Monday, December 9, 2013

Guns and Ammo Garage, Las Vegas

I have to preface this post by saying, I am not promoting guns. I am actually for gun control and guns scare me. But we had the opportunity to visit the Guns and Ammo Garage in Las Vegas so we decided to go and try it out. I was a little surprised that I wanted to go shoot guns. But the reality is that Tom and I have been considering buying a gun for sometime.

We have been through a few hurricanes and we live out in the boonies and part of us thinks that maybe it would be a good idea to take lessons and get protected. So this opportunity came at a great time. I have to admit that when Saturday came, I was very nervous. Like I said, guns scare the heck out of me. I have only touched one that my dad had at our house when we were little and then one at his house in Costa Rica. I didn't like it. It freaked me out.
“Guns and Ammo Garage is the state-of-the-art Las Vegas shooting range that puts a bang in your visit to Vegas that the casinos just can't match.”
But, I think dealing with people who actually know what they are doing and are responsible made it so much easier. The Guns and Ammo Garage had a shuttle that picked us up at the hotel we were staying at. This was great because we did not have a car and would have had to take a taxi. We had to sign waivers and release forms, which make perfect sense. When we arrived at the location, the staff was friendly and helpful.

Guns and Ammo Garage is also a retail store. They sell guns and other gun related merchandise. Besides guns, I saw hunting vests and accessories. The gun range is in the back of the location. Once there, the staff took our license and we had more paperwork to fill out. They gave us an overview of the package we were going to have. Our package included shooting a 9mm Glock and an Uzi. At this point, I remember being really nervous but excited. We were given a target, ear and eye protectors as well. We had to wait until the instructor set up our area.

After a few minutes our instructor, Curt, came out and met us. He was very nice and made us feel at ease. What I noticed is that the whole process was stress free and very secure. he guns were taken to the range before the ammo was given to the instructor. We also had to go through one door and then wait until it closed.

Once inside the range, Curt set up my target and then took me through gun safety. He taught me how to properly hold the gun and how to shoot it. He was super knowledgeable and made me feel at ease because he knew what he was talking about. Learning about how to handle a gun safely made it less scary. When it came time to shoot the gun, I was totally relaxed and ready to do it.

I shot the Glock first. Once I had it in my hands, it felt like good. It felt natural, which surprised me. I was warned about the recoil. I was sort of prepared for it but the first shot took me aback. But then again, it was the first time ever I shot a gun so the next time, I was totally prepared. I wasn't sure how I was doing but I could see I hit the target. In fact, at one point, I asked Curt to push back the target because I felt it was too close and I wanted a challenge.

When it came time to shoot the Uzi, Curt had different instructions in terms of how to hold it and how to shoot it. The Uzi was a whole different shooting experience because it is semi-automatic gun. It was thrilling. After it was all said and done, Curt pulled the target back and I did pretty well for a first time shooter.

Next it was Tom's turn to shoot. I think he did well but he also didn't push the target back like I did. But he had more body shots than I did. He liked his shooting experience as well. He also agreed with me that the whole operation was great. But he also felt he wanted to get more information on how to safely load the gun. Curt loaded our guns so we didn't learn that. He also wanted many more lessons before he decides to buy a gun.

I agree with that as well. Although now, I think we both are less freaked out about handling a gun and would definitely go to a shooting range to learn more. I still have my doubts about owning a gun. Does it really help if someone breaks in? Is it truly safe to have a gun in the house? The good thing is that we do not have children so that is not really a concern. But before we think of purchasing a gun, we would like to learn more.

Like I said, I am all about gun control but respect people's right to have a gun. But people need to be responsible gun owners. And before we make such an important decision, we would need to become more responsible and learn much much more.

I understand, shooting is not for everyone and it is actually a little pricey. Guns and Ammo Garage has several package you can buy. You decide what fits your budget and what you want to try. Packages start at $39.95 for a kid's experiences to $99.95 for beginners to over $900 for a full experience and shooting a lot of guns. There is a price range for anyone.

I definitely have to say that visiting the Guns and Ammo garage was a highlight of our Vegas trip. It was such a great experience. I felt completely safe the whole time. The staff made it easy for beginners like us to feel comfortable. Curt was fantastic. His ease and knowledge helped us through the process and made it easy.

Would I ever shoot a gun again? Yes. I wanted to go back and do it all over. I wanted to try shooting different guns and rifles and anything else. I had a great time and so did Tom. We left feeling glad we had this amazing experience.

Now that we are home, we might continue our gun education. We still have not decided whether to get a gun or not. I think if we continue living here in the boonies we might. Again, you just never know when you might need one or not.

I would totally recommend this experience to anyone. Whether you like guns already or a beginner like us. If you are in Vegas and want something fun to do besides gambling, you need to check out the Guns and Ammo garage. I also want to thank everyone who made this experience possible. It was really something that I will never forget.

Disclosure: We were hosted by the Guns and Ammo Garage to shoot guns. No other compensation was given and all opinions are solely mine.

1 comment:

  1. I think, as you learn more and more about safe gun handling, you'll enjoy it more. The key is to find a qualified instructor and a knowledgeable gun store, not one that talks down to you or demeans you in any way. I hate to say it, but I still run into crap like that and I've been a shooter for many, many years.

    Being new to the shooting world, I would encourage you to ask lots of questions. The questions you posted here, I would be happy to discuss with you via email. (thegundivas at Hotmail dot com) I think you'll find the gun community unbelievably supportive and welcoming and not at all scary.