The sound of gunfire can top 160 decibels, rivaling the loudness of a jet engine or a bullfrog croaking into a megaphone. Renew your respect for earplugs with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $49 for a three-hour women-only handgun-fundamentals class for one (a $99 value)
- $96 for a three-hour women-only handgun-fundamentals class for two (a $198 value)
- $35 for three half-hour lane rentals on the virtual range (a $75 value)
Designed for novice-level students, the handgun-fundamentals class covers the basics of handling revolvers and pistols. After covering topics such as ammunition and nomenclature in the classroom, instructors demonstrate how to responsibly wield a handgun, from stance to aim. They then take students to the virtual range and guide them through applying what they learned in the classroom. Sessions are scheduled every other Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., starting August 16.
On the virtual range, guests use real firearms that are outfitted with a laser system but still produce the same recoil and firing action as they would with live ammo. An electronic screen renders a wide variety of target scenarios and distances, and even produces simulated bullet holes. Marksmen can zoom in on images of their shots and email them as JPEGs. Each lane accommodates up to two shooters, and because there's no cost for ammo, visitors get a high amount of repetition.
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A marksman aligns her sight on the target 25 yards away. She pulls the trigger, steadies the recoil, and watches the round pierce near the bull's eye—but she never fired a bullet. The target wasn't actually 25 yards away, either. That's how precise Gander Mountain Academy's virtual range can render its simulated targets, from scaling distance to adding bullet holes based on its laser-guidance system. The range's technology delivers an array of training benefits, such as making the experience less intimidating for novice shooters, allowing more repetition by cutting out ammo costs, and letting advanced marksmen choose more-sophisticated target scenarios.
Gander Mountain's ownership developed this training technology upon recognizing that with nearly 120 stores, it was among the nation's largest retailer of firearms. This led to Gander Mountain Academy, a place where technology such as the virtual range meets elite-training resources previously available only to the military and law enforcement. Blending multimedia classroom and hands-on range training, instructors use the academy's FRS Learning System—an acronym standing for fundamentals, repetition, and simulation—in every class, from youth safety programs to advanced tactical training. The live-fire range's booths are wide enough to comfortably accommodate both a shooter and instructor, and fully armored partitions encase each booth in bulletproof protection.
For even more in-depth training, program directors load simulations that challenge marksmen to engage threats in up to a 300-degree space. An array of scenarios, from encountering a home intruder to defending against an attack of mutant spiders, allows students to develop specific marksmanship skills such as accuracy, speed, and precision of operation under lifelike circumstances. Time on the ranges or in the simulator can be prebooked through the academy's online reservation system or by phone.
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Gander Mountain Academy's simulators render virtual targets at varying distances and with real-world precision, including accurate bullet holes. The simulators' technology delivers an array of training benefits, such as making the experience less intimidating for novices and letting advanced students choose more sophisticated target scenarios. Gander Mountain's ownership developed this training technology upon recognizing that with over 130 stores, it was among the nation's largest retailer of firearms. This led to Gander Mountain Academy, a place where technology meets elite-training resources previously available only to the military and law enforcement.