Random Shots from Day 2 of NRA Annual Meeting 2016

Day two of the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting was on Saturday, and accordingly the exhibition hall was packed with people enjoying the weekend browsing booths, taking photos with celebrities, and interacting with manufacturers. For me, the second day was time to catch up on the news and exhibits that I had missed the first day. Daniel Defense, for example, released a 32 round AR-15 magazine the first day of the show. In fact, the magazines were advertised over about a quarter of the urinals at the show, although I didn’t have the presence of mind to photograph any of the posters.


Daniel Defense reps claim the magazine to be one of the lightest and strongest polymer magazines on the market, which they attribute to its carbon-fiber reinforced polymer construction. Other magazines on the market are also made of fiber-reinforced polymer, however, and Daniel Defense didn’t elaborate on how their materials were different. According to representatives, the magazine weighs 4.3 oz, (122 g), which is light for a polymer magazine (a 30 round PMag weighs about 140 g).


The floorplate comes with a built in loop for pull tabs, and a canted horizontal surface designed to act as a monopod.

At the SilencerCo booth, an SL-8 in XM8 drag was present:



Armscor was showing off a very interesting .22 Magnum XT-22 pistol that utilizes a floating barrel:



At first I thought this was a Williams-type floating chamber, but it’s actually a following-barrel design.


And finally, here’s something for some of my commenters:


Stay tuned for more NRA news!

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.


  • gotta say, thats a nice mockup. Still wish we had the real thing though.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    That XM8 looked awesome!

  • Schnee

    Silencerco should make a can that changes the point of impact in the opposite direction as it heats up.

    • Squirreltakular

      Didn’t they debunk that issue?

      • Schnee

        Yeah, just being a jerk. Sour grapes cause I can’t have one…

      • I would not say so, no. Hard to argue with the report from the Ernst Mach Institute saying it is a problem.

  • sean

    Any word or sightings of this Meteorite 1911 yet?!

    • Yes. I took photos, the post will be up next week, probably.

  • Dracon1201

    Is Tommybuilt finally manufacturing XM8 en masse?

    • Jose

      Unfortunately, not, but he’s on the right direction. On Facebook, Dan Haga, who’s Tommy’s partner, is working on a new receiver body to match the XM8 kit. It’s still of the prototype stage, but, there’s no SL8 rifles to be imported. However, if Heckler & Koch ever decides to export its HK243 rifle (a true semi-auto G36), maybe, just maybe, the HK243 components; barrel; and the gas-piston operation unit can be transplanted into the Tommy and Dan’s XM8 furniture kit. Just a theory, but, it may be possible.

  • Major Tom

    Eww, fishgun!

    • Squirreltakular

      I would kill someone for that fishgun. It’s beautiful

  • Iggy

    Lack of presence of mind or not, I’d say you probably did the right thing not taking photo’s at the urinals.

  • Samael527

    why was i blocked muh man

  • Anon

    This is kinda gonna sound weird, but I did think I saw you going into one of the bathrooms. Turns out I was right

  • oh that little .22 looks kind of interesting actually