Do you see me? Yes, I’m the one in the blue very awkwardly holding her first shot gun. Even little Swanky Dietician in the middle looks more comfortable than me. (Terissa to my left outlasted everybody — but she does have police work in her past.) I was a disaster. We rolled up to Pro Gun Club after an awesome day of off-roading, during a day of adventure organized by Galavantier. I had no idea what I was getting into. A lot of guys come to Vegas and go to the gun range, and I never got why. So today, I was going to find out. Our first stop was the shot guns, and they were every bit as awful as I expected. I had never held a gun in my life, and I was shaking all over. Then the darn thing was so heavy! You had to load it twice, shut it, and shoot at the clay disks coming in at various angles. I was so nervous that I never even got loaded up until everyone else had shot. And I didn’t want to shoot alone. So I didn’t last very long, but it was quite all right. I was just there to wrap my brain around the whole gun range thing, not to actually enjoy it.
Or so I thought.
The Pro Gun Club is outdoors, with various targets set up beforehand by the brave souls who work there. Our first gun after of the clay pigeon pen? The Uzi. I thought they were crazy. An Uzi? Isn’t that what they shoot in the movies? I almost chickened out and was one of the very last to go.
The guide told me that as long as I held my finger down, it would shoot. He wasn’t lying. (I mean, why would he?) At first, I held down for a little blip at a time. I couldn’t believe the power that came out of that thing! But the pushback wasn’t as startling as the shot gun. Still, I wanted to get it over with. Adrenaline had completely taken over my body, and I was shaking. I focused my eyes down the gun and to the target. And I held my finger down until it stopped. When I put down the gun, my entire body felt relief. I had no idea what kind of thrill and then all-body exhaustion that this experience was going to be! All I know is, at some point, someone told me I “annihilated” the target.
So that’s my gun, huh? An Uzi. I’ll take it!
The reason is simple: the Uzi was so much lighter and easier to manage. It didn’t surprise me that that’s where us girls could even the playing field a bit. In fact, women can be excellent shooters!
I did less well with the HK 40, but at least I did it. By then, I wasn’t feeling like such a failure as I did after the shot guns.
But the Pro Gun Club had one more surprise for us.
Were they kidding? Turns out, they weren’t. Every person at the other ranges had stopped what they were doing to watch our motley crew, mostly chicks at that, with the Barrett.
Alex from Travelated went first. It took him a few minutes to even find the target, because it was so far away. This thing has major power! The pushback on this monster was a full foot, and we all had to wear headphones — and even then, it sounded like an airplane was crashing right on top of us. Wow.
Three of us went, not including me. I am totally fine with that.
Besides, I knew my place. I needed to stick with the lighter guns, like the Uzi.
I was a guest of Galavantier and Pro Gun Club, but all opinions are my own. Interested in having your own adventure sports day in Vegas? Galavantier is currently running a Summerlove Sweepstakes where fans can unlock and win prize packs for “Liking” Galavantier on Facebook.