Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

USCCA Concealed Carry Expo Day 2: Brief Report

With day 1 in the books, I began Day 2 of the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo by popping in to watch a bit of attorney Andrew Branca’s presentation on the law of self-defense. By 7:50am, the meeting space was standing room only, and by the time he began talking at 8:00am people were spilling out into the corridor. I caught up with him after his talk when he was signing free copies of the third edition of his book published by the USCAA.

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Before the exhibition hall opened to the public at 9:00am, I went around and did an inventory of the exhibitors. I counted 91 vendors distributed as follows:

  1. Holsters and Packs: 28 (31%) – not including companies specializing in carry for women
  2. Guns: 9 (10%) – Bond Arms, FNH, Glock, Heizer Defense, Kahr, SCCY, Springfield Armory, Taurus, Walther. Noticably absent: Ruger, Smith & Wesson, and Sig Sauer.
  3. Women’s Specific Carry: 8 (9%) – Clothing, purses, and other holstering systems designed specifically for women.
  4. Clothing: 8 (9%)
  5. Ammo: 6 (6.6%)
  6. Training: 6 (6.6%)

The other 25 vendors included target companies, retailers (Brownell’s was there), safes, etc.

This shows how important figuring out a way to carry is to the concealed carry movement. As I will discuss in future posts, many people, including many small business owners, have tried to find ways of building a better mousetrap, particularly for women.

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I also took the opportunity today to observe and shoot in the Mobile Tactics trailer, a three lane mobile shooting range. It was a pretty amazing operation that I will write more about, but suffice to say that the noise-level inside and outside the trailer was less than most indoor gun ranges I’ve been to. Look for it wrapped in a Sig Sauer banner at the NRA meeting next month in Louisville.

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Another seminar I checked out and will write more about was Beth Alcazar’s session on “Why Women Hate Guns: Encouraging Women to Accept, Own, Use and Carry Firearms.” I was a bit disappointed that the room was not full for this seminar as it was for others, but it was notable that 40% of the 75ish people there were women.

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The grand finale of day 2 was the Concealed Carry Fashion Show, MCed by Armed American Radio’s Mark Walters. More about it later, but I came away quite impressed by the production values and models, some professionals and some — like Beth Alcazar noted above — not. A few quick snap shots below.

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I like this one because it shows an ankle rig made by my own holster-maker, Matt Rector of MTR Custom Leather in Ramseur, North Carolina. I also left a kerambit with him to make a belt holster for – I am very excited about that!

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I carry a non-tactical murse myself, so I have been looking hard at this somewhat more tactical — but definitely not at all tacti-cool — one by Man-Pack.

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Looking forward to day 3 of the CCX tomorrow, and to getting home to my wife, kid, cat, bed, and home cooking.

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