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2019 Great American Outdoor Show

Friday, February 8th, 2019

For the past few years I’ve made the drive up from Hampton Roads to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to attend the Great American Outdoor Show. In the past I’ve only ever made a cursory reference to what the show is and occasionally made offhand comments about the “chaos of GAOS.” But I must assure you, those comments were made out of admiration. The show is massive and lasts for a full nine days! It’s amazing what they make happen.

This year I want to show a bit of what’s available.

If you’re an outdoorsman, particularly in the northeastern US, you need to attend GAOS at least once. As you’ll see, there’s something for everyone.

GAOS is a regional institution. While the two weekends enjoy high attendance, you’ll see crowds during the middle of the week, and these aren’t just singleton visitors. Entire families make the trek to the show and spend the whole day exploring the various halls.

In fact, the show goes for so long, many exhibitors use shifts of more than one group dividing the schedule up. With GAOS coming so close on the heels of SHOT Show, it’s amazing to see all hands on deck from companies that just did it a few weeks ago. The dedication to the customer is amazing.

Speaking of which, this is a customer driven show and not an industry only show like SHOT Show or closed to NRA members like the NRA Annual Meeting. Although none of the firearms companies sell direct to the customers, like a gun show, there are hundreds of vendors who sell a variety of products and services.

You can meet hundreds of outfitters and guide services offering a wide variety of experiences, like this gator hunt.

You can even meet with an Army recruiter.

There are tents, campers, and log homes on display.

There’s boating…

And fishing…

If offroad adventures are your game, there are vehicles and accessories galore.

If you are there for firearms, you’ll have access to some of the latest and greatest.

Air guns?

3D Action Archery?

You want camouflage? They’ve got it too.

What kind of an NRA event would it be without the Wall of Guns?

There are also multiple places to eat in the expo center and a wide variety of foods available. Lines can be long during peak meal times.

There’s just no way around it, with so many attendees, parking can be frustrating. It may take awhile to park and then you may have to wait for a shuttle bus. Which means, mind the weather. Although it’s warm and dry once you get inside, you may be standing outside for a wait of up to 15-20 minutes, depending on shuttle bus lines.

Even if you can’t make it this year, go next year. It’s a great time.

Learn more, and buy tickets at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

NRA Announces All-Star Lineup of Celebrity Appearances at 2019 Great American Outdoor Show

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Who else is going to the Great American Outdoor Show?

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The National Rifle Association is proud to announce an all-star lineup of outdoor celebrity guest appearances at the 2019 Great American Outdoor Show, scheduled Feb. 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Continuing the tradition of uniting the outdoors’ brightest personalities at the world’s largest consumer sports and outdoor show, this year’s show will feature appearances and autograph signings by Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson, hunting power couple Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, big game hunter and outdoor television producer David Blanton, and “Growing Deer” expert Dr. Grant Woods. Detailed information on appearances, including dates, times and locations, will be available on the show’s website, www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

Founder of Duck Commander and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson will appear on Feb. 7 to host a special presentation at 12 p.m. and a book signing at 2 p.m. for his brand new book, “The Theft of America’s Soul.” Plus, Phil will also host a meet-and-greet at the Friends of NRA Banquet that evening beginning at 7 p.m.

Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, hosts of Outdoor Channel’s top-rated, award-winning The Crush with Lee & Tiffany, will appear Feb. 4 and Feb. 5 for seminars and meet and greets.

David Blanton, executive producer and host of Realtree Outdoors and Realtree RoadTrips on Outdoor Channel and Monster Bucks TV on Sportsman’s Channel, joins the show this year to present his “Monster Bucks” seminar on Feb. 9 and 10.

Wildlife biologist and host of GrowingDeer.TV, Dr. Grant Woods will appear at the show on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 to present his “Growing Deer” seminar.

The nine-day Great American Outdoor Show returns to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg Feb. 2-10, 2019, featuring 650,000 sq. ft. of the best the outdoors has to offer. To purchase tickets to the show or browse the exciting list of events, seminars, exhibitors and more, visit the official website at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and post with the hashtag #GAOS2019.

National Rifle Association Announces Daniel Defense as Friends of NRA 2019 Exclusive Guardian Sponsor 

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association is proud to announce Daniel Defense as the exclusive 2019 Guardian Level Corporate Sponsor of the Friends of NRA program. The National Corporate Sponsor program takes Friends of NRA’s support of the shooting sports to a national scale.

Friends of NRA is the blockbuster fundraising program supporting The NRA Foundation. Since day one, it has been a 100% grassroots effort fueled by a shared passion for securing the Second Amendment and raising money for the shooting sports. Since its inception in 1992, Friends of NRA has held close to 22,000 events, reached over 4.1 million attendees and raised more than $880 million for The NRA Foundation.

For the sixth year in a row, Daniel Defense’s sponsorship helps The NRA Foundation provide critical support for firearm training and educational programs that ensure the continuation of America’s proud shooting and hunting heritage for generations to come.

Cindy and Marty Daniel are passionate about supporting shooting programs focused on education and training for youth and women in particular, an interest that perfectly connects with The NRA Foundation’s goals to support educational programs such as: the NRA Online Hunter Education course, designed to help new hunters of all ages learn how to be safe and responsible members of the hunting community; and Women On Target®, a firearm handling clinic by women and for women.

“Our commitment to Friends of NRA is the right thing to do,” said Cindy Daniel, Executive Vice President of Daniel Defense. “In addition to renewing Daniel Defense as the National Corporate Sponsor for ‘19, I also started my own chapter locally called Coastal Georgia Friends of NRA. We’re surrounded by like-minded people, who genuinely share the same passion for the shooting sports, for our country, and the Second Amendment. Its way more than just a financial investment; we invest time with our children, enjoying all that the shooting sports has to offer, and most importantly, preparing the next generation of responsible gun owners. I encourage everyone to find ways to get involved on some level to ensure our children and grandchildren have the same access to shooting sports and the great outdoors.”

Learn more about Friends of NRA at www.friendsofnra.org. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact the NRA Corporate Development Team at 703-267-1356.

Visit www.nra.org.

N-Vision Sponsors 2018 Albuquerque PPC and 3-Gun Championship

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Platinum Sponsor N-Vision Optics Will Be Exhibiting at the
2018 Albuquerque PPC and 3-Gun Championship
Sponsored by the NRA
September 24-26th
We look forward to meeting with the law enforcement community and tournament spectators.

NRA Carry Guard Expo in Richmond CANCELLED Ahead of Forecasted Landfall of Hurricane Florence

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. –The National Rifle Association has cancelled the second annual NRA Carry Guard Expo, which was scheduled for Sept. 14-16, 2018 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia, due to the impending threat of severe weather associated with Hurricane Florence.


The cancellation was made in the interest of public safety due to the forecasted arrival of Category 4 Hurricane Florence in the mid-Atlantic region this forthcoming weekend, and the resulting declaration of a State of Emergency by the Governor of Virginia. This decision required careful deliberation and concern for the safety of attendees, exhibitors and others involved with the event.

Customers who purchased event tickets or tickets to paid workshops will receive refunds for their purchases.

Despite this major weather event being beyond human control, the NRA regrets any inconvenience caused by this decision. We look forward to welcoming guests and exhibitors next year to the 2019 NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas.

NRA National Police Shooting Championships Return To Albuquerque Sept 24-26

Friday, August 31st, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The 2018 NRA National Police Shooting Championships are scheduled for Sept. 24-26, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, uniting law enforcement professionals from across the world to test their marksmanship skills in an exciting, challenging competition.

A shooting tradition since 1962, the NPSC is open to all public and private law enforcement professionals and select law enforcement members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Participation in the event does not require an invitation, and registrants can shoot in as few or many matches as they wish.

Competitors need not be High Master shooters to attend or excel at the NPSC. In fact, High Masters and Masters make up the smallest group of shooters who attend the championships. Like all NRA Police Pistol Combat (PPC) tournaments, participants compete against shooters in their own skill classification level. Those who have not participated in an NRA PPC tournament or hold no PPC classification may compete as an Unclassified Shooter.

The NPSC will once again feature the New Mexico Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 22, a free event open to officers who work for New Mexico law enforcement agencies and have not fired in a PPC Match before, as well as for alumni shooters from past New Mexico Challenge events. This event exposes new shooters to the NRA PPC Program and gives them a chance to run through the Stock Service Match in a relaxed atmosphere while receiving shooting tips from experienced shooters.

“We believe that a law enforcement officer cannot receive enough firearms training, and firearms competition is a direct extension of training,” said Glen Hoyer, Director of NRA’s Law Enforcement Division. “We welcome law enforcement professionals from across the country and around the world to join us in Albuquerque for a challenging, enriching and fun championship tradition.”

In addition to the shooting matches, tuition-free armorer courses, including courses from Glock, SIG Sauer, Walther, Double Star and Smith & Wesson, are scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 22. The courses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and pre-registration is required.  The 2018 Law Enforcement Equipment Expo will also take place during the NPSC, allowing law enforcement professionals to meet local and national firearm and equipment manufacturers and explore new products.

Support for the NRA Law Enforcement Division and the 2018 NRA National Police Shooting Championships is graciously provided by Ruger, Mossberg, Kahr Firearms Group, Rocky Brands, Odor Crusher, Otis Technology, and TRU-SPEC. Additional support for this year’s championships is provided by Nine Line Apparel and Present Arms.

For more information about the 2018 NRA National Police Shooting Championships, including schedule, hotel reservation information, match details and descriptions and more, visit lecompetitions.nra.org/national-police-shooting-championship. To learn more about the NRA Law Enforcement Division and NRA Law Enforcement competitions, call (703) 267-1632 or email LEcompetitions@nrahq.org.

NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits Named Nation’s Fastest-Growing Association Show

Friday, August 24th, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trade Show News Network has recognized the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits as 2018’s Fastest Growing Association Show in the U.S., presenting the honor at the TSNN Awards Aug. 11 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Coming on the heels of the largest NRA Annual Meetings in history last May in Dallas, the event, already named amongst TSNN’s Top 25 Fastest-Growing Shows in the country, earned the top spot from amongst hundreds of association shows annually.

Unusual for a 70 year old show from a 147 year old organization to garner such an award over organizations representing new, developing industries, Jeff Poole, NRA’s Director of Shows and Exhibits, said the award “demonstrates the vitality of the NRA and the firearms industry.”

Poole added, “This award is proof that NRA is in tune with its membership, true to its mission and delivering the content our members want.”

The 147th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, held May 3-6, 2018 in Dallas, welcomed a record attendance of 87,154 patriots to explore more than 800 exhibitors, workshops, seminars and entertainment events in the biggest Annual Meetings to date. This year’s landmark event also marked the first time in NRA history that both a sitting President and Vice President of the United States attended and addressed NRA Members.

The 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits is scheduled for April 25-28, 2019, in Indianapolis. To learn more about the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, visit https://www.nraam.org

Rio Ammunition announces the launch of new packaging specifically to support the NRA

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Irving, Tx. (August 20, 2018) – Manufactured in Marshall, Texas, the new Rio Patriot Pack features a distinctive outer sleeve design holding one hundred 12-gauge cartridges that are designed for wing and target shooting. The Patriot Packs also feature Rio’s commitment to the NRA’s mission. While the lines are being drawn and many companies in the sporting goods industries are withdrawing their support for the rights guaranteed in our Constitution, Rio is stepping forward to renew its support for the second amendment.

Rio’s proud support for the NRA takes two separate approaches. First is in a direct contribution of one dollar for every Patriot Pack sold through June 15th of 2019. These funds will prove crucial in the NRA’s various educational and legislative initiatives aimed at preserving our firearms rights for future generations. Second, Rio is working with the NRA to offer a membership discount of up to $40 if customers sign up through a special URL found only on the Patriot Packaging.

“By helping to fund vital NRA programs,” says Darrell Morrow, National Sales Director for Rio, “and by compelling our customers to sign up for an NRA membership, Rio is helping to ensure that the qualities of discipline, respect, good sportsmanship and loyalty, all key aspects of the shooting sports, are carried forward to the next generation of collectors, hunters and competitors.”

“We are grateful for RIO’s commitment to the Second Amendment.” says Todd Grable, Executive Director of Membership for the NRA, “It is critical to have partners who stand with all of us in protecting our Second Amendment rights and preserving America’s shooting sports heritage.”

Patriot Packs are produced in Rio Ammunition’s 105,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Marshall, Texas production facility. This facility, one of three operated globally by Rio’s parent company, MAXAM Outdoors, is capable of producing over 300 million shot shells annually at full capacity. This facility not only creates some of the finest cartridges in the world, it also creates solid American jobs in east Texas.

RIO Ammunition – www.rioammo.com