What springs to mind when you think of Las Vegas? The bright lights of The Strip? Red or black in the casinos? Drive-thru weddings chapels? How about a shooting range?
Whilst not one of the more traditional pastimes enjoyed by visitors to Vegas, The Gun Store, a few miles east of the famous Las Vegas Strip, has been satisfying tourists’ inner Rambo since 1988 and provides a safe environment for them to see what it’s like to shoot a gun. The company has gone from strength to strength over the past two decades and is now one of the busiest attractions in Vegas. How does it work? You simply choose your firearm, (the most popular being the M16, the Dirty Harry, the M249 and the S.A.W), pick your targets and shoot on the secure range to your heart’s content. As The Gun Store’s Emily Miller says, “Come excited, come sober and have fun!”
What sets The Gun Store Las Vegas apart from other shooting ranges is that no experience is necessary – you just turn up and fire away. “In most places in the world these types of firearms are only permitted for military use and the fact that a touring civilian from another country is allowed to shoot an Uzi in our range is pretty incredible,” says Emily Miller. Sound scary? It needn’t be; The Gun Store has hands-on safety officers to walk you through every step of the process. Owner Bob Irwin is something of a firearm expert, holding certificates from the National Rifle Association, Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office and the Utah Department of Public Safety – safety and security on his range is paramount for Bob.
If just turning up and shooting a gun isn’t enough for you, The Gun Store offers plenty of other attractions to ensure your first visit won’t be your last. The store does celebrity signings and regularly welcomes UFC fighters to the store for personal appearances – they’re huge fans and The Gun Store sponsors a few fighters. In the past few months, the range has hosted Welterweight Fighter Jake Shields, “Big Black” of MTV’s Fantasy Factory and UFC fighter Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, so if you time your visit right you may end up rubbing shoulders with the stars on the range. For anyone interested in getting an education in firearms, The Gun
Store also offers a free Concealed Firearm Permit Course, Firearm Safety courses and Ladies Self-Defense classes.
Currently in the middle of a huge range expansion to accommodate the crowds it attracts, The Gun Store will soon feature over 30 lanes, 2 VIP ranges and an even broader selection of newly acquired firearms to rent. “It’s going to be amazing!” says Emily. “Look out for our grand re-opening events this fall.”
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