Well, it's taken me a week, but here's my report from the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot.
AWESOME! AWESOME!! AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!!!(these are the three guy's I went to the shoot with)
What can I say? That was one of the most fun things I've done in a long time. It was interesting seeing all the different people that were there, and from all over the country too! The night shoot was great, and I didn't know what to expect.
I was happy to discover that the prices to rent machine guns weren't outrageous. As a matter of fact, they were quite reasonable considering ammo costs. I didn't bring enough money to really do anything this time, but I am planning on returning this October.
I did, however, spend some money. I found an sks for (what I thought) was a really good price. Unfortunately, when I got home, it didn't fire right. I'm working on it right now, but that's another post.
I did want to say one thing about the event though. I was asked by a coworker before leaving why I liked guns so much. I didn't really have a good answer before I left, but the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot (KCMGS) helped me figure it out. It can all be summed up in one word, history. The KCMGS was living history. These were the tools that molded, for better or worse, the world we live in. From the Browning Machine Gun to the German MG-42; from the Maxim Machine gun to the modern GE Minigun, it was these machines that overthrew governments and defended freedom. These were held by both the hero and the villain to make this world we live in. I also think that events like these honor all of those who have seen the horrors of war. These tools of destruction are, in a very real way, being turned into the proverbial plowshare. Machines that were built for the sole purpose of destroying human life have been turned into a form of entertainment for the whole family. That's why I like guns, because it's holding history.
Enough of my rant! Long story short, if you've never been to the KCMGS, go. It's great to bring the whole family! My only suggestion would be to avoid bringing kids below the age of 10. There's a lot of stuff to see, but not a lot of places to sit down and rest. Also, there is an age restriction on who can rent guns.
The Knob Creek Machinge Gun Shoot: only in America!