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Gun Fun at the OK Corral
By Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost staff writer
There are no actual gunfights at the OK Corral– just the realistic cowboy action stages, sporting clays courses and other competitive stations at the 350-acre, open-air gun club in Okeechobee, FL.
Open for five years, seven days a week, the emporium/range/restaurant/wedding venue wows not only the shooting community, but foodies and event planners as well.
“Some people call it the Disneyland of shooting,” OK Corral general manager Channing Boyd said. “We’re very family-centric.”
It’s the type of place where moms and dads bring their kids to learn to shoot pistols, rifles and shotguns skillfully and safely under the careful supervision of veteran range master John King. Afterward, the family can enjoy bison-burger sloppy joes or pesto chicken flat bread pizza at the High Noon Cafe– voted Best Taste of Okeechobee 2016.
For wing shooters who need to sharpen their skills or recreational shooters out for a little competition, there are two sporting clay courses. You can also pretend to be a cowboy/cowgirl shooting it out with the bad guys in a mock western frontier town. There’s a competition park, covered 5-Stand, covered pistol and rifle ranges, and wobble deck. You can rent or buy guns and rent a golf cart in the pro shop or bring your own firearm– a pistol up to an AR-15– no fully-automatic weapons allowed.
The facility offers a variety of education programs such as concealed-carry, ladies-only clay shooting, home defense, and competitive shooting. King once taught an 86-year-old woman to shoot a 45-calibre pistol so accurately that she posted her bullet-riddled target on her front door as a warning to potential intruders.
“An old wild west theme with multiple shooting venues from the amateur to the expert shooter with an emphasis on safety and Southern hospitality,” Boyd said.
There are hook-ups for RVs and electric cars and– coming soon–12 cabins for overnight accommodations. Conference rooms and ballrooms can handle groups from small to large.
For more information, visit www.okcorralgunclub.com.
Sue Cocking chronicles the Guy Harvey Outpost travel and adventure experience in regular blog posts on GuyHarveyOutpostNews.com/. For 21 years, Cocking covered the full spectrum of outdoors adventure opportunities in South Florida and beyond for the Miami Herald, including fishing, diving, hunting, paddling camping, sailing and powerboat racing. She is a certified scuba diver and holder of an IGFA women’s world fly fishing record for a 29-pound permit.
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