GUNS

The types of guns used on our shooting events*

*Please see note at foot of this page.


Uzi

Named after its designed Uziel Gal this is one of the most effective and widely recognised submachine guns available today. Designed with mass production in mind the Uzi is largely made from pressed steel parts. It enjoyed an enviable reputation of reliability, and for being almost indestructible in tough conditions. The design has also been adapted into a number of smaller weapons suitable for clandestine operations such as the Mini-Uzi, Micro-Uzi and Uzi Pistol.

  • Weight: 3.7 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 9mm x 19
  • Capacity: 25 or 32 rounds

 

Heckler and Koch MP5

 

The Heckler and Koch MP5 is currently one of the most widely used submachine guns today. First seen in action on television when used by the SAS as they stormed the Iranian Embassy in London back in 1981. Basically a scaled down version of the famous HK G3 assault rifle, this is widely recognised as the most accurate submachine gun available today. Popular with anti terrorist units and SWAT teams world wide. 

  • Weight: 2.55 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 9mm x 19
  • Capacity: 15 or 30 rounds

 

 

Thompson M1

The M1A1 1928 “Tommy Gun”, is a delayed blowback submachine gun. The Thompson was initially marketed to local police departments and to the military. However, there were few buyers due to the high cost. The Thompson was next marketed to civilians and the weapon became popular with depression-era gangsters in the USA.

Used extensively in World War II by the US Marines and British Commandos and Paratroops in hit-and-run type raids. Heavy by modern standards as it is machined from a solid block of steel, rather than the lighter pressed steel construction used in more recent small arms.

  • Weight: 4.82 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 20 to 50 round magazine or 100 round drum

 

Walther MPL

Produced in Germany from 1963 to 1987 these high-quality guns were widely exported and used officially by German police forces, the Mexican navy and the Portuguese Navy. U.S. Navy SEALs also used the MPL (including the shorter barrelled “MPK” version) in Vietnam.

Whilst the gun is a conventional blowback design, the bolt is cleverly placed above the barrel, permitting a shorter overall length. A selective fire switch is also on the left side of the receiver, behind the trigger.

  • Weight: 3.00 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 9mm X 19
  • Capacity: 32 rounds

 

M3 Grease Gun

The M3 “Grease Gun” (more formally United States Submachine Gun, Cal. .45, M3/M3A1) was a submachine gun developed by the United States during World War II as a cheaper substitute for the Thompson. It was nicknamed the Grease Gun because of its resemblance to an automotive grease gun. The M3 used the blowback method of operation. It could be fired only in fully-automatic mode, but experienced soldiers could usually fire single shots with it due to its very low rate of fire (400 to 450 rounds per minute). Used in some parts of the US Army up to the early 1990’s.

  • Weight: 3.47 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: .45ACP
  • Capacity 30 rounds

 

M16

This rifle was one of the first of the modern 5.56mm calibre rifles to be used in action. Introduced during the Vietnam War it became an instantly recognisable weapon. M16 rifles are used by many military groups, most notably the SAS, who preferred the M16 over the standard British issue L85A1-SA80 rifle.

This gun comes in both the lower recoiling 9mm parabellum calibre (used at the smaller range) and the traditional 5.56mm x 45mm calibre (at the larger range for groups of 9+ people).

* Weight: 3.40 kg (empty)
* Calibre: Either 5.56mm x 45mm NATO or 9mm
* Capacity: 20 or 30 rounds

 

AK47

A relatively lightweight, easy to use, hard-hitting rifle for motorised infantry. It is capable of semiautomatic or automatic fire modes. Being inexpensive to manufacture and exceptionally reliable even in tough conditions this weapon became the most popular choice for arming conscripts in developing countries, as well as in the former Soviet Union’s armed forces . The AK47 came in two versions. The standard AK-47 version had a wooden stock. The AKS version had a folding metal stock for mechanised infantry and parachute troops.  This gun is currently only available at the larger range with groups of 9+ people.

* Weight: 4.3 kg (empty)
* Calibre: 7.62 x 39
* Capacity: 30 rounds (standard)

 

 Desert Eagle

The choice of some of the most famous heroes in the film world such as Jean Claude van Damme in Double Impact, Vinnie Jones as Bullet Tooth Tony in Snatch, Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, and Leon in the Matrix. Designed in the USA and made in Israel.

When firing the enormously powerful .50AE cartridge it sounds and feels more like an artillery piece than a pistol! Unless you’re built like the proverbial brick outbuilding this gun is just too heavy and too powerful for normal mortals to use in a defensive handgun context. However, the weapon is a natural candidate for certain special operations units needing something smaller than a rifle, but considerably more powerful than a regular handgun.

  • Weight: 1.99 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: .50AE
  • Capacity: 7 rounds

 

 

Glock 17

 

With only 33 moving parts this pistol is a triumph of modern design simplicity. The first mainstream handgun to pioneer the use of a high impact plastic frame. Uses a unique self-cocking system that includes three safety mechanisms which are only released when the trigger is pulled. Popular with many law enforcement organisations including the British Police not least because of its simplicity and outstanding reliability.

* Weight: 0.66 kg (empty)
* Calibre: 9mm x 19
* Capacity: 17 round

 

Sig P226

The P226 has come to be known as one of the most distinguished combat pistols in existence because of its reliability and durability.

When the US armed forces where looking for a replacement for their Colt .45 pistol in 1984 the SIG P226 was one of only two pistols that satisfactorily completed the trials. Although cost issues prevented it from becoming the standard US service pistol, it did become very popular with elite police and military units worldwide including British SAS, US Navy Seals, and FBI Agents.

  • Weight: 0.75 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 9mm X 19
  • Capacity: 15 or 20 rounds

 

Colt 1911 .45ACP

Adopted by the US Army just before WW1 this truly is a 20th Century classic. Although now replaced by the Beretta FS92 (M9) as the standard US sidearm it is still in service with some units as many servicemen preferred to have the extra “stopping power” of the .45ACP at their disposal rather than the smaller lighter 9mm NATO round fired from the Beretta. Still very popular in the USA civilian market in an enormous variety of adapted forms, from a defensive pistol to a serious competition pistol. Famous for its outstandingly smooth trigger.

  • Weight: 1.13 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 8 rounds

 

Beretta 92FS

A handsome and accurate pistol and popularised in the movie Lethal Weapon with Bruce Willis. This pistol won the US Department of Defense’s competition to find a replacement for the long serving Colt 1911 A1 pistol and is now the standard service pistol in the US forces.

  • Weight: 0.95 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 9mm X 19
  • Capacity: 15 rounds

 

Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 Magnum

Became legendary following its appearance in the Clint Eastwood movie “Dirty Harry” in the 1970s. Still pretty much as powerful as handguns get and certainly one of the heaviest recoils. Often carried by Park Rangers and others at risk of bear attack. Anything less just wouldn’t work! One of the most popular on the Top Gun Tours with British visitors.

  • Weight: 1.41 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: .44 Magnum
  • Capacity: 6 rounds

 

.38 Special Revolver

This sturdy double action revolver will fire both .38 Special and the more powerful .357 Magnum interchangeably so gives the shooter the option to shoot either cartridge type according to need. The low shot capacity of revolvers (typically 6 rounds) and the higher recoil when compared to semi-automatic pistols are to some degree compensated by the fact that they are generally more reliable and less complex to learn to shoot. 

* Weight: 1.12 kg (empty)
* Calibre: .357 Magnum
* Capacity: 6 rounds

 

 

Pump-action Shotgun

There are several companies manufacturing pump-action shotguns but the most well known are American manufacturers Mossberg (for the Mossberg 500, 590 and Maverick models) and Remington (for the Remington 870). These guns are very reliable to use and enormously versatile. They easily cope with virtually any kind of shotgun ammunition from tiny bird shot for smaller game to the massive one ounce lead slug capable of going clean through buildings! They are popular in the USA with users ranging from duck and wild boar shooters, through to police SWAT teams, and are also standard issue in most American police patrol cars.

  • Weight: 3-4 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 12 bore (.729)
  • Capacity: typically 5-8 shots

 

 

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* Please note that some guns may vary slightly in appearance to those shown above and/or elsewhere on this website. If for operational reasons a specific gun included on one of our shooting events needs to be withdrawn for repairs, or is otherwise unavailable, a suitable alternative will be provided. This is sometimes unavoidable, but we will do our best to ensure that it is the exception rather than the rule. For more information see our Terms and Conditions – Section 1.

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