Category: NRA Convention

Question of the Day: Is This Funny?


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The National Rifle Association is holding its 142nd annual meeting in downtown Houston this weekend. Here are the scheduled events:


  • 12 p.m.: Welcoming introduction video from President Obama
  • 12:30 p.m.: Security forced to hold back squealing teenage girls in attendance as Wayne LaPierre takes stage
  • 12:35 p.m.: Quick joke about how everyone in attendance must have passed a background check to warm up the crowd
  • 1 p.m.: Most unconscionable words you could ever imagine met with enthusiastic cheers from thousands of people
  • 3 p.m.: Remembrance of the victims of Sandy Hook with an extended moment of loud, scrambling excuse-making
  • 6 p.m.: Reasoned, level-headed debate on whether the Second Amendment continues to hold relevance.

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New from Daniel Defense: Precision Ammunition


Daniel Defense has announced that they are entering the ammunition manufacturing racket, competing with Hornady, Remington, Winchester and others for the top spot in quality gun food. They had hoped to start combating the unavailability of 300 AAC Blackout sometime near the middle of the year, but with the current state of ammunition components and manufacturing tools (un)availability, it looks like their plans may be put on hold for a tad longer . . .

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Hands On with SIG SAUER’s Pistol Arm Brace


Let me just sum it up this way: yes, it works as advertised. And yes, it’s also stiff enough to be used as an actual buttstock. I know a leather version of this passed ATF muster, but the stiffer plastic used in SIG’s version might be enough to give the ATF’s technology branch a fit.

Bloomberg Photographer at NRA Show: “Which One Was the Rifle Used in Newtown?”

There are a ton of writers and photographers from the national media floating around the NRA Annual Convention, and the reason is pretty obvious. With the increased fervor over gun control in the United States, the NRA is, naturally, a lightning rod for civilian disarmament advocates. And their celebration of all things gun related here in Houston is their first time to show off since the events of last December. Wanting to capitalize on that emotional response, a photographer for Bloomberg (pictured above in the light blue shirt) sidled up to me on the show floor in front of the Bushmaster booth and simply asked, “so, which one of these rifles was used in the Newtown shooting?” His next question – who else makes “assault rifles.” . . .

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Obscure Object of Desire: Elephant Trunk Holsters

The Andrews Custom Leather web site calls their gear that’s crafted from exotic leathers ‘wearable art’. Sam Andrews says his elephant hide holster is tougher than shit nails. If the thought of toting your .45 around in what used to be Dumbo’s nose causes you a twinge of guilt, as it did me, rest easy. Mr. Andrews assures us that all of his raw materials — whether it’s crocodile, cape buffalo, monitor lizard, tigershark or Indonesian frog — are ethically sourced. In the case of his pachyderm paraphernalia, it comes from deceased zoo animals. As Nick says, once it’s dead, it’s dead. You might as well put it to good use, no? There’s only one more thing you should never forget, though. Exotics aren’t cheap. So while an elephant hide holster for your prized 1911 will last you the rest of your life (and probably those of your grandchildren), it will run you a cool $500. But you only live once, right?