At least 81,283 like-minded individuals gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 148th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits held in April 2019.
Sponsored by the NSSF and Project ChildSafe
More than 800 exhibitors displayed their guns, gear and other products on 15 acres of the Indianapolis Convention Center.
Every morning before the exhibit halls opened, a person or group sang the “National Anthem” of the US. As soon as the first notes came over the speaker system, those deep in conversation removed their hats, turned toward a flag and put their hands on their hearts. The lovely young lady in the photo below sang the purest form of the song I’ve ever heard.
While perusing the various booths, I found some rather interesting firearms in the exhibit hall that quickly caught my eye.
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I ran into 2 unique ladies several times throughout the weekend. These sisters, both wearing their pistol earrings, had the energy and enthusiasm of 20-year olds.
For those young and old who wanted to get in some trigger time, Pyramyd Air Gun Range was the perfect place to visit. It offered more than 20 shooting stations to choose from, with numerous targets in all shapes and sizes to engage.
There were many other events to attend besides just visiting the exhibit hall: luncheons, dinners, seminars and workshops. Throughout the weekend, the NRA Country Sound Stage showcased 18 musical acts with autograph signing and even daily prize giveaways. As for the youngsters, Sunday was NRA Youth Day, which included a scavenger hunt throughout the exhibit hall and a room full of interactive activities, snacks and door prizes.
In 2020, the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 16 through 19.
Project ChildSafe is the largest, most comprehensive firearm safety education program in the U.S. It was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, and is committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits. Kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure (also available in Spanish) that details safe handling and secure storage guidelines to help deter access by unauthorized individuals.
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Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers. View all posts by Michelle Cerino