Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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public cannon range

a 'pay per shot' public cannon range
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various cannons from old spanish to civil war up to present day cannons would be available for the public to shoot at various old cars, trailer homes etc. For people who find small calibre firearms boring at best. I was thinking around 100-200 dollars per shot. Includes 'mortar' for firing bowling balls.
quick, Jan 23 2003

(?) Hong Kong travel guide http://www.i-travel.org.uk/hongkong.html
Jardine Matheson's gun [FloridaManatee, Oct 04 2004]

(?) knob creek machine gun shoot http://www.knobcreekshoot.com/
fun! [mihali, Oct 04 2004]

(??) a cannon at knob creek http://www.geocitie...gar/6160/knob2.html
[mihali, Oct 04 2004]

(?) Pumpkin Cannon http://www.cnn.com/....pumpkin.cannon.ap/
Yup, it's an annual contest. [Shz, Oct 04 2004]


       quick, duck.   

       you could have come up with a really creative target that would draw croissants, instead this is very mediocre.   

po, Jan 23 2003

       What's wrong with this? I like it. Add some Howitzer or other modern big guns.
bristolz, Jan 23 2003

       this is the prequel. I am afraid for my car :)
po, Jan 23 2003

       You mean your Vauxhall Crowley Eliminator, or whatever it's called?
thumbwax, Jan 23 2003

       The "Junk Accelerator" got a pretty good review, but I like this better. The rail gun idea takes a large appliance or something and quietly tosses it over the horizon. This one lets you blast the bejeezus out of some large-caliber target while cramming your eardrums down your throat.   

       How far downrange shall I set up this croissant?
lurch, Jan 23 2003

       You should probably change the category on this to "public: projectile sports."   

       I bet if you stocked the range with common targets of rage, you could develop quite an audience for this thing. Like SUVs, effigies of hated public figures, etc. (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Jan 23 2003

       I am afraid *for* my car not *of* my car, [thumb']
po, Jan 23 2003

       This is good, perhaps even very good. People go to to rifle ranges, and I understand there are places you can go to fire automatic weapons (I heard about one in L.A., [thumbwax]).   

       By definition, then, the "supersize" version must be viable. Personally, I would love to fire a big old colonial era cannon with a big fat fuse. sssssssss... *BOOM*! Yay!
snarfyguy, Jan 23 2003

       I doubt you can go anywhere in the US to fire fully-automatic weapons except in those states (if there are still any) where fully-auto weapons are legal to own (Texas?)
bristolz, Jan 23 2003

       But isn't Oregon one of the states that allows fully-automatic weapons if you have a Federal Firearms License and all that?   

       My point was that I doubt that fully-automatic weapons can be used at a rifle range unless the state allows fully-automatic weapons. In other words, I doubt that a rifle range, indoor or not, can get a variance in a state where they are disallowed.   

       But, on the other hand, I know so little about this that I should just shut up.
bristolz, Jan 23 2003

       Maybe it was semi-auto at the place in L.A.. I don't really know the diff between auto & semi-auto. I sort of recall being told you could legally shoot machine guns there.
snarfyguy, Jan 23 2003

       If you're referring to the place I think it is you can fire uzi's, shame I'm probably not old enough to go there, oh and on the other side of the atlantic.
kaz, Jan 23 2003

       You can do this in China with rpg's for a price and in Russia with very large anti aircraft guns,i know someone who did it.
skinflaps, Jan 23 2003

       I think in Russia you can also buy time in a modern MIG fighter. That would be worth it, I think, provided I was convinced of the airworthiness and maintenance of the craft.
bristolz, Jan 23 2003

       You are correct[bris] i don't think it's advisable to mix the anti-aircraft gun with the Mig though.(bliss let loose with a cannon-run for thar hills!)
skinflaps, Jan 23 2003

       Anyone up for a round of Custard-Scorched Earth?
RayfordSteele, Jan 23 2003

       There'd be a market. If you could swing it, I'd be a customer at that price.   

       In China, there is a ceremonial firing of Jardine Matheson's Hotchkis 3-lb marine gun everyday at noon. You have to be very connected to get to pull the trigger and they'll only let you fire a blank. (link)
FloridaManatee, Jan 23 2003

       Excellent. (+).
8th of 7, Jan 24 2003

       a great idea, but i'd have to say it's baked. this "service" is available at the knob creek machine gun shoot, held bi-annually in knob creek, kentucky. you can pay to fire all sorts of weapons, from itsty-bitsy gatling guns, to civil-war cannons, to tank cannons.   

       see link for more info.
mihali, Jan 24 2003

       I was alarmed to see, last year, that at the annual military show on Salisbury plain they used the Larkhill artillery range to bake the opposite of this idea. People queued up to sit inside a bunker whilst the army rained down shells on them. Weird!
DrBob, Jan 24 2003

       Wow. Those people know how to have fun. From [mihali]'s link:   

       // Dynamite is strapped to a drum of diesel fuel. When a bullet slams into the charge of dynamite, the dynamite detonates, atomizing and igniting the fuel...//
snarfyguy, Jan 24 2003

       one of the museums (Museum of London?) re-enacts life in the air raid shelters, during WWII, complete with the sounds of explosions; for children.
po, Jan 24 2003

       Do they do an ICBM launch? I'd love to launch one of them thar missile thingies...
PeterSilly, Jan 24 2003

       It'd be even better if you stacked some of the trailers and cars up to make a junk castle, and have foot soldier cut-outs on it.
notmarkflynn, Dec 20 2005


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