Taking my nightly tour of the web, I found this at Instapundit:
October 26, 2011
NEW INNOVATIONS IN RETAIL SPACE: “I’ll tell you one thing, I don’t have to worry about getting robbed, that’s for sure.”
That link takes you to an Ann Althouse link, (I know, what a surprise from Insty, eh?!), but this one is well worth your click, and your time:
October 25, 2011
Jin Dong, the manager of a Mattress Giant store that shares a wall with the Arms Room, is one of the gun range's happy neighbors. (continued at linked article)
Speaking as a frequenter of The Arms Room, let me commend Mr. James for a job very well done.
The WSJ article didn't mention Mr. James' son, Travis. A master guru of the AR-15 platform in all it's variations. He built mine to order on a Rock River Arms receiver, and it's a 1/4" MOA rifle with the right ammo.
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Gunstuff aside, what really makes The Arms Room shine....well, is it's shine. Superb lighting in both the range and the retail store, a very comfortable lounge, classy decor, furnishings and finish throughout. Click through the Photo Gallery, for more pictures than I could ever dare use in one post.
The retail prices there are a bit high, but such is the price of a first-class setting. But, the range fees are right in line with the market, and the staff are all friendly, available and helpful.
Mr. James and his son Travis set the standard in that regard. They're flat out good to, with and for their customers.
Monday nights, they shoot an "unregistered IDPA" fun shoot. I try to join 'em when I can. All IDPA rules apply, but the events aren't offically IDPA sanctioned, and the scores aren't sent up to IDPA registry. Ton of fun, this.
Women constitute a very large percentage of the customers there, as the place isn't a Tactical Temple, the instruction there is very low key and professional. (Mr. Tom Estep is, in my experience, the finest TX CHL instructor out there, bar none.)
There are a few, select ranges out there as nice as The Arms Room. But, I'm not aware of any nicer or better.
If you're ever going to be a half-hour South of Houston..... make plans to burn a couple hours and a hundred rounds or so there. You won't regret so doing.