If you are not a member of the NRA I encourage you to join and help defend our Second Amendment right. I also encourage you to attend an annual meeting, there is nothing like it and I promise you will not regret it. This annual NRA show has come and gone with over 550 exhibitors covering 450,000 square feet of interior and exterior exhibit hall space, and seminars, concerts, and meet and greets. It was an all around freedom lovers paradise.
Attendees numbered 78,695. One of the big concerns from the media and people who are ignorant of responsible gun owners was that legal concealed/open carry was allowed. There was even a protest by the Mom’s Demand Action crowd, and to be completely honest I saw them by the river, but it was so few people I did not take notice so I did not get any photos. Hell, there were more folks walking across the river foot bridge than “protesting” so I doubt if many folks even noticed. With that said, there were zero incidents and I called that before we hit the road to Nashville.
The show was excellent, I saw a lot of good friends, plenty of firearms, some solid seminars, and made several new contacts. The only thing I saw that really disappointed me was Yellow Freight lost all the guns for Charter Arms. As I am a fan of Charter Arms I had hoped to see their line up. I did get to visit with the President and he is a super nice guy and knows his stuff so all was not lost. I felt bad for them and what happened and I hope they get the guns back.
The Colt booth was very nice as was Hornady, CZ, Kahr, Kel Tec, Hi-Point, Ruger and Glock. I also met the crowd from Boberg Arms, who make an interesting concealment pistol, and a test sample is secured. Also I met the guys from Devil Dog Arms who make a nice looking AR style rifle. Review for that is pending as well. Several more reviews scheduled for the upcoming year.
Man, we had a good time and drank some quality tequila. A huge thank you to Clinton Jamieson and Philip Gibson for the help in making this happen.