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3 Tips for Shooting Machine Guns for the First Time

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Even if you have fired other guns before, firing machine guns for the first time has a bit of a learning curve. The fully automatic firing characteristics of machine guns can make them difficult to handle for those who don’t have a great deal of experience. This article will provide three easy to follow tips to enhance your machine gunning experience at a Las Vegas outdoor gun range.

Prepare for the Recoil

Most machine guns don’t actually have a huge amount of recoil on a shot by shot basis. However, the fact that you are firing so many shots in such a short period of time can cause the recoil to build up. The best thing you can do to prepare for this is to get in a wide stance perpendicular to your target. This will help your body brace against the recoil.

Fire Short Bursts

You may already know to fire short bursts when operating a machine gun or other automatic firearms. If you try to fire longer groups of shots, your accuracy will deteriorate rapidly. Also, you will go through ammo quite quickly. Most experts recommend firing shots from a fully automatic machine gun in groups of three or four. This will allow you to maintain an acceptable level of accuracy while still taking advantage of the rapid-fire characteristics of the machine gun.

Conserve Your Ammo

When firing a machine gun, it’s easy to go through ammo quite quickly. If you have a limited supply of ammo, this can end your visit to the range prematurely. To have as much fun as possible with a machine gun, it’s best to conserve your ammo. This goes hand in hand with the previous tip about firing in short bursts. Not only will firing in short bursts improve your accuracy, it’ll help you save your bullets. Another way to conserve your ammo when firing a machine gun is to try and count how many rounds are left in the clip.

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