Machine gun enthusiasts descend on Kentucky for world’s biggest automatic gun show and are told to ‘destroy everything in sight’
The Knob Creek Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show takes place twice a year in April and October in Kentucky
Around 20,000 thrill-seekers fired Tommy Guns, AK-47s and Uzis at abandoned vehicles and barrels of fuel
There are cannons on show and weapons from Second World War that can be rented and used on the range
Gun lovers descended on Kentucky for the biggest private machine gun event in the world at the weekend, with shooters given one objective – destroy everything.
Around 20,000 thrill-seekers fired Tommy Guns, AK-47s and Uzis at abandoned vehicles and barrels of fuel strapped with pyrotechnic charges to create ‘fireballs from hell’.
Paul Winters, who has been going to the Knob Creek Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show near West Point since 1992, said: ‘This is Disneyland with guns.’
A man fires a machine gun on the main firing line during the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. Rounds fly out of the side of the fully automatic weapon
A father and son explore a booth setup by Americans that reenact typical German ‘Fallschirmjager’ (paratrooper) soldiers of the Second World War. The weapon shown is a German MG42, which stands for Mauser general-purpose machine gun. It was designed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the second half of the war. The weapon was well-suited against infantry, but it lacked the much larger M2’s anti-fortification and anti-vehicle capabilities
Two men wear ear defenders while they fire machine guns on the main firing line on the weekend. The bottom gun pictured appears to be an M2 Browning, with more modern guns firing above
‘This is a place to come compete and have fun with your buddies,’ he added.
The two-day event – held in April and October – has evolved into the biggest event of its kind in the world, attracting thousands of automatic weapons enthusiasts from across the US and abroad.