The seven fields at Paintball World Sports Complex cater to playing styles ranging from quick assaults to studied campaigning. After outfitting combatants with equipment, the staff turns into referees and oversees play on fields such as Big Fort, a collection of plywood shelters connected by a wooden bridge and sheltered by overhanging trees. Elsewhere, field terrain includes inflatable cover, upturned tractor tires, and pieces of giant corrugated tubing. An FAQ page anticipates visitors' questions, such as "What should I bring?" and "How much to rent an invisibility cloak?"
Al’s Army Navy stocks a collection of camping equipment, military gear, outdoor clothing, and survival tools to outfit shoppers for any occasion, be it a family vacation in a nature park or the long-awaited zombie apocalypse. Basic first aid kits help keep you prepared whether at home or out, and MREs in a variety of flavors keep stomachs full when fishing trips prove fruitless. At locations equipped with paintball, players can bombard their friends or perfect action-movie one-liners on two different playing fields.
In Western parlance, Goldiggers & Gunslingers is a veritable bonanza. Though Florida may be its home, this hub for fine jewelry and rugged Western wear clearly draws its inspiration from the frontier. Display cases sparkle with jewelry collections from makers such as Dabakarov and Odelia, behind which jewelers stand ready to perform repair and restoration services. The twinkly charms pair well with its line of bold cowboy garbs, such as rhinestone-bedazzled Nocona Belts and flashy Miss Me jeans. Of course, no outfit would be complete without a pair of flashy leather boots to trudge through the grizzled badlands or kick tumbleweeds out of the line dance. To that end, they carry men's and women's boots from a handful of manufacturers, including Ariat, Dan Post, and Stetson.
A marksman aligns his sight on the target 25 yards away. He pulls the trigger, steadies the recoil, and watches the round pierce near the bull's eye?but he never fired a bullet. The target wasn't actually 25 yards away, either. That's how precise Gander Mountain Academy's virtual range can render its simulated targets. Gander Mountain's ownership developed this training technology upon recognizing that with more than 140 stores in 26 states, it was among the nation's largest retailers of firearms. This led to Gander Mountain Academy, places where technology such as the virtual range meets elite-training resources previously available only to the military and law enforcement. Blending multimedia classroom and hands-on range training, instructors use fundamentals, repetition, and simulation to help students of all levels operate firearms safely and proficiently in more than 15 classes.
The display cases inside Southern Guns LLC house a huge array of firearms?including rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Luckily, the staff can answer questions about all of them and help customers pick out the appropriate ammo and accessories. Gunsmiths also work onsite, cleaning firearms and installing new gear such as scopes.
To complement the retail shop, Southern Guns' experts teach classes on how to safely own and operate firearms. They host AR-15 courses as well as multiple levels of handgun training, which accommodate everyone from complete beginners to the advanced.
Once a support vessel that transported oil-rig workers around the Gulf of Mexico, the 100-foot-long Pastime Princess now takes up to 75 anglers on deep-sea fishing trips between 11 and 23 miles off shore. Beyond transporting fishermen into these Atlantic waters, the Pastime Princess maintains guests' comfort with air conditioning, bathrooms cleaned daily, and a galley where chefs prepare a menu of grilled fare. The boat's crew supplies anglers of all skills levels with necessary gear, including bait, and furnishes passengers with fishing licenses. They also clean catches, which guests can tote home or have cooked at Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant upon returning to land. To enhance revelry aboard the boat, hands organize a winner-take-all jackpot for whoever catches the largest edible fish or still-useable mattress. A FAQ page anticipates common questions and lists some recommendations, such as advising anglers to arrive 45 minutes before departure and to bring coolers no larger than 20 inches.