When it's not being used as a member's lounge due to its flashy flat-screen TVs and comfy chairs, Island View Enterprises' classroom accommodates beginners and amateurs looking to enrich their shooting prowess and firearm safety skills. During classes, expert instructors imbue pupils with gun maintenance knowledge and basic and intermediate shooting techniques, which they can then practice at Island View Enterprise's 55-foot indoor range. They also entice guests to become regulars with range memberships that grant free all-day passes, gun rentals, and lane reservation privileges, as well as a newly remodeled pro-shop that stays stocked with new and used brand-name firearms, as well as ammo, cleaning supplies, and strangely, baseballs signed by pro-golfers.
Booge Mercer started small, but she had a vision. Launching Oak Tree Gun Club in 1973 with just six fields, a trailer, and two outhouses, she steadily expanded the private shooting club into a public range. Soon, Charlton Heston and Steven Spielberg were dropping by. When Mercer passed in 1993, James Mitchell purchased the club and resumed Mercer?s vision. Today, Oak Tree Gun Club continues to draw outdoorsmen under the ownership of James' daughters, Betsy and Katie. The club?s facilities have even provided filming locations for television shows such as Entourage and NCIS. Those facilities have grown to include the Oak Tree Bar & Grill, a pro shop, and an archery field with 3D targets.
Triple B Clays throws more targets than any other club in the U.S. Yet that impressive figure is nothing when compared to the number of clay pigeons that have taken flight on their fields over the past quarter of a century. Over those decades, Triple B Clays has also assembled a team of certified instructors, who work with students of various ages and skill levels.
Captain Frank has navigated Californian waters for more than 30 years, earning his 100-Ton Captain's license in 1980 and consequently became the youngest person to do so at the time. After working for the next 19 years chartering boats and educating students aboard the Channel Islands Marine Floating Lab, he purchased the 85-foot Ranger 85, the very ship he worked on as a teenager. Along with a sister vessel, the Coral Sea, Captain Frank helms his Ranger 85 to carry visitors on scenic tours around Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary, allowing them to glimpse rare species of animals and stretches of untamed Californian landscapes where there are two distinct ecosystems. On some trips, passengers may even occasionally spot up to five different types of whales. He also embarks on private charters and bookings for groups or special occasions, such as corporate events or graduation parties for the family harbor seal.
Though little known to humans outside of Ventura, Hook's Landing's sailors are notoriously feared in the sea world. That's due in large part to their successful fishing charters, on which they bag hundreds of rockfish, dozens of whitefish, and multiple lobsters with a crew of tour-goers.The charter's guests can keep any legal-size lobster, crab, and fish they find in their professional-grade hoop nets. Hook's Landing snaps memorable shots of the day's catches and encourages guests to cook their catch, instead of nailing it to a board and trying to make it sing.
Her crosshairs sweep from left to right as she peers over the edge of the plywood wall; seeing that the coast is clear, she motions to her comrades, who usher their charge through as swiftly as possible, ready to take a shot if needed. These aren't real bodyguards, nor do they play them on TV. This game is called VIP, one of 15 variations players can engage in at the indoor field of Patriot Airsoft. As teams navigate a post-apocalyptic arena, littered with abandoned cars, makeshift bunkers, and empty barrels, they engage in friendly battle, firing low-impact BBs from their realistic-looking airsoft weapons. Guests age 10 and older can play, as long as they're wearing closed-toe shoes and leave their riot gear at home.