NRA Convention 2012 St. Louis

Our trip to St. Louis last weekend was to attend the annual convention of the NRA. An estimated 60,000 people were expected at the America’s Center for the four day convention, April 12-15, and it sure seemed to me like they all showed up! Wow! The huge convention center was jam packed with about 500 vendors and shoulder-to-shoulder attendees like ourselves.

It was a great opportunity for us to check out the latest and greatest items up close.

Always the lady, Princess Gail checked out accessories for her pink outfits, like this semi automatic pistol:

Diann was like a kid in a candy store, playing with this cute assault rifle:

Gail had a happy moment here, watching my lips move without having to hear a sound:

I was happy to see that the ongoing war on Zombies was well addressed at the convention. Here are but a few examples:

There were thousands of guns on display.

Princess Gail found her Walther PPS in the Smith and Wesson display area:

Gail liked the NRA race car as well:

Besides the gun displays there were many other activities going on. This is a stage for major national level politics. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich spoke at one of the meetings. Ted Nugent was there doing his usual thing. Trace Adkins played at the Country Jam. There were seminars, workshops, raffles, an air gun range, artists, the NRA Store, and so much more! We attended The Freedom Experience on Saturday night, which included a great performance by Larry the Cable Guy (I have become a big fan) before the main speaker Glenn Beck (way too conservative for me.)

All in all, it was quite an experience! My favorite products were the Baretta PX Storm, Springfield’s XDM and the new little XDS in .45 caliber, and Ruger’s new 10/22 Takedown rifle. I think Kimber had the most beautiful product in their little Solo pistol for concealed carry; perfect except for its $1,200 price tag! I was also impressed by the quality of several guns I had never handled before, including guns from Taurus and Charter Arms. It was a great opportunity to compare and contrast, hands on. I’m really glad we attended! 😀

Finally, to give you a little taste of what it was like inside the America’s Center convention hall, I’ll finish with this YouTube video (not mine).

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