Miami Valley Shooting Grounds has been a destination for firearms training since 1953. In the decades since that grand opening, the company has grown into two locations?each with a retail store stocked to capacity with rifles, handguns, knives, and accessories. Onsite ranges and classrooms also make ideal training grounds, where instructors lead sessions that accommodate all skill levels.
Point Blank Range & Gun Shop exists in two places at once, both offering a safe and clean range that is open to the public. After stepping into either the Cincy West or Blue Ash location, visitors find themselves surrounded by 5,000 square feet of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Away from this ever-changing inventory, Point Blank's team cleans handguns and teaches firearms classes for all skill levels. They also host free events, which cover topics such as safety and maintenance for new gun owners.
Tactical Intelligence Group's NRA-certified instructors boast a wide variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement, military service, and fugitive recovery. This diverse experience converges into a single goal: to train and educate Ohio's citizens on safe firearm use. During beginner courses, the instructors illuminate shooting fundamentals and observe students on the range. Tactical Intelligence Group also leads sessions for more advanced shooters and cartoon cowboys.:
1st Advance Security's instructors teach concealed-carry classes with a combination of classroom and range time. To keep things convenient, they host both day and evening classes, and they provide loaner firearms free of charge.
1st Advance Security was founded with the goal of keeping the community safe. The team here includes private investigators as well as security guards, both armed and unarmed, who work at commercial and private venues.
"The objective of the event is to provide a night of entertainment while providing awareness [for] our organization and mission of Pheasants Forever," explains Brian, Beers for Birds' regional representative. As its name implies, Pheasants Forever works to improve the habitats of and public awareness for pheasants, quail, and other wildlife.
And Beer for Birds, a private tasting of beers from more than 10 breweries such as Union Brewing Company, Carson's Brewery, and Bier Brewery, is one of the nonprofit's most popular efforts to further this mission. Rock musicians Alex Williams and James Kramer soundtrack the party with live music as guests enjoy unlimited beer samples, as well as dinner and desserts. All proceeds from the event benefit Pheasants Forever.
Elk Creek Hunt Club sharpens shooting skills and sates hungers with outdoor sporting clay excursions. Like a Gumby-Seagal crossover film, duos traverse 2,500 acres of preserve lands hot on the pursuit of clay targets aboard a two- or four-person golf cart (use of four-person carts is based on availability). Upon arriving at a sporting-clay station, gunslingers prepare to tag fleeing clays as they veer towards the forest-covered or watery horizon. Afterward, hunters can rest their boots inside the Elk Creek Lodge for a hearty meal. The club's lunch menu lists a slew of sandwich and salad options, such as the Angus steak burger with cheese (an $8.95 value), dressed in the traditional garb of lettuce, tomato, and onion, and dinnertime selections include a grilled, 16 oz. rib-eye steak (a $27 value) and a cut of salmon enlivened with a bourbon glaze (a $27 value).