If I remember right a few years ago when they had it at the Convention Center, I think all you needed to show was your NRA card. I dont think the lines were too terribly bad when I went but I may have hit off hours.
Is the show worth while? I've never been to one and certainly think it would be a good time. It might sound like a dumb question but, can you buy guns and reloading equipment or is more of a show to display new and upcoming items from manufacturers
It was Ok, not knock your socks off for me. There are dealers selling and reps just showing. A lot of tactical stuff and was really surprised at the number of airgun dealers and how far they have come. Most are pretty spacey looking. I moved through it pretty quick, I think about 3-4 hours.
There are about 4 parts to the show:
1. exhibition hall, all major firearms manufactures have exhibits usually with one of every model they make and factory people to ask questions. You will not see amore extensive exhibition of new quality firearms. This is free.
2. seminars on hunting and shooting, also free.
3. the actual organization meeting with a businees meeting.
4. a dinner and lunchion program with national speakers. Dinners are like very large Du banquet. charge for tickets.
I've been to about 6 of them in various locations. I think they are great, if you have an interest in guns. Unlike Harrisburg, these are NOT sports shows with fishing, junk sporting goods sales, and outfitters. I'd only suggest going if you have a serious interest in firearms, or if you just support the 2nd ammendment.
Thanks Harry, sounds a little more interesting the way you put it. I was comparing it more to the gun show in Harrisburg, not the sportsman's show. The sportsman's show was a lot more fun 20 years ago when it wasn't all outfitters
Went to the last one in Pittsburgh. There was a lot to see and do in the exhibit hall. We got to meet Ted Nugent and Jeff Cooper, collected a lot of freebies from exhibitors, and just did a lot of general gawking. My son and I will be there again for this one.