A video making the rounds online shows a young man firing a broad accoutrement of weapons at a Las Vegas shooting range, and it looks like a lot of fun.
The video, which was on the front page of Reddit’s video subreddit this week, shows the guy firing everything from a Lugar to a gold AK-47 to a minigun.
Screenshot from YouTube
Couple of notes: Homeboy holds his own when the weapons are on full-auto. They don’t push him around, and that’s not easy. Also, check out that M-16 at 2:25. That thing is older than the post-Vietnam M-16 they issued me in boot camp. He fires it in full-auto, which miraculously doesn’t result in a jam. Lastly, the coolest moment of the video comes at 2:44, when our friend is firing the M-1 Garand. The staff member is standing next to him, casually observing his firing, and when the clip ejects, he sticks a hand out and flawlessly catches it. Too smooth.
The video was shot atBattlefield Las Vegas, a large shooting range for tourists that describes itself on its website as “veteran owned and operated,” and allows visitors to fire a variety of weapons invarious themed packages, including a “SEAL Team Six Experience,” which involves firing an MP5 submachine gun and an M-249 SAW light machine gun. There’s also a “PVT Ryan Experience,” which includes firing a Colt 1911; a M-1918A2 BAR, and of course, an M-1 Garand.
The package to shoot all of the guns in the video is not listed on the Battlefield Las Vegas website, but in the comments on the YouTube video, the original poster, who, judging by his video history is the man from the video, said the package cost a “little over a grand.”
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