I need to start this post by saying, I’m very anti-gun. I have a theory that the only place guns should be allow are in places like the LA Gun Club, where you go rent the gun from the club, shoot it on the facilities and then check the gun back in before you leave. As a vegetarian I’m even anti-hunting. But all of that aside, I went to the LA Gun Club to attend my friends birthday celebration.
It’s been one of my bucket list items to shoot a gun at some point in my life, and I was so excited at the chance to do it with a group of friends on Takara’s birthday (which coincidentally was two days before my 27th birthday day). What a way to end 26 and roll into 27.
As you can see, there were a lot of guns to choose from as well as target graphics. I picked #37 in the photo above because I like the way he’s winkin’ at me 😉
While in the waiting area you can see others through the glass as they were shooting.
We picked 4 guns to take turns using throughout our group: 2 different glocks, a revolver and an AK47.
We got a brief lesson about how to load the guns and what to do and more importantly, not do.
Once our lesson was done, we all took our ear plugs and ear covers and went into the shooting room (can you tell I know none of the terminology?). The thing I hadn’t thought about were the other people in the room.
You stand so close to one another with each person getting a small stall. I hadn’t thought about the fact that guns would be going off all around me and shells would be flying around the room. When I first walked into this area I had to step outside, re-adjust my ear plugs and give my self a pep-talk. “You can do this, it’s just noise. No one is shooting at you” over and over in my head. When you hear a gun go off, it’s instinct to jump so it’s easy to over do it when you first get in there.
After calming myself down and watching my friends shoot each of the guns, I decided to give it a try. I must say watching people shoot guns is WAY scarier than doing it yourself.
Eventually I even worked my way up to the AK47. It was heavy and I was shaking, but I still hit my target.
After we finished shooting, we closed out our “tab” and headed to nearby Villain’s for celebratory food, drinks and live music. The whole shooting experience cost us all around $30 each, which I was happy with and then it was time to dance!