When people think about shotguns, accuracy isn’t the first concept that comes to mind. Shotguns are considered effective due to their ability to spread fire and hit targets easily at close range without the need for accurate aim. In fact, many gun owners purchase shotguns specifically because of their lack of focus on accuracy and precision. Still, the question of shotgun accuracy continues to perplex shooters to this day with many wondering if aiming is necessary at all.

Understanding Shotgun Accuracy

First and foremost, the myth that shotguns don’t require any aim and more so, cannot be accurately aimed is exactly that, a myth. Depending on the range you’re shooting at and more importantly, the specific ammunition you’re shooting, shotguns can be aimed towards specific targets.

Effective range for a 12 gauge slug

For those who have chosen a shotgun as their home defense firearm, the effective range required is far shorter than you may think. If you imagine a standard sized room in your home, you should come to the realization that as long as you can hit your mark within five to 10 yards, you’ll be fine.

Luckily enough, a 12 gauge buckshot, arguably the most common shotgun ammunition out there, is surprisingly effective at these ranges. According to the shotgun slug ballistics chart found on Beretta’s official website, shots fired to 10 yards and less still appear to hit as a single, tightly packed shot.

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The UZI submachine gun is a reliable firearm that has made a name for itself on the battlefield as well as in Hollywood. After its development in the late 1940s, the UZI found its way into the hands of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) before being placed into general issue. Today, the UZI can be found in over 90 countries worldwide, making it one of the most popular submachine guns in the world.

Firearms Spotlight: UZI Submachine Gun

Captain Uziel Gal of the IDF developed the UZI submachine gun to create a personal defense weapon that combined mobility and firepower into a single, compact firearm. The resulting UZI, named after the Captain himself, was perfect for nearly any situation on the battlefield and was selected as the firearms of choice following the Arab-Israeli War in 1948. With its unique design and simple, economic manufacturing, it’s no surprise that the UZI has found the levels of success it’s now famous for.

A true movie star

The UZI is a gun that has made a name for itself in action movies over the last few decades for many of the same reasons that made it great for the IDF. It’s portable, packs a lot of firepower, and on top of all that, it looks unique and is easily identifiable to when it pops up on screen. Here’s a look at some of  

  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Commando (1985)
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

A gamer’s best friend

Like many guns that have become popular in action movies, the UZI submachine gun has found its way into the world of video games. From stealth spy games to zombie apocalypse games and of course, the fan favorite first-person shooters, the UZI is always a gun gamers can count on. Here’s a look at a few of the games where you can dominate the competition with an UZI.

  • Splinter Cell (2002)
  • Left 4 Dead (2008)
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld (2008)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
  • Mafia III (2016)

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The M3 submachine gun (SMG) is a popular World War II era firearm that is most commonly known as the Grease Gun. Originally developed in the waning years of the Second World War, the Grease Gun would eventually end up seeing most of its notable service during the wars in Korea and Vietnam. The idea behind the M3 SMG was simple; create a cheap, easily manufacturable firearm that could get the job done, and the Greaser did just that.

Time for Change

Towards the end of World War II, the United States was scrounging for ways to save on costs and decided it was time they replace the tried and true Thompson SMG. While the Thompson was effective and reliable, it was also costly and expensive to manufacture. The resulting M3 SMG proved to accomplish many of the goals, but it was far from perfect.

Making of the “Grease Gun”

Stemming from its purpose of being cheap to produce, the M3 Grease Gun earned its name from the way it resembled a cheap, mechanic’s tool. While the M3 succeeded in being cheaper to manufacture than its big brother, the Thompson SMG, it was hardly as precise. Both firearms were chambered for .45 ACP ammunition, but the extra care that went into the Tommy Gun’s creation clearly showed in practice. Still, the M3 was hardly a pushover, and being second-best to one of the best guns in American history is hardly a bad thing.

If you’re a true gun historian looking to experience these firearms first-hand, you’ll definitely want to book a D-Day gun range package at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience and see what the Grease Gun has to offer.

A trip to a Las Vegas shooting range offers up a different experience to different types of shooters. While first-time shooters will focus on learning the basics such as how to hold the gun and hit their target, more experienced shooters will look to improve on these skills they’ve already acquired. By following these simple tips, even an experienced shooter can enhance their trip to a Las Vegas shooting range.

Have a Better Day at the Shooting Range

Dry fire

Dry firing is a valuable method of improving your shooting and one that you should integrate into your shooting range visits. Not only does it save the amount of ammunition you run through, but it is also a proven method of improving your shooting accuracy.

Slow things down

The best way to improve your visit to a shooting range in Las Vegas is to remember that you’re here to have a good time. Take a breath and slow things down a bit when you come down to our shooting range. You didn’t come here to find out who could run through ammo faster; you came here to shoot. Take a second and really look at where your shots hit and make the appropriate changes to improve for your next shot.

If you’re looking for the best shooting range in Las Vegas, be sure to check out the Vegas Machine Gun Experience. Tons of guns and fantastic instructors means that novice and experienced shooters alike will have a memorable experience at our Las Vegas shooting range.

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The rise of the Vegas gun range over the course of the last decade has given way to an exhilarating new type of tourist attraction. Everyone knows about the casinos and world-class entertainment, but Vegas gun ranges have officially become a significant part of Las Vegas tourism. With so much to do in this destination city, why would someone decide to make a stop at an indoor shooting range?

Coming to a Vegas Gun Range

Only in Vegas

Tourists flock to Sin City from around the world to live out experiences that they can’t necessarily have in their home towns. Whether this means gambling or shooting military-grade firearms, Vegas has long stood for one-of-a-kind experiences. A stop at a Vegas gun range allows gun lovers and first-time shooters alike the opportunity to shoot some of the finest firearms from around the world.

Variety is the Spice of Life

You’ll find a lot more than a handful of pistols at a Vegas gun range. Handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, and even belt-fed machine guns call these shooting ranges home and are waiting for you to come and squeeze the trigger. This level of variety isn’t something you’ll find at every shooting range around the country.

Not Your Grandfather’s Shooting Range

The shooting ranges in Las Vegas offer a wider variety of options than most other ranges found around the country. No matter what you’re looking for in your gun range, you’re likely to find it in Las Vegas. Massive indoor ranges, the best gun selections, and even unique, technologically advanced shooting ranges can all be found in the entertainment capital of the world.

Whether it’s your first time shooting or your hundredth, you surely won’t regret your decision to make the Vegas Machine Gun Experience a stop on your busy Vegas vacation. Book a gun range package today and experience the best shooting range in Vegas for yourself.

The holiday season means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Whether you’re frantically decorating or running around trying to find the right gifts for people, one thing is for sure about this time of year—it’s Call of Duty season. While this famous first-person shooter franchise is well-known for its yearly release, this year’s version included something special, a remastered version of the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Let’s take a look back at some of the most popular guns from the original Modern Warfare that you can shoot at our Las Vegas gun range.

Modern Warfare Firearms

Desert Eagle

desert eagle in black

Anyone who played through Modern Warfare’s single player campaign will immediately recognize this iconic hand cannon. The Desert Eagle was by far and away the most powerful pistol in the original Modern Warfare. If you loved this awesome pistol in the game, you’ll love shooting it inside our Clark County shooting complex.

MP5 Submachine Gun

mp5 smg

The Desert Eagle was good and fun, but when you need to get down to business in Modern Warfare, you couldn’t go wrong with the MP5 submachine gun (SMG). This fully automatic SMG was one of the most popular guns in the game’s online multiplayer mode as well as the professional Call of Duty scene.

M16 Assault Rifle

colt m16

When most people think of this legendary shooter, the first gun that comes to mind is the M16 assault rifle. This burst fire rifle was every gamer’s best friend due to its combination of damage, range, and accuracy making for an extremely quick time-to-kill.

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Fabulous Las Vegas is a popular destination location for millions of tourists every year. Whether you’ve visited hundreds of times or you’re frantically planning your first trip, you probably know some of the basics about Sin City. You’ve heard about the gambling, the buffets, the shows, and the nightlife, but there are far more exciting Las Vegas attractions waiting for you. Discover some fun Las Vegas attractions that you might not have known about.

Fun Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Vegas

Swim with Sharks

shark swimming in aquarium

Las Vegas may sit in the middle of a desert, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see exotic fish and sea creatures from around the world. In fact, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay allows certified divers to jump in and swim around with the sharks. If you’re still looking for things to do in Las Vegas during the day, you can venture down the strip to the Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage and become a dolphin trainer for a day.

Drive Exotic Cars

red lamborghini huracan speedvegas

Ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia or a Lamborghini Huracan? Well, you can do just that on your next trip to Sin City by making a stop at SPEEDVEGAS. One of Las Vegas’ newest attractions, the SPEEDVEGAS race track opened up in 2016 and sits just a few minutes south of the Strip itself. With some of the fastest cars ever created and a world-class race track, it’s a truly exhilarating experience that any car enthusiast needs to add to their Vegas checklist.

Shoot Amazing Guns

ak-47 shot at indoor shooting range


If your adrenaline isn’t already pumping, head down to the Vegas Machine Gun Experience and fire off some rounds with some of the world’s most popular firearms. Handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, and of course machine guns are all available for you to try out at our indoor shooting range.

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Perhaps no single gun is as well associated with a single time period as the Thompson submachine gun is with the Prohibition Era. Originally developed by General John T. Thompson in the waning days of the First World War, the firearm that would go on to reach legendary status as the “Tommy Gun.” Once a popular choice for criminals and law enforcement alike, the Thompson submachine gun’s legacy continues today through its use in popular media.

Historic Beginnings

John T. Thompson was a general in the American military during World War I who saw the number of American casualties rising quickly. In an attempt to try and rectify the situation, Thompson set out to create a gun that was lightweight but could provide greater firepower to the individual soldier. The resulting firearm would become the first submachine gun in history, the perfect balance between the portability of a handgun and the firepower of a machine gun.

The Tommy Gun

Given its combination of power and maneuverability, the Thompson, affectionately known as the Tommy Gun became extremely popular during the Prohibition Era. It’s this era that is most well-known to the general public, with the Tommy Gun featuring in nearly every crime film depicting this era. Whether a classic mob film from the time, such as the 1931 classic  “Little Caesar” or a modern film set in the period like 2009’s “Public Enemies,” you can almost guarantee that a Tommy Gun will make an appearance, often loaded with its signature drum magazine.

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Hitting your target with a pistol is considered to be more challenging than with a larger firearm. With handguns like pistols and revolvers being so popular, finding ways to improve your own shooting ability has become a focal point for many shooters. These simple pistol shooting drills will no doubt leave you in a far better position in terms of your handgun accuracy.  

Dry Fire

In the world of pistol shooting drills, dry fire drills help you become most comfortable with what proper sight alignment looks like faster than any other. To perform this pistol shooting drill, the first step is to ensure that the pistol is completely unloaded. Once you are certain that the pistol is safe and unloaded, locate a spot on a wall that sits a good distance away from you. Practice pulling your pistol up, lining up the sights, and pulling the trigger. Once you learn to cycle the trigger without pulling away from your target, you’ll be on the road to consistent, reliable shooting.


If your handgun of choice is a revolver, the ball-and-dummy shooting drill is the one for you. To do this, load a few rounds into the chambers, but be sure it’s only a few. Line up your shot in a safe location, and pull the trigger. What makes the ball-and-dummy so important is that it teaches shooters not to anticipate the recoil. When you’re surprised by the recoil, there’s no way for you to anticipate and over-exaggerate the action. This defensive shooting drill teaches confidence in your ability to account for your gun’s recoil without over-compensating.  

Ready Up

The ready up is arguably one of the best pistol drills for accuracy you can perform with a handgun. Simple and detailed at the same time, the Ready Up is perfect for handguns, rifles, and everything in between. Unlike the dry fire drill, this pistol shooting drill requires you to load your handgun beforehand.

Keep your gun holstered, pick out a target, and then draw your weapon like you’re in a Clint Eastwood movie. The key to this drill is you want to fire your gun as soon as your front sights completely cover the target area. With its combination of speed and accuracy, the ready up drill is one of the most thorough pistol shooting drills out there.

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The FN P90 is a popular submachine gun that was originally developed at the behest of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) who were in search of a replacement for 9×19 Parabellum-based firearms. NATO’s goal was to create a new class of firearm that they deemed Personal Defense Weapons (PDW) that could be used when directly confronted by enemies. NATO’s request for PDWs eventually lead to the creation of the FN P90, a firearm still used by military and police officers in over 40 countries.

Firearms Spotlight: FN P90 Submachine Gun

When NATO asked for the development of a PDW that could replace the popular 9mm handguns and submachine guns of the time, they had a few specific requests.

First, they wanted the new cartridge to be essentially superior to the time-tested 9×19 Parabellum cartridges in nearly every way. They insisted on the new cartridge possessing greater range, accuracy, and stopping power than its 9mm counterpart. The NATO team also insisted that the new rounds be capable of piercing through body armor with ease.

Next, the NATO team sought a shoulder-fired personal firearm that would weigh less and hold more ammo than similar 9mm-based firearms. The goal was that this PDW would be the perfect mix of compact portability and powerful stopping power.

The FN P90 and its 5.7x28mm cartridges not only met these requirements, but succeeded expectations immensely.

Hollywood Submachine Gun

Aside from being a popular selection at our Las Vegas gun range, the FN P90 SMG has proved to be a reliable choice for Hollywood directors. The gun’s unique design allows it to stand out from the crowd and for hardcore gun enthusiasts to spot it instantly. Some films that have featured the FN P90 are:

  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Equilibrium
  • Rush Hour 3
  • White House Down
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Gaming Superstar

The FN P90 SMG will no doubt resonate with fans of video games, specifically, first-person shooters, having been featured in countless games in the genre. A few of the most popular video games that understand just how amazing the FN P90 truly is are:

  • GoldenEye 007
  • Counter-Strike
  • Far Cry
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

If you’re ready to give this awesome submachine gun a go for yourself, book a gun range package at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience.