By Lars Dalseide | April 22 2011 13:38

On the final day of SHOT Show 2011, a surplus of firearms enthusiasts jostled through the Sand Expo Center to gather and gaze at what remained of the unclaimed bounty. Four days being barely enough time to properly peruse the miles of exhibits, first-timers often took the dubious route of bypassing anything lacking a trigger. Unfortunately for those who take the road less traveled, they missed out on hunting accessory favorites that can found at places like Otis, Yamaha, or Buck Knives booth.

Buck's relationship with the NRA extends beyond that of the general. In fact, Buck is exclusively providing their Model 113 Ranger Skinner knife as part of the 2011 NRA membership package. The Skinner features a 3 1/8” drop point blade, a Charcoal Dymondwood handle and a brass bolster engraved with an NRA logo.

“Working with the NRA has proven a great partnership," said CEO C.J. Buck. "We at Buck Knives are excited about offering this knife to the NRA members who are able to make the commitment and help solidify what the NRA is working to accomplish.”

I first met C.J. at the 2009 Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) in St. Louis and shared the story of my first knife. It was a Folding Hunter which my father gave me upon earning the rank of Second Class Scout. After asking him if there was a the Buck Knife Hoodlum from SHOT Show 2011 on NRAblog knife I should be looking at to replace the Hunter, he smiled, stepped away, and reappeared with The Hoodlum.

"This one is special," said Buck. "There's a great guy named Ron Hood. Ron has more than 40 years worth of survival experience in the military, collegiate and outdoor arena. He used those years of training and the time he spent living with a variety of indigenous people to design a knife we call The Hoodlum. Everything from the weight, feel, balance, angles, material ... everything is designed for the purpose of survival."

He went on to explain how the knife could be used for scoring, chopping, whittling, hammering, and more. The more explained the more people gathered to catch a glimpse of the demonstration. In time I wrapped it up by snapping a few pictures, shaking his hand, and leaving C.J. to the newly formed crowd.

If you'd like to check out the Hoodlum, you can ask at your local hunting/outdoor supplier, visit their website or stop by their booth (#2015) at the NRA's 140th Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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