I've heard about how wonderful Media Day is for years. I couldn't believe it when first, my credentials were approved to attend SHOT Show as media and then, when I got my confirmation for Media Day. I was floating on air for a week.
Media Day was cold. And windy. Which made the cold worse. I made the mistake of taking my "girl" coat to Vegas instead of my Carhartt. I knew I wouldn't be able to shoot in a fitted coat, so I layered up with a long-sleeved t-shirt, another t-shirt, and a zip-up hoodie. I was freezing.
We got to the range an hour late, because I'd decided earlier that day to take the shuttle instead of driving. After waiting for the shuttle for almost an hour, we found out that it would still be another thirty to forty minutes before it would arrive, so we went back to the original plan of driving to the range. I won't make the same mistake next year - we'll drive to the range so we can use all of our allotted range time.
Never having been to Media Day, I wasn't sure what to expect. Because of this, we didn't really have a plan. Again, next year, we'll go armed with a plan of what we want to shoot.
At the Daniel Defense booth, I got to shoot my very first automatic rifle. What a rush that was! As I was getting ready to shoot, I could hear some guy in the background say that I'd better get a good hold of the rifle, as it was going to be too much for me to handle. Ha! Yes, it walked up the berm on me, but once I got the hang of the trigger, it was no big thing to keep it under control.
|Daniel Defense ISR in .300 Blackout|
|My last three throws actually hit the target.|
|KRISS Vector .45 ACP|
|You can see that it doesn't quite fit my hand, but it was more manageable than my 23 was.|
I didn't get to shoot nearly as many guns as I would have liked. The loss of an hour at the beginning of our range time, coupled with the fact that a lot of booths were packing up early because of the cold meant that we were limited in our choices. I got excited, because I saw JJ Racaza at the Caracas booth shooting with someone and headed over there to try out their guns, but before I could get there, they started packing up.
Fun? Yes, but could have been better.
Disappointing? Yes, but could have been worse.
The three of us had decided to catch one of the shuttles out to the range and abandon our original plan to drive ourselves - our first mistake. We stood around waiting for a shuttle that was running ridiculously late. In fact, we didn’t wait for it and decided to drive ourselves out to the range. The map we had wasn’t very detailed so we missed our turn for the range, costing us more lost time. All in all, we arrived to the range an hour late. Now we only had two and a half hours, or so we thought, to see and shoot everything we wanted to. Shouldn’t be an issue, right? I leave that alone for now; let me move on.
However, I slowed down just as fast. I retreated to only shooting photographs of Mez and GunDiva. I did, however, fire Glock’s new 30 S and a .45 offering from FNH and wasn’t particularly impressed with either. Honestly, I could barely feel my thumbs and index fingers. That damn wind just chilled me to the bone. I’ll never take the desert southwest’s weather for granted again. Next year I’ll be prepared.
Remember my assumption that we would have a full two and half hours of range time left to squeeze as many triggers as possible. We were wrong…and this was probably the most disappointing thing about “Media Day”. Vendors were packing up early due to the wind and many were gone before we arrived. I feel a little cheated by losing an hour on the front end, due to the shuttle fiasco, and almost an hour on the backend due to the cold windy weather. I know that had the weather been perfect or even less than desirable my entire experience would have been different. And, that is what I hope for when I go back next year.
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