The crew at Ultimate Defense Firing Range & Training Center provide training courses that cater to individuals of all experience levels and ages. In addition to covering shooting fundamentals—in both the classroom and on the range—they offer specialized lessons in self-defense for men, women, and kids; gun maintenance; tactical training with Simunition technology; and competitive shooting. Speaking of the latter, Ultimate Defense also runs recreational shooting leagues to encourage competition and improve shooting skills in a safe, clean, and professional environment.
Club members have access to several shooting areas at Top Gun's Lonedell location?including a sporting clays course, a 150-yard rifle range, an elevated archery range, and tactical and static pistol bays with reactive targets.
Top Gun Shooting Sports' 18-lane indoor range at Top Gun's Arnold location remains open even during bad weather. Its roomy booths are 40 inches wide and 84 inches tall, accommodating a shooter and an instructor at the same time. A HEPA-filtered ventilation system removes up to 99.97% of particle discharge, and HD monitors in the retail area let other guests watch live activity.
Sprawling across 214 acres, Top Gun Sportsman's Club surrounds its visitors in a beautiful outdoor setting ripe for shooting sports?and every element of this members-only club was designed with users' comfort in mind. In addition to shooting, the club features hiking, a 300-yard driving range, and fishing on a stocked 7-acre lake. Complementing the ranges, a training center equips instructors to teach classes through a blend of classroom and live-fire training.
Visitors can also peruse the pro shop or relax in the members' lounge. For use of these facilities, Top Gun's staff coordinates several levels of membership (the indoor range is also open to the public).
Sovereign Arms has an indoor pistol range with multiple bays; instructors rely on an outdoor range for carbine training.
Sovereign Arms rents firearms including pistols and carbine rifles, such as an AR or AK.
Both a firearm emporium and shooting range, Sovereign Arms seeks to inform and instruct its clientele on the benefits of safe firearm use with classes ranging in subjects from personal safety to church-security training. They aim to create savvy gun owners that are safe and professional in their mentality and with their use of firearms, especially from a defensive perspective. The staff also offers private security services in scenarios such as international travel.
A police officer for 23 years, Steven King dreamed of owning a shooting range where could teach people how to responsibly operate a firearm. Even after launching Metro Shooting Supplies, he still had more know-how to share than he could dispense in his training classes. His wife, a television reporter, suggested he host a radio show. Intrigued, he pitched the idea to several stations until KTRS gave him a one-hour slot on Sunday nights. Four years later, he and his cohost wife continue entertaining listeners by sharing industry news, explaining gun laws, and breathing heavily during awkward pauses. The station even extended them to 90 minutes. This passion for educating people extends throughout Steven's team, a crew of instructors that upholds NRA standards, whether training students in basic handguns or police and security officers for qualification. Steven's favorite part of his job is working with beginner shooters, specifically the moment when they realize that they possess all the instincts necessary to safely handle a gun. To help them, he uses the same instructional methods that he used to train his fellow police officers, which he learned at the FBI's firearm academy. Metro Shooting Supplies' training resources include rifle-rated ranges at both locations, and the Bridgeton range's superb construction earned it a five-star rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Ballistic-tested surfaces, such as steel-lined walls, surround guests in bulletproof protection. A HEPA-filtration system exchanges the air every 45 seconds, channeling a fresh breeze from outside. The range also features a bay of five handicapped-accessible stalls, built with oversized booths to accommodate both a wheelchair and an instructor. Inspired by the Wounded Warrior Project and his employees—many former law-enforcement and military servicemen—Steven built this bay as a patriotic expression to disabled guests who wish to continue or explore shooting sports. In addition to the public ranges and classes, both of Metro Shooting Supply's locations extend to pro shops, where the staff waits on visitors from beginners to active-duty police officers. Gunsmiths also offer the services in firearm customization, restoration, and maintenance.
Trophy fisherman Walter Krause, who has 15 years' experience on the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail and the Pro Musky Tournament Trail, takes up to two anglers aboard his private boat for a guided trip through two fish-filled Illinois lakes. Whether plumbing the depths of Cedar Lake for striper or pursuing Kinkaid Lake—one of the top trophy-muskie lakes in Illinois—for oversize bass, muskies, and walleyes, participants benefit from Walter’s 46 years of experience and on-board depth finders and GPS. During the course of each customized trip, visitors learn how to track fish movements, how to properly hold rods, and how to train a wall-mounted singing fish to bait other fish with its seductive crooning. Walter provides each angler with life jackets, bait, tackle, and rods, although participants must bring their own fishing licenses, lunches, and weather-appropriate clothing.