Inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo Draws More Than 14,000 Visitors To Downtown Milwaukee
FAIRFAX, Va. – The inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo, held Aug. 25-27, 2017 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, drew 14,127 visitors to experience the ultimate assembly of education, training and products dedicated to concealed carry, personal protection and home defense. The Expo marked the return of the NRA to Milwaukee, having hosted the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in the Wisconsin Center in 2006.
The first-year event boasted 124 seminars, with topics spanning home defense, active threat protection, concealed carry tactics, gender and age-specific training, less-than-lethal defense and much more. More than 6,400 guests participated in the wealth of available education throughout the weekend.
Attendees stepped out of the seminars and into the action, using Ultimate Training Munitions simulation-safe conversion kits and ammunition in real firearms on the NRA Mobile Tactical Range Experience. The attraction allowed visitors to put real-world skills to the test on a safe indoor firing range inside the exhibit hall.
The exhibit floor featured 160 exhibitors spread across nearly 100,000 square feet of the Wisconsin Center. Several leading firearms manufacturers were on hand displaying their latest product lines for concealed carry, personal protection and home defense.
The NRA Concealed Carry Fashion Show on Friday Aug. 25 drew more than 200 attendees to witness an entertaining, yet educational runway display featuring 50 innovative concealed carry products from 20 event exhibitors. More than 15 global media members, including fashion blogs and international news outlets, covered the fashion show.
Visitors and exhibitors alike were excited due to the large turnout for the inaugural show.Nate Beard, co-founder of N82 Tactical, said, “We crushed our onsite sales projections due in no small part to the educated and focused consumers the NRA attracted to the Show.”
“The NRA Carry Guard Expo exceeded even my best expectations for the show,” said Marshall Smith, Director of Trade Shows and Events for 5.11 Tactical. “They promised an exhibit floor full of highly qualified attendees, and boy, did they deliver!”
About the National Rifle Association Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit http://www.nra.org.