Random Shots from Day 2 of NRA Annual Meeting 2016

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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 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. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Anon Anon on May 26, 2016

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

  • Beefboy Beefboy on Jun 20, 2016

    oh that little .22 looks kind of interesting actually