By Lars Dalseide | January 21 2012 09:09

Outdoor Channel host helps say goodbye to SHOT Show

Outdoor Channel's Michael Bane before an interview at SHOT Show Las Vegas, Nevada - I was only a couple of months into my tenure at the NRA when Michael Bane arrived with cast and crew to film a few sequences of his Outdoor Channel show Shooting Gallery. Shooting inside the National Firearms Museum, it was a thrill to see everything come together right there in my new backyard.

Later that night, a contingency of NRA staff and Bane's crew met for dinner where we talked about the genesis of his show, his background in firearms and how the two groups might work together in the future.

Since that day, we've run into the Shooting Gallery crew at events like the Bianchi Cup, the NRA Annual Meetings and, of course, SHOT Show. Funny thing is, there was no sign of Bane or the others as I made my way through the Sands Expo Center halls this year ... until the last day that is. In fact, Bane and producer extraordinaire Marshal Halloway were the last people I saw before exiting the Expo.

With pro shooter Randi Rogers arriving for her Outdoor Channel interview, I only had a few minutes with the guys to compare notes. Exhaustion prevents me from recalling the entire conversation, but I believe it included Mossberg's Tactical Lever Action Shotgun, the Steven Tyler rumor and plans for the Annual Meeting in St. Louis.

It was great to catch up, but I didn't want to keep Rogers waiting too long. I said goodbye, shook a few hands and made a b-line for the Mirage. A couple of steps into the journey, I ran back in for a shot of Bane in pre-interview form. He stopped, gave me a quick smile and told me to hit the bricks.

Like there could be a better closing to SHOT Show 2012.

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