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2017 GCA Convention
Sept 28-Oct 1 2017

The centerpiece of this Convention will be member displays in conjunction with:
The Nation’s Gun Show at Dulles Expo Center  (https://www.thenationsgunshow.com)
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151

Approved member displays get a free table and a custom-made GCA table cover to keep. Also, a $500 travel allowance will be paid. Display must be set up for duration of the gun show to be eligible: 3 pm on Friday, Sept. 29, through noon on Sunday, Oct. 1. No items for sale may be displayed on GCA-sponsored tables. Display owners may sell items BUT they must be kept under the table. One sheet of paper (8.5 X 11) can be displayed on corner of table top to list items for sale. This sheet should be neatly done, preferably printed versus handwritten, and definitely not scribbled.  A limited number of tables are available, so don’t delay in sending your application if you want to display.  No applications taken after Sept. 1, 2017.

Click HERE to download application for GCA-sponsored display.

Featured Guest Speaker: Mark A. Keefe, IV

Mark Keefe IV

Mark A. Keefe, IV is editor-in-chief of American Rifleman, americanrifleman.org and “American Rifleman Television”. He created the format for “American Rifleman Television” and currently directs and supervises its editorial content, as well as serving as host for the weekly show airing on The Outdoor Channel.

An NRA Life member, he is a shooter, hunter and gun collector. Keefe has written hundreds of bylined and non-bylined articles on virtually every facet of the shooting sports, ranging from detailed firearms reviews to sensitive legislative issues. He also worked closely with various firms within the firearm industry in developing new products or suggested design changes that improved existing ones.

Long-time GCA member Keefe is an avid collector of World War II military arms, militaria and ephemera, and artifacts from his personal collection have appeared in American Rifleman, Shooting Illustrated, Militaria and other periodicals. In addition to his work for American Rifleman, Keefe has contributed articles to American Hunter, Shooting Illustrated, Man-At-Arms, America’s 1st Freedom, Aviation History magazines and Deutche Waffen Journal.

Host Hotel:  Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033

GCA Rate:  $101/night. To make reservations:  1-888-236-2427 (GCA Bi-Annual Reunion block) or www.fairfaxmarriott.com  (group code GCAGCAA)

NRA National Firearms Museum:  Please join us for an afternoon private event at the NRA National Firearms Museum. Thursday September 28 – 5:00 pm until 7:30. We will gather at the NRA Cafe for light appetizers and beverages and then have the opportunity to tour the museum during this after hours event. Cost per person $20. Consider coming before 5:00 pm to make certain you have enough time view the expansive museum.  The museum is located at NRA Headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA  22030. (http://www.nramuseum.com)

Schedule of Events:

Thurs. Sept. 28:  5:00 – 7:30 pm – Meet and Greet reception at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Fri. Sept. 29:  10 am -Tour USMC Museum at Quantico. (http://www.usmcmuseum.com)
Gun show open 3-8 pm
Evening – No scheduled events, dinner/entertainment on your own.

Sat. Sept. 30: Gun show 9 am – 5 pm
Banquet – Social hour starts at 6 pm, Buffet dinner follows (at Marriott).
Featured guest speaker Mark A. Keefe IV, Editor-in-Chief of the American Rifleman
Members drawing for a specially selected M1 rifle.

Sun. Oct. 1:  Farewell Breakfast 7:30 am (at Marriott)
Gun show 10 am – 5 pm

This event is approximately 30 miles from Washington, DC, which offers many options and opportunities for sightseeing and tourism.  Come a few days early or stay a few days after the Convention to visit the nation’s capitol.

Click HERE for registration form to mail.

Click HERE for display application form.