Tulsa Firearms has been a part of the community since founder Riley Gilmore first opened its doors back in 1976. Since then, its staff of instructors and range officers have introduced countless men and women to target shooting. That continues today both on the range and inside the classroom, where the instructors teach private classes as well as group sessions in handguns and rifles.
With an emphasis on safety, Oklahoma Safety & Security Source's owners Bart and Donna Batman seek to educate the Tulsa community on the fundamentals of firearm ownership and operation. Their instructors teach courses on various subjects, including the operation and maintenance of firearms, as well as NRA-certified courses. The team's professionals also advise law-enforcement agencies and consult on personal and business security needs. In addition to the gun and airsoft-gun range, they also host bouts in an indoor paintball facility.
L & L Machine Guns is a Class 3 dealer and gunsmith. As such, their expert staffers can help customers purchase new firearms or maintain safe operation of their current guns. Beyond daily operations, L & L Machine Guns hosts themed events, such as zombie shoots.
U.S. Shooting Academy accommodates weaponry of all calibers and ranges with its 90-acre shooting facility. A squad of passionate instructors helms the academy's training center, which hosts a schedule of classes such as close-quarter handgun skills, advanced hostage-rescue operations, and armed response tactics for a variety of fragile environments such as aircraft or bouncy castles. Members of the academy's training group attend multiple small modules on tactics and technique to help them master their chosen gun. U.S. Shooting Academy's onsite gunsmiths are on hand to customize firearms to fit shooters' personalities, preferences, and extra trigger fingers. With more than 30 pistol ranges, 100-meter carbine ranges, and 300-meter rifle ranges, U.S. Shooting Academy also hosts a wide variety of marksmen competitions. Club members take aim with machine guns and pistols to test their pinpoint accuracy on targets featuring generic assailants or the gun's long-time rival, a knife.
Practical Shooting's live-fire training takes place at an outdoor range, which accommodates handgun, rifle, shotgun, and long-range training.
Customers usually bring their own firearms, though instructors supply equipment during certain classes, including the Youth Firearms Safety Class and the Home Defense Course that uses Simunition, a non-lethal training ammunition.
A member of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Department possessing weapons certifications including a federal firearms license, Wes Elliott continues more than a decade of teaching firearm operation to military personnel, law-enforcement officials, and everyday citizens. On Practical Shooting's outdoor range, Elliott and his team lead handgun and rifle courses, covering a catalog of weaponry that spans pistols to shotguns. Beyond shooting instruction, Elliott teaches executive-protection tactics, and his facility also hosts Simunition matches.