It’s not news. It’s not really important, in the scheme of things today. But what better way to ease into the first day of the work week than watching two people react with glee after they fire guns for the very first time in their lives?
A little while ago, we ran a story about Chinese tourists flocking to the United States to shoot firearms, since back home they aren’t allowed to own them, and there’s practically nowhere to shoot one legally. It seems our neighbors to the north occasionally venture down to the land of the free for their first shooting experience as well.
Many Americans might think most Canada is just untouched wilderness populated with nothing but entire families of extremely polite hunters, but in reality, Canadian gun laws are pretty tight especially for folks in urban and suburban areas. The couple in the video above, Martina and Simon, was visiting some American friends when they decided to head to Las Vegas and see what it’s like to shoot a gun, something neither of them had ever done.
The firearms instructor starts them with a Glock in 9mm (he doesn’t say the model), with what looks to be a 30-round extended magazine (presumably so they can shoot a decent number of rounds without having to reload).
“Oh my f— god, I shot a gun! Holy sh—!,” exclaims Simon after firing his first round. His excitement didn’t seem to wane and when they reeled the target in, he hadn’t done too badly for his first time. His last few rounds even found a pretty nice center-mass grouping.
After, they skip just a handful of waypoints, and get right into a .50-caliber Desert Eagle. Martina needed a little help from the instructor to handle the recoil (which is perfectly understandable considering she has a whole 30 rounds of 9mm experience under her belt) so she didn’t crack her forehead open with the massive, heavy-kicking handgun.
She got both rounds on the silhouette, and one put a half-inch hole through the neck, but two rounds were enough on the hand cannon for her.
“I mean, it is powerful. You hear about it, but when you shoot it, it like really pushes you back,” Martina says.
How did Simon do with the Eagle? Let’s just say the caption after he fires his fires round is simply, “unmanly screaming.” He’s then stunned in only the way someone new to guns can be by the fact that he can fit the spent casing from a 9mm into the casing for a .50 Action Express.
After that, it becomes clear the folks at this range are trying to give Simon and Martina the guns they’ve most likely seen a lot on TV and in the movies.
So naturally the next stop is the most popular gun in the entire world, the AK-47 in 7.62x39mm. Martina handles the recoil and muzzle rise of the full-auto assault rifle (Vegas, baby!) well, but says afterward that the rifle hurts her shoulder too much.
As for Simon…he really liked the AK. After shooting he said, “Where do I sign up to get my American citizenship?”
After that the RO brought out a SAW, otherwise known as a the M249 light machine gun, which is a full-auto, belt fed gun made by FN chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO that’s been used by the U.S. military since the mid-1980s.
Other than having their bare legs pelted with lots of sizzling shell casings, they both did just fine.
So, after it was all said and done, how did they feel about their first firearms experience?
Once outside, after taking an inventory of their tiny red marks from hot cases and what will likely be some little bruises from shoulder stocks, their Canadian-ness seems to surge back to the forefront and Simon says, “Let me just say, I don’t think I could ever shoot a gun again. That was terrifying. I don’t know how people can do this as a hobby. All the respect to you if could do it, but I am ready to to go sh— myself. As soon as we turn off this camera, in the bushes right there.”
“The Desert Eagle was the most horrifying thing I’d ever put in my hand,” Martina said. “After shooting it twice, by the third time I was like, I’m not going to be able to hold this. I’m going to hit myself in the face. That was scary. Nobody told you about the wind. You shoot it and it’s like in your face, brrrrrrssshhh.”
They decided to stick to shooting videos from now on, but perhaps if they had been coached along at the right pace, starting with a .22LR and stopping at say a .45 ACP, and not introduced to a handgun so powerful many experienced shooters have trouble controlling it after 20 minutes at the range with a 9mm, they might have had a different takeaway.
Gun culture is far from what Americans are used to in Canada. They have no equivalent of the Second Amendment and many Canadians view our right to bear arms, as many other nations do, as bizarre or puzzling, according to this story on americanmilitarynews.com about the video.
Canadians have had to register their handguns since 1934 and in 1969 laws classified various firearms as “non-restricted,” “restricted,” and “prohibited.”
Starting in 1979, anyone wanting to buy a gun was required to obtain a firearms acquisition certificate from local police. In 1995, laws were passed requiring gun owners to possess a firearms license and all guns had to be registered. In 2012, that was walked back a bit when the requirement to register non-restricted firearms was dropped.
Those wishing to receive an FAC must pass a safety course along with a background check, and must wait at least 28 days after applying.
They also have a bunch of rules about the actual firearms, like handgun barrels must be at least 4.1 inches and all bullpup firearms are prohibited along with suppressors. The maximum magazine capacity is a paltry five rounds for centerfire, semi-auto guns. Handguns may hold no more than 10 rounds.