By Kyle Jillson | April 16 2012 08:36

NRA Convention in Houston

St. Louis, Missouri - And just like that, it the weekend is over. Building since Thursday until reaching a fever pitch Saturday night with the Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience, this year's 141st Annual Meeting in St. Louis is sure to be a memorable one.

Between the National NRA Foundation's Banquet & Auction, Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum, Annual Meeting of Members, NRA Country Jam II and so much more, there was something for everyone.

Last time we came to the Gateway to the West a new attendance record was set. While full attendance figures have not yet been tallied, it was no doubt a massive weekend in both turnout and entertainment.

Crowd at NRA Convention

One of an Annual Meeting's biggest draws is the exhibit hall where the industry's top companies show off their new firearms, ammunition, accessories, hunts and more. This year's experience was no different, featuring over 500 of the top names in almost eight acres of space.

From the moment it opened its doors at 9:00 AM on Friday until they were closed at 5:00 PM on Sunday, the exhibit hall was packed with attendees eager to poke, prod, and eye the latest and greatest.

Once Annual Meeting had officially ended, though, the exhibit hall began to disappear almost as quickly as it had popped up. Forklifts, crates, and cases of all sizes sprouted up around the giant hall and were soon packed up with the eye-catching booths we had seen throughout the weekend. Some were going home, others to new shows, but they all left with fond memories of St. Louis.

As you left the main doors of America's Center Convention Complex, maybe you noticed our large banner that said "See you next year!" when we'll do it all over again, this time in Houston, for the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.

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