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May 4th, 2018

NRA Annual Meetings — What’s Happening Friday, May 4

NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits 2018 Dallas Texas Donald Trump

It’s Friday, which means the exhibit hall of the 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits (NRAAM) opened today at 9:00 am at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Check out the 800+ exhibitors, seminars, workshops, special events, and celebrity meet and greets all in one spot. Here’s a quick glimpse of what’s happening today, Friday, May 4. The NRA Show runs Friday through Sunday. The Exhibit Hall is open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and then 10:00 am through 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 6th.

For more info on events and exhibitors, visit or download the NRAAM Mobile App.

President Donald Trump will speak today at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.
NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits 2018 Dallas Texas Donald Trump

Special Events
21st Annual National Firearms Law Seminar (ticket required)
Event starts at 8:00 am.

12th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum Luncheon & AuctionSOLD OUT!
Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas Ballroom (Level 2). Event starts at 10:00 am.

NRA-ILA Leadership Forum (ticket required) – SOLD OUT!
KBHCC, Arena. Event starts at 11:50 am.

NRA-ILA Dinner and Auction SOLD OUT!
KBHCC, Ballroom D. Event starts at 6:00 pm.

NRA Country Jam Featuring Randy Rogers Band & Special Guest Scoot Brown Band (ticket required)
Gilley’s – Southside Music Hall. Event starts at 7:30 pm.

Daily Events
NRA Booth, Booth #8833
NRATV, Booth #8839
Pyramid Air® Air Gun Range, Ballroom C2
NRAstore, Ballroom C3 & C4
Eddie Eagle, Lobby D – Booth #130
Wall of Guns, Lobby C – Booth #109
Featured Product Center, Lobby D
NRA Country Sound Stage, Lobby F

Celebrity Appearances
Lena Miculek – Booth #6220 – 11:30am-12:00pm, 2:30pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-5:30pm
Max Michel – Booth #6220 – 10:30am-11:00am, 1:30pm-2:00pm, 4:00pm-4:30pm
Sergeant Sammy L. Davis – Booth #10150 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Mykel Hawke – Booth #10150 – 12:00pm-6:00pm
Norris Jernigan – Booth #10163 – 9:00am-6:00pm
Lou Ferrigno – Booth #8627 – 12:00pm-1:15pm
John “Tig” Tiegen – Booth #8627 – 1:30pm-3:00pm
Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko – Booth #8627 – 10:00am-11:30am
John Correia – Booth #8623 – 2:00pm-3:00pm
Corinne Mosher – Booth #4323 – 1:00pm
Jerry Miculek – Booth #8555 – 11:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Jim & John Scoutten – Booth #8555 – 10:00am-11:00am
Cheyenne Dalton – Booth #9556 – 10:00am-11:00am
Anthony Amantine – Booth #9556 – 11:00am-12:00pm
Jerry Miculek – Booth #9556 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
The Gould Brothers – Booth #9556 – 2:00pm-3:00pm
Black Rifle Coffee Company – Booth #7733 – 9:00am-6:00pm

Click here for a complete list of celebrity appearances!

Seminars/Workshops/Special Presentations
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Room D172 – Clubs & Associations Workshop
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Room D170 – Refuse To Be A Victim: Teaching Crime Prevention
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Room D167 & 174 – Guns of Vietnam
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Room C140 & 142 – Concealed Carry Fundamentals
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Room D163 & 165 – Armed Citizen: How to Interact with Law Enforcement
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm, Room C141, 143 & 149 – Concealed Carry Methods
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm, Room C140 & 142 – Survival Mindset: Are You Prepared?
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Room D163 & 165 – Craig Boddington on Great Rifles and Cartridges
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Room D170 – Refuse To Be A Victim: Crime Prevention Strategies
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Room D167 & 174 – Sheepdogs! The Bulletproof Mind for the Armed Citizen
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Room D171 & 173 – National School Shield: More Secure Schools
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Room C141, 143 & 149 – 14 Factors RE Shooting Under Duress
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Room C140 & 142 – Advancded Concealed Carry Fundamentals

Click here for a complete list of seminars, workshops, and special presentations!

Featured Product Center Demos (Located in Lobby D)
10:00 am – Full Conceal
11:00 am – American Tactical
12:00 pm – American Tactical
1:00 pm – Mantis
2:00 pm – American Tactical
3:00 pm – Full Conceal
4:00 pm – Trijicon

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May 4th, 2018

Left-Port, Side-Charging AR Upper — Not Just for Southpaws

left hand ar15 upper keystone accuracy

Here’s something you may not have seen before — a left-port, side-charging AR15 Upper. This unit was developed by John Scandale of Keystone Accuracy. While this was designed for left-handed High Power shooters, the lefty upper also works well for right-handed F-TR shooters. This design allows a prone shooter to single-load with his left hand, an efficient system for a right-handed shooter. Here is a review of the lefty upper from GS Arizona, who created the Rifleman’s Journal website. Like John Scandale, GS is a southpaw.

The Lefty AR Upper from Keystone Accuracy

by GS Arizona
We left-handed shooters are always the last to get the benefit of new firearms developments, or so it seems to us most of the time. There is no rifle more popular today than the AR15, whether for competitive shooting or plain recreational use; but even for that ubiquitous black rifle, left-handed items are few and far between. However, Keystone Accuracy run by left-handed High Power shooter John Scandale has some good stuff for us.

Left-handed Left AR15 Upper Keystone Accuracy  Scandale

John is a long time High Power shooter, a member of the National Guard’s All-Guard rifle team and a Distinguished Rifleman. He knows exactly what makes a good High Power rifle — unlike many of the mail-order parts and pieces you see offered for sale by someone who only shoots his computer keyboard… John is a real shooter, I’ve known him for many years and trust his work.

The most interesting item from Keystone is the left-hand billet upper receiver for the AR15 match rifle. This thick-wall, CNC-machined piece appears to be very durable and fits all existing AR15 lower receivers.

left handed billet ar-15 ar15 upper side port

When the AR15 was becoming popular in High Power shooting in the mid-1990s, I had a match rifle built on one. To solve the left-hand problem, I had a second port milled into the left side to allow me to load the rifle comfortably in slow-fire, single-load matches. Unfortunately, sometimes the round I flicked into the left port would fall right out of the right port! That was a bit frustrating and this receiver, along with an appropriate left-handed bolt assembly will work for the lefty just as we desire.

left-handed ar15 upper

I’ve seen quite a few AR15 based rifles in F-TR at our local club matches over the past year. This upper would be a good choice for many right-handed shooters using the AR for F-Class as it allows loading with the left hand while the right hand remains on the pistol grip and ready to fire when the target appears. In light of the fact that the bolt release is on the left side, that makes life a lot simpler than using the right hand! So if you’re a left-handed shooter or even a right-handed F-Class shooter, give this some thought, it might be just what you’ve been waiting for and didn’t even know it!

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May 4th, 2018

Access 10+ Years of Shooting Industry Magazine for FREE

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Looking for some interesting reading material? How about ten-and-a-half years of Shooting Industry Magazine? One hundred twenty-five issues of this popular magazine are available online in Shooting Industry’s digital archives. The latest May 2018 issue was just released. CLICK HERE to read the latest issue, which is available for FREE online (along with all back issues for the past ten years). NOTE: If you have any trouble with the Chrome browser, access the archives with this link using a different browser, such as Firefox:

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Get Free Digital Magazines, 2008-2018

You can access, for free, ten years of Shooting Industry back issues, plus all the recent 2018 issues. CLICK HERE for the full index of all Shooting Industry back issues for the past decade (2008-2018). The newest issues are at the top, and you can scroll down all the way to 2008. Here are some highlights:

In the September 2017 issue there is an informative article on varmint and predator hunting. This talks about popular equipment for both coyote hunting and prairie-dog safaris.

Shooting Industry magazine back issue digital archive gun mag

And in the January, February, and March 2018 issues you’ll find Shooting Industry New Product Showcases. These monthly, multi-page articles highlight dozens of new rifles and shooting products introduced in recent months.

Shooting Industry magazine back issue digital archive gun mag

The March 2018 issue also has an interesting article on long gun sales trends. As you might expect, there is an over-supply of AR-platform rifles, which has led to deep discounting by some manufacturers. One vendor lamented: “That [MSR] market is flat-lining… the bottom has really dropped out of the market”. Shotguns remain the top home defense choice. In the bolt-action rifle market, 6.5 Creedmoor rigs are hot sellers, with sales of both competition and hunting rifles in this chambering. For the general hunting market, .30 Cals remain popular: .308 Win, .30-06, and big .300-class magnums.

Shooting Industry magazine back issue digital archive gun mag

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