My husband Danny is perfectly happy with the standard dinner/movie combo when it comes to date night, but I’m always on the hunt to try something different.
We heard from “a guy that knows a guy-that knows a guy-that told another guy” about this place where you could go and shoot real guns in various simulated high pressure scenarios, like cops do when they are in training.
We at last located Quick Draw Nashville, and decided to give it a try.
You are using real guns-but they are modified and cabled into compressed air tanks. You still get the feel and kickback of the shot, but you aren’t using ammo. (And the kickback isn’t bad, I handled it just fine)
You are shooting at a projector screen with the little red dot, if I may put it in amateur layman’s terms.
The last time I did something like this was probably Nintendo’s Duck Hunt. Do you remember that? It’s been a while!
It was a great experience. The simulations are serious, just like the ones law enforcement organizations use to train. They are designed to help you stop and think, there are innocent people in here that you don’t want to shoot!
An attendant is in the room with you, selecting and running the different scenarios on a computer.
We responded to a home invasion (careful not to shoot the innocents!), stormed a terrorist on a bus (where we learned it’s best if you don’t shoot the bomb the guy has strapped to him), we responded to armed gunmen in a shopping mall, an armed employee at work threatening his boss….
and I point blank shot a crazy armed man on a traffic stop. At this point I was beginning to channel my inner Tackleberry…
That was UNTIL… I was faced with a staggering, drugged out man in an alley carrying a baby in a car seat close to his chest. I wouldn’t shoot him until he was right up on me. DEAD!
I was also squeamish at shooting a guy wrestling around on the ground with an officer.
It was a lot of fun, and we tried 3 different guns. The M-16 was by far my favorite. It was a bit top heavy, but I was the best at that one. I was horrible with the handgun, and so-so with the shotgun.
At the end of each scene, your shooting stats are displayed on the screen. Danny was good at pretty much all of them.
There was a large women’s church group there when we walked in, and they were having a great time. There was a lot of hooping and hollering with the small group in the room next to us as well. This would make a great guy’s night out too.
No experience is necessary.
They have these plastic counterparts in the lobby to demonstrate how to reload the real guns in the simulator room. The room is dark and it helps to know this ahead of time, but if you have problems there is plenty of help around.
I would definitely do this again, we worked up a sweat (the guns get heavy) and the price is reasonable.
We finished our date right around the corner with Krispy Kreme donuts. It was a perfect date night!
Go out and try something different. You’re worth it!