Washington County Tactical Range: MACHINE GUNS!!

Washington County Tactical Range is located in Southwest Pennsylvania. They are just over 40 miles south west of Pittsburgh, near the West Virginia/Pennsylvania border.  I discovered them through a Facebook group: TGTC – The Shooter’s Group. TGTC (The Green Tips Connection) had a get together shoot/mini contest at the Washington County Tactical Range back in April which I attended.

Here is a short video clip from that group shoot.

Washington County Tactical Range had a contest on Facebook last month. Share their video and get entered to win a chance to shoot a full auto Glock. Here is that video.


Well, I won the contest.

Washington County

I already had the pleasure of shooting a full auto Glock. My FFL friend has a converted Gen2 Glock 17 and I got to shoot a real deal Glock 18C in Vegas with ShootLasVegas.com during Shot Show 2016. Click here to read that article. The Washington County Tactical Range “Glock 18” is a converted Glock 17 with auto sear. So I spoke to Tredd Barton to see if I could use a different machine gun. I asked to shoot his M60 and even offered to supply the ammo to feed it. He told me that it only runs on Nato Spec ammo. Not a problem since the ammo I have was left over from shooting the full auto FAL and FN Model D. The ammo was provided by ZQI Ammunition and it is Nato Spec 7.62×51.

I brought some new steel targets that I am testing down with me. Once Tredd saw that I was doing some scientific tests of shooting lots of bullets at steel, he graciously let me shoot some of his other fun guns. For science. We all know good science needs large sample sizes and no better way to lots of data than with full auto.

After shooting the M60 I got to try the H&K G36K. It was acquired used from a police department. It has the HK Hensoldt Dual Optic which is a 3x scope on the bottom which you look through the carry handle. It also has an integrated red dot sight on top. You just lift your head up a bit to aim with the red dot. You can see in the photo below my cheek is sitting high on the stock so I can aim with the red dot.



My all time favorite gun, the SCAR 17S. Tredd had this one modified to shoot full auto. As you saw in the video above, I had shot this before at Washington County Tactical Range. However that last time, the barrel was cut short to just 10 inches with a muzzle brake. It was extremely obnoxious and the recoil was mildly unpleasant. Tredd had some repairs done and changed the barrel to a 14″ bbl with the FN ECP flash hider. If you listen carefully to the video below, you can hear a subtle tuning fork like ringing sound when I chamber a round and after I shoot the SCAR17S. This gun pushed me back a bit as I did not brace myself for the recoil.

For dessert Tredd let me try using his Armalite AR-50A1 bolt gun in .50BMG.




Thanks to Tredd Barton and Washington County Range for letting me use their machine guns and range. If you are local you can follow them on Facebook or check out their website www.washingtoncountyguns.com


Photo of Tredd Barton, myself and The Pig

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • HH

    good fun. love me some MG’ing.
    the dude at 0:49 in the second video shoot some stars out with that barrel lift. hahaha.

    • Tredd Barton

      That’s the 458 SOCOM machine gun and it’s tough to hold down.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Oh those beards…”

  • Major Tom

    I’d love to have me a good M60 machine gun but I don’t have 8000 dollars even if I didn’t have to jump through any NFA or whatnot hoops.

    • Tredd Barton

      That’s exactly why the M60 is our number 1 gun rental.

  • Joe Moore

    I live in Washington county PA and didn’t even know that this place existed!

    • Nicholas C

      Yeah they are not that far away. The range is next to 70. You can hear cars and trucks drive by.

  • politicsbyothermeans

    The Pig will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Cymond

    I’m way the heck over by Valley Forge, but have family in WV, so maybe we can do a rental while passing through some day.

    • Tredd Barton

      Just be sure to make an appointment at least a day before.