This past weekend I traveled to Tacoma, Washington, to attend the first 2 days of Triggrcon 2017 at the Tacoma Convention Center. Triggrcon is a 4-day family friendly event hosted by Rainer Arms. It included a range day and industry day, open only to media and industry attendees, followed by 2 days for the public – something normally not offered to those outside the industry. Also, scheduled throughout the 3 days of the convention, attendees enjoyed the “Authors Experience,” which was an opportunity to listen to various authors speak and get signed copies of their books.
Triggrcon Range Day took place about an hour outside of Tacoma. Since I attended as an exhibitor, I had a behind the scenes look at the event. Buses brought in groups of attendees from the convention center throughout the day. The excitement on their faces as they moved from bay to bay shooting various firearms never stopped. With what seemed like unlimited amounts of ammunition, the sound of gunfire never ceased, either, and included opportunities for participatns to shoot suppressed and full auto and to get their trigger fingers on .50 caliber firearms, too.
Attendee #1: “You know you shot a lot when shooting full auto loses its thrill.”
Attendee #2: “Yah, I’ve never shot so much in one day in my entire life.”
Attendee #1: “This was awesome!”
On day 2, Industry Day at the Tacoma Convention Center took place, with more than 100 vendors present. As an exhibiter, I arrived early and walked the floor before attendees could see the event. Throughout the booths, I saw evidence of theme of the event, “Innovation.”
For those who didn’t make it to range day, or perhaps didn’t get their fill, part of the showroom setup included virtual sports. This also gave the kids attending a fun place to play.
Of course I found a few items I wish I had room for in my luggage to bring home.
Triggrcon 2018 will once again be held in Tacoma. See what new items the firearms industry has to offer.
Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, entered the firearms industry in 2011 when Cerino Training Group was established. She immediately began competing in both 3-Gun and NRA Action Pistol, becoming a sponsored shooter. Michelle is currently a columnist and Managing Editor of Women’s Outdoor News, as well as Pro-Staff for CZ-USA Field Sports. She also manages social media for CZ-USA Field Sports, Vera Koo and GTM Original. Michelle encourages others to step out of the comforts of home and explore. View all posts by Michelle Cerino
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