Yesterday I told about us heading towards Fly Geyser. Luckily the evening before I checked how we would get there, according to Google Maps it would be 2 hours to get there and 2 hours back (since nothing else is in the vicinity). Turns out the geyser isn’t even open for public yet, so we wouldn’t even get to see it!
So yesterday we made a change of plans and we would head towards Las Vegas. Since Las Vegas would be a 7 hour drive we decided to stay overnight at Tonopah (nope, never head of it myself either) and also visit a few things in Reno, which we would pass.
This morning we again got up at 07:00, had breakfast, disconnected our RV from the campsite, and headed towards Reno. Our first stop was a supermarket, to get some stuff for dinner. We really want to have bell pepers on our grill, but apparently those are absurdly overpriced here. 1 small one will cost about $2, so we’re starting to understand why fast food is so popular, since it’s cheaper than eating healthy.
Our second stop was a lot more interesting though: Reno Guns & Range.
We went inside and were greeted by walls filled with guns. Marcel walked towards a counter and asked the guys behind it:”This might seem a bit like a weird question, but could we hire a range and shoot stuff?”. “Absolutely sir, not a problem! Just head over to the other counter, selects the guns you want, and you’re good to go!”
Rhonja was a little weirded out though, seeing a store filled with guns in glass cases like any other store would display their product. At the same time she was pretty excited to try and shoot things though.
Luckily an instructor was available, so we got to choose our guns and targets. We picked the regular silhouette of a person, they also had a Battleship-like target, but we weren’t sure if our aim would be that good.
Hiring one weapon was $10, but it was $25 for three. Seeing we’re Dutch of course we went for three.
We picked our weapons of choice and headed towards our private range for a brief explanation on the guns.
We started out with something small:
Handgun Beretta 92A1
After loading up the magazine, Marcel was first to shoot. He loaded up the gun (which is harder than it looks), positioned himself in the correct stance and pulled the trigger, which took a while since he had no idea how hard he would have to pull it before the gun would shoot. (solution: for the first shot you need quite a bit of force on the trigger, the shots afterwards are lighter)
A huge bang sounded through the room, luckily we were wearing ear-protection. Marcel had almost hit dead center, he was just a little bit off. We had no idea the gun would give such a loud noise and force. Rhonja tried to take maximum action photos, but when Marcel fired a shot she would startle a bit so they all turned out blurry.
After a couple of shots Marcel let Rhonja have a try. She found it surprisingly easy to aim with the Beretta. And her first shots were also pretty accurate! The knock back wasn’t too bad either, she found.
Since we had limited instruction time we decided to finish shooting the remaining rounds later.
On to our next gun, with which Rhonja would go first:
Ours did have a silencer, but it was still louder than the handgun.
Rhonja found the AK quite heavy to hold up and it’s much more difficult to aim than a handgun. Her first few shots didn’t even hit the target! Our instructor explained this is normal for the AK as it’s difficult to aim because of the sights set a bit far above the barrel. You need to lean in pretty far to try and aim properly. It’s more suitable for spray and pray.
Marcel had a bit of a better time with the gun though and made some solid hits. And after that Rhonja, not wanting to be outdone so easily, wanted to try a few more shots to (successfully) improve her accuracy with the gun.
Unfortunately the gun broke down midway our session, but the bullets we were able to shoot were free of charge.
We wanted to go out with a bang (heh!) so Marcel picked up the:
Remington 870 Police shotgun
This was a big one. We loaded up the shells, did the pumping action so it was armed, and Marcel took aim at the target 21 feet (6,5 meters) away. Now we expected to get some spread of bullets, but Marcel created a single big hole, exactly in the bullseye.
It was definitely something we recommend doing when going to the States, we absolutely had a blast! (that was the last pun)
After we were done shooting stuff we checked out a few nearby stores, had a hotdog with cheese and chilli at Bam!Dog which was good, and headed towards Tonopah.
Now this was just a “boring” long drive. It would take 4 hours and when I called the RV parking to make a reservation we were warned to make sure we filled up our gas tank; halfway our trip we greeted by a sign: “no gas stations for the next 100 miles” (which is 160km). Luckily we were prepared, so no issues there.
At the RV park we were kindly greeted by a lady who talked in slow-motion, and were given a spot to park. Out of the 4 RV parks we’ve visited, this is by far the nicest one. It’s really quiet (we’re the only ones sitting outside), it’s in the middle of nowhere, and the facilities, including wifi, are great! Absolutely a recommendation in the slight chance that you wind up in Tonopah.
Almost time for bed now, tomorrow we’ll be heading towards Vegas!