Going to a shooting range and can’t decide which gun you want to try out? Luckily, most ranges have a lot of different weapons to choose—from handguns to miniguns. Knowing what everyone’s favorite shooting range weapons are might help you decide what to use. These are the most popular shooting range weapons.

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Best Shooting Range Guns

When deciding what guns to use at a shooting range, it’s good to get a taste of variety. Perhaps you could choose one handgun, one assault weapon, one shotgun, one heavy machine gun, etc. First, let’s look at the most popular handguns used at a shooting range.


Ruger .22

The .22 pistol is a safe bet, sure. But it’s an excellent weapon for a shooting range because of its incredible accuracy. If you want to go to the shooting range and practice your marksmanship, this is the gun for you.

Colt 1911

If you want something with more of a kick but very easy to use, try the Colt 1911. The 1911 series is perhaps the most famous of handguns and Colt knows handguns. This one is commonly used at shooting ranges because it’s easy to use and comfortable to hold.


Mossberg 500

This shotgun is an excellent and surprisingly cheap weapon you’ll find at most shooting ranges. It’s tactical and great for hunting as well.

Winchester Super X Pump

A fast and cheap model of shotgun, very versatile and fun to shoot. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Winchester!

Assault Rifles

Armalite AR-15

A classic. The Armalite AR-15 is the standard that was set for all assault rifles to come. First created back in the 1950’s, it was way ahead of its time as it is still used today, as it was, at any given shooting range.


First developed by the Russians and then adopted and beloved by Americans, this terrifying monster of a gun can be found only at the best shooting ranges. This is one powerful gun.

Where to Fire the Best Shooting Range Guns

Machine Gun Experience is the number one Las Vegas shooting range. This is where you’ll find all the aforementioned weapons and then some! We offer the most packages with the most bang for your buck. Book your experience today!


“Oops.” That’s what you say when you “accidently” slip up or doing something wrong. However, accidental discharge could be a little different. It may just cost you or someone else their lives. It makes owning a gun a little scarier, to say the least, but there are ways you can keep it from happening and handle an accidental discharge after it’s already happened.


How to Avoid Accidental Discharge Altogether


Obviously, this is key. As a gun owner, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of yourself and others. So let’s look at the things you can do to avoid an accidental misfire.

1. Safety first

You don’t have to be a gun lover to know what the most important part of the gun is: the safety. The safety should always be on unless you are firing. As in, you set your gun down after discharging your weapon, you immediately turn the safety on. No matter what.

2. The gun is loaded (even when it isn’t)

It is very beneficially to a gun owner to act like their gun is loaded at all times. There have been countless stories of gun owners unloading their guns, taking them apart and *BAM!* They didn’t realize there was one in the chamber. This can happen to the most experienced gun owner. All it takes is one slip up, so just pretend there’s one in the chamber until you’re sure there isn’t.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger

Pull the trigger, the gun goes off. You can never be too careful, even with the safety on. So, just keep your finger off the trigger unless you’re planning on shooting whatever it is you’re pointing your gun at.

4. Pay attention to your surroundings

Just like with anything that can potentially cause harm to others, it is important in gun safety to be fully aware of what’s going on around you and who may be close by. There have been far too many tragic stories of someone accidentally hurting or killing someone because they weren’t paying attention. It is, without a doubt, the easiest rule to follow because all you have to do is PAY ATTENTION.


Accidental Discharge: What Do You do?


In the event of accidental misfire, what should you do?

1. Assess the situation

And assess it fast! That means making sure that no one was hurt. If someone was hurt, call 911 immediately! It is vital that help gets to you as quick as possible, so before you do anything else,  you make the call.


If no one was hurt, move onto the gun. Take the necessary precautions in ensuring the gun won’t discharge again. Make sure the chamber is fully depleted, and once you’re done with that, put the gun away where it won’t hurt anybody.

2. Assess the damage

No matter what, make sure the gun is put away immediately before moving on to any sort of damage that may have been done to your surroundings. Depending on the firearm and where you’re at, the distance and damage will vary, but in any case, you need to make sure that nothing took a hit: belongings, homes, structures, etc.

3. Take responsibility

No matter the severity of the event, you must step forward and take action. Not every case of accidental discharge will require you to inform the police (use your best judgment), but it’s important to own the situation. This includes taking care of damages, injuries, etc.

4. Make sure it never happens again

We get it. Accidents happen. But that doesn’t mean it’s unavoidable. It’s easier to find articles online discussing how to avoid it in the first place than it is to find what you should do after it happens.


Safety at Machine Gun Experience

Safety is number one for gun owners. Here at Machine Gun Experience, we take the necessary precautions to ensure the safest environment and educate on proper gun use. Our team of professional gun users will provide a safe space for you to enjoy yourself.


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Here at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience, we’ve got a great selection of fully-automatic firearms like the M249 SAW and the AK47 that tend to attract a large chunk of the attention, but there’s so much more to our Vegas gun range. While these fully automatic firearms are extremely fun to shoot, there’s something to be said about the elegance of a quality handgun. If you’re looking to put your marksman skills to the test, there’s no better way to do it than with a Glock 17.

Firearms Spotlight: Glock 17 Pistol

The Glock 17 is the pistol that put the Glock company on the map as a big time player in the world of handguns. Originally created for use by the Austrian military, the Glock 17 handgun has earned its highly regarded reputation based on its durability, ammo capacity, and its exceptional trigger control. Today, it can still be found used as a service pistol around the world.

A Hollywood favorite

The Glock 17 pistol’s iconic status has led to its continued use on the big screen. Everyone from Tom Cruise to Will Smith has turned to the Glock 17 to take down the bad guys, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. These are just a few films that have featured the Austrian pistol.

  • Rush Hour (1998)
  • Bad Boys II (2003)
  • Mission: Impossible III (2006)
  • 21 Jump Street (2012)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Video game legend

It’s not just Hollywood that has grown to love the Glock 17, over the years it’s become a fan favorite amongst gamers everywhere. From its erroneous appearance in the first Counter-Strike game, with its 20 round capacity and burst-fire mode to the streets of Grand Theft Auto, this handgun is a proven commodity in the video game world. Check out a few of its most famous appearances.

  • Counter-Strike (2000)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005)
  • Medal of Honor (2010)
  • Battlefield 3 (2011)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (2014)

Sure the fully automatic guns brought you into the Vegas Machine Gun Experience, but there’s nothing like seeing who’s the best shot with a good old Glock 17 9mm. Book a gun range package today and find out which one of your buddies truly is the best.

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.

If you want to discover just how accurate a shotgun is for yourself, come down to the Vegas Machine Gun Experience. Book a gun range package and experience the power of a 12 gauge shotgun today.

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)

If you’re coming down to our Las Vegas gun range for a bachelor party or just another day at the shooting range, come down to the Vegas Machine Gun Experience. Book one of our gun range packages and experience the UZI submachine gun for yourself.

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 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.

If you’re looking for the best shooting range in Vegas to shoot these awesome guns for real, be sure to book a gun range package at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience.

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.

If these pistol shooting drills have you excited, book a gun range package at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience and try them out for yourself.

Shooting a shotgun remains one of the most popular activities seen at many Clark County shooting parks and Las Vegas gun clubs. Shotguns are fantastic. They’re fun to shoot and the spread makes it easier to hit your mark. Still, you need to have some grasp on what you’re doing when you aim your shotgun, and we’re here to help you with that. These are some basic shotgun shooting tips that will make sure you are hitting your mark consistently.

How to Shoot a Shotgun for Beginners

Start at the Bottom

The basics of shotgun accuracy are similar the basics of shooting any type of gun, and it starts at the bottom. Your feet and the way you stand will provide you with the base of your shooting, and you’ll want to be sure to do so properly. Stand strong with one leg placed slightly ahead of you with a slight bend. Rest the majority of your weight on your front foot and be sure to point your toe towards your target.

Shoulder Placement

Finding the perfect placement of a shotgun against your shoulder doesn’t need to be a struggle, but it is a key part of consistent shotgun accuracy. In fact, it’s actually a straightforward process that you’ll always remember once you learn it. If you raise your arm up, you can feel a slight pocket that is shaped perfectly for the butt of the shotgun.

End at the Top

The last thing to do before squeezing that trigger on your shotgun is to make sure your cheek is placing the proper amount of pressure on the gun. Adding too much pressure or not enough can have a negative effect on your aim. The best thing to do is to focus on making sure you hit the same spot with your face every time and make sure to keep the pressure sturdy, not loose.

If you’re looking for a great place to practice shooting a shotgun come down to the Vegas Machine Gun Experience. Our Clark County shooting complex prices are the best in town so book a gun range package today.

A gun suppressor is one of the most popular gun accessories found at shooting ranges as well as Hollywood. As popular as silencers are, it’s amazing to note that so much of what a suppressor does is misunderstood by the general public and even many avid shooters. From sound and muzzle flare reduction to bullet speed, here are the real effects of suppressors on shooting.

The Real Effects of Suppressors

The Impossibility of Silence

The most common understanding of a suppressor is that they are capable of magically making a gun shoot silently. We hate to break it to you, but there’s no way to completely silence a gun. The very definition of a suppressor is that it suppresses the gun; the oft-used term, silencer, is nothing more than a misnomer.

A suppressor does indeed reduce the amount of sound that a gun gives off when fired, but perhaps, more importantly, is the reduction in muzzle flare. A pistol suppressor is more effective at reducing sound than a rifle suppressor since pistols are quieter than rifles to begin with.

Effects on Accuracy and PrecisionA high-quality suppressor does more than reduce sound; it can make you a more accurate shooter. For many years, it was believed that suppressors had a negative effect on accuracy, due to the extended muzzle slowing down the bullet’s velocity.

This reduction in bullet velocity is simply something you don’t need to worry about anymore. Suppressor and bullet technology have improved over the years and the velocity reduction, if present at all, is negligible at best.

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