The October 2011 Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, [photo from](
The October 2011 Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, photo from web photo

The biannual Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot has become a big shooting event that bookends the summer. In April and again in October, hundreds of participants including dealers, collectors, and shooters from all over the country come to the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky for three days of full-auto shooting, dealer displays, shooting competitions, and the always awesome Saturday Night Shoot.

For those who can’t make the journey, the events always produce a glut of cool photos and videos. But they have something special and new this year from the shoot.

You know all those ads for remote control drones with high-res cameras attached that can get shots previously only available to high-budget productions with cranes? You can probably guess where we’re going with this.

Yes, there is drone footage from the October 2015 night shoot, and yes, shooters used tracers. Pay attention at the end for a serious display of sustained fire from what can only be a mini-gun. And you think you spend a lot on ammo—that has to be at least a $10,000 burst.

A bit about tracers: As this video makes extremely apparent, tracers were designed to allow a shooter to make aiming corrections without observing the impact of the rounds fired and without using weapon sights, in daylight or at night.

The actual device is a small pyrotechnic charge in the base of a cartridge, usually in every fifth round in belted ammunition for machine guns. This is referred to as a four-to-one tracer arrangement. Tracer rounds are usually identified by a colored tip.

Tactically, tracers can be used by individual soldiers to mark targets for their allies to fire on. The British were the first to develop and use tracer rounds in 1915 as a version of the .303 round. The U.S. began using a .30-06 tracer in 1917.

And now, more BRRRRRRRRRRT from Knob Creek: