An indoor, air-conditioned range encompasses eight shooting lanes, each equipped with an electronic targeting system and lighted stalls to enhance vision.
The pro shop rents many of its in-stock firearms, including handguns and Class 3 weaponry.
The weapons experts of Aim Center Mass share their knowledge in serving the public, law enforcement, military, and first responders. As the partner business of Mission Essential Inc., Aim Center Mass houses three archery ranges in addition to the gun range. Each is outfitted with the TechnoHunt bow-hunting system, which lets guests test their aim on virtual trophies such as bear and elk.
Firearms from top manufacturers??such as Ruger or Smith & Wesson??line the shelves of Palmetto State Armory. Along with rifles, handguns, and BB guns, Palmetto sports a constantly expanding stock of additional gear, from ammunition and reloading supplies to accessories such as holsters and magazines. Besides supplying equipment, most of Palmetto's locations double as air-conditioned shooting ranges.
The live-fire portions of Jax Tactical Guns' classes take place at local ranges, including outdoor facilities where shooters can learn to fire AR-15s or practice shooting handguns while moving.
Jax Tactical Guns believes in safety, both in the practical guidelines for handling firearms and personal safety while using them. The staff's training programs touch on a variety of topics ranging from basic pistol use to introductions to AR-15s or tactical medical training. Supplementing their training curriculum are available firearms and accessories, and onsite gun-altering upgrades.
When a former law-enforcement officer and a former Navy serviceman formed Second Amendment Outfitters in 2009, they aimed to cover all the bases their customers needed, including a firearms training center, retail store, and indoor shooting range in the plans. Once inside the climate-controlled shooting range, targets hanging from automated carriers challenge pistol- and rifle-brandishers to test their shots at six 23-yard-deep shooting lanes. Expert instructors assist inexperienced gunners in mastering pistol and rifle fundamentals during classes, and advanced trigger fingers can acquire name-brand firearms from the facility’s onsite or online shop. Should firearms require repairs or a new Bang! flag, a local gunsmith stops by twice a week to make adjustments and augmentations.
Located on a working timber farm, Amelia Shotgun Sports boasts a sprawling terrain, home to a scenic setting, on which patrons can shoot sporting clays, skeet, trap, or 5-stands. Beginners can rest easy with trained staff instructors, Barbara Martin and Rick Wallace, who teach the basics and safety of handling a shotgun and then cheer them on as they acquire their first moving target. Visitors are invited to test their stance, aim, and focus across their 3 sporting clays courses, a total of 30 stations. Winding through lush forests and fields, each station lets sportsmen hone in on clay targets amid realistic forest hunting conditions. The facility also challenges sportsmen with skeet and trap fields as well as a five-stand field that tests even the most experienced shooters.
Captain Kevin and Cecilia McCarthy have always been fond of the sea. Born and raised in the port town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kevin sojourned south in 1968 before meeting his wife Cecilia, whose family had arrived on the marshy shores of Fernandina nine generations ago. After Kevin worked as a building contractor for nearly 30 years, he and Cecilia opted to embrace their shared love for being on the water, and founded Amelia River Cruises in the summer of 2000. Twelve years later, their fleet is three U.S. Coast Guard–inspected boats strong, and each cruises steadily along myriad tours of Cumberland Island, Beach Creek, and the shores of Amelia Island. History buffs rejoice in narrated jaunts down the Intracoastal Waterway that lead to the Kingsley Plantation—whose 1797 establishment makes it the oldest surviving plantation house in Florida—before traveling to the historic Fort Caroline National Memorial, one of the first permanent settlements in North America. Two-hour eco tours journey through state parks and aquatic preserves, where hands-on shrimping experiences let guests identify their captured creatures before asking them the current exchange rate of a sand dollar and releasing them back into the wild. The local and surrounding ecosystem, with diverse wildlife that appears most prominently during the summer months, boasts playful pods of dolphins, an abundance of shore birds, and sea turtles who visit to nest on nearby island shores.