Since 1992, Arizona Shooting Range & Emporium’s 6,000-square-foot shop has stocked firearms from established brands, such as Smith & Wesson, alongside accessories, ammunition, and cleaning supplies. To ensure customers know how to safely handle their purchases, the emporium hosts classes taught by NRA-certified instructors. Geared toward students of all experience levels, the courses focus on not only shooting fundamentals, but also other essential skills such as safely drawing and storing the weapon.
In addition to overseeing the shooting range, National Armory's staff leads classes that cover topics such as basic firearm-handling and meeting the requirements to become an armed security guard. Clients looking for new firearms or to upgrade often find their match in National Armory's store, where in-house weapon experts advise buyers on new and used guns and dispense ammunition.
The defense experts at Pembroke Gun & Range help clients hone their aim through an array of training amenities. Beyond the range, instructors uphold NRA standards in classes, including instruction tailored specifically for women and security guards. Classes are capped at 10 students to ensure personalized instruction, and private training is also available.
Florida Gun Center is a safe and secure space where advanced and novice visitors hone their marksmanship skills. For the latter group, staff experts teach gun-handling fundamentals and firearm safety during an array courses. Once range and class sessions wrap up, visitors browse the firearms and accessories in the center's store, which keeps a variety of pistols for law enforcement in stock.
Frank Abay is a busy man. Along with a security school and a private-investigation company, the licensed instructor now owns Miami Guns Inc. There, his guests can buy and sell firearms or practice their aim at the eight-lane, 25-yard indoor range. Visitors seeking more guided instruction can earn licenses by completing D and G classes. Miami Guns Inc. also hosts low-light pistol and self-defense-tactics courses, which include 100 rounds of ammo, range time, a certificate of completion, and a T-shirt.
At the age of 5, Captain David Ide had already navigated the back canals of South Florida in his own 8-foot motored dinghy. Over the years, the sea tugged at him even more; he amassed fishing knowledge by talking to locals on the docks during his family's annual trips to the Bahamas, and at the age of 15 he began working on the fuel docks at Lauderdale Marina. The following year, he was asked to compete in his first professional fishing tournament. Though he sometimes still competes, Captain David spends most of his time aboard the US Coast Guard-licensed Lady Pamela II—leading drift-fishing trips around South Florida's natural reefs and shipwrecks,
The 41-foot custom-built and tournament-ready Hatteras boasts a 15-foot beam, air-conditioned bridge, and refrigerators, as well as ample electronics for detecting fish and any ghost ships before they rise from the ocean. At this vessel's helm, Captain David pilots passengers armed with rods, tackle, and various types of bait out to distances of 2, 10, or up to 20 miles from shore on extended daytime and nighttime trips. Groups may hunt in search of small targets such as tuna, snapper, grouper, and mahi-mahi, or larger quarry such as broadbill swordfish and hammerhead or bull sharks.