I have always wanted to shoot real guns, I have airsoft guns and a real deactivated AK47 but just holding them was never enough.
The paperwork is pretty minimal but I was shaking with excitement when filling it out so it took longer than average, they are very helpful and friendly at the front desk. They showed me how to operate the guns but I already knew the mechanics of the guns I had chosen.
I started with the BERETTA 92 - 9MM. I took it to the range and my partner (who didn't shoot) filmed me and took photos. I loaded the gun and cocked it and then I was ready to go! It kicked more than I expected for a 9mm and my accuracy wasn't great but then I realised I was shooting at 50ft.
I went back to try the GLOCK 17 - .9MM but was told that I couldn't have anymore 9mm ammo due to shortage and that I had to go up calibre (and price) This was annoying to be honest as it was transparent that they just wanted to avoid handed out cheap ammo.
So I moved up and shot the REGENT 1911 - .45 ACP. The ammo looked a lot bigger than the 9mm (as it was .45 in width) but as I found out later it's actually the length and overall amount of gunpowder that determines the kick. This gun was nice, I could have fired it all day. But it was time to move up, and I had had my eye on the 8 inch SMITH & WESSON 629 - .44.
SMITH & WESSON 629 - .44
This was a BEAST. They apparently don't let everyone shoot this as it can surprise people a lot. They also got very safety concious at this point. He looked at my groupings from my .45 shooting and said he thought I could handle it. The lady behind the counter advised I used double action as single action (cocking it first) makes the trigger a hairpin trigger. However I had this gun in a co2 full metal smith & wesson airsoft and knew that accuracy is reduced using double. I had no trouble with the single action and the accuracy on this gun is as good as the airsoft .177 version.
Loading and unloading this gun is too much fun and I miss this gun a lot. It does kick like a mule however, after 40 shots the grip was hurting my hand slightly but did I care? now onto the rifle range.
(FULLY AUTOMATIC M4) - .223/5.56MM
This kicked more than I expected so I only shot in bursts, it was also the most expensive ammo at $44 for 20. My opinion is that this mag was the only one not worth the price. Still amazing though. I couldn't aim properly as the ear and eye protection was getting in the way. I could smell the powder on this one.
CENTURY AK47 - 7.62X39
Having held this, cocked and field stripped this rifle at home I was ready for this. My accuracy with this gun was the best out of the bunch (from pretending to shoot on mine I guess) the first shot hit the little white X in the centre of the red middle of my target. It had kick but some how didn't feel as rigid as the M4.
MOSSBERG 500 - 12GA SHOTGUN
I did this to complete my set. For just $7 for 5 shells (that's all you will need I was told and BOY was he right) this was my cherry on top, only I didn't really like this cherry at all. The kick was just phenomenal. It was not a buckshot but a slug (giant bullet) which means it kicked ever so slightly more than a buckshot. After the second shot my inside chest was hurting like hell, I know this is due to being a total noob at shotguns but it was less than pleasant. It WILL hurt. The 44 revolver was a toy compared to this. I had to shoot the last two from the hip and I couldn't keep hold of the end when shooting (though enough to be safe).
Chuck behind the counter was a great guy, funny, likeable and knew his stuff. We exchanged banter about our different accents and It was fun. It did come to about $220 dollars but I would have paid triple for what I got to do. Next time I will take more and make a day of it. If you don't really care for guns than shoot a 9mm and tell people you fired a real gun. But if you LOVE guns like I do, pick your favourite, start from the smallest calibre and work your way up. I miss my holiday but not as much as I miss the range. I would do anything to be back there. I have the paper targets on my wall as posters as my shooting was better than average for a first time shooter i'm rather proud.
DO IT! and don't forget your I.D
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