A Class III dealer of firearms and accessories, Midwest Gun Club equips its clients with more than just firearms. The company also offers classes, which range from concealed-weapon-permit courses to safe handgun practices and home-defense seminars. All class instructors have a background in the military or law enforcement or have experience in national competition. Along with classes, they help their pupils and visitors practice their aim and perk their ears like a hunting hound at an in-house shooting range.
The knowledgeable staff members at AimHi, many of whom shoot hundreds of different firearms each year, call upon their expertise to recommend various guns to customers. The instructors, meanwhile, provide a safe shooting environment while teaching classes focused on subjects from basic handguns to firing an AR-15.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Glock Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Springfield
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 10-lane, indoor, cooled shooting range
Recommended Age Group: All ages
In discussing the impetus behind The Bullet Ranch, Sales Manager Jerry Carver points out that the founders—including outdoor sportsmen, former military members, and law-enforcement officers—"saw something missing in the industry ... the absence of a welcome mat." Rather than create just another shooting range that left customers on their own, they aspired to create a friendly, unintimidating environment where the staff greets them by name. In addition to providing advice when purchasing a firearm at the shop, these specialists fix mounts and scopes via gunsmithing services and instruct students in a range of classes. These include courses geared toward shooting an automatic rifle, pistol shooting for women, and qualifying to apply for a concealed-carry license.
Urban Tactical Defense Center’s diverse team of trainers includes lifelong martial artists, former military personnel, and current police officers. Within the 8,000-square-foot facility—with two sparring rooms and a gym—these trainers pass on the self-defense and fitness techniques they acquired during their demanding careers to students of all ages, covering everything from defense tactics to proper firearms training. They rely on myriad approaches to boost health and self-confidence levels, imparting combat techniques during martial-arts and unarmed-combat classes; fending off calories in Combat Fitness Bootcamp courses; and bulking up entire bodies in circuit-training sessions. They even sprinkle meditation techniques from Chinese qi gong in some of their programs.
Alternatively, the staff leads youngsters through its own original MANTIS curriculum (Manage Any Nasty Trouble in School), acquainting them with tactics for dealing with bullies, teaching them self-defense moves, and hopefully giving them the strength to lift 12 action figures at once.
Inspired Shot, a recently formed nonprofit, is headed by Don, a certified Level 1 archery instructor and NRA-appointed training counselor. Don uses his own range or goes on location to teach the fundamentals of gun fundamentals, firearm safety, and introductory archery. He provides all required class items, furnishing ammunition, firearms, portable targets, benches, and stands for practice shooting. He teaches NRA curriculum and can also train others to become NRA instructors.
River Lures lets bipeds escape the bounds of terra firma and venture out into Ohio's open waters with kayak and canoe rentals. Customers can coast atop the glistening azure waterways of the Maumee River just steps from River Lures' storefront or take rentals to favorite lakes, ponds, or neighborhood kiddie pools. Patrons can use their rental vessels to escape the bustle of urban spaces, retreating to verdant landscapes blooming with the sounds of nature while enjoying two full hours of paddling paradise. Though not included with today's Groupon, River Lures also has new and used kayaks for sale.