By Lars Dalseide | January 19 2012 20:21

Actor R. Lee Ermey makes special appearance at Las Vegas Show

Gunny R. Lee Ermey poses with couple at SHOT Show in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada - While waiting to snap some pictures of Marine Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey (Ret.) at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, one patron leaned over to suggested that if Gunny was at the North Pole, there’d be a line for popsicles.

I second that notion. Not because I appreciate the fact that the man served his country (he did), not because I’m a fan of his acting (I am) and not because of his skills behind the trigger (which he has). I second that notion because I’ve seen him deliver the goods time and time again.

No matter what the event — the NRA Annual Meeting, SHOT Show, the National Police Shooting Championship — if you see a line that wraps around the building then there’s a good chance that Gunny R. Lee Ermey is the man they’re waiting to see.

Gunny's relationship with fans

And they’re not just here for autographs or pictures. No, they are also here to say thanks. With a handshake, a hug or a souvenir from home, those who make the wait try to give a little back to a man they believe has given them so much.

Gunny R. Lee Ermey and a carved wooden parrot at the 2012 SHOT Show. Carlos, for example, came to SHOT Show all the way from his Ambato, Ecuador. Not only did he come to check out the latest in tactical supplies for his business back in Ecuador, but Carlos also came to deliver The Gunny a gift … a parrot, carved with care, from Ambato.

Always the gentlemen, Gunny grinned, took the gift in hand and replied, “Let’s get a picture with this gentleman and my new bird.”

The crowd laughed, snapped some pictures and returned to the line – waiting for a chance to meet their favorite Gunny.

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