If you’ve spent days on end playing games like Call of Duty: Black Ops, Big Game Hunter, or Wolfenstein: The New Order, then you might know a thing or two about guns and their tactical applications.  But if you’re getting pretty good at engaging the enemy from the safety and security of your couch, it might be time to put down the controller for your video game guns, give your thumbs a break, and visit your preferred shooting range to experience some of these weapons in real life. Let’s look at these three first-person shooting games and the video game guns in real life that make them so much fun.

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Call of Duty: Black OPS 

This worldwide phenomenon has captured the attention of millions of raving fans, wanting to release a barrage of targeted assaults against the enemy. The game covers numerous battlefield environments, from the expanses of the brutal European war zones in WWII to the gut-wrenching close-quarters-combat of modern day conflicts. It is a game that rewards teamwork, but the real fun is taking care of the enemy using an array of serious weapons.

If you’re looking for the “real” Call of Duty experience, consider shooting the Beretta 92FS 9mm, Glock pistol, the MP5 or MP9 submachine guns, a simple pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, and AK-47 rifle, AR-15 or M4 carbine, and even a SAW - or squad automatic weapon. These guns have been used over the years by our fighting forces, and you’ll want to get a taste of what it’s like to engage the enemy using one of these proven weapons. For a real “Black OPS” experience, go big and shoot the MP5, M4, SAW, and Glock - four of the most prevalent guns in a special forces soldier’s arsenal.

 

Big Game Hunter

If your passions lie more within the pursuit of big game than in infiltrating the enemy, you might have some experience with Cabela’s Big Game Hunter series of video games. And if you’ve ever been in the field in search of deer, elk, moose or bear, you know it often takes some serious firepower to safely, effectively and humanely take some of these prized big game species.

If you want to experience the thrill of firing a big-bore rifle or shotgun, visit your local range and try out a scoped rifle in a caliber like .308. A Remington model 700 or Winchester model 70 is ideal, and something that gives you a bit of a punch in the shoulder when fired will showcase the raw power of these lethal hunting rifles. Cabela’s Big Game Hunter also features several shotgun-based hunts, so saddle up to the range with a pump-action of semi-automatic 12-gauge and let it rip, just like you do in one of the best shooting games around. Ask your range master if you can fire a few heavy slug loads to feel the immense power of these punchy rounds.

 

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Released in 2014, this highly-rated first-person shooter lets you experience WWII battlefields like never before. And with a storyline that is as interesting and complex as the gameplay itself, you’ll never tire of assaulting Nazi SS positions within the game. Though a variety of period-correct weapons are used in the game, the overall theme of the time period is “put serious lead downrange!”

To get a feel for what it was like during some of the most intense battles in WWII, visit your preferred range and sample some of the heavier weaponry available. Leave the handguns on the rack, and instead opt for a shooting package that allows you to sample full-auto firepower in the form of squad automatic weapons, the M4, and MP5 and the SCAR. You’ll never forget the experience of sending dozens of rounds downrange with one pull of the trigger.

Today’s most advanced first-person shooter games are thrilling, but they can’t hold a candle to the real thing. Visit your local shooting sports center today and see what happens when you put down the game controller and pick up one of these sophisticated weapons, and get a taste for video game guns in real life.