Each year the OUTBREAK: Omega Shoot gets bigger and bigger. More people, more stages, and more prizes. This year I decided to beat the crowds and arrive at Ahlman's a day early and set up my tent for the night. I pulled in around 5pm and I hadn't beat the crowd! There was already hundreds of people milling about and conducting show and tell. I quickly pitched my tent and began to make the rounds.
There were license plates from all over the country and accents to match. There were encampments that appeared to have been there for weeks! With camo netting, fire pits, and projection screens. Many people were conducting show and tell. There were all sorts of weapon platforms represented but the AR was king. In many cases the gear overshadowed the hardware. Name brands and home spun kit were side-by-side for comparison.
|No explaination needed... it's exactly what you think.|
|John Hollister and Myself|
As the sun set the fires were lit and the parties began to form. Conversation, music, and refreshments were had by all. There were two separate screens showing zombie movies to prepare you for what the next day had in store.
|Myself and Brother-in-law ready for the day|
The ranges went HOT at 8am. My first stop was the AAC stage and fired Remington Defense's ACR; which was pretty sweet. We then played with some 300 Blackout and standard AR riles. Then off to enjoy the shooting stages.
With the shoot gaining in populartiy there were more shooters and to help keep the lines down more stages were being operated this year. No one likes standing in lines but what is neat is that you are waiting in line with a bunch of folks that have a myriad of different weapon and gear setups. You get to ask them questions. What becomes apparent really quick are the folks that are use to carrying gear and those who aren't. Some opted for the '3-Gun Cart' while others kept their loadout simple and light. Others were obviously gluttons for punishment and wore every piece of 'tacti-cool' gear they owned along with every firearm they wanted to shoot that day.
One of the most dynamic was the 'Zombie Safari' where you would be driven through the woods on 4x4 and engage targets at varying distances. Most stages consisted of static steel plates that give you instant feedback. I was really looking forward to the shotgun stages that had clay targets flying through the air but unfortunately I was disappointed by their absence.
Another aspect of the shoot that was lacking this year was that there were fewer vendors. I was looking forward to talking to several of the sponsors of the event, but not many showed. The ones that did were very engaged with the public.
|Just a few of the guns that were given away|
DPMS OUTBREAK: Omega 5 Top Picks List: (for no apparent reason)
- Rifle: Remington Defense ACR
- Shotgun: Remington VersaMax Tactical
- Pistol: FNH FNS
- Energy: Monster Lemonade Tea Rehab
- Food: Walking Taco
- Company: Mission First Tactical
- Moral Patch: 5/1/11 Patch