The NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits are, once again, attracting luminaries from around the globe, including President Donald Trump, who will be speaking during the April 26 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the Indiana Convention Center. The nation’s Commander in Chief has some stiff competition in drawing a crowd, though, with Chuck Norris appearing at the Glock booth (#3007) April 26 to 27—the first public appearance in his new capacity as official spokesperson for the company.
Norris, a veteran who served in the United States Air Force, often has his hard-working background oversimplified to “Hollywood icon.” He won the Professional Middleweight Karate title in 1968 and successfully defended it for the next five years. He holds a variety of martial arts belts—black, of course—and established a chain of schools to teach the discipline. His expertise attracted a long list of luminaries from the silver screen, including Steve McQueen. His efforts first began attracting more mainstream attention when his skill was pitted against Bruce Lee in the movie “Return of the Dragon.” A long list of roles followed, recently including “The Expendables 2.” He also starred in the television’s series “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
The list of celebrities making appearances at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits isn’t limited to the pair, though. If you’re a “John Wick” movies fan and wonder if Keanu Reeves is really that good with firearms, stop by the Brownells booth (#3945) on April 26 or 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. and ask Taran Butler—his shooting instructor. Add Max Michel, Doug Koenig, Jerry, Kay and Lena Miculek with all the others at a variety of different booths, and there’s something for every flavor of enthusiast.
Football fans might want to mark their calendars as well. Indianapolis Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri, four-time SuperBowl champion, will be at the FN America booth (#3650) all three days of the annual meetings, between 1 and 2 p.m. Starting guard for the team, Mark Glowinski, will be there the opening day of the show, between 2 and 4 p.m.