If you tried reciting all the services provided at Maxon Shooters Supplies and Indoor Range, you'd likely run out of breath. In addition to the indoor ranges, the staff covers everything from installing scopes via gunsmithing services to storing firearms in a climate-controlled facility. Fifteen training courses are overseen by experienced, NRA- and state-certified instructors, and events such as ladies' nights and seasonal zombie shoots encourage communal environments.
The experts at Fletcher Arms always have something new to show their customers?or, in many cases, something old. Their store houses an ever-changing selection of new, used, and vintage firearms, including a Colt revolver that is more than 100 years old. Fletcher's staff helps customers navigate this inventory as well as its stock of hunting accessories. The staff also includes instructor Robert Llanas, who teaches basic pistol technique and other skills by appointment.
Article 2 Gun Range is an eight-range shop staffed by expert NRA-certified marksmen. They teach courses ranging from the basics of firearm handling to advanced pistol or NRA-qualification lessons. They also host quickshot tournaments, which challenge shooters to blast targets as fast as they can. Additionally, every Tuesday night, the range is the site of a zombie apocalypse, during which shooters purchase and take aim at gray-faced zombie targets filled with fake blood.
The sudden roar of gunfire rolls over Richmond Hunting Club's facilities, which sprawl across 850 untamed acres. The club's location nearly adjacent to Chain O' Lakes State Park draws sportspeople of all levels who can spend time shooting skeet, boarding a loyal hunting dog at the onsite kennel, paintballing, or stocking up on ammo at the pro shop. Outdoorsy folks who frequent the club often tie up their mountain goat outside and congregate inside the Bar & Grill, refueling weary trigger fingers with buffalo burgers and pheasant pot pies in a classic hunting-lodge setting.
Live-fire training takes place at an indoor range.
Instructors supply ammo and handgun rentals, including semi-automatic pistols.
Daniel J. Laudick, Sr. has a lot of reasons to feel proud. He has served in the Marines, worked on the US Department of Defense's counter-drug and counter-terrorism unit, and appeared on the Discovery Channel's One Man Army. Despite all this, his proudest moment may be a weapon-retention class he taught one Saturday. Soon after, someone attacked one of his students, a federal contractor, and went for his gun. Daniel's student not only retained his weapon using the techniques he learned in class, but also subdued his attacker without firing shot.
The instructors at Northwest Suburban Tactical Training Center aim to prepare students for those kinds of situations. And they each have pretty impressive resumes as well. Adrian Rivera is a federal police officer who protects the president during Chicago-area visits, and Matthew Boelhower is a three-tour Iraq veteran appearing in The New York Times bestseller Joker One and whose platoon was featured in Soldier of Fortune Magazine. All three share the belief that in these rare but life-threatening situations, people revert back to their training.