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.
Up to two guests per lane
Indoor, climate-controlled facility
Handguns and long guns available for rent
Range ammunition must be used with all rental firearms
At a Glance
Point Blank Range & Gun Shop has multiple locations, each of which offers a safe and clean range open to the public. Visitors step into each location and find themselves surrounded by thousands of square feet of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Away from this everchanging inventory, Point Blank's team performs ultrasonic handgun cleanings, mounts accessories, and teaches firearms classes to students of all skill levels. The team also hosts free events, which cover topics such as safety and maintenance for new gun owners.
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.
Steel City Airsoft's safety-conscious staff hosts adrenaline-pumping showdowns for recreational warriors as well as for law enforcement or military groups looking to train in a close-quarters, indoor environment. A modular building design allows staffers to reorient the walls, hallways, and doorways that honeycomb the 30,000-square-foot facility, ensuring unpredictable, action-packed bouts amid a hail of whistling pellets. With an emphasis on responsible play, the staff members steadfastly enforce the facility's rules and advise patrons either to wear clothing that covers any bare skin or to don their family's coat of arms. Steel City Airsoft is open on Fridays from 5 p.m.?midnight, Saturdays from noon to midnight, and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.
For passers-by, Anthony Arms is hard to miss, what with a sky-blue-camouflage tank sitting in its parking lot. Walking past the armored vehicle, visitors enter an 1,800-square-foot facility that houses many marksmanship amenities, including a climate-controlled, 16-lane pistol range rated for .22- to .50-caliber fire. Range officers supervise marksmen and lend their expertise during classes, including the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation and private one-on-one training sessions. Anthony Arms’ expertise also extends to a pro shop where the staff intermingles its display of new and antique munitions with mounted game, including a trophy buck and a bear. Further services include an onsite gunsmith, as well as range memberships that extend amenities such as free range time and daily wake-up calls from Bruce Willis.
10 indoor shooting bays
Four rifle lanes
Handguns such as a .357 Magnum revolver and a 9 mm pistol
.22 long rifles
At a Glance
Select Fire Training Center's team consists of male and female NRA-certified instructors, who lead classes in the use of pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Their clients range from kids to adults, complete beginners to seasoned gun owners. Outside of the standard curriculum, Select Fire
hosts bowling-pin shoots and specials, including seniors' days, kids' days, and date nights. The center also sells holsters and other firearms accessories.