2013: The Flamethrower Shooting Gallery was awarded a grant by Burning Man and returned to Black Rock City in August 2013!
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Description

The Flamethrower Shooting Gallery is all about doing dangerous things, safely.

Modeled after “County Fair” style shooting galleries the Flamethrower Shooting Gallery provides a new twist on a long-standing American tradition and pokes gentle fun at the American fascination with firearms and personal power, along with the Burning Man fascination with fire and “radical self expression” by allowing and encouraging participants to literally play with fire and shoot things.

What's New for 2013

For 2013 we plan a few significant changes:

Where and When

For 2013 we will be returning to the Burning Man Festival held this year (2013) on August 26- September 2 in Black Rock City, Nevada.

The debut of the Flamethrower Shooting Gallery was in July 2008 at the Fire Arts Festival in Oakland, California and then we took it to the Burning Man festival in August 2008. We were again the Fire Arts festival and Burning Man in 2009.

What People Have Said About Us

The head of fire safety at Burning Man, DaveX told us that he had “… nothing but good reports about how you guys ran it, and I think you were the most dangerous installation on the playa.” The Flamethrower Shooting Gallery was the onlyinstallation allowing participants to control a liquid-fueled horizontal flame-effect. We have a 100% perfect safety record.

Range Rules:

These are the Range rules, prominently posted at the range, and all shooters must read and understand these rules before being allowed into the range.
  1. OBEY ALL RANGE SAFETY OFFICER's ORDERS
  2. YOU MUST NOT BE DRUNK OR STUPID
  3. WE DECIDE THE MEANING OF DRUNK OR STUPID
  4. NO LOOSE LONG HAIR
  5. ALL BAGGAGE STAYS AT THE GATE
  6. NO CLOTHING THAT COULD MELT
  7. NO SMOKING UNLESS YOU ARE ON FIRE
  8. IN CASE OF DISPUTE SEE RULE NO. 1

The Flamethrowers

The flamethrowers are liquid fueled and use compressed Nitrogen as a propellent. Project leader has a Flamethrower Permit from the California State Fire Marshall.

Targets

The targets are little Man figures - approximately 2 feet tall, made of steel bars, with stainless steel wool to absorb and hold the burning liquid fuel.

Background Music

Our awesome soundtrack was compiled by Roxie.

The Range

The Flamethrower Shooting Gallery is a semi-enclosed structure built of non-combustable materials (e.g. steel studs, sheet metal, etc.)

The range is about 16' deep. Effective range of the flamethrowers is about 15-20'. Distance will be close enough to enable accurate fire direction without making it too easy.

Flamethrowers will be chained, muzzle and butt, to firing bench in order to limit the field of fire. Attractive competitors may also be chained, muzzle and butt, to firing bench for further activities. (See Range Commands Rule)

The range floor protects the Playa from any contact with flammable materials and consists of a layer of decomposed granite.

The range backstop is a metal-stud and sheet metal wall 10 feet high and approximately 35 feet wide.

Rules for Flamethrower Safety

  1. Never point a Flamethrower at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  2. A Flamethrower is always loaded, unless personally verified by you.
  3. Always be aware of your target, and what is behind it.
  4. Never place your finger inside the trigger guard unless actually engaging a target.
  5. All commands by the Range Safety Office must be obeyed at once.
  6. Muzzle must always point downrange.
  7. Muzzle must always point below top of backstop.
  8. Eye protection and flame-resistant gloves are required forward of the red safety line.
  9. No smoking or open flames forward of the red safety line.