Choose from Four Options
- $20 for a 45-minute Ultimate Academy Experience handgun class for one (a $40 value)
- $35 for a 45-minute Ultimate Academy Experience handgun class for two (an $80 value)
- $12 for 30 minutes on the virtual range for one (a $25 value)
- $25 for 30 minutes on the virtual range for two (a $50 value)
The 45-minute Ultimate Academy Experience gives students the opportunity to try each of the academy's four main experiences. Training includes work on the virtual range, 10-minute sessions in both the 180 degree and 300 degree simulators, and supervised shooting of a Glock 9-millimeter on the live-fire range.
Alternatively, with the 30-minute virtual-range options, guests handle a Glock 22 or Beretta 92 that’s outfitted with a laser system but still produces the same recoil and firing action as it 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 to themselves as JPEGs. Because there's no cost for ammo, visitors get a high amount of repetition.
Gander Mountain Academy
A marksman aligns his sight on the target 25 yards away. He pulls the trigger, steadies the recoil, and watches the round pierce near the bull's eye—but he 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. Gander Mountain's ownership developed this training technology upon recognizing that with more than 140 stores in 26 states, it was among the nation's largest retailers of firearms. This led to Gander Mountain Academy, places 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 fundamentals, repetition, and simulation to help students of all levels operate firearms safely and proficiently in more than 15 classes.