Lock & Load Miami Has Brought the Heavy Artillery To Wynwood

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Over the past month, there's been a lot of hubbub over the opening of Lock & Load Miami, a machine gun shooting range in the heart of Wynwood, the city's artsy neighborhood. Some locals expressed bewilderment to the Miami Herald that the range might find itself out of place amid all the cynical hipsters who make Wynwood tick. Cultist, however, recently opined the artsier, hipster crowd should embrace Lock & Load Miami given Wynwood's auteurs have already embraced gun culture in their works of art.

So naturally we couldn't pass up an opportunity to visit the 22,000-square-foot armory and test out some of the weapons on hand late last week.

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As soon as you walk in, you know you're not in a run-of-the-mill gun range. For starters, the owners have hung a full-sized decommissioned OH helicopter from the warehouse's high ceiling. The chopper was used in Operation Iraqi Freedom and has a gatling gun attached to the under carriage near the nose.

It hovers over a waiting lounge where you can choose one of nine themed firearms packages with menacing sounding names like "Scarface" and "Black Widow." The packages are designed for gun enthusiasts who woke up in a new Bugatti, starting from $83 to $575.

There are 18 air gun replicas of the real machine guns hanging on a wall next to the lounge. "They look and feel like the real thing," says a Lock & Load spokesman. "You can hold these replicas to get a feel for the guns before shooting them."

Here's where we need to explain the difference between the guns at Lock & Load and firearms at other gun ranges in Miami that only offer target practice with semiautomatic guns, which can only fire one bullet at a time. All the weapons at Lock & Load are fully automatic. When you keep your finger on the trigger, the gun will continue firing until it runs out of ammo. Only active police officers, military personnel, federal agents, and American citizens who go through an expensive and rigorous federal background check have access to these guns.

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2545 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

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Gio Recalde
Gio Recalde

Anthony Romano Ruben Recalde Ruben Recalde Lets do it!

Humberto Troitino
Humberto Troitino

If literally everybody had a gun, there'd be less criminals and more outlaws, anti-heroes, "vigilantes." Just what the world needs... more chaos.

Humberto Troitino
Humberto Troitino

I'm seeing more legal battles over people shooting unarmed people in shady areas they should not have been in to start with.

Gloria Gonzalez
Gloria Gonzalez

yeah Kiki they missed the first 8-14 rounds so they need more rounds to shoot the bad guys......right.....

Kristina Villa de Rey-Ortiz
Kristina Villa de Rey-Ortiz

A place for the public to purchase firearms to protect themselves from "intruders" with a machine gun? seriously? That's a stretch.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

Lock and load looks like it's going to be so much better than the Pembroke gun range. That place is sketchy.

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

too bad they are soooo expensive

Elfi Robinson-Welk
Elfi Robinson-Welk

yeah that's all we need !!! more dead bodies in the streets ' unreal !!!

Hermann Wiehls
Hermann Wiehls

They better keep that place secure as hell, I'm sure the area thugs can't wait to try and break in and steal some of those guns, I think they could have chosen a better location. There is a place in Hollywood that has had Uzis and Tommy guns among other autos for a long time though, American Gun and range, aka Pembroke gun and range. I shot an Uzi and it was awesome, but the M4 in Vegas was better!

Eddy Earthtone Blak
Eddy Earthtone Blak

There shouldn't be any problems. nobody in this city seems to have a problem with strip clubs polluting the city. This is a LEGAL gun store, not some alleyway black market free for all. You need to register and pass a background check just like anywhere else. The only thing that will come out of this in convenience for the city ppl to purchase items to protect themselves and their loved ones against intruders, because nobody is going to watch your back 24/7.. Unless you're fortunate, and that isnt the case for most of the ppl in that area or most ppl in general..

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