A Class III dealer of firearms and accessories, Midwest Gun Club equips its clients with more than just firearms. The company also offers classes, which range from concealed-weapon-permit courses to safe handgun practices and home-defense seminars. All class instructors have a background in the military or law enforcement or have experience in national competition. Along with classes, they help their pupils and visitors practice their aim and perk their ears like a hunting hound at an in-house shooting range.
Whether visitors are arming themselves with knowledge or a bow and arrow, the experts at Cleland's Outdoor World equip them with the training, tools, and accessories they need. Onsite archery instruction includes private lessons, as well as certified training aimed to condition young people for competition in the Junior Olympics. Other classes include knife sharpening and basic firearm reloading, and the shop also carries a variety of equipment with which visitors can exercise their new skills. Cleland's Outdoor World also houses an onsite pistol range.
The knowledgeable staff members at AimHi, many of whom shoot hundreds of different firearms each year, call upon their expertise to recommend various guns to customers. The instructors, meanwhile, provide a safe shooting environment while teaching classes focused on subjects from basic handguns to firing an AR-15.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Glock Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Springfield
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 10-lane, indoor, cooled shooting range
Recommended Age Group: All ages
In discussing the impetus behind The Bullet Ranch, Sales Manager Jerry Carver points out that the founders?including outdoor sportsmen, former military members, and law-enforcement officers?"saw something missing in the industry ... the absence of a welcome mat." Rather than create just another shooting range that left customers on their own, they aspired to create a friendly, unintimidating environment where the staff greets them by name. In addition to providing advice when purchasing a firearm at the shop, these specialists fix mounts and scopes via gunsmithing services and instruct students in a range of classes. These include courses geared toward shooting an automatic rifle, pistol shooting for women, and qualifying to apply for a concealed-carry license.
Bad Boy Bait, Tackle, and Archery keeps sporting enthusiasts prepared for the unpredictable nature of the outdoors. Marksmen nock arrows in an indoor archery area to aim at 5-, 10-, or 20-yard targets or an interactive range with real video of wild, wily game. From April?November, Bad Boy hosts Lake Erie fishing charters aboard a 30' boat, but the shop also assists fishermen with live bait, equipment, and honest fishing reports so anglers don't waste time trying to snag fish that've stayed home with the flu.
Urban Tactical Defense Center’s diverse team of trainers includes lifelong martial artists, former military personnel, and current police officers. Within the 8,000-square-foot facility—with two sparring rooms and a gym—these trainers pass on the self-defense and fitness techniques they acquired during their demanding careers to students of all ages, covering everything from defense tactics to proper firearms training. They rely on myriad approaches to boost health and self-confidence levels, imparting combat techniques during martial-arts and unarmed-combat classes; fending off calories in Combat Fitness Bootcamp courses; and bulking up entire bodies in circuit-training sessions. They even sprinkle meditation techniques from Chinese qi gong in some of their programs.
Alternatively, the staff leads youngsters through its own original MANTIS curriculum (Manage Any Nasty Trouble in School), acquainting them with tactics for dealing with bullies, teaching them self-defense moves, and hopefully giving them the strength to lift 12 action figures at once.