Booge Mercer started small, but she had a vision. Launching Oak Tree Gun Club in 1973 with just six fields, a trailer, and two outhouses, she steadily expanded the private shooting club into a public range. Soon, Charlton Heston and Steven Spielberg were dropping by. When Mercer passed in 1993, James Mitchell purchased the club and resumed Mercer?s vision. Today, Oak Tree Gun Club continues to draw outdoorsmen under the ownership of James' daughters, Betsy and Katie. The club?s facilities have even provided filming locations for television shows such as Entourage and NCIS. Those facilities have grown to include the Oak Tree Bar & Grill, a pro shop, and an archery field with 3D targets.
Triple B Clays throws more targets than any other club in the U.S. Yet that impressive figure is nothing when compared to the number of clay pigeons that have taken flight on their fields over the past quarter of a century. Over those decades, Triple B Clays has also assembled a team of certified instructors, who work with students of various ages and skill levels.
Steve Ellis and Ken Lindsay have traveled far and wide to hone their fly-fishing skills—they bring knowledge gained in Belize, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and several US states to their Van Nuys fly-fishing shop, Fishermen’s Spot. For the past four decades, the shop has stocked high-quality fishing gear from makers such as Sage, Simms, Winston, and Abel, as well as vintage equipment such as bamboo rods and ancient flies that still haven't evolved wings. To complement these wares, the shop offers classes that help students master fly-fishing basics, such as casting, selecting tackle and flies, and tying knots.
The male and female firearm experts of American Home Defense shape their shooting and self-defense classes around legal regulations with an emphasis on personal safety. In private shooting lessons, students learn to handle three of the most common handguns and home-defense classes equip participants with the know-how to protect their families from intruders or a neighbor's moat monster.
The waters around Marina del Rey teem with seasonal gamefish. Beneath the ocean's surface, halibut, sand bass, and barracuda swim from Rocky Point to the Big Kelp Reef. That is, until they cross paths with The Betty-O, Spitfire, or the New Del Mar?the fishing boats of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing's fleet. Aboard these vessels, experienced guides help small and large groups cast lines and pull prize catches from the water.
But sometimes, the ocean's beauty makes anglers put down their fishing poles. Sea lions, dolphins, sea birds, and several whale species also make their home in the water. This diversity of wildlife prompted the owners of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing to start their whale and eco tour, during which sightseers can admire the ocean's majestic creatures and the teams of Aquamen who groom them.
Judged by any metric, Critical Paintball & Archery is something of a celebrity. The chromatic battle arena has been featured in magazines like Facefull, and Splat, and has even made a guest appearance on CSI: New York. Star roles aside, Critical Paintball & Archery is primarily a shop that gives paintball and archery enthusiasts everything they need to hit the battlefield or target practice lanes ? all with the comfort of air conditioning and certified instructors. The catalog's inventory is comprehensive, accommodating casual players and hardcore hobbyists alike with a meticulously curated selection of brands, gear, and apparel. Folks can order online, but Critical Paintball & Archery also maintains a showroom for shoppers who'd rather test the heft and balance of a paintball gun in their hand, or see if a helmet will accommodate the horn of their pet rescue unicorn. Though primarily a store, Critical Paintball & Archery occasionally acts as a school, with seminars and private lessons imparting the techniques of archery. Archery lessons are taught using recurve bows, a beginner-level bow which provides enough power and accuracy to train participants for the 77th Annual Hunger Games.