Shooting the .50 Cal Barrett Sniper Rifle in Portsmouth, VA, and vacationing in Las Vegas

If you're looking to experience one of the coolest and most exhilarating shooting experiences on the planet in Portsmouth, VA you have to consider shooting the .50 Cal Barrett sniper rifle at a shooting range when vacationing near Las Vegas, NV.

You may wonder why we at U.S. Precision Defense a company dedicated to personal and family self-defense is writing an article about shooting a .50 cal Barrett Sniper Rifle and Machine Guns.  



The answer is simple, sometimes you just need to get out and play! If you enjoy the shooting arts in Portsmouth, VA, whether it be for practice, competition, or just for the thrill shooting one of the largest caliber rifles ever made you have to take the opportunity to experience something as magnificent and powerful as the .50 cal Barrett Sniper Rifle, it is something that you need to have as part of any vacation trip to the Las Vegas area!

I can guarantee you if you take the opportunity to shoot the .50 Cal Barrett Sniper Rifle as part of your vacation experience to Las Vegas you'll probably talk about it more to your family and friends than anything else you do on your vacation, it is that awesome!  


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If you are from in Portsmouth, VA, the United Kingdom, or on vacation to Las Vegas, or from anywhere in the U.S. you have to put shooting a .50 cal Barrett sniper rifles on the top of your to do list while in Vegas, you will be so glad you did…..

There are well over 30 different manufacturers and/or models of the .50 caliber rifle yet it is in our humble opinion that the Barrett .50 Cal Sniper Rifle is by far the gold standard by which all others are measured.

An interesting fact about shooting the .50 Cal Barrett Sniper Rifle is the fact that the recoil is nowhere near as bad as some people think it might be, on the contrary because of the total weight of the gun anywhere between 25 and 35 pounds the felt recoil is very manageable and significantly less than many high-powered hunting rifles. (Don’t worry the Rifle is on a bi-pod)

This means that male or female of any body size will have no problem experiencing the exhilaration and thrill of shooting this magnificent rifle!The .50 cal Barrett Sniper Rifle

Interestingly the rapport of the round going off is not as loud as you would think, but what is quite remarkable is the concussion or movement of air that the rifle creates, it is a shockwave that you must experience, it's more exciting than 10 roller coaster rides in Portsmouth, VA at the same time!

The raw visceral power of the .50 cal Barrett Sniper Rifle is something that everyone should experience at least once in their life. The truth is if you shoot it once you will always come back to shoot it again!

While at the shooting range you will also have the opportunity to shoot other .50 caliber firearms, including the Browning .50 cal machine gun known as "The deuce".

The .50 BMG Round

Imagine cranking off a round that leaves the barrel at nearly 3000 ft./s and can easily hit a target over a mile away! (1,609 meters)

I have been to shooting ranges all over the country, and the one that I found to be the most complete and impressive with the professional staff, and the variety of firearms available to shoot of not only the .50 caliber Barrett Sniper Rifle, but also a very large selection of machine guns that have been used dating back to pre-World War II to current times is the incredible experience you will have at one of outdoor ranges located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Most ranges have well over 35 make and models of machine guns available for you to shoot! 

Even if you've never fired a firearm in Portsmouth, VA before in your life highly trained and experienced instructors will take you step-by-step so that you'll be safe, comfortable, and have one of the greatest experiences ever, without equal.

Even if you are a very experienced shooter in Portsmouth, VA you'll enjoy the knowledge of the staff and be able to share information with them, they are highly professional and your experience will be very rewarding.

There are several ranges located just outside of Las Vegas known as the Arizona strip, the ranges will provide all of your protective equipment for your eyes and ear protection, they provide the ammunition, and of course their expert instruction.

While at the shooting range you'll be accompanied by a firearms instructor who will give you a personal and individualized guided tour so that you can take your time without interruptions or distractions from any other shooters, you'll be able to shoot videos or pictures and if you like the instructor who will be accompanying you will help with some of the photography.

The shooting ranges themselves are set up similar to that of a military style bunkers which add to the overall experience and realism of shooting all the various firearms.  Barrett .50 cal Sniper Rifle with Scope

One thing that really makes shooting at these ranges which I appreciated is that the cost makes the experience highly affordable. 

Also, some ranges do not require any advanced notification, Contact us for further details. 

These specialty ranges allow you to fit them into your schedule in a way that works best for you, and allows you to be even be creative and spontaneous on your trip to Las Vegas!


                                Barrett .50 cal Sniper Rifle with scope and bi-pod

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Inviting friends in Portsmouth, VA to Shoot the .50 cal Barrett Sniper Rifle and Machine Guns in Las Vegas    


Already knowing the destructive capability of the mighty .50 BMG against hard targets in burst scenarios made the experience much more enjoyable, knowing that if I did my part the weapon would do its part, and put a ½ round through a hard target from brick buildings to light armored vehicles with surgical precision.  

This particular weapon and its later designed brothers can be manned by someone just like you from in Portsmouth, VA and not only those of us that have served in the armed forces.

I hope that in time some of you will from in Portsmouth, VA in fact find the time to do exactly that. Many of us know of someone who has fired this and/or many firearms of many designs and calibers throughout their lives, or are one of those firearms enthusiasts ourselves. The allure and feeling of doing such can be described in open conversation in Portsmouth, VA amongst those people who have or routinely do.

It’s come to my attention that many friends from “across the pond”  in the United Kingdom are coming to enjoy such experiences whilst on their vacations to our country. To which I find this point a little odd in some instances. For an example, look at our friends in Germany to start. This is the country that designed and built the mighty Jaeger Rifle for which many of this countries classic firearms were designed around to include the Pennsylvania and Kentucky rifle which was used from the Revolutionary war, The war of 1812, to the Civil War and was used by most of the brave men and women expanding through the North American continent. They all used this basic design for security and food. It is odd that our country of freedom and liberties owe in large part our existence, to a rifle designed by a country that is extremely limited in its firearm usage and ownership.

To our friends in the United Kingdom.... Where to start. I know that Rifles, Shotguns, Black Powder firearms, and subsequent powder are allowed to be owned with proper licensing, but still very restricted. Many of the UK's early explorers used firearms with great tradition and history in their journeys across the world. These brave explorers proudly used their firearms for food, defense, and in many times tools in their voyages unlocking the secrets of the many corners of the globe.

Many of you in Portsmouth, VA have heard of Allan Quatermain I'm sure, but did you know that this adventures are fictional stories based on a real explorer named Frederick Courteney Selous. Frederick was known to use one of the largest caliber rifles known,  a  4 bore monster he lovingly referred to as “baby”.

“Baby” was used for large game hunting, and fired a projectile roughly 1 inch in diameter. The UK is really the country to look to for many of the firearm and caliber innovations in the past 200 years. I openly invite the country that has brought us the great company known as Holland and Holland and its true innovation, artful design, and many of the largest calibers still to be seen on the planet, to come and enjoy what maybe the closest thing they can to what it was like to fire a weapon of equal, if not more power to what their forefather explorers did, and bring a real life experience and understanding to what they may only understand in a “once upon a time” way.

This is an open invitation to anyone in Portsmouth, VA or out there who have the curiosity of this large .50 caliber propeller of down range fun, know that there are places where these dreams can be culled in an affordable, safe, and controlled manner. We here at U.S. Precision Defense gladly give the ranges in Las Vegas two thumbs up for their unique approach to an absolutely fun firearm experience with a twist. We encourage you to go and join them for your personal experience with the .50 BMG Barrett Sniper Rifle, a true weapon of unparalleled power, and bringer of smiles to your face for many many years to come!


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One month after the deadliest shooting by one individual in U.S. history, two Virginia gun shop owners held a raffle to give away free guns. "Guns in the hands of decent law-abiding citizens is a good thing," one of the shop owners said. "In my opinion, you can't have too many of those kinds of guns."

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - As the president called for gun law solutions Wednesday, Virginia lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they would introduce new proposals. "If people were armed, not just police officers, but school officials, there would be opportunities to stop aggressors from coming  into the school," McDonnell said.

"I think that is a reasonable discussion to be had." Delegate Bob Marshall, said "My statute simply says you must designate an individual," Marshall said. "I'm not saying pick 30 people, but you need someone trained with the handling of guns." 

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