Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Things have wrapped up here in Pittsburgh. The National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings and Exhibits closed yesterday at 5 p.m. after a day that saw the conclusion of the Female Only Pistol Instructor class, a rousing seminar courtesy of The Nuge, and a number of smiling faces. Kyle promises to provide a never ending supply of photos in the coming weeks, but until then, here's a touch of what we saw in Pittsburgh.

An audience member at the Steel for a Steal gun raffle closes their eyes and draws a winner at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on NRAblog

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - On Friday and Saturday of this weekend the NRA Foundation held their Steel for a Steal gun raffle in the third floor atrium of the convention center.

This fast-paced raffle featured 75 guns being given away at a rate determined by the attendees. For every 100 tickets sold, the staff would pull at winner and they could choose their prize from a impressive display of firearms.

You could feel the suspense level rise as those working the raffle would yell out how many tickets they had left before a winner would be drawn.

Participants could write their contact info on tickets in the event they weren't present if their ticket was chosen, but it was always exciting to have the lucky ticket holder be in attendance and shout out that they had won.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this event. The money collected from your tickets will go towards worthy firearms programs, both national and local, across the country. Win or lose, you have made a difference in the shooting world.

Ted Nugent on stage at the NRA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on NRAblogPittsburgh, Pennsylvania - According to Mr. Ted Nugent, the crowds for his seminars at the National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings and Exhibits are constantly the largest for the conventions. After sitting in on this year's event in the Spirit of Pittsburgh room in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, titled "I Still Believe," that statement of fact is very easy to believe.

"I always make a point of going to Uncle Ted's events," said one attendee from Pennsylvania. "He's funny, he's entertaining, and he tells the truth like no one I've ever heard before."

Part of the truth that Ted told this year is that you have to get involved. "We need to educate ourselves, to upgrade ourselves, to do the same to our families our neighbors our colleague ... That's the battle cry.

"Make sure to relate to the public," said Nugent. "Open a door, help change a tire, be a friend to the community with your NRA hat, shirt or gear in plain view. Reach out to your bloodbrothers."

With that, the Motor City Madman lifted his hat, thanked the crowd, and made his way to the side of the stage for what is sure to be a long, long, long line of autograph seekers. They just can't get enough of Uncle Ted.

Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops has turned the #39 car into an NRA car for NASCAR's Daytona 500. Mr. Morris displayed the car at NRA's Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops as well as an avid NRA supporter, recently announced a heck of a contribution to the National Rifle Association. Especially for the Daytona 500, and maybe a number of other NASCAR races, he's turning the #39 car into an NRA car.

With the name and logo on the sides and back, NRA will be buzzing around the track as Ryan Newman tries to capture his second Daytona title. Luckily for the crowds here in Pittsburgh, Mr. Morris was nice enough to have to car delivered to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for all to see.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - It’s Sunday here at NRA’s Annual Meeting and that means Club University. A one-stop shop for anyone involved in the shooting sports, Club U provides the basics you need to know when you’re running a club or range. How to design a range, what programs to offer, how to apply for grants, what type of insurance to carry, etc…

Headlined by Marketing Manager Son Nguyen and National Clubs & Associations Manager Liz Bush, the seminar started at nine in the morning and will run through most of the day.

The NRA booth at the 2011 convention in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Today is the last day of this year's Annual Meeting. Tens of thousands of people showed up and had a great time these past few days, but it isn't over yet. There are still some events lined up for Sunday here in Pittsburgh.

Starting at 7:00 am was the Prayer Breakfast led by Dr. Ike Reighard and at 8:00 am the Clubs & Associations Workshop Continental Breakfast.

Here's what's currently going on or will be later in the day:

  • 08:00 am - 05:30 pm NRA Store
  • 09:00 am - 05:00 pm "Pyramyd Air" Air Gun Range
  • 09:00 am - NRA Clubs & Associations Workshop
  • 09:00 am - Women's Pistol Instructor Training
  • 09:00 am Nominating Committee Meeting
  • 09:00 am - Nationa Gun Collectors Awards Ceremony
  • 09:00 am - Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Development Seminar
  • 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Exhibit Hall
  • 11:00 am - Advanced Handloading Techniques Seminar
  • 11:00 am - 100 Years of the U.S. Pistol, Caliber .45, Model 1911 Seminar
  • 11:30 am - 02:30 pm Women's Leadership Forum Luncheon
  • 12:30 pm We The People with Ted Nugent Seminar
  • 01:00 pm Nominating Committee Meeting
  • 02:00 pm Youth Hunting Recruitment & Retention Subcommittee Meeting
  • 06:00 pm President's Reception 

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