Welcome to our expanded April issue, chock-full of insightful and engaging articles and a passel of products, many of which will be featured at the National Rifle Association’s 2017 Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta from April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center. If you are a member of the NRA (and we suspect many of you are) and plan to be in A-Town for the firearms-focused festivities, please stop by the American Shooting Journal booth (#402) for a visit. We’d love to meet you, but if that is not motivation enough, here’s an additional inducement. Every new or renewing subscriber who visits the booth will receive a free gift and will automatically be entered in our daily raffle featuring great prizes donated by many of our top advertisers. See page 23 of this issue for more information. This year’s annual meetings ﬁgure to be a most interesting get-together. Last year’s edition attracted crowds of more than 80,000 enthusiastic firearms owners, and this year promises to be no different, with the World Congress Center’s 450,000 square feet filled to the doorways with your favorite outdoor industry manufacturers and service providers. Special events include the annual National NRA Foundation banquet, a Women’s Leadership Forum luncheon, the NRA/ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) dinner and auction, and a Saturday night concert headlined by Hank Williams, Jr. We hope to see you there! -Craig Hodgkins
I recently had the good fortune to spend a few hours chatting with Olympic shooting champion Kim Rhode on a variety of topics. In retrospect, we could probably have filled an entire issue with everything that we covered. As it stands, you’ll be able to read a good deal of it in our upcoming April issue, which should be hitting the news stands in the next few days.
As I write in the cover story of our expanded NRA show issue, from the first moments of our long and wide-ranging conversation, I felt as if I was a member of the family, primarily due to her relaxed demeanor and disarming personality. Our conversation took place at the Redlands Shooting Park, one of three Southern California ranges she uses for her daily training sessions.
And speaking of the annual NRA meetings, if you are planning on attending the big shindig — which will be held in Atlanta from April 27-30 — make sure you stop by the American Shooting Journal booth (#402) to say hello!