Campground Adjoins Popular Ky. Firing Range
"Everybody likes to see something blow up," said Steven Sumner, 54, the son of Biff, Jr. and the range supervisor at Knob Creek, in a conversation with NBC. "They're not into paper targets."
Lines for the event can stretch up to two hours. Participants get to experience shooting with different machine guns and semi-automatics, such as Brownings, AK-47s, MG-42s, M-16s, belt-fed Vickers, Uzis and MP5s. There's even a cannon.
During regular business hours, the range tries to accommodate guests with requests for specific items they want to blow up, such as a zombie apocalypse shootout and even a "shotgun wedding," where a couple got married on the firing line.
"As long as it's not illegal or doesn't interfere with the neighbors, we're up for it," Steven said.
The gun range has strict rules. Guns can't be carried loaded and all guns must be zip-tied and declared before entry into the range. There are also range control officers ready to intervene immediately.
Steven considers the gun range the family business, employing his daughter, Stephanie, 22, as office manager, his son, Payton, as maintenance clerk, and his cousin chad as sales manager. His father owns the range and his brother, Kenny, runs the day-to-day operations.
"We're just average believers in the Second Amendment," said Steven. "It doesn't matter how long that gun sits in a corner, it will never kill anyone.
"It takes an irresponsible operator," he said.
The adjoining campground is primitive — there are no electrical hookups or running water but portable bathrooms are available.