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. Unlike many large shooting events, however, the DEF CON Shoot doesn't typically take place at an established, brick-and-mortar gun range. Instead, we roll our own, so-to-speak.
Maybe you have a favorite chef in your hometown who is adventurous and will rent out abandoned space for a pop-up restaurant that only lasts one weekend or maybe you've attended an off-book beer garden on the edge of a city street one afternoon. The DEF CON Shoot has historically been like that. We rent tables, canopies, and I bring all the necessary safety equipment and amenities... and we have ourselves a pop-up gun range out on open land in the Nevada desert. It's a hackers' firing line that exists for only one day every year, then when the guns fall silent it vanishes again... not to be seen for another 364 days.
IT ALL GOES DOWN
The 2019 DEF
CON Shoot will take place at the open "education area" offered to us by Pro Gun Vegas at 12801 US 95 South Boulder City, NV 89005. While this is a "new" location for us compared to the past few years, some very long-time participants may recall that this was the location where we all met over a decade ago when I was re-starting the DEF CON Shoot. See the photo collections at the very bottom of this page. (The site is under new management now, and is eager to welcome us back so we can see what we think of the place.)
specific directions to the shoot site you can drop the following Lat/Long
coordinates into a GPS device... 35.960119, -114.917067
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 Thursday, but with the conference having more and more
activities on that day, we started running some of the Shoot on Wednesday.
Last year, we moved the shoot exclusively to Wednesday. That worked well for everyone who had Goon duties and DEF CON prep on Thursday, and it is how the schedule will remain for 2019...
Gear Setup - 07:00 - 10:00
Setup - 10:00 - 11:00
- 10:30 - 11:30
& Safety - 11:30 - 12:00
01 - 12:00 - 13:30
02 - 13:30 - 15:00
Talk - 15:00 - 16:00
Session - 15:15 - 15:45
03 - 16:00 - 17:30
04 - 17:30 - 19:00
- 19:00 - 19:30
no DEFCON Shoot
enjoy the rest of DEF CON, BSides, and Black Hat
Gear Pack-up - 10:00 - 12:00
Each 90 minute
shooting session 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 plenty of break periods to reset
WHO WILL TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION
the DEF CON Shoot has consisted only of one element: great time on the
firing line. Before and after there's socializing, sometimes camping,
and the like... but the main focus has always involved eyes and ears
being covered. (Save for when we have the suppressor round... see just
in 2016, there was a new element added to this event: Shoot Talks!We've
now carved out a one-hour break in between firing sessions and this
time is 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. Speakers will be then
afforded use of the staff lane during the shoot session right after
their talk, where they can 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.
If the Shoot
Talk isn't your cup of tea, we also do allow use of some of the firing
line for 30 minutes during this time window... but for suppressed shooting
only. Hopefully your cans are of good enough quality that it doesn't
disturb the Shoot Talk too much. ;-)
Shoot Talk for
me with submissions if you like
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.As
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.
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!)
DEF CON Shoot 2019 Registration page
cash registration is possible, but space is not guaranteed. Historically,
the most dedicated folk have opted to pre-register!
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 or
hit me up on Twitter to
connect with others about any questions you may have. Ride sharing,
t-shirt designs, camping arrangements, and more are all discussed on
AREN'T VEGAS CASINOS SUPER SCARED OF GUNS NOW?
by all accounts, most casinos (and casino-hotels) in Las Vegas are now
all wary of one of their guests being the next deranged shooter who
tries to sew mayhem and discontent by raining horrible firepower down
from a window. There is news coverage as well as anecdotal chatter from
folk who report that guests are being subject to greater scrutiny if
they have Pelican cases, long cases, etc. However, it should be noted:1.
Most Vegas hotels have had a no firearms policy for a while now2.
You're still VERY unlikely to get much scrutiny if your luggage doesn't
any case, I suspect that a lot of you may become familiar with something
that lots of us more heavily-armed folk have known for years when staying
in Las Vegas: the bulk of the mainstream casino-hotels will allow guests
to check their legal firearms with the security office during their
stay. I've done this before at multiple other properties and plan to
do so with the Caesar's if I bring any long, obvious rifle cases this
summer. Simply call ahead so you know what is expected at the casino,
then plan a little more time in your schedule to accommodate this part
of the process. Or stay in an AirBNB or a shitball place nearby like
a Siegel Suites, the Circus Circus Motor Lodge, or a Travelodge. I'm
betting they don't care at all there... they just want their $56 per
night and prefer you to not leave used heroin works in the potted plants
LOOKS LIKE YOU ALL HAD FUN!
it's always a great time when you get a bunch of gun people together.
don't update these gallery links much anymore, because now you can always
check Twitter for
the hashtag #DEFCONshoot to see what folk share. There are some
have been a few great video pieces filmed out in the desert with us,
web gallery has a few photos from the 2018 DEF CON Shoot...
web gallery has a few photos from the 2017 DEF CON Shoot...
web gallery has a few photos from the 2016 DEF CON Shoot...
web gallery has a few photos from the 2015 DEF CON Shoot...
web gallery has a few photos from the 2013 DEF CON Shoot...
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...