Living: Odds & Trends: Sep. 2, 1985

EXPLOSIVE THRILL

Forget Pac-Man. The latest pastime is more explosive than any video game. For only $10, housewives, accountants or truck drivers at the Bullet Stop in suburban Atlanta rent automatic weapons like UZI submachine guns and blast away with live ammo ($10.75 to $12.75 per box of 50 shells) on twelve carefully supervised shooting lanes. The targets: old bowling pins and combat-training silhouettes. "We get a lot of Rambo types," says Owner Paul LaVista, 38. "But mostly attorneys, airline pilots and doctors. They're big-time spenders." LaVista, who is working on franchising his smashing idea, claims that the diversion becomes almost...

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