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Orlando gun range lets customers shoot at each other … wait, what?

Nov 14, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT


For some gun enthusiasts, target shooting is just not enough … they’d rather turn their guns on each other. Or as they call it in Louisiana, Thanksgiving.

But in Orlando, Fla., it’s called Combat City. That’s a gun range that allows patrons to stalk and shoot each other, paintball style, only with real guns. No real ammo, of course — they modify the weapons so that they only shoot soft rubber bullets. I say “only”, but those suckers hurt, I’m told. They do after all use rubber bullets to suppress riots, don’t they?

People bring their own guns, including semi-automatics, and the barrels are modified so that live rounds cannot be fired. Even though rubber bullets are used, the gun retains the same recoil. Sounds like fun, but I’ll stay in the hot tub where it’s more sane.

Participants then suit up, protecting their head, neck and private parts.

But make no mistake, anyone who gets shot, feels the pain, which was described as more severe than being shot with a paintball.

“There is supposed to be a degree of pain so that you do learn from it,” said [Combat City owner] Kaplan, “Someone’s trying to hurt you. You learn how to be as tactical as a civilian can be.”

And that’s why a growing number of women come to Combat City.

Tiffany Chapin is a single mom who believes the real-life scenarios she creates at Combat City are the best way for women to learn how to defend themselves.

“Most of the time, they feel a little bit uneasy, nervous. I think it helps to have a female instructor,” said Kaplan

Yes, because guns are always the answer.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    You write this story and then link the story of the Mother shot by her husband?
    Dude…what is wrong with you?
    Would it be better for people to NOT learn how to protect themselves?
    Would it be better for people to NOT have firearms training?
    Lemme’ guess…
    You grew up in Utopia where everything was daisies, unicorns and cotton candy. Amirite?

    • skids003 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:28 AM

      He works for NBC, he’s liberal.

  2. ndnation23 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    lol least NBC tells the truth and provides facts..unlike Faux news and Rush…tea bag

    • skids003 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      If you think NBC tells the truth and provides facts, I have some ocean front property in Arizona I’ll sell you….cheap.

      • Uncle Charlie - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        It’s ok we know you’re a bitter neo-con who practices cognitive dissonance.

        • skids003 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:58 AM

          And using my cognitive skills, I have determined you are one of the koolaid drinking bots.

  3. ccshocktalk - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I wish the author would have actually visited the website where the talk about the simunition and the article on here is completely wrong. Sad day when writers don’t verify the source of the information. Welcome to America, where we’ll tell you what we want you to believe, tell you “facts” that aren’t verified to be factual. Yay for freedom of speech and freedom of press…print whatever you want, and call whatever you want and the American public will believe you.