This year’s report on 5.11 Day will be a lot less pic intensive than my usual reviews simply because I attended for different reasons. In the past, I didn’t do any shooting so that I could concentrate on taking pics and doing my review, whereas this year it was the opposite.
Make no mistake though, the event was HUGE! I know that last year 200 people went through the range and I dare say that was easily surpassed this year. For example, the first 50 people got a 5.11 hat and the lineup was over 50 deep before the event even opened!
Indeed, there were huge crowds all day in all sections of the store and the lineup for the range was constant.
This year’s range package included 6 firearms for $50, including the Glock 17
S&W 686 (in .38 special)
Type 81 LMG
And Mossberg MVP. I forgot to take a pic of the gun but we did a “shoot the shirt” (in addition to the draw for a Yeti cooler) and check out this great shot from a new shooter!
Meanwhile, there were tons of sales going on (not just on 5.11) and we did manage to do a little browsing in the store. I was most interested in boots and there was indeed a big selection of 5.11
But my favourites were the SALOMAN QUEST 4D GTX FORCES 2
And LOWA ZEPHYR GTX MID TF
Retro Rifle made quite the splash at SHOT Show 2023 and I am now starting to see them at Canadian retailers. I love gun themed Hawaiian shirts and have a couple from Ballistic Ink. I plan to pick up some from Retro Rifle as well.
As usual, huge selection of Yeti
In retrospect, I do wish that I spent more time checking out the guns and knives but there were tons of people and I didn’t want to distract the staff to take pics.
Of course, I was also super anxious to check out the John Wick Bulletproof Suit commissioned by Lionsgate and made by The Hacksmith.
Coins such as this one were also available for purchase (yes, I got one)
A John Wick bulletproof suit would not be complete without a backup pencil
Knowing the suit would be there, I brought my JW guns 😊
Once again, we skipped the barbeque (no offense!) to hit Camp31 and it was awesome. We had the “backside” combo (1/2 baby back, ½ side ribs), smoked turkey, brisket, smashed potatoes, and mac and cheese and everything was amazing. In fact, this was my fifth or sixth time having Camp31 (including their restaurant and booths at various ribfests) and this was the best experience.
We tried all of their sauces and both agreed that Honey Mustard was the best.
This pic pretty much sums up our great day.
In closing, I would like to thank Urban Tactical once again. The crew is so incredibly friendly and accommodating, it is much appreciated! Definitely one of my favourite gun stores.
If you don’t want to wait till next year’s review for more store pics, check out my 2022 review.