The NRA Conference Is About To Rock Your Face; And Not Just With Guns


Some 500 booths were being set up today for the NRA conference - PHOTO BY NICHOLAS PHILLIPS
  • Photo by Nicholas Phillips
  • Some 500 booths were being set up today for the NRA conference
Whoowee! The America Center was all a-bustle yesterday with fork lifts bleeping, booths erecting, gun-lovers registering, and Daily RFT trying not to have an over-stimulated panic attack.

Today begins the 2012 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits; last time this happened in St. Louis, more then 64,000 people showed up. Organizers are expecting 70,000+ this year, not to mention some GOP heavyweights (e.g., Mitt Romney) who will speechify tomorrow afternoon.

But perhaps the real stars of the show will be the firearms themselves! Got a weak spot for over-the-top assault rifles? NEMO, Nemesis or POF-USA will tempt you. Handguns? Try Glock or Smith & Wesson. What about shotguns? Make yourself comfortable at Bennelli or Beretta

Yeah. There's gonna be guns.

But that's not all. This NRA shindig has more than 500 booths spread across 340,000 square feet. Here's our mini-preview of some off-the-beaten-track vendors:


Cold Steel -- Zealous hawkers of swords, spears, blowguns, machetes and tomahawks; the video demos will cleave your brain.

Ka-Bar Knives -- Their slogan is "Hardcore lives. Hardcore knives." It's gonna be hardcore, you guys.

Mil-Tac Knives -- They offer "Urban Survival Kits," which rest assured will go fast at this conference if/when downtown runs out of Coffee-mate.

PS Products -- Get your stun guns and pepper spray! (Think: Stocking stuffers.)

Pyramid Air -- World's largest retailer of paintball guns. Yes you CAN afford it because you're living with your parents.

SABRE -- Their pepper spray has been "Making Grown Men Cry Since 1975." Cubs fans can relate.


Andrew's Custom Leather -- They boast that one of their holsters was worn by Sasha Baron Coen in "The Dictator" (not yet released).

One of Birchwood Casey's "Darkotic" zombie targets
  • One of Birchwood Casey's "Darkotic" zombie targets
Birchwood Casey -- They sell "splattering" targets that all you to shoot at zombies and human-eating beasts. (See right)

CCW Breakaways -- They make clothing-concealed holsters, like DeNiro used in "Taxi Driver," only these are pleated khakis.

Conceal City -- Their "pager" holsters may conceal your gun, but will never conceal the fact that you look like you are still wearing a pager


Packing In Pink -- This company offers girly firearm-related accessories. Their philosophy: "Just because I shoot like a man doesn't mean I have to look like one." Agreed.

The Buffalo Wool Company -- They use real bison wool to make hats and scarves and stuff.

African Elephant Hair Bracelets -- These are made with fake elephant hair, FYI.

Bond Arms -- They make really small guns; some are pink, for girl protection! Others are apparently used to shoot snakes.

For pistol-packin' madames - IMAGE VIA

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