2010 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibit

by Boge Quinn

Photography by Boge Quinn

We've just returned from the 2010 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibit, held in Charlotte, North Carolina from May 14th-16th, 2010. There were many makers of firearms & accessories displaying their wares, and Membership attendance was excellent. We were also very pleased to be able to meet a good number of Gunblast readers who recognized us as we walked around the show.

There were a few new products on display that were not announced prior to the 2010 SHOT Show, so we tried to give our readers a first look at them. Among the new products to be introduced, Ruger rolled-out two new LCR revolvers and a new SR-556c compact piston AR at the show, and we were allowed a bit of time to play with them before we left for Charlotte. Be on the lookout for full reviews of these and more new products from the 2010 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibit on Gunblast soon!

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Remington's new 1911 R1 pistol.

Remington 1911 multi-tool.

Cassandra Hernandez with Rossi's new "Ranch Hand". The Ranch Hand is a "Mare's Leg" style short Model 92 levergun, and is legally a pistol. MSRP is only $536.

SIG P250 sub-compact small-grip 9mm.

SIG P250 full-size small-grip 45.

SIG's slick P250 2Sum Modular Pistol System allows the user to swap everything (calibers, grip styles, frame size, you name it) around a single internal fire-control system, which is the serial-numbered part for ATF purposes.

Smith & Wesson's new SD40 pistol.

Jim Ungar with Smith & Wesson's new M&P15-22P AR-style 22 pistol.

We are very excited to see that Smith & Wesson's wonderful "classic" series now includes the great Model 48. This 22 Magnum will be available with 4" (shown) or 6" barrel.


Smith & Wesson's M&P40 VTac will be available mid-year...

...the M&P40 VTac features a neat dual sighting system, with fiber-optics for daytime use and Tritium night sights.

Springfield XDm-45 pistol system will be available soon.

Bond Arms' new 2-1/2" 45 Colt / 410, exclusively for Academy Sports.

Bond Arms is also offering a nice series of knives made to match their pistols.

Bersa's new American Classic 1911-pattern pistol.

Bersa is also bringing out their FireStorm revolver.

Extreme Shock's new Light Well is a simple and effective forward grip / magazine well for AR-style rifles, and is available with or without an accessory rail. The rail is easily swapped for left-handed or right-handed shooters.

Stacey Jongema with Sabre Defence Industries' new tactical backpack.

Savage 110 100th Anniversary rifle.

Detail of the Savage 110 100th Anniversary rifle.

Ashley Ecker with Charter Arms' "Bulldog Classic" 44 Special revolver.

Charter's "Bulldog Classic" will be a limited run of 1000 revolvers, made from blued steel with a 3" barrel as a faithful reissue of the original Bulldog. Availability is scheduled for October 2010.

American Tactical Imports' new 1911 line includes the "Military" full-sized pistol...

...the "Titan" compact pistol...

...and the "Thunderbolt" alloy-framed versions.

Jeff with Kahr's Jodi DePorter, and the Thompson semi-auto carbine.

Browning Hi Power 75th Anniversary pistol.

Detail of the 75th Anniversary roll mark on top of the Browning Hi Power's slide.

Inside the door of a Pendleton safe. A great deal of engineering expertise has helped make these the best safes on the market.

The Pendleton safe design also incorporates hundreds of LED lights, rotating shelves and integrated dehumidifiers.

A rack of beautiful rifles from Chiappa's Custom Shop.

Leupold Tactical's new 1-8x variable scope with illuminated HORUS-type reticle.

Cathy Rankin's new "American Pinup Tribute" 2011 calendar benefits military charities.

Savage's new Model 212 12-gauge bolt-action slug gun.