Originally Posted by Lost Sheep
There, you will get to see a variety of arms and if you demonstrate good gun handling skills, are likely to be offered the chance to try a few out. (Most gun owners are proud of their hardware and love to show it off to anyone they think might appreciate it.)
I've found this to be true. At first I was hesitant at the range, preferring to keep to my own affairs. But a smile and a handshake go a long way toward getting you access to interesting guns you'd like to try. A much wider variety than what you can rent and most shooters are happy to discuss the pros of their weapon of choice.