Kickin’ Keister in Music City
Nashville is the undisputed home of Country Music and it’s literally everywhere – in countless honkytonks, studios, theaters, museums and offices. Heck, you can even smell it in the air and taste it in the water. But this past April, Nashville was the epicenter of all things firearms when the NRA’s 2015 Annual Meetings and Exhibits event rocked the town for three straight days. Almost 79,000 NRA members from all over the mid-south and beyond converged on the swoopy new Music City Center to revel the latest and greatest guns and gear. And kick up little dust.
Of course, Cobalt Kinetics was there in force. We learned a whole lot from our first industry tradeshow, the NSSF Shot Show in Las Vegas, and we came fully prepared to kick ass and take names. Boy, did we ever.
We started with a brand, spankin’ new booth that was way bigger and way cooler than before. And we stocked it with about a dozen B.A.M.F. and B.A.M.F Edge models hot off our St. George production line.
They featured our new color schemes – Slate, Brazed and OD – which were chosen by y’all in our online customer survey. Our thanks to everyone who participated. You guys really nailed it. They all looked fantastic. We even brought a special “mini me” version of our show-stopping polished aluminum B.A.M.F. Elite.
Once again, visitors couldn’t keep their hands off them. The booth was constantly crammed with customers who couldn’t wait to fondle our firearms and place their orders. And our B.A.M.F. at the Featured Product Center was a huge hit. It was always surrounded by swarms of curious gun buffs, ranging from bubbas to bigwigs. We couldn’t keep enough business cards in the holder.
Cobalt Kinetics was also featured at various range events around Nashville two days before the NRA Show. We hosted dozens of enthusiasts, industry folks and journalists, including top industry photographer, Oleg Volk.
It was our first opportunity to go head-to-head with some major manufactures who seemed to think we showed up to play second fiddle. But we ended up standing head and shoulder above the competition. All in all, we shot more than 1,000 rounds with zero malfunctions, as usual, and we also earned a ton of credibility and respect.
By the time the show was over, we’d lost our voices, but found many new friends and customers. Thanks to everyone who worked hard and even shed blood to make it a big success. It was exhilarating, exhausting and more fun than tearin’ up a cornfield with a jacked-up pickup.
We’ve already locked in our plans for NRA 2016 in Louisville. Can’t wait to see y’all there.