Location: Manchester, TN
Date: October 9, 1012
Organized and Hosted by:
Glenn D. Bellamy; Wood Herron & Evans
Intellectual property attorney (patent/trademark protection, enforcement and defense)
Oleg Volk; VolkStudio
Professional photographer and art director specializing in firearms industry advertising and advocacy
This event is organized as an opportunity for non-competitors within the firearms industry—who market to many of the same customers—to educate each other about their products through hands-on, live-fire demonstrations. It is not primarily an exhibition to potential customers, nor is it a shooting competition. Only one participant from each product category will be invited to participate.
Each industry participant is asked to bring demonstration samples of products along with whatever is necessary to allow others to try them in a safe, but casual, live-fire setting. Tables will be available for display, but participants will not be stuck in a booth or behind a table. Participating companies may choose to explore collaborative marketing, innovation, or co-development possibilities – or may just learn about and try something new.
Oleg Volk will be taking in-action photos and staging scenes with models experienced in firearms handling and tactical operations to depict products from multiple participants—in context and featured in use together. Images will be available for promotional use and publication at no charge to the participating companies.
Although this is not primarily a "media day" event, select writers and firearms industry print media representatives are also invited to attend to see and try the participant’s products. Targets, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Dinner will be hosted in the evening with time for casual conversation.
There will also be several unusual weapons, machine guns (with provided ammo), and reactive targets for all to try. At worst, everyone will have a fun day shooting and socializing with like-minded people, with new information, photos and memories to take home.