By Lars Dalseide | April 30 2011 08:21

NRA President Ron Schmeits and Executive VP Wayne LaPierre cutting the ribbon to open the annual meeting in Pittsburgh Day one at the National Rifle Association's 140th Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was one to remember. Personally, I had a hard time finding the time to take focus on any one event. But here's what I've come up with for the top moments from day number one.

  1. NRA President officially opened the Exhibition floor by cutting the ceremonial ribbon along with Wayne LaPierre.

  2. The NRA Country Jam at the Stage AE Amphitheatre with Craig Morgan ...don't forget the fantastic opening offerings by Sarah Darling and Due West.

  3. Refuse To Be A Victim Seminars held in Room 407. Best way to make sure you and your's are as safe as you can be.

  4. The Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum. Newt Gingrich, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Senator Pat Toomey ... as if there could be a better way to spend your afternoon.

  5. Female Pistol Instructor Course. Making sure that there are more women out there teaching even more women the proper way handle a pistol.

  6. The #39 Bass Pro Shop NASCAR Car. Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro, is racing #39 at the fabled Daytona 500 as the NRA car ... and he brought it to Pittsburgh for all to see.

  7. Glock. Not only does Glock have their top team shooters (Randi Rogers, Dave Seving and Tori Nonanka) on site, but if you were patient, and could muster a smile, you could also have walked away with a picture and autograph from R. Lee Ermery ... the Gunny.

  8. Brian Zins and Chris Reed in the finals of Top Shot Season 2 on NRAblog
  9. Top Shot. The History Channel's Top Shot has been recording incredible numbers through season number 2. If you were paying attention, you might have caught a glimpse of George, Ashely and Chris Reed (winner of season #2) on the exhibit floor.

  10. Conceal Carry Seminar. Taught by retired Chicago Cop Tom Marx, this seminar (also taking place today at 2) this conference told you everything you needed to know if your interest rests in ability to carry a firearm almost any where you wanted to go.

  11. Steel for a Steal Raffle. Starting at 10 on Friday and running throughout the weekend, $20 bought you the chance to win one of 75 different firearms. The beauty of this raffle is that once they sell 100 tickets they draw a winner. And if you don't win, your ticket goes back into the pot for the next round. Sooner or later, you might just walk away with a heck of souvenir.


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