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Gunsite Expands to the East Coast

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Gunsite Academy is expanding to Orlando, FL, in partnership with the largest gun range in Florida—Shooters World Orlando. With a total of 58 indoor lanes and target distances from 15 to 100 yards, the 74,000-square-foot facility and retail store is an opportunity for first-time students along the East Coast to participate in and understand the Gunsite experience without long-distance travel to Arizona.

The first course hosted by Shooters World is the Gunsite 150 Three-Day Basic Pistol class. It takes place July 19 to 21, 2024, and will be taught by Gunsite CEO and Rangemaster Ken Campbell. Additional certified Gunsite instructors will also travel to Orlando to help teach the inaugural class, as well as subsequent courses scheduled at the site.

“While vacationing in Florida last year, I had heard of the great facilities at Shooters World,” Campbell said. “Upon touring the facility, I knew it would be a good match. A world-class facility partnering with world-class training just makes sense. We look forward to a long relationship with Shooters World.”

Students in the 150 Three-Day Basic Pistol course will be introduced to the “Modern Technique of the Pistol,” a pragmatic technique for using the pistol for personal protection pioneered by Gunsite founder Col. Jeff Cooper. The class will teach the correct, safe handling of a handgun, speed reloads versus tactical reloads, firearm malfunctions, pivots and turns, barricades and tactical guidelines. Most importantly, the Gunsite mindset is incorporated into all facets of the training. Registration is already open for the Florida 150 Three-Day Basic Pistol class.

“This advanced level of training is a great fit for Shooters World and should be very well received by our customers who value quality training,” according to Shooters World Orlando’s General Manager. “When we heard about this opportunity, we were thrilled that the high level of training Gunsite has to offer would be brought right to our facility here in Central Florida. We can’t wait.”

Article by GUY J. SAGI


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