Maybe some of you have heard about "smart guns" or micro-stamping technology. Some of you may be aware that at least two major firearms makers have stopped shipping firearms to California due to being required to use this technology in products sold in California.
The story started here - http://www.examiner.com/article/california-doj-asked-how-smart-gun-without-microstamping-made-safe-roster
One more story:
The other FFL was obtained by Armatix, and it is an import FFL. The Armatix "technology" that James Mitchell was referring to is a Range System, which utilized sensors placed down-range, to establish safe shooting angles. Because Oak Tree is a large training facility, this was something that was considered. We would not import the "technology" so they obtained an import FFL for this purpose. There was never any agreement to purchase the range system.
I hope this information helps explain this situation.
California Gun Girls, LLC"
March 12, 2014 Update
Today I went to Oak Tree in the morning to do a bit of trap shooting. Driving, as you cross over the 5 to turn onto Coltrane, there used to be a Armatix sign with the Oak Tree sign. The Armatix sign was gone.
When I was done shooting I walked down to where the Armatix offices once were. The signs were gone as are traces of the Armatix business.
I do not know if Armatix is any longer on the property or whether the removal of signs was in response to the news stories and posts in regard to whatever relationship Armatix and Oak Tree had with each other.
I welcome any Oak Tree response or contact from them to hear their point of view which I will be happy to add, in full and unedited, to this piece.
3/5/2015 update. Dropping rating from 5 stars to 3 stars on Yelp.
If you look at my earlier part of my review you will notice I initially had a bad impression as there was somebody behind the counter when there were a lot of people waiting for service and there was only one other individual waiting on those folks. The clueless guy turned out to be Tim Mitchell as I later learned. I felt that if he had personal conversation on his personal agenda he should step out from behind the counter. This was in the old shotgun shop which is now the Beretta shop as a side note.
So why the big drop from five stars to three? The facility is nice and the crew and employees are outstanding. If one of them caused my problem this morning I would have just escalated the issue to management. Unfortunately, the person causing the problem was management.
is supposed to open at 10am. There were a group of folks waiting to start shooting on the trap fields this morning. Just as I was ready to start shooting, one of the crew told us we could not start shooting for a bit. I asked how long? They did not know. I went to Mike, the shotgun facility manager. He said he did not know how long the delay would be either. He was told by his boss (Tim Mitchell) to keep things shut down.
It seems, from my own observation and some feedback, that Tim Mitchell had a group of his own that he was taking up to the sporting clays area. His group came first as did his desire to keep things shut down until he drove back down the hill. This was the second time I had seen him put himself ahead of the people that support his business.
So.... rather than just update this review I will take a bit of economic action as well over 2015. I have a bit over $100 remaining on my shoot card. Normally that would last a few weeks. Now it may last the rest of 2015. I will be shooting less trap here and will spend more time shooting sporting clays at a facility that treats ALL their customers like they matter. The main reason I will return to is because there are a lot of great employees. Unfortunately the executive management leaves a lot to be desired.
Side note: The metallic side of the pistol range has needed repairs on broken targets more often than not. On one occasion the range did not open for over an hour and a half on a scheduled open day as repairs that had started in the morning on a non-maintenance day continued until lunch. The staff apologized to me and I overlooked the incident at the time. Unfortunately, over time the lack of organization and planning has been the rule more than the exception.
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I have not looked much at the new website yet but I will. I tend to look for mistakes now after a few incidents involving Tim Mitchell and a few issues with things not working or not being open according to your schedule due to poorly scheduled maintenance. I was a big fan but after the last Tim Mitchell incident I have chosen to support your business less than I had been doing as there are other facilities I also use that have been in a state of improving rather than degrading. The website is nice but you really need to address some other areas. You can put new paint on the buildings but if your highest level of customer service and representation does not expand his own personal interests to those of his customers (other than his own personal inner circle), you may lose the support of more folks.
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