NRAAM: The Morning (Afternoon) After and Oliver North takes the Helm as NRA President

The recovery phase has begun.

To anyone who attended it was an excellent show. Great weather. BBQ everywhere. Vendors ready and eager to discuss their gear and how the year is shaping up.

In an odd twist, this simple bi-pod coming from Magpul was probably one of the coolest products coming down the pipe announced at NRAAM. I need one for the SCAR17

Manufacturers are in a stage of refinement, polishing and improving the existing product lines while looking to be predictive in the long term.

I saw several iterations of lightweight products as various companies are playing with hyper light alloys, a few sub four pound AR-15’s were out and about.

Companies like FN are well rounding the available options on their pistol and rifle lines to allow them to quickly deliver and end user or agencies requests to spec.

One of the most heartening is the increased embrace of the aftermarket.

No longer are manufacturers shying away from other people putting changes on their factory models and I saw numerous examples of aftermarket decked out models in the hands of the products original producers. FN was glowing with praise for guys like Parker Mountain Machine. IWI had several Galil and X95 rifles wearing RS Regulate hardware.


BREAKING As I write this that Oliver North, Lt. Col., is set to take over the NRA as President. Pete Brownell not seeking the seat again.

A bold move as he was convicted of selling arms illegally to Iranian rebels, convictions later over turned, but with some various obvious fodder for anti-gun forces and critics alike while a man like Adam Kraut, who had broad and visible support, did not make the board.

I have never spoken to Lt. Col North but the Iran-Contra scandal is well known and this change will certainly be taken to the woodshed by any with cause to do so.


We’ll be digging into detail on much of what was seen at NRAAM on our Facebook and here in the coming days. Stay with us!

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.