NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Kicks Off Friday in Dallas

Visit Industry Members, Attend Classes, Vote for the Board of Directors

The 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits (NRAAM) begins its four-day run today at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, with exhibits running Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6.

More than 80,000 attendees are expected to turn out to visit with over 800 exhibitors from the shooting and hunting industries. The exhibits aren’t the only draw, however, with numerous other events on the schedule, including seminars, banquets, musical performances, the annual meeting of members, and the Leadership Forum featuring speakers such as President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz, Benghazi survivor Mark Geist, Dana Loesch, social media hotshots Diamond & Silk, as well as many others.

The NRAAM is free to all NRA members and their families (including spouses and children under 18 years old), although there are paid ticketed events, so be sure to check the schedule for details of specific events.

To keep track of exhibitors you want to visit, events you want to attend, and more, you can download the official NRAAM mobile app for Android and iOS.

Firearm Policy at NRAAM

A perennial question surrounding the NRA show is whether or not attendees can carry their personal firearms at the show, either openly or concealed. The NRAAM website states that “During the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and the Omni Dallas Hotel in accordance with Texas law. When carrying your firearm remember to follow all federal, state, and local laws.

So, yes, you can carry your firearm, BUT… Due to the attendance POTUS and VPOTUS at the NRA-ILA Leadership Conference, the U.S. Secret Service will be responsible for event security at this portion of the event in the Arena at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. As such, firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the Forum prior to and during his attendance. For more details, check out the Secret Service notice.   Continue reading

2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits Gallery

IMG_20160523_154003The 2016 iteration of the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits (NRAAM) has drawn to a close and it was a resounding success.

With just over 80,000 in attendance over the three-day span, this year’s event was the second biggest in the show’s 145-year history, creating what the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates to be a $53 million economic impact for the city.

The GunLink team was there from the pre-show events to the closing bell on the last day (serenaded out by Mark Wills at the FN booth).  We got to catch up with some old friends, speak with exhibitors and attendees, spend money on show specials, and snap photos.  In case you were not able to make it to Louisville, here is some of what you missed…

Day 1 Gallery
Day 2 Gallery
Day 3 Gallery

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NOIR | Episode 22: “NOIR’s Last Chance”

NOIR_Ep22_Backplate_textNOIR Episode 22 “NOIR’s Last Chance” wraps up the first season. Colion and LaSorte reveal who won the NOIR Challenge, the guest challenge, and explain why the show has opened up a new world for shooters.  Watch the season one finale below.

Although this may be the last episode of NOIR season one, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep watching.  Catch up on old episodes that you missed or re-watch your favorites in the GunLink NOIR archives.   Continue reading

NOIR | Episode 12: “Pregame is THE Game”

NOIR_Ep12All athletes have their own pregame routine. For shooter athletes, it’s a pre-range routine. In NOIR Episode 12 “Pregame is THE Game” LaSorte and Colion highlight some of the pre-range routines they’ve come across. Whether you practice dry fire like LaSorte or physically train like Colion, routines help you stay prepared and focused at the range or during a workout.

Watch episode 12 below.  See more episodes here. Continue reading

NOIR Episode 11: NOIR’s Strongest Man

The latest episode of NOIR is online and ready to watch in case you missed watching it live.  Scroll down to watch this episode in its entirety or click here to view all past episodes of NOIR.

How important is strength in shooting? After preparing with some exercises led by David Vobora at Performance Vault, Colion and LaSorte put Branch Warren to the test in NOIR Episode 11 “NOIR’s Strongest Man.”

Watch new episodes as they originally air each week on NRA Freestyle or catch up on all of the past episodes that you may have missed right here on the GunLink Blog.

NOIR Episode 10 – I’m Seeing Double

NOIR_SM_Ep10_ProstShow[1]NOIR Episode 10 – I’m Seeing Double – is online and ready to watch in case you missed watching it live.  Scroll down to watch this episode in its entirety or click here to view all past episodes of NOIR.

In this episode, LaSorte takes his transformation into the shooter athlete a little too seriously.  Okay, way too seriously.  Being a shooter athlete is all about versatility, and firearms can be used in so many different ways; that’s why Colion started a freestyle course.

Watch new episodes as they originally air each week on NRA Freestyle or catch up on all of the past episodes that you may have missed right here on the GunLink Blog.

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