ohio-mandated six and a half hours, and the in-person range session will last a few minutes over two hours, per state regulations.   The total cost for the web-based course, and the in-person range qualification is $99.99.

AFT ShootSafe Certified Instructors are ready to make your in-person range qualification session at On Guard Defense Training Center a safe and enjoyable one.


Start your training now!


66211 Bethel Road
New Plymouth, OH 45654

If you have questions about our course, feel free to email us at info@shootsafe.org.  Make sure you include your name, the state whose permit you are pursuing, and if you need a call back, a phone number.  We're happy to help.