Each year, Friends of NRA assembles a new and unique Standard Merchandise Package designed to support and inspire the blockbuster program’s fundraising efforts. The recent Vendor Preview Meeting—an annual end-of-year event held to give Field Staff a look at the new year's offerings—was sponsored by longtime supporter Blue Ridge Knives, and it did not disappoint. The meeting provided a first look at the collection of 30 items that will be available at each Friends event in 2019. The firearms and merchandise encompass a variety of exclusive and custom patriotic pieces representing special moments and traditions in American and shooting sports history.
Hand selected by our six-member selection team, these unique items are chosen based on quality, craftsmanship, functionality, fundraising potential and compatibility with the ideals of the Friends of NRA program. The 2019 Standard Merchandise Package is sure to have something of interest for everyone who attends a Friends of NRA banquet.
Most all of the 2019 firearms and merchandise items are made in the USA. Procured over many months—and sometimes years—by our experienced selection team, this collection is assembled to bring you the very best of the best. Many of the items represent a combined effort of numerous contributors that have been brought together by the Friends of NRA team: metal workers, woodworkers, manufacturers, artists, gunsmiths and veterans have all played a unique part in the 2019 lineup. Take a look at just a few of these exciting offerings below, and attend a Friends of NRA event near you in 2019 for the opportunity to own a piece of this year's Standard Merchandise Package!
GUN OF THE YEAR This year’s Gun of the Year is the Sig Sauer P210 American Standard 9MM Pistol. It is precision made with updated American controls, sleek walnut target grips, and a smooth, clean target trigger. With Friends of NRA engraved on the slide, this firearm is an amazing and unique piece that you can only find at your local Friends of NRA event. “Sig Sauer has gone over the top for our 2019 Gun of the Year," noted Central Regional Director Chad Franklin. "This American-made P210 delivers unmatched shooting performance, and will give our patriotic attendees the opportunity to own a piece of heritage."
CHARLIE DANIELS SIGNED LYRICS
“Another special piece in our Standard Package is the framed display of Charlie Daniels’ ‘Simple Man’ lyrics, signed by Charlie himself," shared Merchandise Manager Kathy Purtell. "Charlie has been a great supporter of the Friends of NRA program and is always asking what he can do next. He is a true American Patriot. We are very grateful to work with him."
CONCEALED WOODEN FLAG
"This year we had two of our veteran-owned vendors—Flags of Valor and Tactical Walls—combine forces to create the Concealed Wooden Flag cabinet," Purtell said. "Both vendors have been great supporters of the Friends of NRA program, so creating this concealed flag cabinet is very special to us.” The vertical concealment flag is designed as a patriotic piece of wall art honoring our military and our country's history, and recognizing the freedom and liberty of the United States. Inside the low-profile flag, there is a usable interior cavity to securely store and hide valuables behind a hidden magnetic locking system. This unit's slim design is lightweight, easy to install and looks great in any room.
PROMATIC CLAY TARGET TRAP Lightweight, yet robust and easily portable with a trolley base and foot pedal release, this Clay Target Trap has a 65m/71yd throwing distance, 10-30 degree elevation, 50 clay capacity and 1.5-second reloading time. "We are excited to have Promatic as a vendor for our 2019 Standard Package," said Eastern Regional Director Bryan Hoover. "The Promatic Pigeon is a fantastic machine for beginners in the clay target sports, for family fun, or for the competitor needing to practice on a presentation. Promatic shares a passion and commitment with the Friends of NRA, and we are proud to have them in the package."
BULLET LINK BRACELET Created for 2019 Friends of NRA events by Country Strong in Washington, the Bullet Link Bracelet is easily one of our most creative and conversational pieces. Sparkle with the right to bear arms in red, white and blue on your wrist. This adjustable nickel-plated brass link bracelet is made with real .40 caliber spent rounds with red, white and blue Swarovski crystals adorning their centers, accented by a dangling USA flag charm. “These red, white and blue Swarovski crystals shine as strong as our flag," noted Southwest Regional Director Jason Quick. "I can’t wait to see this Country Strong bracelet at all of our Friends of NRA events. The ladies are going to love it."
SILVER STAG GUIE KNIFE COMBO SET “Our partners at Silver Stag have once again provided a functional but distinctly unique set of knives for the Friends of NRA program," shared Southern Regional Director Al Hammond. "Hunters everywhere will be proud to show this set of knives off around the fire at their hunting camp. With the addition of the Silver Stag Guide Knife Combo Set, you will be sure to get in touch with your sharp side."
CMMG THE GUARD Enter the CMMG MkGs PSB GUARD. This AR platform firearm is chambered in the ubiquitous 9MM Luger round and was specifically designed to use the ultra-reliable, Glock 9MM Handgun magazines. However, the feature that sets the GUARD apart from the competition is the unique Radial Delayed Blowback operating system. “This allows the Guard to be a smoother shooting firearm, and makes it easier to keep follow-up shots on target,” noted Western Regional Director Brad Kruger. “Couple all of this with a KAK Shockwave brace and an integrated rail for optics, and you have one very reliable and tough firearm in a very small package."
BROTHERS FOREVER SCULPTURE Beginning with the air-strike in Pearl Harbor and ending with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this commemorative sculpture honors the courage and sacrifice of those unsung heroes who secured our American freedoms 75 years ago. Hand-cast with a faux bronze finish, the piece is finished with a brass plaque on the base citing "Brothers Forever-Never Forgotten." “We wanted a piece that would pay tribute to multiple generations of American soldiers and honor their service and sacrifices," said South Central Regional Director Tom Ulik. "We think this sculpture does just that—thank you veterans and veteran families!”
The 2019 Standard Merchandise Package is a display of patriotism and what Friends of NRA fights for. Preserving the future of freedom is our number one goal, and we need your help to do it. Attend your next local Friends of NRA event and be part of supporting the next generation of shooting sports enthusiasts.
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