Random Shots from Day 1 of NRA Annual Meeting 2016

The Firearm Blog is walking the halls of the showroom floor here at the National Rifle Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting. In addition to spotlights on exhibitors, we will also be publishing collection posts covering the show more broadly to give folks a sense of what there is to see, and where.

History seems to be a big theme at the show; both Remington and Winchester were celebrating milestone anniversaries; a Bicentennial for the famous Ilion, NY gunmaker, and a 150 year anniversary for the New Haven, CT maker of repeating rifles and shotguns.

Remington brought along the same 200th Anniversary pavilion they featured at the 2016 SHOT Show:



While Winchester went all-out with the history theme, sprinkling historical exhibits throughout both booths (one for ammunition, and one for firearms), tying the exhibits in to their current product line:



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Winchester even collaborated with the National Parks Service to bring the very 1873 Winchester rifle found last year in Great Basin National Park to the show!



Used Winchester 1873, lovingly cared for. Minor wear, lots of character. $2,500 OBO.



This gun has definitely seen better days.


Overall, versus the SHOT Show, the NRA Annual Meeting has a wider cross-section of the shooting public in the USA, as any NRA member is free to come to the show, and the show has no home location (unlike SHOT). In contrast, the SHOT Show attracts a more international and military oriented clientele and exhibitors.


Beretta was present, but Beretta Defense, for example, was absent.


You can follow along with us at home as we cover the show here at The Firearm Blog!



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Len Mullenix

    This is one huge show! We were inside for almost 4 hours (can’t count the hour we were on the grounds seeking parking – you’d think this venue had never had a crowd before) and didn’t make it even 1/3 of the way through. We’ll be back in the morning. Hopefully we can find where we left off and continue our adventure! Anyone that goes – be sure to seek out and show support for the USA Shooting Team. They will appreciate your effort.

  • Nimrod

    That 1894 Winchester up for auction has a serial number that appears to have been made during WWII. I have one from the same time frame with a serial number about 20K higher.