2A Blog Bash

Posts from the 2A Blog Bash / NRA Annual convention in Louisville, KY.
The Second Amendment Blog Bash, that is. Click for updates. Wish I could have been there.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/15/2009 8:13:31 AM | Feedback (0)
So, it's totally apparent that I cannot afford the trip to Phoenix for the NRA bash this year. I don't have the time, nor the money. This isn't stopping me from trying my damndest to go anyway. So, to cut costs a bit more, anyone going who'd like to split a room? Yes, I snore and have a teddy bear. Even though pants and I have what can be best described as a strained relationship, I assure you there will be no "Pants Free Zones" during the Bash.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/1/2009 3:14:30 PM | Feedback (3)
I want to win this so bad... Bloggers who registered for & attended the Second Amendment Blog Bash are eligible to win a weekend in August training at the Blackwater USA facility with practical shooting champion Todd Jarrett. I mean, shooting at Blackwater? How friggin' cool would that be? Plus, I would have a t-shirt made up to wear to work that said something like I went to Blackwater and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt and the skills to kill people. With my MIND. 'Cuz where I work,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2008 2:39:41 PM | Feedback (2)
At the NRA Apex of Death Gathering, pink was the new black. No matter what they were selling, they had it in pink too. No matter how much Bloomberg bloviates, colors are a new trend and it appears that people want something more than black and silver these days. The pink trend was quite evident at the show. While I was at the Taurus booth, one lady walked by asking which stock I preferred Everyone around me liked the top one (myself included), but I knew if my daughter saw them, the bottom one...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/27/2008 8:17:52 AM | Feedback (5)
I won't lie. I have an addiction. I want more guns. No matter what new purchase I make, I'll still want more. In fact, I'd pretty much like at least one firearm in every caliber known to man with the possibilities of backups for the more popular ones. Fiscal reality dictates, however, that the closest I'm going to come to a new gun is if I win, inherit, or find one. Actually, fiscally I could purchase another firearm, but I've grown attached to my wife and kids and I'm pretty sure if I came...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/22/2008 10:07:39 AM | Feedback (9)
Breda may have her own shotguns, but I have my own tools!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/21/2008 12:59:22 PM | Feedback (1)
But this old Devil Dog ain't quite in the hunt any more. Although you really got me thinking about it. I mean really. I was glad to see such a full scale recruiting effort at the show. I'm surprised I didn't see the Marines, but for all the intra-military name calling and 'fighting', I can't complain about any of my brothers and sisters at arms. We all fight for the same team. Sgt. Sokolowski, upon noticing my camera, informed me there were plenty of jobs for photographers in the Army. My...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2008 9:34:33 PM | Feedback (2)
Yankee Hill Machine has a pretty good reputation when it comes to forends for the AR platform. I simply love this design I saw on the floor. Now, before you all rush out and buy me one, remember I have a 16" barrel and require a midlength forend.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2008 8:51:56 PM | Feedback (1)
Two people I met at the NRA Annual Shindig were David Hardy of Arms and the Law with his documentary In Search of the Second Amendment and David E. Young, author of The Founders' View of the Right to Bear Arms, cited several times in the Heller case.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2008 8:47:09 PM | Feedback (0)
Since us gun-clingers can't be happy, we had a Bitter Hour presented to us by The Outdoor Channel's own Michael Bane at the Bass Pro Shop in Clarksville, IN. I've never in my life seen a single store of that size. The fact that I had drinks and dinner in a sporting goods store should tell you how ginormous this place was. Here's some pictures of the event (click to embigginate the pictures) Don't let the 5'4" fool you, Ahab there packs 200 pounds of sausage, from what I hear. His wife (on the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2008 12:30:45 PM | Feedback (7)
(That's Drool Inducing Happiness) This is the 20mm rifle from Anzio Ironworks, a local company in St. Petersburg, Florida. I've blogged about them before, but I got the chance to see this behemoth up close and personal (click for enlargening) That's over 7 feet of rifle there, folks. The bolt alone is the size of my forearm, I swear - Those white things are standard sized business cards. Luckily they had napkins to dry off with.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2008 5:25:53 PM | Feedback (8)
One comment made by our group during the convention was that there really isn't much you can do that's new an innovative in the firearm industry outside of cosmetics. TDI's Kriss Super V is definitely not in that category. The Kriss is relatively well known in the gunny circles, but for those who might not be as familiar, here's some info from TDI's website The KRISS system overcomes the shock-creating effects of the recoil gas by re-directing the gas’s energy down and away from the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2008 5:02:41 PM | Feedback (1)
Because there was only two outlets in the room. Uncle got the one by the desk.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2008 4:45:35 PM | Feedback (8)
Rustmeister points out something I thought about a few times myself Ya know what I found strange? The majority of the bloggers in attendance were taller than average. Joe Huffman, Unc, Sebastian and Robb Allen are well over six feet tall. That was something I wasn't expecting. I think Tam's taller than me, too. At 6'3", I'm quite accustomed to being taller than most people in a group. That was definitely not the case at the bash.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2008 1:24:49 PM | Feedback (3)
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/17/2008 5:43:45 PM | Feedback (2)
One of the products on the floor of the NRA exposition that really caught my eyes was the Italy based Technoframes. They manufacture exquisite ammunition carriers from acrylic, aluminum, stainless steel, and even wood. And when I say exquisite, I mean Ferrari type beauty. I spoke with their representative John Donovan and asked him about their product. It is clear that they aren't marketing to the every day ammo storage user as their boxes can run into 4 figures, but do focus on two distinct...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/17/2008 1:57:08 PM | Feedback (2)
Then, Memphis to Louisville. Layover, ya know. See y'all there!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/15/2008 2:38:03 PM | Feedback (3)
Now all I gotta do is wait until my flight leaves tomorrow. ... Tick... Tick... Tick...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/14/2008 8:00:02 PM | Feedback (2)
The 2A Blog Bash is coming up this weekend. I'm more thrilled to meet dozens of bloggers who, until then, have only been names on the Interweb Tubes. I'm really bummed I won't be meeting Breda and her husband Mike, however. I have to get my gear ready and try to pack as light as possible since the airlines have switched to a "Only one checked piece of luggage that shall not weigh more than 37.8 oz." policy. I think I can get 2 checked luggages since I bought the ticket before the policy went...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/12/2008 8:34:46 AM | Feedback (5)

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