Seattle Geek Shootout

Do you like guns?  Are you in the tech industry in your hometown?  Then you should go to the Geek Shootout website and vote to bring the Geek Shootout to your town!  Here’s a sample of what goes on at these events, with pictures taken by Shelley from last night’s Seattle Geek Shootout.  You could have all of the following:

Shelley Rae MP-5
Redheads with SBRs!

Here’s Gun Nuts co-blogger Shelley running the ATI AT-94 (that’s an MP-5 SBR clone) which thanks to Washington’s laws on short barreled rifles is illegal for civilians to own.  But you can rent it and shoot it at West Coast Armory.

Obviously, we had zombie targets all over the place, and the requisite commentary about brains was in place as well.  But even more importantly at the Geek Shootout, there are people whose experience with firearms is very limited.  For example we had Microsoft employees who had never really shot a rifle before running the AT-94, and running it like an operator.

Microsoft employee with the MP-5 clone

As a note, after spending a lot of time running the MP-5 clone last night, I had two realizations.  The first is that Washington’s law against private citizens owning SBRs is stupid, and secondly that a 9mm SBR is about the coolest thing you can ever shoot.  While the MP-5 platform isn’t really user friendly, a 9mm AR carbine would be just about the best “novice” gun for anti-zombie work.  It’s easy to shoot, recoil is .22 LR level, and quality defensive ammo is plentiful.

A couple more pics from last night’s event, the last two are Dan, the founder of GunUp and myself both running the AT-94.  Because we can’t let a night with an SBR and free ammo go to waste!

Dan with the MP-5 clone

Thanks again to everyone who came out to last night’s Geek Shootout.  If you’d like

Caleb with AT-94

to bring the Geek Shootout to your town, click on the link and go vote!  GunUp is looking forward to expanding the event to more locations in 2011!

7 thoughts on “Seattle Geek Shootout”

  1. Whoever is in the background of the picture with Caleb has a strange looking grip – looks like they have the thumbs on the trigger finger side?

  2. ” While the MP-5 platform isn’t really user friendly, a 9mm AR carbine would be just about the best “novice” gun for anti-zombie work. It’s easy to shoot, recoil is .22 LR level, and quality defensive ammo is plentiful.”

    I’ve spent time with both the MP-5, and the 9mm AR-15. IMO they are night and day different. The MP-5 runs like a sewing machine, minimal recoil, and quite reliable. The 9mm AR-15 was unreliable with a ton of recoil (felt more than 223 IMO).

  3. What PPGMD said. Always found the MP5 to be one of the easiest to use platforms there is. Am curious why you think it’s not user friendly?

    1. The safety is impossible to reach with your firing hand unless you have giant monkey thumbs, the handguard gets ridiculously hot when you shoot it lots, the bolt doesn’t lock to the rear on an empty chamber, shall I continue?

  4. Thanks for putting this on Dan and Caleb – I had a ton of fun. In addition to pistols, I got some quality time with the MP5, an AR15, AK47, PS90 and an FN SCAR!

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