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2017 SHOT Show Boasts Big Attendance and Positive Outlook for the Firearms Industry

Four-day show draws nearly 65,000 industry professionals

LAS VEGAS – The 39th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, owned and operated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), signaled a positive year ahead for the firearms industry. Strong attendance, upbeat buyers and sellers, and a series of packed special events that collectively made up “SHOT Week” resulted in one of the top-rated SHOT Shows.

The show spanned January 17-20 at the Sands Expo. Industry professionals packed the aisles from the opening bell, and attendance totaled nearly 65,000, surpassing last year’s turnout to make it the second most attended SHOT Show ever.

At one of the show’s biggest events, the NSSF State of the Industry Dinner on the first day, NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti, in a speech titled “A New Hope,” listed a series of priorities that industry will focus on to help protect its future and that of its customers. “Our overriding hope is that when it comes to helping stop the misuse of firearms by criminals, and preventing access to them by legally prohibited felons, the violently mentally ill, and the drug gangs who terrorize disarmed inhabitants of our cities, the American public will realize we are all on the same side.”

There were thousands of products for buyers to see on the show floor, encompassing firearms, ammunition, accessories, optics, knives, gun safes, apparel and law enforcement equipment, among other categories. More than 500 new products from 338 companies were on display in the show’s New Product Center, sponsored by U.S. Concealed Carry Association. In addition to the more than 1,600 exhibiting companies on the main show floors, the NEXT 2.0 Pavilion provided first-time vendors from the show’s extensive waiting list with welcome visibility and potential new customers.   Continue reading

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ASA Hosts 3rd Annual Media Day Ahead of NRA Show

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The American Suppressor Association (ASA) hosted their third annual media day in tandem with the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky, today – one day ahead of the exhibit floor opening to attendees – and the GunLink team was there to take part in the invitation-only event.  The Media Day event, held at Knob Creek Gun Range, was an excellent opportunity to get hands on experience with some of the newest gun mufflers on the market.  Now is a great time to buy and own NFA items like suppressors, despite some of the new hurdles placed in front of some owners by the 41F ruling.

The ASA touts itself as the unified voice of the suppressor industry with a mission “to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers” by lobbying at the state and federal levels, educating the public, and providing industry research.  ASA’s main objectives include raising public awareness, relaxing ownership laws in the 9 remaining states which do not allow private ownership, relaxing hunting regulations that prohibit the use of such hearing protection equipment, and fixing issues with the NFA – including the bottlenecks that result in lengthy wait times.

Among the industry participants at the event – which featured live fire demos – were Advanced Armament Corp. (Booth 3947), Daniel Defense (2401), Gemtec (2819), Liberty (4561), Sig Sauer (5333), SilencerCo (2430) and sister company SWR, Silencer Shop (5835), Thunder Beast Arms (2941, and Yankee Hill Machine (5940).

While here, we got to see and shoot some of the new silencers that we saw at SHOT Show in January – as well as some that we somehow missed – and some even newer cans and guns.    Continue reading

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day 2015

Flag CeremonyMemorial Day isn’t just about shoe sales, beer and brats.  Formerly known as Decoration Day until its official name change in 1967, Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who have died while in service to the nation.  Read more about the history of the holiday here.

Although Memorial Day, for many, does mean a three day weekend, time spent with family and friends, a fishing trip or a cookout, big sales and big parties, take some time out from the festivities to remember why you get that long weekend and why you get to enjoy the freedoms that we have.

While it sometimes sounds trite, freedom is truly not free.  The freedoms that we enjoy in this county were bought and paid for with the blood of the men and women that we honor this weekend.

Stay safe, GunLink-ers.

The 2014 Gift Buying Guide for Firearms Enthusiasts

GunLink Gift GuideYou had all year to shop.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have all come and gone.  Now December is upon us and you still haven’t finished your holiday shopping for the firearms enthusiasts in your life.  With the 2015 GunLink Holiday Gift Buying Guide, you will have to come up with another excuse than forgetting a gift to avoid visiting your in laws for Christmas.

The Gift of Gun Rights

One easy, and always appreciated, gift for any hard-to-shop-for gun lover is an NRA membership.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year by helping to protect our Second Amendment rights.  Membership comes with other benefits as well, such as a choice of publications sure to satisfy any shooter, including American Rifleman, American Hunter, and America’s 1st Freedom.  Membership also gets you in to the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, which is always a great experience for any firearms enthusiast.  Click here to save $10 on an annual NRA membership for that special someone (or yourself).

Something EVERY Shooter Needs

If you know what kind of firearms your recipient owns and enjoys shooting, Continue reading

Video: Veterans Day – Honoring All Who Served

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Every year on Veterans Day we celebrate those who have served in the military and armed forces. While we recognize and admire their selfless dedication and unbelievable courage, may they also see every handshake and thank you, flag and parade, tribute and acclaim as an affirmation of their nation’s faith and steadfast resolve; that “we the people” are behind them always.

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