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Eric Brashear of Shoot Las Vegas: My Top Five films featuring guns

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Clint Eastwood as Inspector Harry Callahan in “Dirty Harry” (1971).

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Al Pacino as Tony Montana in "Scarface."

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Robin Leach has finished his annual summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, and many of our Strip personalities again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. As Robin enjoys the final birthday week of his working vacation with his family, we continue today with our popular guest columns. Here is Eric Brashear, The Big Shot at Shoot Las Vegas.

I must start by thanking Robin Leach for the opportunity to write a column as his summer vacation comes to an end. I might be The Big Shot at Shoot Las Vegas, but I have some big journalist shoes to fill.

Over at Shoot Las Vegas, we don’t opt for your typical gun experience. You don’t get the “machine gun” package (although we have plenty), and you are not going to be firing at pretend zombies (although we do have some of the guns featured in “The Walking Dead”).

What you do get is a fun, entertainment-driven shooting experience based on the iconic guns seen in your favorite movies, TV shows and video games.

That said, I wanted to share with you my Top Five movies with the iconic guns you can shoot with us.

5. We all remember Liam Neeson in “Taken” when he says, “I do have a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” It’s for this reason I love the Beretta 92FS; it is unassuming, yet powerful, just like Liam.

4. Most men love gangster movies, which is why I have to go with “The Godfather” with legendary Marlon Brando. There are so many great scenes, too many to count, but I love the tollbooth scene where James Caan as Sonny Corleone is gunned down by multiple Tommy Guns. Nothing says gangster like a Tommy Gun!

3. I enjoy a comedy every once in a while, and I am a fan of “Men in Black” with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. I like this movie so much that when I started acquiring guns for Shoot Las Vegas, I had to get the Winchester Model 1912 shotgun used by Vincent D’Onofrio right before he was nabbed by the aliens. In fact, we even call it “The Edgar” after his character.

2. I love Al Pacino. From “Heat” to “Donnie Brasco” to “Carlito’s Way,” he’s one of the best actors of our time. Nothing beats his role as Tony Montana in “Scarface.” When he says one of the most famous movie lines ever, “Say hello to my little friend” in the final battle scene, there is nothing little about the Colt AR-15 with the fake M203 grenade launcher. As an homage to this iconic film, we named it “My Little Friend” on the range, but you also can ask for “Scarface.”

1. Nothing encapsulates the perfect gun moment in movies than Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry.” I think I can still hear Inspector Harry Callahan say, “But being this is the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow your head clean off, you have to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” The Smith & Wesson model 29 .44 magnum might not be the most powerful gun in the world anymore, but Eastwood’s use of it is. So much we actually even call this gun “The Dirty Harry.”

The cool thing we found out about linking firearms to entertainment is that anyone, male or female, young or old, can transport themselves into that movie, that scene, that character, making it fun on a variety of levels. I’d love to invite you to shoot with us at one of our next events or book a private event.

We are an exclusive, outdoor mobile shooting facility, climate-controlled for comfort in all seasons and equipped with a state-of-the-art photo/video system to capture every moment. Come on over to ShootLasVegas.com, and check out how to channel your inner Dirty Harry or Tony Montana.

Be sure to check out our other guest columnist today, Cosmopolitan Entertainment Director Fedor Banuchi. On Tuesday, we’ll meet John Saccenti, who presents Las Vegas Bowl this fall, and Riviera Entertainment VP Charlyn Corvino.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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