After playing the online games that include shooting, I decided to get the real experience of shooting at one of the ranges in Las Vegas. This place is known to offer many such gun shooting ranges and experiences with the choice of guns based on your understanding of them. For me, since the gaming experience already gave an understanding of a few guns, I went with what is called “The Gamers Experience” at Machine Guns Vegas. This package costs around $200 and it includes 4 guns in total.
The guns included in this particular package is AK47, MP5, M4, and Glock 17. The FPS games like Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield had these guns and if you played any of those, you’d easily be familiar with the guns. In my case, I was more into PUBG and that game has AKM, which is a rather updated version of the AK47, and there’s also the M4 in the game, so understanding the ammunition used was much easier in my case, but if you don’t really know these things, it’s not hard to learn.
We were initially asked quite a few times to add one of the extra guns or to add some magazines to the guns that we had chosen, and while I skipped the M249 that would have been an experience of its own, I also skipped the sniper rifle which I would have preferred in some open firing range. This is a closed room where we were to go shoot with these guns.
It was Brian from Machine Guns Vegas who gave the intro, the kit, and was the support from the back to control the recoil after every bullet fired. He was responsive, would react to every shot that hits the chart target, and calls out a Bull’s Eye for that extra motivation. The staff was good from point A to Z, but the experience was much better.
First, I was to shoot with the Glock 17, which is a pistol and it is a single firing weapon rather than the auto-firing guns that followed it. This was a surprisingly good firing experience where I initially felt that the Glock won’t do any good to start the set, but after the first hit, Brian gave the control of the gun to me and I was all on myself to fire the next rounds. Two bulls-eye on the target gave me enough to get into the bigger guns, and the MP5 was the next with the Red-dot sight in it helping with the aiming on the chart. Some misfired shots and then, it seemed under control. It was almost the same with M4, but the best part was what followed the M4 single firing. I had chosen the extra magazine of 5.56 ammo for the M4 and that was purposely to give it all in a single spray.
The spray control is not easy, with the recoil that these guns have, but M4 is still manageable compared to the 7.62 powered AK 47, so I chose to spray with the M4, and the experience was amazing, with almost every bullet landing on some part of the target, including 3 headshots (frankly, this was never intended in the first place haha). The AK 47 in the end, with more power and recoil, gave the experience of one of the most commonly seen and known guns, and even this was a good one, but not comparable to the M4 spray of 25 rounds, not lasting more than a couple seconds.
Is the shooting experience worth paying?
It might seem crazily priced for most, but $250 for the 4-gun shooting an extra magazine for the M4 is something worth paying only because of two reasons that I can give, 1. It’s in Vegas, and this won’t be seen available so easily and so well managed in any other places, 2. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience which you wouldn’t be doing again anyway, and you’d rather feel lost when looking for cheaper alternatives.
I might have found similar packages from some other ranges and companies, but there was only one I would try anyway, and luckily for me, Machine Guns Vegas did a perfect job. You might want to add the M249 in the list, or rather for a larger package, go with the pack that has 6 Auto guns at $299. It depends on how much you are intending to pay, and whether you really want to pay this much without knowing about guns.