A while ago, I posted a video of Gnat Shoot, a shotgun game in which shooters try to shoot down radio controlled airplanes with shotguns. I posed the question: what shotgun would you choose for Gnats?

Evidently I asked the wrong question, because, as you can see from the video below, shotguns are way too effete and wimpy for shooting down RC planes: what you need is four Browning .50 caliber machine guns in a quad mount, and a lot of ammunition.

Bear in mind as you watch these tracers climb skyward that .50 ammo sells for around $3 a cartridge.

As you can also see, there are many, many cubic feet of air around these planes, and that’s where most of the bullets seem to go. I hate to think about the miss to hit ratio, and how much it actually costs to shoot down one R/C plane.

It’s got to be a huge expenditure of time and money to put on a shoot like this, plus you can’t do it just anywhere: you need a safe backstop, like, say, an uninhabited county.

But, check out the direct hit at 4:55. Do you suppose that makes it all worthwhile?