What a great weekend ! Almost 90 thousand attendees at the NRA show in Dallas! That’s a LOT of freedom loving individuals in one place. I try to stay out of the political fray here (that’s what Facebook is for 🙂 ) but I have to say a few things really stood out for me. I was wondering if there were going to anti NRA protesters there. I was there Saturday and Sunday and saw not a single one. I heard there were some on Thursday or Friday, but very few. I had already decided if I encountered any I was just going to smile and tell them “I appreciate your support, thanks for coming!” There was a strong Dallas PD presence outside the convention. I absolutely support ALL of our constitutionally protected rights, including the first amendment, even if I don’t like or agree with what they have to say. However, if they cross that line and start vandalizing property or get physically confrontational or violent, that is a different matter entirely. Well kids, this is Texas and the Dallas PD was NOT going to put up with that. I am pretty confident they were not there to keep an eye on “us” but were there to squelch any BS or, God forbid some wacko making a point. We were allowed to carry inside the event and I saw a few open carry guys as well, even though personally, I don’t like the idea of it but it is their right. The media was falsely spreading the message that we weren’t and that the NRA was hypocritical. It took about 45 seconds to verify via the NRA website that only the hall where the President and Vice President were speaking were restricted areas per the Secret Service. Typical. So, almost 90 thousand “gun people” and a lot of them armed, not one single instance, as expected. WE are NOT the problem. Another thing I saw was on Sunday morning they announced that the National Anthem was about to start, every single person shut up, removed their hats, put their hand over their heart and cheered at the end. As it should be. Don’t have to like everything our government does, and I certainly do not, but show some respect and acknowledge you are lucky to live here. God bless America.
I was not able to attend the SHOT show this year and so some of the new for 2018 products were introduced there. There were some new things announced at the NRA show though. Below are some things I thought were worth doing a video on, there was of course a lot of the same old thing and there is simply not enough time to cover every single booth.
Highlights of the show with a focus on optics: