Jax Tactical believes in safety, both the practical guidelines for handling firearms and personal safety while using firearms. Their training programs touch on a wide variety of topics ranging from concealed-weapons courses to basic pistol use and introductions to shotguns or AR-15s. Supplementing their training curriculum is an armory of pistols, accessories, and gun-altering upgrades. Knives, holsters, ghost dematerializers, and other tactical equipment lines the shelves as well, outfitting hunters and outdoorspeople of all types.
At Accurate Edge, LLC, state-licensed security guard and NRA senior training counselor Thomas Eichling shares his more than 20 years of training experience, including his expertise as both an NRA Senior Training Counselor and a retired Navy marksmanship specialist. He imparts this wealth of knowledge to students in NRA courses such as the FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation, which can be taken as a standalone class or used to satisfy the training component for a concealed-weapon application. In addition to working with adults, Thomas also works with youths with parental consent. He can also bring the training facility to clients, hitching up to his trailer-mounted live-fire range and driving it around Jacksonville.
As a 100% NRA membership club, Ancient City Shooting Range brings together instructors and sportsmen who respect the responsibility required to safely operate a firearm. To help each member become a more seasoned marksman, Ancient City’s staff supervises a 40-acre outdoor range, where shooters can step onto 18 bays with targets positioned between 7 and 185 yards for pistol and rifle shooting. For an added challenge, some bays are outfitted with computerized pneumatic targets. The range also hosts weekend shooting competitions, encouraging camaraderie under expert supervision. In addition to overseeing such events, instructors also teach defense classes tailored for everyone from everyday citizens to security professionals. Additionally, Ancient City Shooting Range’s team supports the Wounded Warrior Project, a program which helps wounded soldiers return to civilian life.
Nestled amid a tangle of scenic tributaries and the boundless Intracoastal Waterway, Cast and Cruise Boat and Sport furnishes adventurers with the requisite vessels for nautical exploration. Setting out from the Vilano boat ramp, kayakers can paddle along the gentle cerulean waves, spotting the pods of dolphins, flocks of seabirds, and the manatee dance troupes that inhabit the area. Those who prefer to sightsee from a higher vantage point and prefer distance from the salty spray can take the motorized reins of a sprawling pontoon boat replete with drink coolers, a radio, and sunny or shaded seating for up to 14 people.
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.
As the sun rises over Yulee, it casts its warm glow over dense evergreen forests, open fields, and hilly terrain as far as a clay pigeon's eye can't see. This is the home of Amelia Shotgun Sports: a sprawling outdoor facility whose location and staff were featured on the television program Look at the Bird with John Woolley.
Here, visitors will find resident instructor and two-time world champion John Woolley, who, along with certified instructor David Dobson, invites visitors to test their stance, aim, and concentration across his 24-station sporting-clay course. Winding through lush forests and fields, each station lets sportsmen home in on clay targets amid realistic forest hunting conditions. The facility also challenges sportsmen with F.I.T.A.S.C. courses, skeet courses, trap courses, and a five-stand course that grants an elevated view of targets.