First stop of Day 2, the FN booth, which as you can see was quite crowded!
I have always been a fan of the Five-Seven…looks great in FDE
The 509 is also very nice…I plan to shoot it next week at Select Shooting’s range day
Next stop ATN…their optics are so cool, exactly like what you see in movies with screens of information that scroll distance and ballistics data
The tablet on the table was showing a live feed from their binoculars and head mounted monocular
Here’s me looking at the FOC booth…so cool!
Next back to the IWI booth for another look at the Tavor 7 as well as their new augmented sight and Massada pistol
The augmented sight can be controlled by a phone app
I had seen the Massada pistol in black…now it is available in grey and FDE as well
Well well well..look who I ran into at the IWI booth..Lovie Malespin! What are the chances of meeting this Tavor training legend here? Lol
Funny I would run into Lovie several more times during the day…here she is with my good friend Doug from Code of Arms, who are now publishing High Capacity magazine, for which I am writing some articles!
So cool to see my magazine article at the show!
The Code of Arms guys are up to so many great things..in addition to their youtube vids and High Capacity, they are filming the CCFR’s DownRange tv show as well as their own tv show, Midlife Mayhem!
Atlanta Arms is one of the few ammo manufacturers offering the 9MM MAJOR I shoot out of my John Wick 3 gun so I wanted to talk to them about this great cartridge.
Their spec for 9MM MAJOR is a 147 grains at 1170fps with a target power factor of 171. It was developed about 6 years ago for champion shooter K.C. Eusibo…he was shooting out of compensated guns and given that comps reduces velocity/power factor, he wanted something more potent than a standard 9mm luger.
Atlanta Arms uses the same testing methology as the military of 10-10-10 (10 rounds in a 10 ring 10 times) and achieves 1” groups at 50 yards with this ammo!
That’s it for booths for today…the rest of the day will be dedicated to seminars and the industry dinner. But first, lunch! I know you guys like food pics…given that I was going to the Golden Bullet Award dinner, I wanted a lighter lunch so I hit FireHouse Subs nextdoor for a 12” steak and cheese sub.
You may think I am eating huge amounts of meat, and I am! Lol…but I am also doing A LOT of walking at the show lol..Adam from FOC posted that he took 100,000 steps at the show and I must be pretty close lol.
First up, a great presentation by Rod Giltaca of the Canadian Coalition for Firerarms Rights (CCFR) on the Political Dynamics of Gun Control…get out and vote people!
Next and incredible panel of instructors with different perspectives, including internationally acclaimed tactical trainer Chris Costa, with extensive military/LEO background, Magpul ete. etc. (come on you guys know who he is lol)
4 time national IPSC production division champ Alex Berdat
former IDF and Tavor training legend Lovie Malespin
Mike Brake, Former DND Special Service Forces and an Emergency Task Force SWAT operator with 25+ years’ experience and Certified Use of Force Instructor
And former Special Forces, M. Rohlehr, who is now teaching the PAL course to new shooters
The discussion centred around the different approaches and mindset for instructing shooters and what we as shooters should look for in an instructor.
I can say that I share Chris Costa’s mindset and would be thrilled to take a course with him. He gave an EPIC speech that I video taped but unfortunately forgot to ask his permission to share so I will just stick with still shots.
Each speaker had their turn and all were very humble
Great discussion, I learned a lot!
And I got to hang out with Alex a bit and got some great shooting tips!
I cant tell you how much forward I was looking to seeing Master Ken in person..he is AWESOME! He started off by providing his opinion on other forms of martial arts..like BJJ “the only place you will find more inappropriate touching is at a slumber party at Bill Cosby’s house” hahahah he is so awesome.
Some gun disaems
Next, how to deal with Beta Males who need protection from his airborne toxic masculinity
Demonstrating his “non-orifice specific” fish-hook technique to the audience
After the show I got this awesome pic with Master Ken
And bought the whole Master Ken Starter Kit lol…one of everything he had on the table including his book, hat, ballbuster, diploma, and patch…and he autographed a couple of them!!
Time for a wardrobe change lol…and off to the VIP Industry Dinner and Golden Bullet Awards show!
Lots of well dressed people
The crew from FOC
Scott from Bulls Eye London
Ha Lovie again! And as luck would have it, we were assigned to the same table!
Dan from Nanuk with BabyGoesPewPew and Mrs. Grey Fox Strategic
Dan with Grey fox Stretegic and friends
Tracey Wilson with Mrs. Select Shooting
Tim from SIG…thanks again bro!
Robo Rambo making his rounds
Ok let’s take our seats
Great job on the atmosphere!!
Happy Birthday Adam!!! You and the team at FOC did an incredible job on the show!
And guess who is MC…Master Ken!!!
Awesome I get to see more Ameri-Do-Te martial arts demonstrations!
Some opening words from Fred of FOC, lead organizer of TACCOM
And now an introduction to the Code of Arms Golden Bullet Awards
Firearms Rights Advocacy Award – presented by O’Dell Engineering ………17 year old Ryan Slingerland for getting 80,000 signatures on a petition advocating for us…he couldn’t be here to accept the award in person.
Best Seller of Canadian Product – presented by the CCFR goes to..Triggertech Diamond Trigger!
Veteran Industry Award – presented by Vortex Canada ………. Millbrook Tactical Inc.
Aspiring Youth Award – presented by Wolverine Supplies goes to Ryan Dobbs …who came 2nd to Alex at the IPSC nationals, and he is only 17 years old…oh and an IPSC Grand Master!…plus he was at my table! Lol
Firearm Instructor Award – presented by Black Bear Gear… Mike Brake! Glad I saw him on the panel earlier in the day.
Mens Shooter of the Year – presented by Select Shooting Supplies, goes to…Alex Berdat! Also at my table!!! Lol we had the best table…the #1 and #2 IPSC national champions and Lovie Malespin
Should be no surprise that Hunting Ambassadors Award – presented by O’Dell Engineering – went to… Amanda Lynn Mayhew of Just Hunt!
Canadian Made Product of the Year – presented by the NFA, goes to…the WK-180C Rifle
Women’s Shooter of the Year – presented by FOC………… Emily Brown
Media Recognition Award – presented by NAS Guns & Ammo ………. Nicolas Johnson (I thought about Kanye Westing this one lol)
People’s Choice Retailer award – presented by High Capacity Magazine ………. The Shooting Edge
Lifetime Achievement Award – presented by Code of Arms ……… John Hipwell, who got a well deserved standing ovation and delivered a very emotional speech surrounded by his family.
And last but certainly not least, the Secret Award: Industry Visionary Award – Fred Pellegrino..who also got a well deserved standing ovation
Nice food too…
We take a moment for Adam to blow out his birthday cake…
A great way to cap a great evening.