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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.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Las Vegas Trip Recap

Vegas was great! Of course, I lost money and didn't win the millions but oh well. But we has a great time anyway.

Thursday we arrived at the Paris Hotel and Casino and, luckily, our room was ready. We headed out to find food and then I gambled a little! Tom napped because we had to get ready for the Latin Grammys later on that evening. It was an unexpected treat.

I wasn't sure if Tom would want to go but he did and it was great. I had gone to the Latin Grammy's a few years back and it was fun. This event was also fun. We had great seats and there were some great artists. I saw some of my favorites like Marc Anthony, Miguel Bose, Juanes, Carlos Vives and more. Pitbull rocked the house. Even Tom had a great time. After the awards, we had a late meal at KUMI in Mandalay Bay. I actually has Crisp Pork Belly rolls, which were amazing. Living in the boonies, you forget what real good food really tastes like until you go into a good restaurant.

The next day, Tom headed out to his conference and was gone most of the day. I was left to my own devices which included working on blog stuff and gambling. I didn't do well on either. But it kept me busy most of the day. We had dinner at Sea a Thai restaurant in Bally's because we had tickets to the X Burlesque show at the Flamingo Hotel.

The X Burlesque show was something we never would have done but I was able to get free tickets courtesy of the producers and it was great. The reason it's X is because the dancers are topless but after a while you hardly notice. But the music and dancing was great and it was a cool experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to see a show in Vegas.

Saturday came and we headed out to breakfast and then we were invited to the Guns and Ammo Garage for some shooting lessons. I will write more about my experience but I have to say that it was something I NEVER ever would have thought of doing but glad I did.

We got back tot he hotel and gambled some more and had a little lunch. that night we headed out to Roy's Restaurant, which is one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. We were hosted by Roy's and I have to say that it was a real culinary treat.

Sunday was our last day in Vegas and we really didn't have any plans except to relax and gamble some more. We headed out and played for a few hours. Then we had dinner at Gordon Ramsey's Steak. It was good but not great. I think we were both a little disappointed. But some of the food was very good. I am not sure I would go there again though.

Then our Vegas adventure was over. It was a great trip. We did many things we never would have done. We ate a lot of good food! We had a good time gambling. Vegas always has a special place in our hearts and we, honestly, love going there. It is expensive if you lose but it is well worth it.

I will be posting more pictures and stories about my adventures. I just wanted to give an overview because with Thanksgiving 2 days away, I might be offline cooking up a storm!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Weekly WOO! Vegas, Baby! #weeklywoo

I am trying to find something to WOO about every week. This week my weekly woo is the fact that we are headed to Las Vegas this weekend! Tom has a conference and I am tagging along because that is how I roll.

You all know I love gambling and Vegas! Of course, this trip I have to be totally frugal and play cautiously. But who knows, maybe I will finally win that huge jackpot I keep hoping for! Or not. Anyway, we have some cool things planned. We are staying at Paris. We have a dinner at Mandalay Bay. A hosted dinner at Roy's, which is one of the BEST restaurants I have ever been to. We have a Burlesque show to attend. And on Saturday during the day, we are headed to an adventure that you will not believe that we will be doing. It's so not us but we are excited about it!

Aside from that, we are just getting a little R&R. Well, I am since Tom is working. But we will also find a little time to just enjoy time together! YAY US!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Vegas Baby!

So we left Palm Springs and the family and headed to Vegas. It was Thursday by now and we had already had a great time in California. But Vegas is Vegas and it is always fun.

I have to say that I love gambling. I really do. I think it's the anticipation of winning or just the bells and whistles that keep me entertained. I have no idea but we love it.

We arrived at the Flamingo Hotel and our room was not ready but we took another one just so we could settle in. The Flamingo is an old hotel and no great shakes. But we had a wonderful view of the Vegas Strip from the room. Plus, it was a free room so we couldn't complain.

We settled in and then Tom went to hit the poker room and I went to scope out the slot machines. I am slots girl and I am very picky about my slots. I played for a while, lost some and lost some more. The thing with Vegas is I take a certain amount of money and I have to make sure I stick to that amount. I usually do because you win and lose and win and lose.

The next day, Tom went to his conference and I was left to my own devices. I headed over to a smaller casino next door to the Flamingo called Bill's Gambling Hall and played for hours on the money I had. It was great.

Tom came back and we met up for dinner. We were headed over to the Venetian to one of our favorite places, Delmonico Steakhouse. I will post our meal on another post because I have some good yummy pictures.

The next day was more of the same. Breakfast, shopping, gambling, more gambling and then dinner. On Saturday night we went to Roy's for dinner because Tom had researched and saw it was rated as the #1 restaurant in Vegas on Trip Advisor. The rating was dead on. I will post pictures and stories on another post along with my Delmonico photos.

Then that was it. We headed back to the hotel and gambled more. We had a blast. On Sunday, we got up and packed and headed back to the airport. At the airport, I gambled more and doubled my money! Love that. Now, I still lost money but it was money I had planned on spending. You win some, you lose some.

We got back to Atlanta in the late afternoon and we had to drive 3 hours to get back home. It was a long long day. And that's it. That was our California/Nevada adventure. It was fun.I think we liked all three places we stayed at.

Our favorite part was definitely the Hotel California and seeing my sister and mom. That part of the trip was so relaxing. Our other favorite part was the Vegas and gambling and eating good food. I wish I would have won a million dollars but it didn't happen. Oh well.

But I am glad we had a break before the winter comes to NC.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I'm Going Back to Cali!

Yes, I will be MIA for a week as I am heading back to my home state for a few days. Yes, California is where I was born and raised.

Scout is not happy that she has to stay in the cold North Carolina weather with the house sitter but oh well! At least she will be able to enjoy the peak of leaf season because we will miss the best colors this week.

We will be in Palm Springs for a few days. It will be nice because it will be hot and I will be in the pool all day, if possible. We also get to see my sister and mom for a few days!

After Palm Springs, we are headed to Vegas baby! Love me some Vegas.

Hopefully, I will get some great pictures and win lots of money!