A Religious Experience: Knob Creek Night Shoot

The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot is, for me, a yearly pilgrimage to all things automatic. With machine guns roaring every hour, vendors and purveyors of all things ballistic in abundance, and fellow enthusiasts all around, its better than being a Cubs Fan at the World Series (if they ever make it).

Each year, the night shoot is the highlight of my trip. For 15 minutes, freedom is espoused from hundreds of machine guns across a bevy of all calibers. The cacophony of noise is utterly exhilarating, but sadly, the fun can only be had behind the firing line until now.

Enter the drone, which captures all the tracers, explosions, and cannon fire (yes, they typically have a cannon or two there every year) in glorious high definition. While not as chest-thumping as the real-thing, if you have surround sound and a knob that goes to “11”, the video may just sell you on making the trip next year.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    The sound of full auto is like a symphony orchestra.

    An orchestra that kills stuff.

    • iksnilol

      A beautiful orchestra.

      Can only be improved with the screams of enemies.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        And the lamentations of their women.

        • iksnilol

          I don’t really care for their women, I got a girl of my own and I am taking relationship stuff somewhat seriously. #ResponsibleBoyfriend

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Youre among friends, dude.
            Drop the act.

          • MR


          • iksnilol

            *thumbs up*

            . . . – – – . . .

          • iksnilol

            What act? Can I finally play Hamlet?

            Nah, just messin with ya. Though I really don’t like Serbs and Russians. Like, really don’t like them. Maybe it is the Balkan part of me acting up 😛

          • Anonymoose

            Somehow I have a bunch of friends who are Serbian, Croatian, and Albanian/Kosovar, and we all get along together pretty well.

          • iksnilol

            Don’t get me wrong, I do get along with most people. I don’t sit in my basement wrapped in a Bosnian flag while muttering about “them darn Serbs”

            It’s just that a decent sum of the Serbs who fled to Norway are legit war criminals. (This is because of the good relationship between Norway and Serbia due to the Stoltenbergs.) I had one who was being difficult for no reason, he suddenly got way more cooperative when we mentioned Interpol. The worst ones (most extreme/nationalistic) are probably the ones who never set foot in their homeland. Something about being connected to something but never having been able to experience it drives people crazy.

            Luckily there’s a bunch of sane people left, those are the ones I associate and work with.

        • Edeco

          *metaphorically unchains NIUD from yurt as reward for correct answer*

    • RICH

      The only way to stay ahead of the game is with superior firepower…. !

      • TheNotoriousIUD
        • iksnilol


          It’s a nice gat. Question for you: An auto sear is kinda illegal, right?because on this Norwegian used stuff sales site I saw somebody selling a burst kit for ARs and it included an auto sear. All I could think was “that’s sooo illegal”. Because obviously fun auto isn’t allowed in Norway.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I don’t know about Norway but I have a gun trust and a couple of select fire guns that have been in my family forever so that’s all legal. Well the Sten isn’t select fire I guess because it only has two speeds stop and full throttle. I’d actually like to sell the Sten and acquire an MP5 or an FNH.

          • iksnilol

            I am thinking it is illegal since you can drop in an auto sear to turn an AR full auto, right? You also need the correct parts for it (auto bolt carrier and the like)? And in Norway full auto conversions are (obviously) illegal.

            ARs aren’t really my forte (yet).

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah the sear is a regulated item but not the carrier.
            ARs are like Barbie dolls for men.

  • Lance

    Next shoot, target drones!!!! LOL

    • claymore

      They already shoot at flying RC airplanes.

  • Gangun

    I’m not entirely convinced the opening picture isn’t just a screencap from one of the Star Wars prequels.

  • A lot of rounds hitting the dirt 50 yards in front of the target line.

    • Dan

      Nocturnal gophers creeping in again

  • wetcorps

    When the minigun takes over like the roaring of an angry god…

    • ostiariusalpha

      Sinners in the hands of an Angry Wasp God.

  • B.K.

    Then theres me sitting here in california, bitterly loading my 9th and 10th round. That was awesome! Clearly another reason to move it on up the bucket list.

  • Realist

    That was vicious. Love the Vickers/M1917 @ 1:15…

  • Renegade


    There’s something in my eye, I swear…

  • HenryV

    God bless America!

  • gunsandrockets

    The future is now!

  • Shawn

    I have this all the time (minus the explosions) right from the comfort of my balcony… living right across the road (1.2k) from the machine gun range in Grafenwoehr Germany is fun!

    • Thomas Weißhuhn

      so get your self a camera and a 300mm lense and start posting pictures! 😉

  • Thomas Weißhuhn

    michael bay my ass!

  • Thomas Weißhuhn

    Fireworks? How cute, not totally wrong tho. ^^

    how often do such incidents occur?

    Wie dem auch sei, kauf dir ne Knipse mit ner großen Linse, dann kannst deinen eigenen kleinen Blog betreiben, Frage ist nur ob du die Zeit und Lust hast 😉

    • Shawn

      Muss ich erst einen Knipse kaufen, mach’ meinen meisten bilder mit den iPhone (KEINEN SELFIES!)

      And to answer your question, depends on what time of year it is, back in the 80s when I was still stationed here, it was every single day (along with artillery strikes, and tanks blasting targets and my personal favorite the A-10 ripping up the ground with the fart of god) 30 years later most of the training is done on computer. We still have the “fireworks show” but it is sadly only a couple days a month now.

      • Thomas Weißhuhn

        Get a Pentax Q7 an PK adapter (allowing you to use standard pentax dslr lenses) and a 300mm PK lense, dont forget a very good tripod as you will have effectively something equal 1500mm…

        An A10 striking in my neighborhood… at that time this would have ment that Nato forces pushed the “our” guys back trough the Fulda Gap and beyond ^^

        Could War had the most fascinating hardware!