Australian is visiting Las Vegas and has some questions …


Chris, an Australian reader of TFB, is heading to Las Vegas for work and emailed me asking if I could post these questions on the blog for y’all to answer.

1. Are there any reputable firing ranges in LV?

2. Would I be able to hire any firearms will at said range? (as I am not going to go through the dramas of bringing firearms through Aus/US customs)

3. As an Australian shooter – I have only ever fired bolt action rifles – anything else is too restricted or outright illegal here – would I be able to fire something more ‘interesting’ in LV – (ie auto/semi auto/large calibre etc)

4. Would I need any sort of particular paperwork to be able to shoot (other than regular ID) and if so, would my firearms license and Sport Shooters Assoc. ID be of any use?



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Rex

    If he’s looking for something ‘more exotic’ he couldn’t have picked better than Las Vegas:

    http://www.lasvegasgunrange.net/lasvegasgunrange.net/Range_Rentals.html

    I tried to go the last time I was out there, but didn’t have time. I can’t imagine he’d be hassled all that much over paperwork, but if he were, I imagine his australian firearms license would suffice. Best to send them an email, though.

  • Flighterdoc

    He’s going to the right town. No special ID, and there are ranges there that specialize in letting visitors fire up … almost anything, including fully auto subguns like MP5’s, UZI’s etc.

    The only downside is that you must buy the ammo from them. And it’s not the lowest priced stuff in town.

    I can’t think of the name of the place, but there is a big range down by the stadium for UNLV…Can’t miss it, lots of tour busses.

    Enjoy, mate!

  • Ben

    A little bit outside Las Vegas is the Front Sight ranch. It’s a bit more than a range, as it’s a self defense training institute for several different weapon types including sub-machine guns and shotguns. If you’ve got a few days and some extra cash on hand from the casino you should try and take a class. I know I would if I could afford it 🙂

    http://www.frontsight.com/

  • Regolith

    1. Are there any reputable firing ranges in LV?

    I don’t know of any myself, as I don’t live near Vegas, but I have heard that one should absolutely avoid a place called “The Gun Shop.” The reasons why are detailed in this thread (which, incidentally, has a few suggestions on some good places to go):

    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250078

    2. Would I be able to hire any firearms will at said range? (as I am not going to go through the dramas of bringing firearms through Aus/US customs)

    Yes. There are whole portions of the gun industry dedicated to renting firearms to foreigners.

    3. As an Australian shooter – I have only ever fired bolt action rifles – anything else is too restricted or outright illegal here – would I be able to fire something more ‘interesting’ in LV – (ie auto/semi auto/large calibre etc)

    Yup. You can rent damn near anything in Vegas. Most of the rental rangers in Vegas specialize in renting full-auto guns. I’d bet dollar to donuts they have .50 BMG’s too (both semi AND full auto).

    4. Would I need any sort of particular paperwork to be able to shoot (other than regular ID) and if so, would my firearms license and Sport Shooters Assoc. ID be of any use?

    No paperwork. Maybe an ID, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t even ask for that. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they asked you to sign a liability waiver, but I doubt you’d have to do more than that. The law doesn’t require paperwork unless you intend to take actual possession of the gun – i.e. buy it. So long as you aren’t a felon, you can borrow/rent to your heart’s content without even so much as having to flash a driver’s license. The only caveat is full auto firearms; the owner is required to be present, but otherwise it’s the same.

    Also, bring lots of money – shooting full auto isn’t cheap.

  • RP-in-TX

    On the ID requirements, passports work best. Some friends from India visited me here in Dallas last year and they were able to visit a local range and even rent a full-auto Uzi and several pistols. They used their passports.

  • Vitor

    Im brazilian and enjoyed an AK-47 and a Thompson SMG (very fun to shoot) in Las Vegas without any problem. Oh, I recommend the water Cirque de Soleil show too.

  • anon

    Whenever I’m in Vegas, I always drop a few hundred at The Gun Store.

    “http://www.thegunstorelasvegas.com/”

    Semi & Full auto rentals. Grease gun & Walther MPL are my favorites.

    Just show a drivers license.

    As a bonus, it’s indoors, air conditioned, and a short cab ride off The Strip.

    Q) Why are subguns better than slot machines?
    A) They always pay out!

  • Kevin P.

    I have been to the Gun Shop / Store and while it is true that it is a tourist trap, it is a place where you can easily rent and fire full auto firearms with very little hassle.

    I rented a full auto MP5 submachine gun and had a blast firing it. The price tag for rental + ammo was under $50. Each person should determine how much it is worth it to them to have that experience. Speaking for myself, I enjoyed it and it was worth it.

  • Anonymous Pervert

    If you go to Las Vegas there are giant signs everywhere advertising full-auto ranges, probably the one place in the US I would expect to find the best assortment of awesome machine guns.

    If they can’t sell you a room full of hookers then a few hundred dollars of ammo comes close.

  • There are banners all over for their awesome ranges where you can rent class 4 stuff. Any taxi driver can tell you where to go, too. And while he is there be sure to go check out the BassPro shop!

  • Kyle Huff

    I have been to The Gun Store on Tropicana a couple of times. It was fine.
    This was about 10 years ago, so maybe things have changed.

    My only problem with it was that it was overrun with Australian tourists.

  • Hey there! Hope you enjoy your visit to my adopted hometown! I do a decent amount of shooting and my preferred range is not too far from the strip. I go to American Shooter’s on Arville – http://www.americanshooters.com/

    1. Are there any reputable firing ranges in LV?

    I do a decent amount of shooting and my preferred range is not too far from the strip. I go to American Shooter’s on Arville – http://www.americanshooters.com/

    2. Would I be able to hire any firearms will at said range? (as I am not going to go through the dramas of bringing firearms through Aus/US customs)

    I don’t see a problem with that, but a call ahead couldn’t hurt

    3. As an Australian shooter – I have only ever fired bolt action rifles – anything else is too restricted or outright illegal here – would I be able to fire something more ‘interesting’ in LV – (ie auto/semi auto/large calibre etc)

    American Shooter’s has an M249 SAW, a Thompson SMG, and even a KRISS SMG among other full auto toys for rent 😉 Of course, there’s quite a few handguns and semi-auto rifles, too.

    4. Would I need any sort of particular paperwork to be able to shoot (other than regular ID) and if so, would my firearms license and Sport Shooters Assoc. ID be of any use?

    I don’t think you’d need any other types of info or ID to shoot there.

    Best of luck and have a BLAST!!!

  • I know there is a range in LV where the makes of Rainbow Six Vegas tested guns. they tested some very nice and “exotic” guns like maybe a G36C. I wanna go shoot some of these guns there! HAVE FUN! Tell us how it goes

  • jdun1911

    I will said this. If you’re new to general shooting or have little or no experience in full auto, you need to watch your muzzle. I’ve seen people that have no muzzle control at all semi or full. All you have to look is the ceiling and side walls at gun ranges. People have killed themselves or others because they lost control of the gun.

    Before putting your firearm in fun mode make sure you know the recoil impulse of the weapon. Shoot some rounds in semi-auto. Once you get use to it in semi insert a magazine that contain 3 rounds for auto. If you have total control of the muzzle after that by all means have fun.

  • Dave

    +1 on shooting F/A guns in Vegas. The GunStore on Tropicana can get pretty busy though. Last time I went with my buddy to shoot the F/A AK47 they had there was a line of 10 people in front of us trying to get in. I like American Shooters down the street. http://www.americanshooters.com/ Not the same “exotic” weapons selection but plenty of handguns and you should have a problem getting a lane.

  • darren

    When in Vegas ten years ago, I asked ‘what do i need to buy a gun in Vegas?’ (meaning ID etc).

    ‘Money’ was the reply…

  • Pedro

    +1 on the Gun Store. I am an Aussie also, and all I wanted to shoot in Las Vegas was all the Eeeevil black subguns and semi auto pistols that I am not allowed to shoot at home.
    Friendly and helpful staff, excellent range facilities, good selection of cool guns. Aussie passport as ID was fine.

    I dropped about $500 on ammo and rentals, and came out later that day with ears ringing, stinking of gunsmoke, sprayed with warm oil and happy as a dead pig in the sunshine.

    Most fun you can have in Vegas with your clothes on!

  • Jeff

    Stay away from “the gunstore” on trop. Its a tourist trap and IIRC you can only shoot “leadFree frangible” ammo.

    Discount Guns and American shooters on Arville are both nicer and closer to the strip (and not overrun with tourists.) You’ll have to sign some waivers and give them money.

    If you have the time and $$$$ to spend I’d also recommend Frontsite in Pahrump. if you really want to have some fun take a machine gun course while your here.

  • Mu

    Hmm, last time I left Vegas it was with a new wife and, as it turned out, a kid on the way. $500 for ammo sounds like more buck for the bang than the “clothes off” version, and it stayed in Vegas too.