DEF CON Shoot is a public event that happens just prior to the DEF CON
hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It
is an opportunity
to see and possibly shoot some of the guns belonging to your friends
while taking pride in showing and firing your own steel, as well, in
a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
IT ALL GOES DOWN
The DEF CON Shoot
takes place at the Lovell Group Campsite on Lovell Canyon Road, about
6 miles off of State Route 160. This spot is about 7 or 8 miles due
West of Las Vegas proper as the crow flies, which translates to about
30 miles of highway time. Add on the small streets before and after,
and the interwebs estimate a trip of one hour from the hotel to the
range. This is an established shooting spot, and one where just about
any type of safe, sane shooting is legal. Bring your Title-II / NFA
steel if your paperwork is in order, because anything goes as long as
you're not being a dick.
is space at this location for us to set up at least ten large shooting
lanes. As in the past, I'll rent the canopy tents, tables, chairs, etc.
to make things as enjoyable as possible. This whole space is big, however,
and there is always enough room further down where other non-badged
attendees can shoot in any capacity that they wish as long as they are
pointed in a safe direction and as long as they observe the same cease-fire
periods as the rest of us. You don't need to pay to attend... just to
have access to the amenities like shade, complimentary hearing protection,
and (new for 2014) a toilet!
specific directions to the shoot site, you can always just input "Lovell
Canyon Road, Clark, NV" into Google Maps, or use this
link to do so. It just so happens that the resulting marker is almost
exactly on top of our designated location. For greater detail, you
can drop the following Lat/Long coordinates into a GPS device... 36.09500,
maps on the Directions page should help
give you a decent idea of how to get there, as well.
DEF CON Shoot takes place prior to the start of DEF CON. In the past,
this has meant an early start on Thursday, wrapping up around noon.
However, we tried something new a while back and it was so popular that
this is now the new routine...
are TWO segments to the DEF CON Shoot: Wednesday Dusk and Thursday Dawn.
arrive for the Wednesday Dusk Shoot anytime after 16:30, and the lane
rental sessions take place from 18:00 to 20:30. The Thursday Dawn Shoot
people arrive between 09:00 and 09:30 and the lane rental sessions run
from 10:00 to 12:30...
One - Wednesday
Tents Set-up - 14:00 - 15:00
& Camp Set-up - 16:00 - 17:00
Arrival - 16:30
Reg - 16:30 - 17:00
& Safety - 17:00 - 17:30
W1 - 17:30 - 18:30
Talk - 18:30 - 19:30
seeess - "AOWs: Exotics Big & Small"
W2 - 19:30 - 20:30
- 20:30 - 21:00
Two - Thursday
Set-up & Camp Pack-up - 08:00 - 09:00
Arrival - 08:30
Reg - 08:30 - 09:00
& Safety - 09:00 - 09:30
R1 - 09:30 - 10:30
Talk - 10:30 - 11:30
Karl & Ian - "The Next John Moses Browning Will Use GitHub"
R2 - 11:30 - 12:30
- 12:30 - 13:00
Tents Pack-up - 13:00 - 14:00
Each hour should
consist of repeated periods involving about 12 to 13 minutes of shooting,
followed by 2 or 3 minutes for cease-fire and target prep. That gives
everyone four break periods to reset targets, etc.
hope to be be back in vehicles and departing by 13:00 in order to be
back at the hotel with plenty of time to spare so that all folks working
DC101 or attending the ToxicBBQ have
time to clean up, change, etc. However, people are free to remain at
the DEF CON Shoot site after 13:00 and continue on their own, with no
connection to the Shoot event itself. Anyone staying at that time will
likely have to move down to the "C" range.
the DEF CON Shoot has consisted only of one element: great time on the
firing line. Before and after there's socializing, sometimes camping
(see below), and the like... but the main focus has always involved
eyes and ears being covered. (Save for when we have a suppressor round!)
in 2016, there is a new element being added to this event: Shoot Talks!
adjusting our schedule (see above) by a half hour each day, we've now
carved out a one-hour break in between firing sessions and this will
be time afforded to guest speakers who will offer presentations about
firearms and firearm hacking. Historical facts, unique designs, new
technologies... you name it, we'll showcase it. Often, speakers will
be then afforded one of the lanes in the day's second shoot session
where they will showcase the hardware that was being discussed.
DEF CON Shoot
Talks... for folk who want to learn about, then handle, and then actively
fire the kinds of guns that you often only see posted about on internet
enthusiast forums or in shooting publications. Come learn something!
If you'd like to submit a talk for possible inclusion at a DEF CON Shoot,
simply email me. Speakers get
badged into the event for free if their talk is accepted.
Talks for 2016...
seeess - "AOWs:
Exotics Big & Small"
shotguns have been popular for some time now at the DEF CON Shoot,
they are just one example of the vauge NFA category called "Any
Other Weapons." Long-time DEF CON Shoot veteran seeess will be
bringing and showcasing many selections from his
collection including a KEG12 shotgun, a flashlight gun, a cane
gune, a pocket shotgun, and a knock-off stinger zip gun. Come and
learn all about what a $5 tax stamp can get you! (Discussion of the
legal elements of NFA ownership, particularly as it relates to AOWs,
will also be covered.)
Karl & Ian
- "The Next John Moses Browning Will Use GitHub"
rise of the machines will include a new manufacturing technology and
its rapidly approaching: economic, consumer-level 3D printing
using metal. And mtal-based 3D printing means that some people will
inevtiably make guns. Home-printed metal firearms will provide an
opportunity to have all the political implications of weapons from
a MakerBot but with something that can actually function effectively
and on par with todays industrial standards. Those who are planning
on experimenting with designing and fabricating them will need critical
background knowledge. Karl Kasarda (InRange TV) and Ian McCollum (Forgotten
Weapons, InRange TV) are prepared to give you a background primer
on how a wide variety of firearms work. Because we do not know what
opportunities 3D metal printing will ultimately bring forth, this
talk will cover a vast multitude of different ways guns function.
Both commonplace modern designs and exotic experiments from the golden
age of firearms invention will be showcased. If you are going to experiment
in this field, begin your work on the shoulders of giants who came
before, instead of on barren ground. A new Gutenberg Press is coming.
While we dont yet know who the Martin Luther(s) of this next
reformation will be, we do know that the traditional powers
attempts at gun control will inevitably become more futile.
I DO THIS
many years, the DEF CON Shoot was a beloved part of the world's largest
hacker convention. Gun owning geeks would rally together in Vegas for
DEF CON and -- in between the talks, parties, and general goings-on in
Sin City -- they would take the time one morning to head out in the
desert and blow off some steam by letting loose with loads of ordinance.
Organized by CHS, a highly venerated DEF CON Goon, this event took place
year after year until 2005.
is so often the case with events at DEF CON, times had changed and the
event had outgrown its surroundings. For a number of years, there was
no DEF CON Shoot... the ranges where it had taken place in the past had
been swallowed up by the city's suburban sprawl and folks just needed
a break. Now, however, with the help of some new blood, the event has
been resurrected. While CHS is no longer leading the proceedings, we
always hope to see him and many of the veterans of past DC-Shoot events
at the firing line.
frequently used to gather some of my closest compadres for trips to
local rental ranges like The Gun Store or American Shooters, but since
I have only been attending DEF CON since DC8 I thus missed out on a great
deal of the earlier fun. Nowadays, I have become the DEF CON Shoot's
primary coordinator and have tried to whip up enough gun enthusiasts'
support to see this sort of high-powered good time continue happening.
many years now, the many DEF CON Shoot participants have opted to join
us out at Lovell Canyon for both the Wednesday and Thursday sessions.
The most dedicated people don't go home at dusk on Wednesday...
they camp out right on-site.
while there's no shortage of folk who express a desire to camp out,
lots of individuals simply don't want the hassle of bringing along supplies,
etc. Well, I'm here to smash that obstacle once and for all, now!
in 2016, we are adding a new option to the DEF
CON Shoot registration page: Select the "campout" drop-down
option and for a small extra fee an
air mattress will be ordered for you (basically at cost) and shipped
to the Shoot site. We will even inflate it for you... all you need to
do is bring a pillow & blankets (say, from your hotel room) then
camp with us, either under one of our many canopies or simply beneath
who acquires an air mattress with the "campout" registration
will forever have this mattress stored with the DEF CON Shoot supplies.
You or anyone you designate can make use of the air mattress in the
future. It will always be out there at the site, every summer.
what have you got to lose? Join us overnight for amazing dinner (we
will have the cutlery, plates, and stoves... all you have to do is pick
up grilling food on the way... or maybe even ask us to get some extras
for you, too!) and drinks around the fire after the sun goes down on
THAT'S A GREAT DEAL!
isn't a gun range and i'm not trying to run this like a business or
anything, but starting in 2011 we established a small registration system
for people to gain access to the event and reserve shooting lanes. This
was necessary in order to manage the number of people (or at least PLAN
for the number of people) and to keep the line from becoming unsafely
crowded. Also, that was the first year that we started to have significant
overhead (in all senses of the term... both in costs as well as sun
shade for the participants!)
there is a fee to register for the event and reservation system for
shooting lanes during the event. Stop by the reg page to sign up...
SHOOT REGISTRATION PAGE
you think you'd like to participate in the newly-revitalized DEF CON
Shoot? That's great! We look forward to you joining us. Use the above
link to pre-register and then swing on over to the DEF CON
Forums to talk with others about any questions you may have. Ride
sharing, t-shirt designs, camping arrangements, and more are all discussed
on the forums.
LOOKS LIKE YOU ALL HAD FUN!
it's always a great time when you get a bunch of gun people together.
web gallery has a few photos from the 2012 DEF CON Shoot..
is z0rlac's video montage from the 2012 DEF CON Shoot...
were some great videos shot at the 2011 DEF CON Shoot...
web gallery has a few photos from the 2010 DEF CON Shoot..
is a video montage from the 2009 DEF CON Shoot...
are some photos from the 2008 DEF CON Shoot...