Gun Events Back on Schedule, Groups Resume Operations

A composite of upcoming event signs and shooting range images

Shooting sports and gun culture events are rebooting after weeks of quarantine.

Emerging from two months of COVID-19 uncertainty and stay-home orders, shooting sports competitions and firearm events are slowly coming back.

Corresponding to national and statewide guidance to shelter-in-place or stay at home and limit non-essential travel during the onset of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., large events seen as conduits for gun culture in the country started to be canceled in early March. This included the NRA’s 149th Annual Meetings, the USCCA 2020 Expo, assorted NRA competitive shooting national championships, USA Clay Target League matches, the 2020 National Matches at Camp Perry, as well as the Knob Creek machine gun shoot.

Now, with light seemingly at the end of the tunnel on the nationwide lockdowns, some events are being tentatively rescheduled and groups are preparing to resume operations.

The 37th World Deer Expo, set for July 17-19 in Birmingham is confirmed as still being on track. Officials with the Expo tell Guns.com they have potential alternative dates lined up as well.

The 1,650-acre Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Arizona will reopen May 13 with one-hour online reservations required. All rifle and pistol shooting will be done at steel targets.

CMP’s 500-acre Talladega Marksmanship Park is set to reopen May 13 with updated protocols for staff and the public in light of current events.

Kalash Bash TX 2020 has announced rescheduled dates of Oct. 10-11.

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers 2020 Expo is set for Oct. 20-23 in Dallas, Texas with the group saying they “expect little to no impact on our event based on the measures taken across the country.” The NASGW Expo has increasingly seen a number of new firearms introduced at the event over the years, and 2020 could be the biggest for new guns yet.

The Red Oktober Kalashnikov Championship has confirmed the dates of Oct. 24-25 in Las Vegas.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Expo 2020, is set for December in Las Vegas, a date confirmed by Guns.com on Monday.

Shoot Like A Girl is resuming their Coast to Coast Tour on June 6 in Missoula, Montana with plans to make it to Florida by November.

Shooter Symposium 2020 has been officially been rescheduled for Oct. 15-18.

Women Armed and Ready said they plan to “resume our meetings and range training in June of 2020.”

While not directly a “gun event” BLADE Show 2020 has been rescheduled for Aug 7-9 in Atlanta, Georgia, and is surely gun culture adjacent.

Finally, numerous local clubs and matches are adding dates to the schedule for this summer with many reporting a positive response. For example, slots for The Ranch TX Club’s Dissident Arms Multigun Series, set to resume on May 17, are reportedly 75 % filled as of last week.

Practiscore, which posts USPSA, IDPA, IPSC, Steel Challenge, and ICORE matches, among others, has more than 3,100 events currently listed across the country, although care should be taken to ensure these are still green-lighted before attending.

Know of an event still occurring that isn’t listed? Contact us at eger@guns.com as we aim to keep this list updated over the next few weeks. Also, be sure to bookmark this article and come back for future updates.

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