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Thoughts on NRAAM 2016

Well, the NRA Annual Meeting for 2016 is in the books.  I’ve had a great weekend with a lot of great people.  Here are a few thoughts:

  • There wasn’t a lot gun-wise that caught my attention.  The exceptions were the new Remington RM380 and the Browning 1911-380.
    • The Remington gets into the mouse-gun category for me.  When I indexed my finger along the slide, my last knuckle could curl around the muzzle.
    • The Browning was just… neat.
  • I have a sneaking suspicion that the manufacturers are waiting to see how the election and the next administration come out before devoting production lines and schedules to big new products.
  • The tacticool monster is raising his hoary head once more.  I heard some lady at a booth ask, and may I be struck down if I lie, “Have you seen our tactical garment bag?”
  • I could have easily spent a whole lot of money at several knife dealers who do not reference the temperature of their metal.
  • I’m trying to find the time, energy, and interest to go back and watch the political speeches.  If I do, I’ll post my thoughts. No promises.
    • I have decided that I’m going to take the presidential candidates at their word, both those uttered now and those uttered in the past.  Where there is conflict between the two, I’m going to believe that which they said most often.  This seems to be the only hope of figuring this out.
    • Seriously, out of over 300 million people, this is the best we can do?
  • The male to female ratio in the crowd seemed to be tipping toward equilibrium this year.
  • Interestingly enough, I only saw one booth babe in the exhibition hall, although I have been told that there was a mermaid in one of the booths on Saturday.
  • Gun people continue to be good people.  I heard no rude remarks, saw lots of polite conversation, and the crowd parted for anyone who needed room for a wheelchair or service dog.
  •   Having 20 or 30 people out to the house for dinner on Friday night was a lot of work, but it was worth it.  I haven’t had that much fun in months.
    • Irish Woman commented that my friends are outstanding people, and she seemed surprised that they knew so much about her.  I can’t imagine how that happened.
    • One guest looked around the house and commented on how the Minivandian stories really aren’t fiction.  That drew a belly laugh.
    • You know it’s a good party when you end up with more booze than when you started.
    • Our friends discovered the reason I maintain that food is love in our house.


  1. Bringing bourbon from Cleveland to Louisville is like bringing coals to Newcastle, but it had to be done. And I wasn’t the only one who added to your stash. Thank you so much for opening your home to all of us; it was a wonderful time, and I’m so glad to have finally met the rest of your family.


  2. Kelly

     /  May 23, 2016

    Thanks for the invite and I had a really good time! You and your family are excellent hosts and great people! Glad to have finally met y’all.

    Wait. What about the glitter =0


  3. Thanks again for all the hosting! Truly enjoyed it! 🙂


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