Gun myths are as old as guns themselves. Whether it be thanks to movies or anti-gun myths, a lot of this information is misleading. Unfortunately, the myths that have weaved their way into the mainstream are taken as fact. Here’s the truth behind these lies.

3 Common Gun Myths

A dropped gun will go off

Two men dressed in suits are fighting over a gun. They bounce it back and forth like a hot potato for a few gut-wrenching moments. Then dun dunnnnn, it drops! Cue the slow motion. “NOOOOOO!” They scream in unison. The gun clanks to the ground, goes off, and shoots the hero in the stomach.

Fact: Guns are required to pass a drop-safety test a mandated by the Gun Control Act of 1968. Weapons typically don’t fire when dropped. Myths like this put people in danger because they think they should fumble to catch their weapon. However, experts advise shooters to let the gun drop instead of taking the risk of hitting the trigger when catching the falling object.

Violent perpetrators prefer assault weapons

Next scene. A group of innocent civilians are standing in line at the bank. Out of nowhere a group of men dressed in all black burst in with assault rifles. “Everyone on the ground!” They demand with pointed weapons. They’re going to rob the bank!

Fact: Assault weapon is a term assigned by the media to describe military designed weapons. There should be no civilian association. Criminals don’t want to stand out in a crowd and prefer small, handheld guns. Do you really think someone wouldn’t notify the authorities of strange men running around with giant guns in their hands?

Bullets make fireworks

In this next scene, our hero is in a standoff with a criminal. He’s hiding behind a metal door peeking through the window every now and then to take a shot at our guy. The hero aims for the perp, BANG! The bullet hits the metal door and all of a sudden it’s the sky on the Fourth of July. Sorry to burst the movie fanatic’s bubble but once again the gun myths and facts are off base.


Fact: Bullets are made of copper or copper alloy. Grab some pennies and slam them together as hard as you can. Don’t be shy. If you didn’t try it, it’s okay. If you did, you’re probably thinking, “Where are the sparks?” Copper does not get hot enough to spark. The only bullets that do are in rifles, and even then it’s a rare occurrence.

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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.

When it comes to iconic firearms, few can rival the worldwide recognition of the AK-47 assault rifle. Originally developed by the old Soviet Union in the waning years of the Second World War, the AK-47’s history would go on to become one of the most widespread guns used throughout the world. Given its reliability and relatively low cost, the AK-47’s popularity at our Las Vegas gun range should come as no surprise.

Firearms Spotlight: AK-47 Assault Rifle

We feel that Samuel L. Jackson said it best in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 feature, Jackie Brown when he exclaimed, “AK-47, the very best there is.” This is hardly false-placed excitement, as the AK-47 has proved over the last 70 years that it deserves every bit of those sentiments. Given its legendary reputation, there was absolutely, positively no way we were going to leave this amazing assault rifle out of our indoor Las Vegas gun range.

As we’ve already stated, in addition to its widespread use internationally, the AK-47 is also one of the biggest celebrity firearms in the world. You’ve definitely seen it’s unmistakeable wooden finish in countless films such as The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Rescue Dawn (2007), We Were Soldiers (2002), Operation Condor (1991) and really this list could go on for a while. On top of all that, there isn’t a self-respecting first-person shooter video game around that won’t include the AK-47 or one of its variants.

Next time you come to Vegas, beat the heat and stay away from those Las Vegas outdoor gun ranges and fire an AK-47 at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience. Our Clark County gun range is the perfect place for you to try out some of the best firearms in the world including the AK-47, M4, MP5 and much more. Whether you’re coming to our Las Vegas gun range for a bachelor party or just to kick off your vacation right, schedule a shooting package and experience the excitement at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience.