“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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black proears hearing protection

When it comes to the subject of protecting yourself at a shooting range, there’s nothing more important than protecting your ears. Hearing protection specifically designed for shooting should be of the utmost priority when you take a trip to any shooting range, lest you want to end up with a hearing impairment. Take a look at a couple of the different types of hearing protection for shooting that you’re likely to come across at a Las Vegas gun range.

Passive Hearing Protection

One of the most common types of hearing protection that you’re likely to find at a Las Vegas shooting range is what’s called passive hearing protection. Passive hearing protection refers to any form of hearing protection that doesn’t use any noise-cancelling electronics. The two most common forms are passive earplugs and passive ear muffs.


As passive hearing protection, shooting ear plugs and earmuffs cover the ears in an effort to dampen the sound of gunfire. With earplugs, the amount of noise reduction can be minimally noticeable, and with passive earmuffs, the all out noise reduction can make hearing anything else nearly impossible. If you’re looking for the best ear protection for the shooting range you can find, an electronic option may be your best one.

Electronic noise-cancelling protection

Utilizing the same design as passive earmuffs, electronic hearing protection reduces the noise down to a level that is safe for the shooter and won’t damage hearing. What truly makes electronic hearing protection the optimal route for hearing protection is the fact that you’ll still be able to hear anything important happening around you, which is safer for everyone.
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When visiting a shooting range in Las Vegas, you’ll likely be asked to wear a few pieces of protective equipment. Shooting glasses are among the most common forms of shooting protection and also one of the most important.

Still, some experienced shooters scoff at the idea of wearing any sort of eye protection when they go out to practice their craft. If you’re still on the fence about the importance of wearing shooting glasses, read on and find out more about what they truly have to offer.

Why Wear Shooting Glasses?

Protection from unforeseen accidents

No matter how prepared or experienced a shooter you are, the fact of the matter is that accidents can still happen. It could be something as simple as too much powder or an errant cartridge being ejected from the firearm, but simply putting on a pair of shooting glasses will protect your eyesight.

Better shooting

If you’ve ever wondered, “Why are shooting glasses yellow” it’s because it can help you see your targets better. A lot of shooters swear by a pair of yellow tinted competition shooting glasses, claiming the color contrast allows for better sight and therefore, improved accuracy. Whether or not you agree with this is up to personal preference, but it’s something worth trying it on your next trip to a Las Vegas gun range.

A Vegas Gun Range with Everything You Need

If you don’t already have a pair of quality shooting glasses, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience. We’ve got shooting glasses, hearing protection, and everything you need to have a great time.

Book a gun range package today and enjoy all the amazing firearms we’ve got at the Vegas Machine Gun Experience.