The perfect machine-gun shoot (w/Photo Gallery)

Shark Coast Tactical owner Will Meade hosted the “perfect” machine gun shoot Sunday at Manatee Gun and Archery Club. TGW photo/Carrie Rasmussen

As someone who’s fortunate enough to attend shooting events for a living — sporting clay, 3-gun, multi-gun, machine gun and more — I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t.

I’ve got strong opinions about what constitutes a successful shoot — opinions I usually keep to myself.

I’ve seen guys standing in line in the hot sun waiting for their turn at bat, grumbling all the while.

And then there’s the “Shark Coast Tactical & Andro Corp Winter NFA Shoot & Second Amendment Expo,” which was held Sunday at Manatee Gun and Archery Club.

In a word, it was simply perfect.

Another word?

Clockwork — it ran like clockwork.

Not only were the waits short, the price was right.

Click here for a photo gallery of the shoot.

Shark Coast Tactical owner Will Meade charged $125 for a ticket, which included lunch and unlimited ammo — unlimited ammo. Some shoots charge an extra fee per magazine.

Will was a great host. He never stopped moving. He was running non stop, like a combination ringmaster and master-of-ceremonies.

Will also arranged for a great group of vendors to showcase their wares, including some big ones: Daniel Defense, Mossberg and SilencerCo.

There were local vendors too — great ones.

Mutiny Arms owner DJ Elbare brought an impressive selection of ARs and 9mm ARs, including a pistol with Special Ops Tactical’s new siphon barrel, which is buzzing in the industry for its recoil reduction.

DJ also brought his personal AK, a great custom Saiga build.

Mutiny Arms  is going to go large! Trust me on that.

Their builds are damn impressive.

Here’s their intro video, which is worth checking out.

Night Sight Optics brought an impressive array of night vision and red dots — real gunfighter optics instead of the Chinese junk that’s killing the industry.

Mark Hoffman at Bradenton, Florida’s Red Line Art Work, brought handmade wooden American flags, and state-of-the-art multi-caliber loading tools for carbines and handguns.

Will Ralston brought books and pics of his impressive tattoos.

And Todd Hughes from University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Veteran Services Administration, brought “Ghost” — the mellowest service dog ever. Todd also brought a ton of Army swag as well as his outgoing style, which is all about helping vets.

Todd wasn’t the only vendor dedicated to helping veterans.

SRQ Vets sent William Sterbinsky and Joe Golembski — great guys all.

It’s impossible to mention every vendor — my apologies. I’ll get you next time.

Big thanks for the invitation, Will. Can’t wait for your next one.

I’m really struggling to come up with how you ever could top this!

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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