The Arizona shooting range where a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her instructor with an Uzi is ranked the top-rated tourist attraction in the Las Vegas area, garnering hundreds of favorable online reviews on TripAdvisor.com. Bullets and Burgers, a business operating at the outdoor shooting range at the Last Stop camping and restaurant outpost near the Nevada border, allows customers to shoot a variety of weapons — from fully automatic machine guns to .50-caliber sniper rifles.
“We even have the actual firearms used in several Hollywood hits including The Terminator and Rambo II,” Bullets and Burgers touts on its website.
Shooting instructor Charles Vacca, 39, died Monday after he was shot while trying to teach the girl how to shoot a 9-mm machine gun. Police say Vacca was hit at least once in the head. While no charges will be filed in the incident, Bullets and Burgers apparently violated its own age restriction: Minors must be at least 10 years old to shoot and be accompanied by a parent or guardian, its website says. The business couldn't immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
Shooting packages vary from $199 to $529. Customers can be picked up from any Las Vegas hotel, are fed a hamburger meal and get the chance to ride the world's longest monster truck parked at the site.
TripAdvisor.com lists 940 reviews of Bullets and Burgers on its site, with more than 890 of them rating the experience as “excellent.” Earlier this month, one person claiming to be 12 years old said the range master “got me to shoot a 50.cal rifle even though I wasn’t sure about it. He is great with all ages and was just fun overall. Out of 5, I would give it a 6.5.”
Another person wrote: “From the start to the finish me, my son, my daughter, and my wife had a blast. … our guide was very knowledgable [sic] about all the fire arms [sic] and safety precautions.”
“Great way to feel an adrenaline rush and be proud to be an American,” another post reads. “Shooting guns, riding monster trucks, some American history, and Burgers fries and a Coke.”
— Erik Ortiz
First published August 27 2014, 8:40 AM