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.
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.
Tampa Bay Sporting Clays sits on 250 acres of forest and brush. A trail system connects three sporting-clays courses, each consisting of 8–13 stations that challenge guests of all ages and experience levels. Promatic throwing machines fling clays up into the tree-lined courses, mimicking game flying from the field. A five-stand course and a Super Station with wobble trap give guests more target scenarios, and a team of instructors are onsite to help refine marksmanship.
Two archery courses start with the stationary course set up for crossbow, field-point, and broadhead arrows with 20 targets placed 10–40 yards away. The 3-D course integrates the wooded terrain, giving archers 20 stations. Beyond maintaining the extensive shooting facilities, owners Mike Mezrah and Bill Arthur prize the social aspect of sport shooting. They invite both members and nonmembers to relax at the pavilion.
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.
Safety comes first at Plant City Gun Range-Shop, where the staff enforces house rules to maintain a secured environment. NRA-compliant instructors from VIP Security Training organize the facility's classes, from beginner safety courses to advanced tactical shooting. Beyond the range, the facility extends into a pro shop, where two gunsmiths with decades of experience repair, restore, and customize firearms with add-ons such as mounting scopes.