WED | JUNE 1, 2022

The R100 National Archery Tour heads to Bismarck, ND, June 3-5, 2022. The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) sponsors the R100 - a family friendly 3D archery circuit that works with clubs to host R100 events across the United States. NBEF is sponsoring the popular circuit’s Steel Forest specialty shoot. Participants will attempt to shoot 3D whitetail targets through a forest of steel tree obstacles to test their skill.
Youth archers wrapped competition at the Gator Cup with outstanding shooting in elimination matches in some intense sunshine, heat and breezy winds.
Team Federal had a strong showing at the 2022 Ruger Classic Nationals match held at CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama. Federal Ammunition was the presenting sponsor of the event.

Nexbelt, “The Gun Belt With No Holes”, announced that they will be exhibiting in BOOTH #35J at the upcoming Blade Show scheduled for June 3-5 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Now available for the popular Glock 43 series, Galco’s Front Pocket Holster is ambidextrous and constructed of premium horsehide.
The National Rifle Association’s Shooting Illustrated magazine selected Federal’s Force X2 shotshell to receive the Golden Bullseye Award for 2022 Ammunition Product of the Year.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has appointed Miles E. Hall, Shooting Industry advocate and business entrepreneur from Edmond as a board commissioner for the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore Oklahoma.
Kinsey’s recently announced the addition of SIG SAUER Electro-Optics and SIG SAUER Ammunition to their vast assortment of distributed archery and firearms products.
Liberty Ammunition, a manufacturer of self-defense ammunition, is teaming up with Maschmedt & Associates, a manufacturer’s representative agency.

Federal’s Punch 22 LR has been honored with the 2022 NRA Women Gear of the Year Golden Bullseye Award. Federal was presented the award at a special reception on Friday, May 27, 2022, during the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.
Firearms Policy Coalition and FPC Action Foundation announced an appellate victory in FOAC v. Pittsburgh, Penn., a lawsuit filed in 2019 in response to a gun control scheme enacted by the City and its then-Mayor, Bill Peduto. The opinion, filed earlier today, is available at FPCLaw.org.
Taurus launches the first in a new series of handguns with the introduction of the 856 Executive Grade revolver. The 856 Executive Grade features all-stainless-steel construction with an exquisite hand-polished satin finish and Altamont walnut grips.
CZ-USA introduces two left-hand 457 rifles – the Varmint in .22 LR and American in .22 LR or .22 WMR – tailored for left-hand shooters. These new models inherit the advanced features of the CZ 457 series of bolt action rifles but with left-hand comfort and ease of use.
Colt’s Manufacturing introduced its newest snake gun—the King Cobra Target 22 LR - at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings.
High Speed Gear releases two new K9 leads for working dog handlers. These include the K9 Adjustable Patrol Lead (adjusts from 3-7 feet) and the K9 Traffic Lead with two handles for more control.

Recreational Archery Development LLC, makers of the Bow Spider, is currently offering a Limited Edition Outdoor Edge RazorLite EDC 3.5 Knife.
XS Sights offers standard-height DXT2 Big Dot and R3D night sights for the Springfield XD OSP and Tisas Duty PX-9 Pistols. Those who wish to upgrade their factory sights can choose between the Big Dot in Optic Yellow or Optic Orange or the traditional three-dot R3D sight with an orange or green front sight.
Cold Steel introduces the new line of ENGAGE EDC knives. The Engage folders represent the introduction of Cold Steel’s innovative, patent-pending Atlas Lock; a locking mechanism which provides an astonishing level of strength and safety in a folding knife.

The first factory-custom variant of the G3 9mm defensive handgun, the Taurus G3 Tactical is a full-size polymer striker-fired pistol that visually sets itself apart from the standard Taurus G3 with its receiver in Magpul FDE and slide complemented with an element-resistant Patriot Brown Cerakote finish.
SIG SAUER is pleased to introduce the P320-XTEN featuring all the performance and reliability of the P320 chambered in the very formidable 10mm caliber.
As part of the 2022 new product lineup, Remington Ammunition announced the introduction of 10MM AUTO throughout its trustworthy personal defense lines of Golden Saber Bonded, Golden Saber Defense and Golden Saber Defense Compact.
Federal Ammunition is unveiling its new 22 WMR load at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. Punch 22 WMR is propelled at extreme velocities and engineered to minimize expansion to hit critical penetration depths even through short-barrel handguns.
The new CZ Scorpion 3+ Pistol will be available this summer in a limited production run. It has a 7.8 inch barrel, ambi-controls and weighs 5.3 pounds.
As part of the 100-year anniversary celebration, Federal Ammunition is featuring monthly online content celebrating Federal’s rich history. The month of May highlighted Federal’s founding personalities and the different private label names of Federal Ammunition.
The CMP offers public events and marksmanship prospects to people around the country. Its headquarters and facilities are located on the grounds of the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility.
The National Rifle Association of America announced the election results from its Board of Directors Meeting held in Houston, Texas. Charles Cotton was reelected as President of the Board, Lt. Col. Willes K. Lee as First Vice President, and David Coy as Second Vice President. Wayne LaPierre was reelected as CEO/Executive Vice President.
In the aftermath of this week’s murderous rampage by a deranged killer inside an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, gun sales have reportedly “rocketed” and the Second Amendment Foundation says that President Joe Biden and his Democrat colleagues in Congress have only themselves to blame.
Tisas USA, importers of such popular products as their PX-9 GEN3 and expanding line of 1911’s is pleased to announce the free “Tisas Lifetime Service Plan”. Tisas Lifetime Service Plan will cover any defect in material or workmanship for the lifetime of the product.
Fan favorite action-adventure hunting episodes are now airing on Sportsman Channel. Set the DVR for Winchester Deadly Passion, Everything Eichler, Quick Hunts and Respect The Game.
This week, Shooting USA attends the Racegun Nationals with the top shooters in the Open Division in USPSA. Then History’s Guns features the M-60.
In their zeal to create the impression they are taking action in the wake of two horrible mass shootings, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a special session later this week to talk about the so-called “Protecting Our Kids Act,” but the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says this is just reheated leftovers from the long-used gun control menu that has proven to have been a failure.
 

The NRA Show, the ‘Exhibits’ part of the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, came back this year, just not with a vengeance.

While the show floor sported booths from many of the industry’s biggest names, it also was dotted with several empty booths. Walking the floor and seeing this many unoccupied booths was a bit surprising.

Seeing a booth that was abandoned with a hand-written note that read “Feel Free To Take Anything You’d Like” was just flat-out shocking. I have no idea why they left and even less idea as to why they would leave behind sellable product. But, they did.

When this sign appeared in the nearby booth it didn’t take long for the product left behind by the exhibitor to disappear into attendees’ bags. Photo by P. Erhardt

For those that didn’t give up and bail on the show, sales on the show floor were – mostly – low to very low depending on what they were selling and where those products were on the affordability scale.

The few I spoke to at the close of the show did not report stellar sales. One exhibitor explained to me that Friday sales (the opening day of the show) would usually clear their booth expenses, with Saturday and Sunday sales building from there. When I spoke to them Saturday afternoon they were down at least 30% from their previous attendance.

Another saw a dramatic drop in sales despite having promoted their attendance and the show specials that were being offered.

One exhibitor I interviewed did report record sales but quickly added that “attendance sucked.” He explained that his company has a clientele that routinely shows up to buy at the NRA Show. He’s one of the vendors selling heavily discounted items already in a lower price-point category.

He also shared an interesting conversation his wife had at the onsite NRA Store. According to her, they had several truckloads of shirts, hats and NRA branded swag shipped in for sale but would be needing the same number of trucks to ship back what wasn’t sold.

Apparently his wife didn’t notice a whole lot of sold-out product in the NRA Store, which is what normally happens. When I walked out of the venue Sunday evening I looked down from the second level into the store and confirmed it was indeed very well if not fully stocked.

Walking the aisles it was surprising how many booths went empty at this year’s NRA Show. Photo by P. Erhardt

So, why did this happen?

Everybody assumed that after two years of the NRA Show being canceled due to COVID concerns this would be a banner year to “showcase over 14 acres of the latest guns and gear.”

It’s clear it was not. Everybody has their theories as to why but the three most discussed were the most obvious.

Number 1: Memorial Day weekend is probably not the best weekend for a major show. Lots of families plan major vacations around the three-day weekend that kicks off summer. After Friday’s low show floor traffic I heard a number of comments predicting a big surge on Saturday as those working on Friday would make their way to the convention center.

Of course, they also might have taken Friday off and made it a four-day vacation weekend, because they sure didn’t seem to head to downtown Houston and those 14 acres of guns and gear.

Number 2: Inflation, and more specifically gas prices, took their toll on attendance. This past weekend the U.S. hit a national average of $4.61 per gallon. The NRA plans these events for cities where they can pull in a large number of members, and guns owners, from a 200 mile radius. At $4.61 a gallon it’s likely several decided against a 200-400 mile round trip – especially if they’re driving a diesel.

Number 3: Protestors, and the coverage of their protesting, likely contributed to families avoiding the George R. Brown Convention Center and the greater downtown area. As a daily attendee I had no issues with protestors as I walked to and from the venue and the surrounding restaurants. But on the floor there definitely seemed to be far fewer families than usual.

Saturday and Sunday always draws families and you will see lots of little kids pressing their faces up against the glass display cases and asking exhibitors for a sticker or patch. It’s one of the best things about exhibiting at the NRA Show. I think that exhibitors genuinely enjoy interacting with the young children and their absence, or at least the reduced number of children, was noticeable.

This piece of prime exhibit floor real estate was supposed to be an exhibitor’s booth, according to the show’s floor plan. It won’t go unfilled in Indy. Photo by P. Erhardt

There will be lots of debate as to the root causes of what was very clearly a down show. And while I am sure several will debate the points I’ve outlined, it isn’t indicative of a lack of interest in the NRA Show…or in gun ownership in general.

Next year’s show will take place April 14-16 in Indianapolis. We’ll be back in Indy…and probably back with a vengeance.

-- Paul Erhardt, Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network

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