(Las Vegas Review-Journal)The ear-splitting "boom, boom, boom, boom" of the machine gun burst echoed throughout the air-conditioned, indoor range.
The noise, enough to make a person wince, was muffled by snug-fit headsets worn by the shooter and the range safety officer at her side.
It was opening day Monday at Battlefield Vegas, the new $2.5 million military theme park on Industrial Boulevard at Circus Circus Drive. Billed as the "Ultimate Machine Gun Experience" in a resort town with no shortage of machine gun experiences, the attraction lets tourists learn about military history and take photos in a number of settings: World War II tent in North Africa; 1944 Willy's jeep; Vietnam-era UH-1C "Huey" helicopter; one of eight "deuce-and-half" troop carrier and supply trucks parked around the 5-acre premises.
Squeezing the trigger of the MK-46 Squad Automatic Weapon on Monday was Army Reserve 1st Lt. Xiao Sessler. Her 120-pound frame riveted with each burst from the 14-pound weapon, but she leaned into the recoil as her shots ripped through the center of a silhouette target about 25 yards away
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