DragonCon is an annual Labor Day event that takes over urban Atlanta with almost one hundred thousand fans of comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and cos-play, with most of them in their home-made costumes. DragonCon is also the host of The Armory that provides a showcase to educate creative people, artists and writers with an extensive weapons display. The Armory also offers dozens of panels about the history, use and understanding of all kinds of projectile and edged weapons. The Armory is a collection of weapons and equipment from the Paleolithic to the most modern weapons, including both rare and prototype weapons.
Weapons on display range this year included an obsidian knife, a replica nuclear bomb, a rocket gun as used in a 007 movie, ancient flint arrowheads, EMP device, a Revolutionary War Brown Bess grenade launcher, Armalite AR #000002 and a sixteenth century three-barreled Chinese hand cannon. Also present was walls and cases of pistols, grenades, rifles, shotguns, mines, explosives, machine guns, armor, submachine guns, and antitank weapons as well as bows, crossbows, swords, knives, spears, and exotic hardware.
The Armory’s boss is Kevin Dockery who has written extensively and appeared on TV to discuss arms of all types but particularly on modern weapons. The Armory is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for attendees at Dragon Con to see items up close from books, movies, television, and games that they might never otherwise have, and learn from the experts how they really work and are used. The artists, writers, game designers, and producers of television and films found the information priceless to ensure that what they present is realistic and fact-based.
The Armory is a professional reference with museum quality displays set up for photography with explanatory placards that describe the specimens and their significance with special times scheduled to give hands on access for professionals that request additional coverage. For 2016, the presentations were even more extensive and moved into a larger room more convenient to the display area with manufacturers and sponsors of The Armory at Dragon Con present to explain their materials to the tens of thousands of attendees.
For more information and next year’s schedule please view http://armory.dragoncon.org/.