I am so glad that Select Shooting decided to stay with Oxford Fish and Game club as the venue for their Annual Range Day as I really like the open layout of this range.
We arrived to a decent lineup of people and as we will see later on, it did get quite busy.
Select Shooting’s display with the raffle prize Canuck shotguns donated by O’Dell
And raffle cases generously donated by Nanuk
Returning exhibitors Black Rifle Coffee and the CSSA
And great to see my colleagues at High Capacity have a table this year…I picked up several copies of the two editions with my articles.
I also sampled Code of Arms new coffee. While Black Rifle Coffee uses proceeds to support veterans, Code of Arms Coffee supports competitive shooters…and they offered to sponsor 17 year old IPSC Grand Master Ryan Dobbs at the Code of Arms Golden Bullet Awards dinner at TACCOM.
The Code of Arms guys doing what they do best…filming an interview with Dean for CCFR Downrange Season 2 TV show
Canadian Historical Arms Museum is also a returning exhibitor although this year we were not allowed to handle the guns. Still, after seeing Canadian Gun Vaults prohibition kit at TACCOM it was great to see a real Tommy Gun for comparison.
Other hardware on display
Last year I focused on precision rifles so this year I decided to start with handguns.
Lineup for the handgun range…
At least we had some cool scenery to admire while we were waiting
Quite busy inside!
I have skipped Smith and Wesson in my previous reviews so wanted to show them some love this time around lol. First up, the SD9, S&W’s entry level offering
Shoots pretty well…a good bargain for under $500
Next the Victory Performance Centre .22LR…
being a .22 it was super easy to shoot, as shown by this young lady (thanks to her father for permission to take the pic)
Smokey ammo…looks good in pics imho lol
I really liked the super bright sights and I would say this gun had the best sights of all the ones I tried in the day.
Meanwhile Tom shot the M&P and .357 revolver
Next, the North Sylva booth for one of my favourites, the X95..in 9mm…I definitely want one of these and to take a course with Lovie, who I had the pleasure of meeting at TACCOM
Yup, definitely my favourite of the day.
As I mentioned in my TACCOM review, I intended to try the FN 509 here as I knew it would be on the
line. It shoots well but I would mount a red dot on it…those suppressor sights would take some getting used to.
Also from North Sylva, Girsan
I have heard so many positive things about the Q5 Match that I had to give it a try.
It was definitely nice but it did not “wow” me.
By contrast, Tom shot the P99 and it was his favourite gun of the day…said he would “look up pricing” when he gets home lol
The P1 was super fun but it would take me some practice to do speedy reloads with that heel mag release.
Next up, Grand Power….
i tried the Q100, which now has a flat trigger with a 3.5# release weight and a shorter reset than the original version.
And the X-Calibur Match, also a next generation model featuring a heavier steel dustcover for even greater muzzle rise reduction. …and I MUCH preferred this one. In fact, I liked this one much better than the Walther Q5 Match.
The fluted rotary barrel helps with recoil management and it feels great to shoot.
At the end of TACCOM, Wolverine Supplies generously provided some demo guns for today’s event, one of which was a Bruger & Thomet GHM-9….this one was near the top of my list to try. Too bad I embarrassed myself by hitting the mag release instead of the bolt release lol (apparently I was not the only one to do so)…the bigger issue was the small size of the aperature on the rear sight. I would definitely need to mount a red-dot on this.
Next my biggest surprise of the show, the Freedom Ordnance FX-9! Zero recoil and super accurate (the great Vortex glass helped too), plus it uses Glock mags…next to the Tavor this was my favourite gun of the day..i would definitely buy one of these!
Last but not least in terms of handguns, Glock!
The G19X was the most popular gun at their booth…while I have shot it before, I thought I would give it another try.
I must say that I liked it more than in previous outings…perhaps because I have been shooting my Glock lately so am more accustomed to the trigger.
Other Glocks on the line (note the American Tactical Omni AR with polymer frame that I covered in my TACCOM review)
All done with handguns, we headed to the rifle range….which was also super busy
Some of the guns available for us to try
Again I wanted to start with Smith & Wesson.
I watched Colion Noir’s video on the M&P 15-22 .22LR last night as I knew Select would have one on the line (thanks for putting out the list Select!)…he concluded that while an AR in .22 may seem silly, it is super fun to shoot and a great training tool…I concur! Once again, another gun I would buy!
As for the standard M&P AR, I wanted to try the one with classic furniture…while I like the look, I have really gotten used to shooting ARs with quad rails so I think I will stick to those.
Of course, S&W offers those as well..shown here with Tom and another guest.
I wasn’t planning to shoot precision rifles this time but they had the new Daniel Defense Delta so had to give it a try. Unfortunately, there were some issues with the gun, either it was over-heated of didn’t like the available ammo but the bolt had to be forced open after every shot so I only got one round out of it.
Fortunately the Daniel Defense AR was functioning flawlessly and I really liked it!
Finally, the trap range featuring shotguns by Mossberg
From O’Dell, Derya and Canuck
And Benelli / Beretta (sorry no pics)
Tom (not shown in these pics) got 3 out of 4 (or was it 3 out of 5? Lol…who is counting)
Select graciously invited us to stay for the RSO shoot after the event closed to the public and I brought out my John Wick guns for the team to try…
Here is our host, Dean, shooting my JW3 TTI STI
I have another 70 pics of the after-shoot and will perhaps post those later.
For now that sums up my great day at Select Shooting Annual Range Day 4…kudos to Dean and team for putting on another great event just one week after the craziness of TACCOM..we are all still recovering lol.