On MN Pro Paintball's 10 outdoor fields spanning 150 acres, players are immersed in a combat-style experience, darting amongst towers and trenches to avoid the paintballs whizzing through the air. Two commanders lead each team through each mission-based battle, guiding participants as they duck and weave, and certified guides supervise battles to ensure that combatants play fairly and wear their mandatory eye protection. The insured facility rents out traditional equipment from protective gear to ammo carriers, and also carries smoke and paint grenades.
A duck tower stands 75 feet above Metro Gun Club's shotgun and handgun facility. Here, shooters aim from five different blinds, where incoming and outgoing targets simulate a duck's flight path. The towering perch looms over the range's other outdoor facilities, where instructors teach novices how to fire shotguns. Indoors, firearms experts teach handgun classes at the range, where they also host pistol leagues and oversee rifle shooting.
Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
Current and former military and law enforcement officers comprise the staff of instructors at Blue Line Defense, who aim to increase firearm awareness and the training level of the general public with each class they teach. The course list runs the gamut from introductory defensive handgun lessons to women's self defense and advanced group training classes. The site also provides firearm-related resources for the community, such as familiarization with use-of-force laws, firearm-sales intricacies, and gun-naming dos and don’ts. Blue Line also regularly participates in fundraisers and charities to help give back to the community.
Since 1875, Minneapolis Gun Club has maintained numerous clay-target courses. Guests take aim on 10 trap fields, eight skeet fields, two five-stand fields, and one wobble-trap field, all of which test their skills with targets up to 50 yards away. When they aren't hosting open sessions and organized shoots, Carl Cook and NSSA-certified Level II instructor Mike Lohman train pupils in bettering their clay-shooting skills during lessons. If they need a break, visitors can reenergize with burgers and fish sandwiches in the clubhouse or restock on brand-name gear in the pro shop. Because they are a "shotgun for clay targets only" space, Minneapolis Gun Club cannot accommodate patrons hoping to use handguns or rifles.
Hosting one of the first sporting clay courses in the United States, The Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club outfits sharpshooters for afternoons of shooting sporting clays on more than 600 acres of private hunting preserve. Across five courses of varying difficulty, Promatic clay-target throwers launch White Flyer targets above sloughs, fields, and a broadleaf forest as shooters take aim or obliviously tie their shoes. During a 50-target round, several stations force shooters to fire from different angles to simulate the diversity of real-world hunting. Once bullets have shattered every sporting clay and tossed porcelain figurine, clientele can adjourn to the Triggers Saloon and Supper Club for a lunchtime sandwich and beverage.