NRA 2015: Day Two Notes and Quotes
Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn.
“Gunny Time” TV show host R. Lee Ermey greets a fellow NRA member at the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel booth Saturday. (Jeff Phillips photo)
On Saturday, the crush of visitors to downtown Nashville and the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits continued as convention goers attended seminars, meetings, special events and the booths of more than 500 vendors.
After a very busy opening day – which many attending the NRA Convention (www.nra.org) described as extremely busy – the influx of between an expected 70,000 and 100,000 visitors continued.
With one day remaining in the event's April 10-12 run, here are some more of the sights, sounds and personalities that caught our attention:
Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel Booth a Busy Place
As the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits continued on Saturday at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville, the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel booth was a hub of activity as television celebrities drew crowds and signed autographs.
Celebrities making appearances at this weekend's NRA Convention include Theresa Vail, Jessie Duff, Michael Bane, R. Lee Ermey, Michael Waddell, Phil Schreier, Jim Supica, Larry Potterfield, and Ted and Shemane Nugent among others.
Heckler & Koch Unveils New P30SK Subcompact
At the NRA Convention, gun maker Heckler & Koch (www.heckler-koch.com) has introduced a new subcompact pistol to its line, the P30SK.
A part of the company's renowned P30 series line, the new P30SK has a MSRP of just more than $700. As one of the smallest HK handguns made, the 9mm handgun is ideally suited as a concealed carry pistol according to the company.
With an overall length of less than 6.5 inches, the P30SK is small enough for discreet, everyday carry but still packs a substantial 11 rounds of full-power 9 mm cartridges. With an easy-to-shoot and ergonomic package, the gun should be a hit with consumers.
"Shooters love HK P30 series pistols," said Michael Holley, HK-USA vice president for commercial and law enforcement sales. "They are packed with features like incredible durability, superb accuracy, and the only grip in the industry that can be customized to fit any shooter.
"With the P30SK you get those same features in a small, extremely handy package and
at an amazing price."
Remington Unveils New Micro Pistol
Remington Arms Company (www.remington.com) has unveiled the company's new all-metal micro pistol designed for concealed carry.
The Model RM380 offers shooters a sleek, modern design that is highly concealable despite having the longest barrel in its class to maximize muzzle velocity and bullet expansion for the .380-auto round.
Those same features packed into the handgun, weighing just 12.2 ounces and measuring only 5.25 inches in length, also are said to facilitate a shooter's precision and accuracy.
With an extended beavertail grip, Remington says that the RM380 facilitates a smooth draw even in less than ideal conditions. With customizable grip options, a light, smooth double-action-only trigger, a fully-functional, low-profile slide stop, a light-slide racking force required and an ambidextrous magazine release, the new RM380 should be a hit with shooters.
Duff Makes Team Weatherby Appearance
Outdoor Channel television personality Jessie Duff, who has won more than 40 national and world champion titles, is a prominent visitor to the Team Weatherby (www.weatherby.com) booth at this weekend's 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Nashville.
Joining Duff, the pistol shooting phenom who is the first woman to earn the title of Grand Master, are fellow Team Weatherby members Darryl Worley and Bear Pascoe. Worley is a country music star, who sings the 9/11 song Have You Forgotten, among other hits, while Pascoe was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
Savage Arms Says "Choot 'Em!" With New Rimfire Rifles
Savage Arms (www.savagearms.com) has announced the new Landry Signature Series of rimfire rifles in the Rascal, Mark II and Model 93 editions.
Built for Swamp People celebrities Troy, Jacob and Chase Landry and their demanding needs in the swamps of Louisiana's alligator-filled Atchafalaya Basin, the new rifles feature a rugged synthetic stock dipped in a distinctive gator camouflage pattern.
The rifles also feature a logo of Troy's signature line, "Choot 'em!," in addition to Savage Arms' legendary and user-adjustable AccuTrigger and reliability and accuracy performance standards.
Whitetails Unlimited Makes Grant to NRA-ILA
Whitetails Unlimited (www.whitetailsunlimited.com) has announced that it is making a grant of $5,000 to the NRA-ILA National Endowment for the Protection of the Second Amendment.
The grant comes on the heels of the "Two Twenty Three Challenge" to the outdoors industry from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA.
"Whitetails Unlimited has been a long-time supporter of the NRA, and over the years we have worked together on issues important to hunters and conservation," said Jeff Schinkten, president of WTU.
"As Larry (Potterfield) noted, this is an opportunity for the outdoor industry to celebrate and contribute to the important work that NRA members, through the NRA-ILA, do to protect the rights of everyone who hunts and participates in the shooting sports."
Schinkten also noted that while conservation organizations like Whitetails Unlimited have specific missions, the entire outdoor industry is interdependent.
"We do certain things that are good for deer and deer hunting, but our conservation projects also benefit other species," he said. "The NRA does the heavy lifting in protecting our Second Amendment rights, and this donation to the NRA-ILA National Endowment for the Protection of the Second Amendment will help them continue this important work that benefits all of us in the outdoor industry."