The Texas Firearms Festival is a hit! Last year, over 90 percent of our ticket buyers said they’d be back at Best of the West Shooting Sports for year two. To keep ’em coming to America’s premier “come and shoot it” event – held this year on November 14 and 15 – we’ve added awesome gun makers [click here for the most recent list], moved the Sportsman’s Finest Gun Store tent and the Retail Village to the center of the range (not downrange), created an Action Target/TSRA Competition Zone and improved VIP tickets (now with FastPass line-jumping privileges). Amongst other things. All based on talking to ticket holders on the day and the exit survey. One thing we heard loud and clear . . .
The Festival wasn’t priced for family friendliness.
More than a few ticket buyers told us they had to pay for themselves, their significant other (who wasn’t as enthusiastic a shooter), a younger child or two (sometimes non-shooting) and/or a baby-sitter (definitely non-shooting, unless someone tried to mess with their kids). So we created a less expensive Non-Shooter Pass, priced at $25. That’s $40 less than the $65 Shooter Pass. [NB: Prices will rise as we get closer to the event. But parking is still free.]
There will be plenty for Non-Shooters to see and do at the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival – other than video their significant other grinning like a Cheshire cat. To make sure Non-Shooters get their money’s worth we’ve increased the size of the Retail Village dramatically. At last count, we have over 50 retail tents selling everything from guns to T-shirts to knives to holsters. Master Engraver Otto Carter will be there, showing off his craft. Food trucks? Of course!
Another way we’re helping keep the cost of the Festival down for families (if we’re not including tempting ticket holders with a bunch of way cool tactical and practical stuff in the Retail Village): free admission for children 11 and under – provided they don’t shoot. If parents buy a Shooter Pass for a child 11 or under, the child or children may shoot at the bays – at the discretion of the Range Safety Officer and the exhibitors. My inner ten-year-old is already whining at Mommy and Daddy, if you know what I mean.
We reckon making the Texas Firearms Festival a family-friendly event will set the antis hair on fire and ensure the Festival’s success for many years to come. If there’s anything else we can do to make it so, let us know below. Meanwhile, click here to buy your tickets (if you haven’t already). Remember: Shooter Passes are strictly limited to limit line length. Once they’re gone. that’s it ’til next year.