We quite often end up supplying attractions for television programs, movies, adverts etc. Before doing this I used to wonder why programs were so expensive to make. After doing this you realised that even something like a 20 second advert has a cast of thousands making the actual program, and a 20 second advert usually takes 4 or 5 days to film.
The Regatta ad below was one we supplied some items to, they had them 4 days and if you are quick you can see our kit for about a second and a half, they had a small stall, chestnut cart, giant santa figure and a children’s carousel.
With the insidious march of the health and safety Gestapo, in many cases pellet guns are being replaced with cork guns. unfortunately these don’t lend themselves to accurate shooting, its nothing to do with the actual guns, rather its the ammunition. Guns usually fire bullets which are shaped aerodynamically to ensure that they slip through the air in a straight line (well due to the effects of gravity its not actually straight but we aren’t looking to give an in depth physics lesson on the terminal ballistics of bullet trajectories).
Corks on the other hand are, well, cork shaped, so they have a tendency to either tumble in flight, or fly off in a random direction or both. See the video below….
You would be better off not using the sights and using the gun like a shotgun, basically try and line the barrel up with the target. Also check the cork is in the end of the gun straight, if it is at a slight angle it tends to exacerbate the tumbling effect, some operators will load the gun for you and deliberately push the cork in at an angle.
There are a number of targets used with cork guns, some like packets of sweets, empty coke cans, ping pong balls basically are straight games, if you hit them they fall down, move or whatever needs to be done to win.
One of the games which isn’t straight is the ring over the bottle neck, this is usually a small plastic ring of about 5 inches diameter, balanced on the top of a bottle, you hit the ring and if it falls over the neck of the bottle you win. However what people are unaware of is the small groove filed across the top of the bottle neck, what happens is that when you hit the ring, it flicks up and jumps clear of the bottle neck. If there is a large pitch (crowd of onlookers) the attendant will sometimes balance the ring off the groove so someone hitting it will win, and hopefully persuade people to play the game.
First up is the perennial favourite, the shooting range. Its a popular myth that the barrel is bent, this just isn’t true, a gun with a bent barrel doesn’t fire round corners, it just doesn’t fire at all.There are 2 main problems with using funfair rifles, first up most people don’t actually know how to use the open sights on a rifle. The left hand side of the picture shows exactly how the front and rear sights should be lined up, both with each other and with the actual target.
Second, with the amount of people handling the guns and the general knocking about they get, the sights tend not to be zeroed in. A military sniper wouldn’t pick up a rifle and just start firing it expecting to hit something, they spend time zeroing the sights for a given range. Unfortunately as you are tending to have to pay to use a gun on the fairground you don’t really have the luxury of firing dozens of rounds to do this (well you could but it would probably be expensive).
There is however a simple technique you can use called aiming off. What you do is take your first shot aimed at the bullseye (Picture 1). Then look at where the pellet actually hits. Lets imagine it hits about an inch high and an inch to the right (Picture 2). To fire on target you need to aim the same distance “off”. So for the next shot you would aim an inch low and an inch to the left (Picture 3)
This should enable you to use the rifle with a reasonable amount of accuracy
This isn’t our first blog, we ran one for a number of years in the days before WordPress became the tour de force it is now. Unfortunately a sudden dramatic increase in the amount of corporate work we were winning meant that we just didn’t have time to keep it updated and it pretty much stagnated.
Well now with new members of staff on the team, and some organisational improvements we should hopefully be able to once again inform the world at large of the many successes (and moments of, well farce) that we are involved in. The design of the blog should improve as we roll out our revamped website in the coming couple of months, and as the funfair season gets back into operation we hope to bring you a steady stream of news, views and escapades.
To kick things off we are going to re publish a number of articles we added to our original blog giving insiders tips on how to win at some of the most popular games on the funfair (along with the methods used to try and stop you).
In the meantime if you want to look at the sort of things we provide, our website is at www.funfairgames.net