I usually try to focus on the positive in my show reviews, however, I have to complain a bit here given my intense hatred of the International Centre. Also, while the Toronto Sportsman Show was much bigger than last year, I will be posting fewer pictures as it was a lot less “tactical” content. However, I will make it a point to post gun pics as I could find only one on the Sportsman Show’s facebook page!
First let’s get the parking out of the way as soooo many people have been posting how happy they are about the free parking. In my case, that is irrelevant as I spend more on gas getting out there than I would pay for parking. The bigger issue the enormity and layout of the parking lots. The lineups just to get in the lots literally go on for miles. Then, despite the Disney sized lots, people park within millimeters of each other (more so than any other lot I have seen) and with all of the trucks with their tow hitches pointing in the aisles, it is like driving through a minefield. After nearly an hour I got a “decent” spot just next to a no parking zone…and again, people started walking between the pylon and within milimmeters of my car putting my custom paint at a substantial scratch risk..why do people do this? Anyway, I moved the pylon.
But wait, I am not ready to get the good stuff yet. You see I parked “next” to Hall 5 (actually a good football field away from the entrance) and I wanted to start the show with Tactical Imports as they had my favourites last year…and they were in Hall 1. One would think that walking across 5 ginormous halls is enough, but consider that you have to wade through crowds like this…pushing baby strollers, stopping in the aisles to chit chat etc. If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to walk among a horde of the Walking Dead, this is it!
Alright finally got to Tactical Imports and they did not disappoint! I was relieved to see the GM6 Lynx right away!
Some detail shots
The business end
And for size comparison
Moving around their booth, optics mounted on training guns for display
Next the SAP6, which I covered last year.
And then the new MKA 1919 mag fed shotgun…the one with key-mod forend is HOT!!!! I love the feel of it and the massively oversized controls. I really want to shoot it!
I had no real interest in the Type 81 but in light of the millions of posts about it, I thought you might like to see some pics lol
Once again, TI had a great selection of Extrema Ratio knives.
My favourite was the 4000c
I did not pull the trigger because of the sheath although I liked it so much that I am considering getting it anyway and having a sheath custom made.
I did buy a trainer though..i love trainers and have quite the collection (including a custom Greg Lightfoot!).
Next I visited my good friends mebiuspower and Stormbringer at the CSSA booth
If you have read my past reviews of the Sportsman Show, you probably guessed that my next destination would be Stoeger to see their selection of Steiner optics (I am up to three Steiners now). On the plus side, they were all out of the case this time and you could try all of them. On the downside, only two from the military line and none of the tacticals.
Steiner rifle scopes
Firearms from the Stoeger family.., Beretta, Benelli, Franchi, Tikka, and SAKO
And from Browning
More firearms at LeBaron
And Shooters Choice
I did not dare ask the price of this Sauer
Once you bought your dream gun, it would be great to store it in Tactical Walls
Or some of the other safes at the show
I was disappointed that Vortex did not have a booth this year as I really wanted to check out the Viper R/T. At least Nikon was back..i love their binos with image stabilizer
Fenix..with lights up to 4000 lumens
Ron Post custom knives
Lots of crossbows
Once again, I did not spend much time in the fishing section except that I did visit Rapala as they were selling clothes this year…got a nice hat (actually two as they were giving out free hats if you spent over $20)
Speaking of hats, there were lots of vendors on display..i almost bought this one too lol
Too bad I did not get a pic of the animal protestors outside…they would have been happy to see all the animals on display in various stages from live to pelt…
To dinner plate at Arizona on the way home