Shoot ‘Em Up Comfort Zone


Do you remember playing this antique shooting gallery that was next to our Spook-A-Rama for many years? It was made right here in Coney Island at WF Mangels factory. We’ve taken it out of storage and are letting Coney Island USA install it in their building on Surf Ave where Denny’s Ice Cream used to be! Thanks to Charles Denson of the Coney Island History Project for his 1975 photo–Coney Island History Project.

In the days before shoot ’em up video games, and when away from an actual shooting range or combat zone, these were usually the locales for those of us anxious to shoot off some steam. Schools, office buildings, movie theatres, etc, were concerned with other forms of business; their functions being far less multidimensional.

However, Charles Whitman‘s groundbreaking virtuosity at the University of Texas in 1966 should have given us pause to see a bad moon rising through the blood-drenched novelty of it all. But I digress.