TriggrCon blasted into the bustling Bellevue, Washington area, July 26 and 27, bringing Second Amendment enthusiasts together with gun and gear makers for a more personal look at the products and faces behind each company.
The annual event, held 10 miles from Seattle at the Meydenbauer Center saw over 9,000 attendees, 800 industry and media personnel and 131 companies represented. From new guns to accessories to apparel, attendees were introduced to some of the best, brightest and most innovative products to be released mid-year.
Created five years ago as a way for TriggrCon founder John Hwang to meet with customers, the show has expanded to offer more opportunities for interactions between customers and companies mid-year between industry shows.
Spread across the event center, TriggrCon gave gun enthusiasts the chance to convene with their favorite companies while also engaging with smaller manufacturers often overlooked at larger industry events and shows. Family-owned Bear Creek Arsenal told Guns.com that their company has been in business for 50 years and that shows like TriggrCon offer a quieter, less busy space to interact with potential consumers.
“We’re a family-owned business in business for 50 some years now,” Ariel Douglas of Bear Creek Arsenal told Guns.com. “We’re just now starting to get out to shows. It’s different here but fun.”
Organizations like Kids S.A.F..E. Foundation were also on hand to offer the littles gun buddies an opportunity to shoot BB guns and learn about proper gun handling. Derek LeBlanc founder of the nonprofit told Guns.com that shows like TriggrCon allows organizations like his the opportunity to spread the word about gun safety to gun owners and their families.
“This does a lot of things for us. It’s a lot of networking for us. We’re a small nonprofit and we don’t get a lot of support. Here, we’re bringing awareness to our cause and obviously helping represent the 2A community in a positive way,” LeBlanc told Guns.com.
Following the first official day of TriggrCon, a VIP event was held to raise funds for the Special Operations Care Fund. With tickets retailing for $100 apiece, the sold-out VIP bash was held in neighboring Kirkland, Washington on the Hiyu ferry boat. Cruising around Lake Washington, VIP partygoers were treated to leis, sunglasses, food and an auction all to benefit SOC-F and its mission to support SOF families. Awards were also handed out to celebrate the latest and greatest innovations seen on the TriggrCon floor.
An annual event, TriggrCon grows each year with expectations to continue providing a summer look at new products and companies.