It’s a place where people can take their gun and shoot at people — and they shoot back. There are, however, important rules of engagement that the owner says makes his gun range perfectly safe.
The place is called Combat City.
Before you step foot inside the range, customers meet with owner Dave Kaplan. “First thing, when you get here, everybody’s checked. No guns, knives, ammunition on them,” said Kaplan.
He then modifies the customer’s weapon, replacing the barrel so a live round will not fire but will still function as a regular weapon, shooting a soft rubber bullet instead. “A revolver would work the same, semi auto, the action actually cycles. There’s full recoil with the weapon. The assault weapon fully cycles,” Kaplan said.
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 Kaplan, “Someone’s trying to hurt you. You learn how to be as tactical as a civilian can be.”
Read the rest of Matt Austin’s report (with video) at WKMG Local 6.