DEFCON Shoot is a public event that happens just prior to the DEFCON
hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It
is an opportunitiy
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 DEFCON 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 (hopefully) set up two official
firing lines. They are designated as "A" and "B"
on the diagram below. Firing line "C" will be an unofficial,
unregulated area where 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.
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.
DEFCON Shoot takes place prior to the start of DEFCON. In the past,
this has meant an early start on Thursday, wrapping up around noon.
However, we tried something new for 2012 and it was so popular that
this is now the new routine...
are TWO segments to the DEFCON Shoot: Wednesday Dusk and Thursday Dawn.
arrive for the Wednesday Dusk Shoot anytime after 16:30, and the lane
renta 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 July 31st
Tents Set-up - 14:00 - 15:00
& Camp Set-up - 16:00 - 17:00
Arrival - 16:30
Reg - 16:30 - 17:30
& Safety - 17:30 - 18:00
W1 - 18:00 - 19:00
Change Break - 19:00 - 19:30
W2 - 19:30 - 20:30
- 20:30 - 21:00
Two - Thursday August 1st
Set-up & Camp Pack-up - 08:00 - 09:00
Arrival - 08:30
Reg - 08:30 - 09:30
& Safety - 09:30 - 10:00
R1 - 10:00 - 11:00
Change Break - 11:00 - 11:30
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 DEFCON 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.
I DO THIS
many years, the DEFCON Shoot was a beloved part of the world's largest
hacker convention. Gun owning geeks would rally together in Vegas for
DEFCON 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 DEFCON Goon, this event took place
year after year until 2005.
is so often the case with events at DEFCON, times had changed and the
event had outgrown its surroundings. For a number of years, there was
no DEFCON 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 DEFCON since DC8 I thus missed out on a great
deal of the earlier fun. Nowadays, I have become the DEFCON 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.
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 DEFCON
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 DEFCON
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.
are some photos from the 2008 DEFCON Shoot...
is a video montage from the 2009 DEFCON Shoot...
web gallery has a few photos from the 2010 DEFCON Shoot..
were some great videos shot at the 2011 DEFCON Shoot...
web gallery has a few photos from the 2012 DEFCON Shoot..