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Has anyone ever gone to the NRA annual meeting??

KCChiefKCChief New MemberPosts: 4 New Member
Hi Everyone; I was just wondering if you guys have ever gone to the NRA annual convention?? Do all the gun mfg's have a booth set up there??? I have never gone but was thinking about it and would love to hear from anyone that has gone. Thank You.

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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,635 Senior Member
    I went when it was in Minneapolis, seemed like everyone was there with a booth, got to meet Dick Cassull.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • RimfireRimfire Senior Member Posts: 810 Senior Member
    I went when it was in Pittsburgh years ago. I got to meet Jeff Cooper, bought his book. I also gotta meet Anthony Imperto of Henry Repeating Arms, who I chatted with previously on another board.

    I. Remember seeing booths for vendors that I never know existed.

    It was a good experience that I hope to repeat one day.
    G&A Forum Member since: October 2000; Life Member: GOA, IWLA, NRA, & Escapees.
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Yes, I went to the "big show" when it was in Houston in 2005 but was unable to attend this year.

    I'd highly recommend attending the exhibit hall, admission free to NRA members. Not just every gun manufacturer but all sorts of gun-related gear on display, aftermarket stuff like scopes or laser sights, hunting or shooting supplies (reloading) and just about anything you can imagine.

    In 2005 I met R. Lee Ermey and other paid reps for various guns and stuff.

    Best of all, you're surrounded by thousands of 2A people!
  • conchokidconchokid Administrator Posts: 512 Senior Member
    As a gun mag editor and writer I've attended many NRA Annual Meetings, probably at least half of them over the last 25 years. Always get a lot out of attending, both from the business side but also as a gun guy. It's always that "kid in a candy store" feeling everytime I go.
    I highly recommend going the next time one is near you. In 2013 it will be in Indianapolis (Apr. 25-27), 2015 in Nashville, but I don't recall the date. It's almost always in mid April. No country music fan would want to miss the one in Nashville!
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    I've made two Shot Shows, but never the NRA Annual Meeting. I wanted to go this year as I got an official invitation to come help, but I had two important dates coming up and didn't know when for sure they were going to take place. As it turned out, I could have made the NRA Dig. I wish I would have.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • KCChiefKCChief New Member Posts: 4 New Member
    conchokid wrote: »
    As a gun mag editor and writer I've attended many NRA Annual Meetings, probably at least half of them over the last 25 years. Always get a lot out of attending, both from the business side but also as a gun guy. It's always that "kid in a candy store" feeling everytime I go.
    I highly recommend going the next time one is near you. In 2013 it will be in Indianapolis (Apr. 25-27), 2015 in Nashville, but I don't recall the date. It's almost always in mid April. No country music fan would want to miss the one in Nashville!

    To Conchokid; THANK YOU very much. I appreciate your insight and also thank you to all.
  • GLI45GLI45 Member Posts: 32 Member
    Went to the NRA Convention in Houston last month. Wow! The exhibit area was great and yes most of the big manufacturers (Glock, Sig, Springfield, Para, Remington, Les Baer, Daniel Defense, Colt, ....) were there along with some new players looking for exposure. Also lots of gear and accessory makers (knives, VZ grips, Dillon Reloading, camping and hunting gear....). Aside from all the guns to see there were some of the top shooters there. Rob Leatham (TGO), Max Michel, Todd Jarrett. Got to watch an exhibition by Jarrett on drawing and reloading. Amazing! If you blinked you missed it!

    If you get a chance to go in the future I would highly recommend it.
    STI-Eagle (2)/Trojan (2)/Edge/Sentinel/Rogue/Ranger/VIP/Guardian/Tactical/Escort; Sig P238; Ruger Redhawk & Super Blackhawk
  • KCChiefKCChief New Member Posts: 4 New Member
    Hi GLI45; I couldn't help but notice all the pistols listed on your post. Which one is your favorite for daily ccw carry??
  • GLI45GLI45 Member Posts: 32 Member
    STI Guardian in 9mm probably 80% of the time, but I'll rotate in the Ranger in .45. Both fit in the same Crossbreed Super Tuck Deluxe IWB holster.
    STI-Eagle (2)/Trojan (2)/Edge/Sentinel/Rogue/Ranger/VIP/Guardian/Tactical/Escort; Sig P238; Ruger Redhawk & Super Blackhawk
  • bowserbbowserb Member Posts: 277 Member
    Went this year as part of the 86,000. I was impressed by Colt, S&W, Springfield Armory Custom Shop, and Kimber. Glock did not have a G38 on hand. Good displays by Ruger and Winchester. Hipoint carbines look like fun. Tom Gresham did his radio show from the Liberty Safe booth on Sunday. Everyone was there. Got to handle stuff that is never in the gun shops. Enough to spend two days. Sunday was less crowded but still huge crowds.


    Please excuse typos. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk.
    "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history." - Ayn Rand
  • NomadacNomadac Senior Member Posts: 902 Senior Member
    I went to one when it was in Southern CA. when I lived there. Since I moved I attended the meeting in Louisville, KY several years ago and plan on attending the 2014 meeting in Indianapolis, IN. as that will be only 45 min. away. Looking forward to that one.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    WOW! I just talked to my buddy Pat, the guy that hunts whitetail with his .375 H&H. Pat was raised in a union family. He even belonged to the union awhile when he worked at Alcoa. He was always pointing out the contributions of all the famous more recent liberal presidents such as Jimmy Carter and Slick Willie.

    Well it seems Pat went to the NRA convention this year in Houston. Now he's expounding on the contributions of such people as Reagan and the Bush's and he is thoroughly in love with Glenn Beck and Ted Nugent, and even Rick Perry! He's a changed man!!!

    :cool2::up::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao:
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • ddrillerddriller Member Posts: 77 Member
    Went to ones in Philadelphia and Pittsburg, Met Ted Nugent-got to handle firearms i was thinking about-liked some and glad i did not buy others, factory reps were there to answer questions. If it was close by I would go again
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