By Kyle Jillson | January 12 2012 10:41

Nicole McMahon wrote this great follow-up to our announcement last year about the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA committee taking part in the 2012 African Sporting Expo. 

Charlotte, North Carolina - “The Essence of Africa Awaits You!” and so does the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA in Charlotte for the 2nd Annual African Sporting Exposition (ASE). ASE is an immersion into the wonders of Africa featuring a "who's-who" collection of the finest photo, hunting and fishing safari outfitters direct from the African continent as well as purveyors of exclusive sporting equipment, optics, African wildlife art, clothing and everything for the African aficionado.

“We are happy to see an international hunting show coming back to Charlotte,” said Doug Merrill, NRA Field Rep for Western North Carolina. “Gray Thornton, Vice President of Inyathi Productions, graciously provided a booth to Friends of NRA where will have the chance to talk with attendees about our events and discuss Friends of NRA opportunities.”

In keeping with the theme of African Sporting, the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA will also be selling chances to win an exclusive South African Safari. Valued at $8,960, the seven-day hunt for two hunters and two non-hunters will take place in the Eastern Cape on over 140 thousand hunting acres, which is home to more than 40 species of plains game.

The expo will take place January 26-28 at the Charlotte Convention Center and Five-Star Westin Hotel, home to the record-breaking 2010 NRA Annual Meetings. And for all you racing fans, the expo will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Martin Truex, Jr. who has joined ASE as spokesman and ASE Ambassador.

So join Friends of NRA and come out to the African Sporting Exposition to enjoy a couple days of all things African Sporting and possibly win a trip to Africa yourself!

Email for more information on the ASE.

Visit to learn more about the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA or contact NRA Field Rep Doug Merrill at (828) 628-0410 or

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