Regardless of your level of involvement in today’s world of shooting sports, it is important to understand the nature of federal and state gun laws to ensure a legal, compliant and safe shooting experience. This includes understanding which weapons you can legally shoot at a licensed range in the Las Vegas area. Virtually any modern pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun can be safely and legally fired at an indoor range in Las Vegas, but there are several guns that are only accessible to the average shooter when he or she visits a licensed gun range. Let’s look at the main classifications.

What Can You Shoot?

First, any weapon deemed a “machine gun” by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is incredibly difficult to legally own without going through a rigorous application process. Then, if you do pass the necessary background checks, pay the hefty “Class III” tax stamp fee, and purchase what will likely amount to a several-thousand-dollar machine gun, good luck finding a range where you can simply light off a belt of high-powered ammo.

Instead, most enthusiasts will simply rent a machine gun or partake in a shooting “experience” to feel the sensation of firing one of these powerful weapons. For a couple hundred dollars, you can fire machine guns like the SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon), fully automatic M4 (standard Army issue weapon), and more.

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Next, federal regulations generally prohibit private gun owners from possessing what are commonly called SBRs or short-barreled rifles. Any rifle with a barrel less than 16” in length is considered an SBR and requires the aforementioned federal tax stamp (Class III) to possess legally. While some gun ranges will allow you to shoot your SBR during public shooting hours, many will not. Then, you must consider the legalities of owning the SBR in the first place. If you’re considering transporting it to a range that does allow the weapon, you must consider the municipalities you’re driving through and whether they permit or prohibit possession of the SBR within their geographical boundaries.

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The best solution? Rent an SBR from your preferred local Las Vegas gun range, and experience the thrill of firing weapons like the Heckler & Koch MP5 (the sub-machine gun for real-world VIP protection, Black OPS missions, and more), the UMP 40, or a short-barreled derivative of the legendary M4 carbine.

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Also, a Class III permit is generally required for any suppressed weapon (meaning it has a silencer or noise suppressor either affixed to the barrel or built into the weapon itself), so a visit to the range may be in order if you’re looking to experience the thrill of shooting a suppressed gun.

The experience of shooting a machine gun, SBR, suppressed weapon or another exotic piece of machinery is something you must experience at least once in a lifetime, so plan your shooting package today. Keep the process simple and low-stress - contact The Range 702 - the ultimate shooting experience in Las Vegas.