Miami Valley Shooting Grounds has been a destination for firearms training since 1953. In the decades since that grand opening, the company has grown into two locations?each with a retail store stocked to capacity with rifles, handguns, knives, and accessories. Onsite ranges and classrooms also make ideal training grounds, where instructors lead sessions that accommodate all skill levels.
Along its eponymous creek's scenic banks, Indian Creek Shooting Center's facility has a storied history. In 1977, John Sharp and John Seitz established the business with four trap fields, which eventually grew to include a sporting-clays course, skeet field, and 5-stand field. Now owned by the next generation of the Seitz clan, the ranges host competitions and daylong excursions by drop-in guests as well as members, who benefit from discounts on shooting, supplies, and use of a stocked fishing lake. A 4,000-square-foot clubhouse with kitchen facilities hosts events, such as regular archery and skeet tournaments, and a pro shop provides several gauges of shotgun ammunition.
Tactical Intelligence Group's NRA-certified instructors boast a wide variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement, military service, and fugitive recovery. This diverse experience converges into a single goal: to train and educate Ohio's citizens on safe firearm use. During beginner courses, the instructors illuminate shooting fundamentals and observe students on the range. Tactical Intelligence Group also leads sessions for more advanced shooters and cartoon cowboys.:
Point Blank Range & Gun Shop exists in two places at once, both offering a safe and clean range that is open to the public. After stepping into either the Cincy West or Blue Ash location, visitors find themselves surrounded by 5,000 square feet of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Away from this ever-changing inventory, Point Blank's team cleans handguns and teaches firearms classes for all skill levels. They also host free events, which cover topics such as safety and maintenance for new gun owners.
1st Advance Security's instructors teach concealed-carry classes with a combination of classroom and range time. To keep things convenient, they host both day and evening classes, and they provide loaner firearms free of charge.
1st Advance Security was founded with the goal of keeping the community safe. The team here includes private investigators as well as security guards, both armed and unarmed, who work at commercial and private venues.
"The objective of the event is to provide a night of entertainment while providing awareness [for] our organization and mission of Pheasants Forever," explains Brian, Beers for Birds' regional representative. As its name implies, Pheasants Forever works to improve the habitats of and public awareness for pheasants, quail, and other wildlife.
And Beer for Birds, a private tasting of beers from more than 10 breweries such as Union Brewing Company, Carson's Brewery, and Bier Brewery, is one of the nonprofit's most popular efforts to further this mission. Rock musicians Alex Williams and James Kramer soundtrack the party with live music as guests enjoy unlimited beer samples, as well as dinner and desserts. All proceeds from the event benefit Pheasants Forever.