Things I Learned At The NRA Convention

  • Apparently, media types subsist entirely on cheese and berries
  • 639,000 440,000 square feet is a lot of square feet. Particularly if your plan finds you constantly zipping from one end to the other
  • Sometimes, you just have to look like you know what you are doing.
  • Parking is cheaper behind the convention center. Give yourself more than 3 minutes to get back before the doors are locked because it is also a rather daunting and brisk run while hanging onto your camera and tablet.
  • Vendors will be highly entertained watching you sprint while clutching a DSLR
  • 639,000 440,000 seems crowded when filled with 86,228 people.
  • 86,228 pro-gun types are remarkably polite. Lots of ‘excuse me’s’ and ‘pardon me’s’ with the inevitable bumping that happens in a crowd that size
  • Ammo manufacturers are not giving out samples and you are not the first person to ask
  • I really should have gotten business cards made. Going to go ahead and get that rolling now.
  • When you ask a dozen gun-bloggers for a knife, no less than 20 will be produced. These are not the only knives present.
  • Why take an extra carry gun? Because you might need to loan one to a friend.
  • Always punctuate the T&E request with a high wattage grin. Always.
  • Suppressing the SQUEEE is often difficult.
  • The floors inside the larger booths are squishy. This is helpful towards the end of the day
  • Be sure to hang out with the cool kids. Some of that might just rob off.

13 thoughts on “Things I Learned At The NRA Convention”

    1. Is it bad that I read that as “BIG BOOBS=SQUISHY FLOORING”? ‘Course…if you think about it, there’s some truth in that mis-statement, as well…

  1. One ‘small’ correction, the NRA ‘ONLY’ used 440,000 sqft of the center this year… And yes soft boobs…er booth floors are nice! Great to see y’all again!

  2. Having been to 4 of these now I’d add

    Bring advil. Even with the squishy floors I was hurting pretty bad at the end of each day, and sadly there were no squishy boobs to comfort me :/

  3. The squishy floors were like nirvana after walking the unpadded carpeted concrete. Especially the squishy floor at Kel-Tec and Barrett. I think theirs were the squishiest.

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