Elk Castle Shooting Sports was originally founded as the Ewell Cross Gun Shop in 1947. Since then, the store has grown into an all-encompassing emporium with new, used, and consignment firearms and firearm accessories. Elk Castle's gunsmith, lovingly nicknamed Big Dave, has customized and repaired a weapon from many of his customers.
At Texas Handgun Academy, state-licensed instructors focus on teaching concealed-handgun-license classes for both first-time and renewing CHL applicants. They lead an introductory handgun course, drilling students in pistol and revolver basics such as stance, breath control, and alignment in the academy's indoor range. For security professionals, instructors conduct specialized training in topics such as baton and handcuffing.
Bullet Trap, Inc.'s wheelchair-accessible indoor range spans 18 handgun lanes and 2 rifle lanes. A cable system shuttles targets up to 25 yards out, and a selection of computer programs can simulate longer distances for rifle sighting. Instructors use the range plus a classroom space to teach Bullet Trap's classes, most of which focus on helping marksmen qualify for a concealed-handgun license. The range connects to an adjacent 4,200-square-foot showroom where the staff advises on arms, ammo, and which style of holster coordinates with which style of tuxedo.
Instructors David Freeman and Jerry Colliver both served in the military; David piloted medical-evacuation helicopters during Vietnam, and Jerry operated nuclear-missile silos during the Cold War. Despite this experience, they prefer not to approach firearm use from a military perspective. Instead, the NRA-certified instructors teach with a relaxed style that's absent of jargon and acronyms. This approach helps students feel comfortable owning, carrying, and shooting firearms.
During their classes, the duo emphasizes topics such as nonviolent dispute resolution, safe firearm storage, and the fundamentals of handgun shooting, which students further master with practice time on the range. David and Jerry employ similar techniques to teach beginner hunters Texas's hunting regulations, safety, and outdoor skills such as building a shelter out of s'mores.
Forum Roller World’s vast polished hardwood floor stretches below a similarly vast ceiling outfitted with festive lights. And between the two? A scrum of roller skaters gliding, weaving, and figure-eighting to the tune of music such as hip-hop and gospel. This large facility welcomes skaters of all levels to slip into a pair of skates and cruise the floors. On Sunday nights until 1 a.m., adults rule the roost, where they can skate at their own speed without having to dodge children or re-oil their training wheels.