Old friends and new met on the floor of the Sands Expo Center last week during the SHOT Show convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the end of the week, we ran into New Jersey's own Anthony Colandro and his staff from Gun For Hire Firearms Training Institute.
He entered the NRA booth with a hearty handshake and a, "Lars, my man, how's SHOT treating you."
Though not able to make it for the first days of SHOT, Colandro, Instructor Rob Howe, and the rest of his people took in as much of the the world’s largest shooting, hunting, outdoor trade show and conference as possible.
"You never know what you're going to find at SHOT," said Colandro. "Maybe you make a good connection with one of the firearms distributors here. Maybe someone has something new on targets, on training, on anything. There's just so much to choose from you don't know where to start."
Turns out he started with the our booth and Steve Hoback, Senior Training Program Coordinator for NRA's Training and Education Division.
"Mark Richardson & I met Anthony at a training seminar a couple of years ago," said Hoback. "He runs a heck of an operation up in New Jersey and last year threw one of the best Friends of NRA dinners I've ever attended. He asked about new programs and promised to send me an invitation to this year's banquet. That's one piece of mail I can't wait to receive."