Know what to do and where to go on the first day of the 2014 NRA Convention
Indianapolis, Indiana - It's finally here.
The culmination of the a year's worth of planning, preparation and processing comes to the forefront at 9:00am this morning as the 2014 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits opens it's doors. Everything waiting to welcome thousands of Second Amendment supporters traveling from locations near and far to celebrate the most basic of America's freedoms.
Though there are literally dozens of seminars, events, exhibitions and extravaganzas waiting around every corner, we decided to highlight five specific areas of interest for your Friday pleasure. Here's what we came up with.
The "Pyramyd Air" Air Gun range.
Occupying rooms 143 and 144, the "Pyramyd Air" Air Gun range is fifteen lanes worth of air gun fun. With rifles and pistols from air gun stables such as Anschutz, Crosman, Gamo, Remington and Walther, there's more than enough ammo and fun to go around. Whether a junior shooter set on trying something new or a seasoned adult looking to relive memories of days gone by, the Air Gun range is the place to make and relive memories that will last a lifetime.
Opening at 8:00am, the range is promises to be both a fun and busy location throughout the convention.
The Exhibit Hall.
Been dying to see all those goodies, haven't you? Well wait no more.
Behind the walls of the Indiana Convention Center wait nine acres of guns, gear and more firearm related accessories than you've probably seen in a lifetime. From Colt to Magpul to Brownells and Buck to Hawke Optics to Leinter-Wise, there's a little bit of everything for everyone.
The doors open at 9:00 - enjoy.
Soon after the opening we have the Women's Leadership Forum Luncheon & Auction.
Before we get to far into this one, let me warn you that this is a ticketed event. So if you don't have the credentials to get inside then you better hustle to the ticket booth. With that being said, here's what you can expect … besides lunch of course.
Networking, auctions, and an incredible guest speaker who has a special message for the 2014 general elections. Word is that you'll also have the opportunity to hear from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. So if you have the time, and the tickets, this is a meal you don't want to miss.
The Men and Guns of D-Day.
Sit in awe as American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe is joined by military historian Martin K.A. Morgan to discuss the small arms utilized by German and Allied troops during Operation Overlord, D-Day, June 6, 1944. From the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Juneau and Sword you'll hear stories of passed on by the soldiers who fought in those battles as well as footage of live firing Thompsons, Brens, Browning Automatic Rifles, and others.
Located at in rooms 130-132, the event kicks off at 1:00pm.
The NRA Country Jam.
Again this is a ticketed event. And if you didn't arrive in Indy with a ticket in hand then I'm afraid the Country Jam is beyond your grasp. But if you are one of the lucky few … boy are you in for a treat.
Presented by Bushnell and Folds of Honor Foundation, Country Jam IV brings the likes of Joe Nichols and Jerrod Niemann to the stage. And what do they bring to the table? Quite a bit.
Niemann has hammered out hits for Garth Brooks and Neal McCoy while Nichols has 14 Top 40 (including 4 #1) singles to his name. Starting at 7:00pm and rolling until the night gives way, the NRA Country Jam promises to be a barn burner for each and every lucky soul who manage to score a seat.
Wish I was one.
So there you have it. Five surefire hits for Friday's grand opening. Squeeze in one and you're sure to snap on a smile. Squeeze in a few more and, well, let's just say we can't take responsibility for what should be a singularly exhausting and pleasurable day.
Find out more about the speakers, seminars and events at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting at nraam.org