Three Guns

The types of guns used on the Three Guns Experience*

*Please see note at foot of this page.


A semi-auto 9mm Pistol (50 shots) – This is typically a 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



.38 Special Revolver (24 shots)

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: .38 Special
* Capacity: 6 rounds


And finally…

Choice of any 1 submachine gun with two magazines of 25 shots (50 shots). Here are the main one’s we can usually offer:

Uzi (full-auto)

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 (full-auto)

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 (full auto)

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 (full auto)

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 (full auto)

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 (9mm full-auto version)

This rifle was one of the first of the modern smaller 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 used at the range is in lower recoiling 9mm parabellum calibre the same cartridge as in the MP5 and the Uzi.

  • Weight: 3.40 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 9x19mm
  • Capacity: 20 or 30 rounds




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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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