At Philadelphia Archery & Gun Club, James Mastroddi and his team of NRA- and state-certified instructors provide both law-enforcement professionals and responsible firearm owners with opportunities to develop their skills in a safe setting. Introductory classes familiarize beginners with the safe and proper use of firearms, whereas specialized courses are restricted to law-enforcement personnel.
In Philadelphia Archery & Gun Club's pro shop, visitors can peruse apparel, accessories, and more than 500 firearms. And because safety remains paramount, every firearm purchase includes complimentary range use and professional instruction.
In addition to keeping guests safe by maintaining range rules, the staff also leads classes?including the NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation and Handgun Qualification License Course?teaching students firearm basics such as how to aim or clean a handgun. The range also connects to a pro shop, where a gunsmith repairs and customizes arms.
With population density on the rise for many parts of the world, the experts at Disaster Preparedness Boot Camp believe that every community should have a leader should the unexpected come to pass. With this in mind, they organize three-day workshops and oversee activities, helping their students absorb useful skills for realistically preparing themselves for natural disasters. During the day, they run demonstrations in water sourcing, self defense, and operating a basic hand radio, after which participants gather for low-key moonlight socials.
Up to 23 rounds burst through a barricade as a haze of bullets chases its retreating target. Though it sounds like a scene from an action movie, Shooter's Choice hosts such sequences every Thursday night at its charity tournaments. The evenings have raised large donations for Delaware Hospice and the Kent County SPCA. By day, the indoor, electronically controlled range challenges marksmen with two different five-position ranges with targets anywhere from 50 to 75 feet away.
For visitors craving more training before pulling the trigger, Shooter's Choice's NRA-certified instructors teach one-on-one lessons or group courses geared toward such topics as firearm safety and home protection. In addition to its stock of novelty Zombie Max ammo and shotguns that shoot BB guns, the pro shop's staff pairs patrons with a range of firearms, cleaning supplies, magazines, and range bags.
Regardless of his or her skill, each person's visit to The Gun Range begins with a formal briefing from an NRA-certified firearms expert. Safety is the cornerstone of the business, which first opened in the 1950s under its original name, Colosimo's. The NRA instructors also lead classes, including safety workshops and self-defense classes.
At Cedar Creek Sporting Clays, sharpshooters take aim at clay pigeons that launch in unpredictable patterns and angles from 16 automated stations. As gunslingers take in the range's 75 acres of verdant pineland, a member of Cedar Creek's trained staff guides them through the critical precepts of firearm safety and usage before ushering gun-toting groups out to the first station to field any practical questions about the course. Deadeyes peer over the rifle's barrel, marking and shattering discs that launch in variable sequences like milk saucers hurled by enraged housecats. Two different cages accommodate the ambitions of casual shooters as well as tournament-ready gunslingers. Visitors hunting for comprehensive muzzle mastery can learn directly from owner and NSCA-certified instructor Joseph P. Scull, Sr., whose individualized lessons target proper stance, eye dominance, and catchphrase timing.