April 24, 2019
The National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits are this week (April 26-28) in Indianapolis, and Game & Fish will be there.
Here’s a look at some of what’s expected at the show (info collected from exhibitor press releases). Check back for additions to this roundup.
For more information about the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, exhibitor map and other information, click here.
Beretta Torture Tour Presentation
Along with displaying its newest items, Beretta (Booth 6255) will be hosting a special presentation for the official conclusion of the Torture Tour, last year’s season-long hunt to prove that the new Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus is the ultimate waterfowl shotgun.
Comprised of four hunts across North America with 20 demanding hunters and the same five branded guns, the Torture Tour will culminate at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits with a reintroduction to this prominent product, a reunion with members of the tour, and the reveal of the final video depicting this grueling tour that put the A400 Xtreme Plus through its paces. Read more about Beretta at NRA below.
Biodegradable Shotgun Wad
RIO Ammunition, the global expert in non-metallic ammunition, will be showcasing the first fully hydro soluble wad in the US at the NRA Annual Meetings (Booth 7445). This new component will be incorporated into the BlueSteel product line, taking a huge step towards reducing the impact of the shotshells in the environment.
The new hydro soluble wad is 100-percent biodegradable and all its additives are of vegetal origin, making it compliant with international standards. It also turns into compost, working as a high-quality fertilizer.
“The hydro soluble wad is a testament to RIO’s commitment towards innovation. We continuously work to make our shotshells more precise, more reliable and to reduce its impact on the environment. Now we can offer a shotshell with the two elements that are expelled from the shotgun, that is the shots and the wad, having a limited, even positive impact on the environment,” explains Eduardo Baeza, General Manager at RIO Ammunition.
New Steiner Optics
Steiner Optics (Booth 6855) will bring the newest additions to its expanding line of tactical, military, marine and hunting optics to NRA. Attendees can preview Steiner’s new Peregrine, Predator AF and BluHorizons binocular models.
Steiner’s new Peregrine Series birding binocular optimized for today’s birdwatcher. Available in 8x42 and 10x42 models both provide bright, true color and exceptionally fine detail through phase coated optics even in low light.
With Predator AF binoculars everything is always in focus, eliminating the need for a center-focus wheel and the hassle of chasing focus through thick cover, low light or moving objects. A revolutionary advancement in porro prism design provides the ultimate viewing solution for every hunting scenario from waterfowl to big game.
The new BluHorizons Series is the first sunlight adaptive binocular for all light conditions. Steiner exclusive Autobright™ Sunlight adaptive lens technology automatically adjusts brightness for the best view in any lighting situation.
Crossbow leader TenPoint Crossbow Technologies (Booth 8445) will display the latest in crossbow technology and innovation and several of their its newest products, including the new 470 FPS Nitro XRT, Titan M1, Turbo M1, and the new EVO-X CenterPunch mechanical broadheads.
TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is USA owned and operated, and all their crossbow models are manufactured in Mogadore, Ohio. To learn more about TenPoint products, visit tenpointcrossbows.com.
Federal Sneak Peek
Federal Ammunition (Booth 4955) will display its new products and offer a sneak peek into the launch of Federal’s revolutionary “Custom Ammo Shop,” coming this summer.Federal’s lineup of new products includes three loads in 350 Legend: 160-grain Fusion bonded soft point, 180-grain Power-Shok soft point and 180-grain Non-Typical soft point. The cartridge offers higher velocities than any straight-wall deer cartridge, with significantly less recoil than 450 Bushmaster in a compact, maneuverable platform. It’s an ideal fit for both MSRs and bolt-action rifles, penetrates deep and delivers ample energy to take down any buck. Plus, it’s legal for hunting in many areas bottleneck centerfire rifle cartridges are prohibited. The loads will be available this summer in 20-count packs with MSRPs from $26.95 to $32.95.
American Flag Ammo Cans
CITADEL and Legacy Sports International (Booth 312) are introducing their new Cerakote Battleworn American flag ammo can and flag 1911 packages at the NRA. The packages will come with a full-size Government 1911 flag decorated 45 ACP coupled with a flag-decorated ammo can, which has an impact foam insert that stores the CITADEL flag 1911 and the two mags which are provided.
Umarex 2019 Lineup
Umarex USA, Inc. (Booth 5650), manufacturer of the world’s most powerful .50-caliber production airgun will exhibit its industry-leading Umarex Airguns, Axeon Optics, and Exude Illuminators at NRA.
Umarex Airguns include the technologically advanced multi-shot Umarex Hammer and Umarex Synergis. Other notable airguns within the exhibit will be the Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle and the popular Umarex Gauntlet.
Axeon Optics’ full line of products will include the “simple, yet profound” Axeon Second Zero long-distance shooting accessory and the Absolute Zero sighting in device. The Second Zero simplifies a 500-yard shot for shooters of any ability. The Absolute Zero uses the patented Hancosky method giving you the ability to sight a rifle in just one shot.
Exude Illuminators by Optical Dynamics will show off their revolutionary handheld lights. Deemed the “un-flashlight”, Exude Illuminators project all the light generated from an LED into one circle of light with no reflector, no dark spots, and no spill or light rings.
Leupold & Stevens Mark 5HD
New models of the game-changing Mark 5HD from Leupold & Stevens, Inc., will be on display at NRA.
Combining elite optical performance, rugged reliability, and user-friendly features in a package that could only be produced by leveraging the 70 years of optics manufacturing Leupold possesses, the Mark 5HD has wowed end-users throughout the industry.
A new 7-35x56mm scope, as well as models that feature MOA adjustments and reticles, will be on display for consumers joining the festivities in Indianapolis.
New, Slimmer, Lighter from Bond
Bond Arms (Booth 3134) is showcasing many of its best-selling firearms, including a new model that is sure to spark excitement among concealed-carry and defensive handgun fans.
The company, known for making some of the best-quality, most compact handguns on the market, will add to their well-earned reputation with the introduction of a slimmer, lightweight model gun. The new handgun will be available for sale in late 2019. More to come.
Among Bond’s top-selling models that will be on display at NRA include the Texas Defender, Cowboy Defender, Snake Slayer and Snake Slayer IV, the Ranger II, the Mini 45 and the Girl Mini.