Took Friday off, it ended up raining anyway, and went over to St Louis to the NRA convention. This is the first convention I have been to. I thought as a new life member I should take it in. I have to say its the equivalent of the Louisville Farm Show for guns……just LOTS and lots to see and none of it work related.
First off I must apologize for the quality of the photos. I used my phone because I didn’t want to take my camera and have an extra device to keep track of. That was a mistake. First, my phone camera had dust on the lenses from planting on Thursday and second, my battery died about half way through the day. There were so many thing I wanted to take pictures of that I just couldn’t after the phone died. Oh well.
So squint a little bit and maybe the pictures will be in focus……….
First I got to meet Frank W. James. Frank is a now retired farmer and gun writer from northern Indiana. His blog is one that I frequent pretty much daily and the link to it is here. Great talking with Frank and making the introduction.
I hit the Rock River booth, makers of AR platforms and my favorate AR platform for a visit and fondling of the new products.
I also hit the Smith and Wesson booth and got to fondle the new (or new to me) M&P .22 pistol. I am really leaning towards one of these if I can’t get my hands on a Tactical Solutions .22 conversion for my Glock. I visited with the fine folks at Tactical Solutions on the Glock conversion and got to fondle it as well and I like it. Trouble it no one has one to sell………….?? Back orders.
A quick stop by the Glock booth to see the Glock 20 10mm hand cannon and I got to see R Lee Ermey or “Gunny”. The line was long for an autograph and picture so I snuck this one just before my camera went dead.
I grabbed this qucik picture of Ronnie Barrett designer of the infamous Barrett 50 cal rifle just as my phone went dead.
As withe Louisville Farm Show, you can’t see it all in one day or in one sitting. Plus there are all the “special events” going on at each booth its hard to make it to them all as well. I got to see bits and pieces of Tom Knaff talking, the boys from Shooting USA talk and sign stuff, Maj John Plaster and the those guys from that swamp people show. But then again I didn’t get to spend a great deal of time at any one place to see exactly what they were saying or doing either.
All that being said, I enjoyed my first NRA convention thoroughly. Well worth the worn out back and feet at the end of the day………I will be going back to another on real soon.