LPI Firearms’ multilingual team of Leslie A. Muniz and Ashley L. Magalas—both certified as NRA Firearm Instructors—teach classes in English and Spanish that enrich students' gun-handling knowledge, skills, and safety. Firearms-training courses imbue beginners with basic instruction and techniques, gun how-to classes dispense tips on gun cleaning and range safety, and Women on Target classes enhance the marksmanship of female participants. With her expertise in security-guard instruction and keeping uniforms from fading in the wash, Leslie also runs 40-hour security officer D trainings and 28-hour G trainings, which prep candidates on the required info and skills needed to become licensed unarmed or armed security officers, respectively.
Holding a state certification and multiple NRA training certifications, Julio A. Cortes leads an instructional team drawn from retired law-enforcement, military, and SWAT personnel. Specializing in basic pistol instruction—including women-only courses—Gulfcoast Firearms Academy's instructors qualify students to apply for a state concealed-weapon permit by teaching fundamentals such as basic terminology and situation awareness. For students desiring more-advanced training, they also lead tactical pistol and rifle shooting classes, imparting skills from one-handed reloading to shooting from a standing, seated, lying, and fetal position.
Steve Price spent his 20-year Air Force career training dogs for scent detection. Now as the founder of Scent Detection International, he has trained more than 60 dogs that have been put to work across the globe. His five-day training program takes canines across 2 acres. That's where he teaches them to detect scents including mold, drugs, explosives, and pirated videos. Steve also conducts drug inspections in homes and businesses that rout out illegal substances, helping clients detect if their loved ones are using illicit drugs.
There's no telling who you'll run into on the simply named Beer Crawl—past events have been attended by stormtroopers, cowboys, and even a brace of rarely spotted Waldos. Thanks to themed costume contests that run the gamut from neon '80s wear to masked superheroes, attendees of all stripes race or meander between trendy area venues. At each one, they enjoy free beer and drink specials as DJs spin popular tunes and supervise games such as Flip Cup or Figure Out What Channel the Game Is On. Participating bars include World of Beer, The Lodge, and MacDinton's, among many others.
Champions of safety, the owners of Indoor Shooting Company opened their range with the hope to provide a space where people could learn about firearms from certified instructors. Since 1996, people have been pointing handguns directly down the six climate-controlled lanes of their 10-meter Olympic range. Electric target retrievals assist marksmen in taking a closer look at their shots, and certified instructors fluent in English and Spanish assist gun handlers of all skill sets by promoting firearm safety at classes. There, first timers can learn proper gun cleaning and firearm-handling techniques, and experienced shooters can improve their aim in marksmanship-qualification programs or monthly challenge contests.
At Koozie's Sports Pub, the clack of pool balls commingles with the clink of beer mugs and the laughter of friends and neighbors. Guests sip on domestic and imported beers and snack on loaded fries or nachos before digging into entrees main dishes of Cuban sandwiches, burgers, wings, or Friday-night fish fries. Throughout the week, the bar hosts entertainments such as karaoke, pool tournaments, or TV broadcasts of Miami sports games' thrilling commercials.