American Rifleman - April 2011 - 12

CorrespondenCe

editor's letter

I

t's that time of year again. From
April 28 to May 1 the extended
NRA family will gather for a celebration of Freedom like no other
at the 2011 NRA Annual Meetings
& Exhibits in Pittsburgh, Pa. If you
are anywhere within reasonable
driving distance of Pittsburgh, you
should plan on attending. There is a
lot to do and see at the NRA Annual
Meetings. Even though the National
NRA Foundation Banquet and the
2nd Annual NRA Antique Guns &
Gold Showcase are scheduled for
Thursday, April 28, the Exhibit Hall
with all the new guns, optics, ammunition and gear-as described in
our staff report on p. 46-opens at
10 a.m. Friday and is open Saturday
and Sunday. Also, another favorite
of mine found in the Exhibit Hall is
the NRA affiliated gun collector displays from the top arms collecting
clubs from all over the country.
On the third floor of the David
L. Lawrence Convention Center,
The NRA Foundation is running
an exciting new gun raffle called
"Steel for a Steal." Drawings occur
every hour and a $20 ticket gives
you a chance to win one of more
than 75 firearms. Running from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday, the event will benefit The
NRA Foundation in support of the
future of the shooting sports. The
5th Annual ILA Dinner & Auction
on Friday, April 29, at Heinz Field
is another event not to be missed.
Participants may bid on one-ofa-kind firearms, original artwork,
knives and hunts to benefit NRAILA. You can find out all about the
events going on in Pittsburgh and
get tickets where necessary by
going to www.nraam.org.
The staff of American Rifleman
will be presenting another series
of Special Sessions free to our
members this year, along with
annual favorites such as Tom
Marx's superlative "Methods of
Concealed Carry" session. Managing Editor Aaron Carter will team
with gunwriter Richard Mann on
"Advanced Handloading Techniques," and they will be joined by

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some of the handloading industry's top professionals to answer
your reloading-related questions.
Also, Editorial Director John Zent
will moderate the "Craig Boddington's African Experience"
session, featuring my friend and
"Tracks Across Africa" host
Craig Boddington.
Assistant Editor Angus K.
McClellan and I will be joining military historian Martin K.A. Morgan,
a regular contributor to American
Rifleman and "American Rifleman
Television," as well as numerous
shows on the History Channel and
the Discovery Channel, at American Rifleman's 2011 Special Session
"The Greatest Pistol In The World':
100 Years Of The U.S. Model Of
1911." Morgan's dynamic presentation will address the combat use
of the .45 over the last century,
and I will address the reasons for
the adoption of the .45. If time
and scheduling allow, we will be
joined by Senior Curator of NRA's
National Firearms Museum Philip
Schreier to discuss the military
trials that led to the adoption of
the M1911 a century ago. New this
year will be video footage of our
staff shooting one of the original
Savage trials pistols in .45 ACP.
The times of the sessions and
the specific speakers are still
being lined up as this is written, so keep your eyes out for
final times and dates for each on
www.nraam.org as well as
www.americanrifleman.org.
We'll see you there!
Sincerely,


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