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I just got back. All the major manufacturers were there. I spent about three hours fondling all manner of handguns including those that are difficult to find including the new M&P 45! It felt good, although the trigger is just like the M&P (read not smooth). I like the frame mounted safety very much. It is low profile compared to the one on my H&K pistols. The other gun that really impressed me was the Taurus' competition to the M&P 45. I cannot recall the model designation, but the grip was very comfortable and the gun was very well balanced. Relative to the other pistols, the new PX4 Storm from Beretta was the least impressive polymer gun.



I managed to pick up a Blackhawk, Serpa CQC holster for the M&P9 for $40, a real bargain. They had some dual mag pouches, but those were near $60 for the two pouches and a frame that allows you to use one or two pouches. I still have to figure out how to configure the holster, but the pistol locks in real tight and the fit is excellent, better than the Bladetech holster I have for my USP Expert.



I also handled the new Sig Arms Elite series, with the SRT (Short Reset Trigger). The 229 Elite will be my next purchase. The trigger is awesome with a reset comparable to a 1911. Speaking of 1911s, S&W had a great display of all their pistols. The gunsite was very nice and felt great in the hand, most likely due to the smooth wood grips.



The M&P 340 centennial was also there. The XS front dot sight was far superior (IMO) than other sights for this model. The laser grip model has both the XS sights and CT laser grips, giving you the best of both worlds.



Lets see what else. Kimber had a great display with just about every model they offer. I really liked the EMP from Springfield, but I am not convinced condition 1 carry is for me. I handled so many guns I cannot remember them all. The only booths I missed were Kahrs and CZs. I may go back on Sunday if I have time. It closes at 6pm, which strikes me as very early considering most people would probably prefer to go at night.
 

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It closes at 6pm, which strikes me as very early considering most people would probably prefer to go at night.
I guess the people who have been manning the display booths for three days want to go home too. I expect some of them even have to go back to their regular jobs on Monday.



Good Report. I went to the NRA Convention when it was in Pittsburgh a few years ago and was dazzled all day. Talk about a kid in a candy shop!
 

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We got there with about 2 hours left before close. My guess is all the celebrity folks like Julie were well gone. I am hoping to go down again on Sunday to pick up more holsters and stuff and check out a few of the small custom manufacturers that I missed.



Do you think Julie would sign my chest?
 

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I wish I could have gone, I'd really like to make one of those at some point.







I've worked conventions before, they are absolutely exhausting, while it might be nice for attendees for it to be open 12-14 hours a day, it's a killer for the people that have to man the booths.
 

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Just got back myself

Certainly a sight to behold. I went to the on in KC a fews years back and this year did not disappoint! I do see a M&P.45 in my future
! I did get me meet "THE GUNNY" and one of the best things to ever happen to firearms community...the man himself....The Nuge!!!. Both were great people and I appreciate their time!! I just happened to run into Ted at the dpms booth, he was just hanging out and visiting before his book signing, which, by the way, the lines for that were terrible.

I would have loved to stay for that, but I had a long drive ahead of me
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But at least I got to meet them and got my picture taken with both, so I'm happy


If you ever get ther chance to go to one of these, GO! You won't be disappointed!

And...join the NRA. It's the right thing to do!
 
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