Touring, Writing, Conferencing, POMA

I’ve been on the road and neglecting my updates, starting with a trip to the annual Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) conference, it’s time to catch up!

The daughter and I took a road trip and made a nine-hour drive a bit longer by stopping to see some sights along the way. Do you ever stop to check things out during your travels?

We both love the wild west and history, so we stopped at Boot Hill in Dodge City, Ks. The museum is a great one, and if you’re into history lessons we highly recommend checking it out. As far as the afternoon shoot-out, we could take it or leave it. It’s a bit hokey, and the actors definitely don’t try tom make it look anything close to real or legit. — Just sayin’. Regardless, we had a ton of fun along the way.

Once we met up with our colleagues in Wichita, the fun and work began. I’ve been a member for over a decade. I first joined the organization as my writing career began to bloom because I wanted to learn more about the “rules” of the industry. POMA and its members have filled those needs and beyond.

Over the years I’ve met so many people in the industry who’re willing to help me grow, teach me the ins and outs, be sounding boards and help me connect with others. POMA fit the bill then and it keeps giving into the present.

This year Toyota provided Lea with a scholarship to attend the conference. If you’re interested in applying, reach out to our managers at the POMA website.

A couple of years ago a couple of industry friends nominated me to run for a seat on POMA’s board of directors. I’ll admit, at first I hesitated. Then I paused and thought, “So many people in this organization have helped me. It’s time for me to give back to this venue.”

That’s what we do, right? We have to always give back, and we have to be mentors. I ran and was voted onto the board and have worked to spread the message that this is a great organization. I’ve also worked to look for great locations for our annual conference.

See my article about the Amazing Rush in Rapid City.

POMA’s annual conference is a time to network, attend breakout sessions, view and get our hands on partner corporation’s products. The Sportsmen’s Alliance and I hosted a roundtable where we brainstormed about our messaging toward non-hunters in regards to hunting.

We heard from industry supporters and peers, and made new contacts in the industry. I look forward to the relationships that are developed from this single one-week conference.

Many thanks to this year’s Professional Outdoor Media Association conference sponsors!

Alabama Black Belt Adventures
Allen Company
ALPS Outdoorz
Ammoland
Birchwood Casey
Brownells
Buck Knives
Case Knives
Costa
Crossbreed Holsters
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
BPI – CVA/Bergara
Ducks Unlimited
DJ CASE
GoWild
Mississippi Tourism
Mossy Oak Scholarship
Mossy Oak
NASGW
Nissan
NRA
NSSF
Powderhook
R3
RAM
Realtree
Real Avid
Ridge Road Outdoors
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Roeslein Alternative Energy
Sellmark
Sellmark Scholarship
Sure Shot Game Calls
SpyPoint
Toyota
USCCA

Connect with Mia – ►Twitter  ►FacebookPinterestYouTubeInstagram

Help me create better videos for YOU by showing your support at Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/MiaAnstine.

Advertisements on this site do not express or represent the opinion of MAC Outdoors or Mia Anstine. This article may include affiliate links. 

Mentors, Camps and Range Time – POMA

We spent the past week touring around Lincoln, Neb. with our colleagues from the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). I’ve been a member for somewhere around a decade. I first joined as my writing career began to bloom and I wanted to learn more about the “rules.” The organization has filled those needs and beyond.

I met so many people in the industry who’re willing to help me grow, teach me the ins and outs, be sounding boards and help me connect with others. POMA fit the bill then and it keeps giving into the present.

Over a year ago a couple of industry friends nominated me to run for a seat on POMA’s board of directors. I’ll admit, at first I hesitated. Then I paused and thought, “So many people in this organization have helped me. It’s time for me to give back to this venue.”

That’s what we do, right? We have to always give back, and we have to be mentors. I ran and was voted onto the board last year. This year at the annual conference I moved into the treasurer’s seat and continue to attempt to mentor others in the industry as well as the outdoors, hunting, shooting and fishing.

POMA’s annual conference is a time to network, attend breakout sessions, view and get our hands on partner corporation’s products. You can view some of the fun in the photos below.

Companies represented:


Connect with Mia – Twitter  Facebook  +Google Pinterest YouTube Instagram

Help me create better videos for YOU by showing your support at Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/MiaAnstine.

Advertisements on this site do not express or represent the opinion of MAC Outdoors or Mia Anstine. This article may include affiliate links.

POMA-2018

Remembering the Guns Our Heroes Used – RETRO

If you received my newsletter or happened across my last post, you know that I got outside for the remembrance weekend of Memorial Day. I feel that it is important to pay homage to our history and those who served to create the freedoms we Americans cherish on a daily basis.

Prior to getting outdoors, I came down with some sort of cold or sinus thing. It really knocked me on my butt for a complete day. My entire body hurt — Yes, it even hurt to touch my skin. I was miserable, but I didn’t let that stop me from getting out and sharing the high country and horses with friends.

I’ll admit, the 11,000-foot elevation was probably a bad idea, but as you can imagine, I SURVIVED, and the family and their littles had a blast! Stay tuned because tomorrow I’ll tell you about the post-trip woes and how I’m working through them. For now, I want to share a piece of the present that pays homage to a bit of gun history.

As you know, I am a collector (not a hoarder) of guns. I have more guns than shoes to be sure. Yep. That does mean, just as with my shoes, there are several on the shelf that are never used. That is to say, they have a special place and will never be tossed out.

My dad first taught me firearm safety and how to shoot when I was about five-years-old. I remember firing my great uncle’s Uzi in the deserts of Nevada a year or so after that. What an amazing gun, that wasn’t as much fun to shoot when I tried it at the range during SHOT Show a few years back.

Regardless, it’s fun to remember guns and to try new ones — or new ones that resemble some of the older ones. That’s why when I saw these Retro guns by Brownell’s, at SHOT Show and then at NRA’s Annual Meetings, I needed to take a closer look. What do you think? Should I buy one or build one? Hint – Read through them all to find out which outrageous one I have my eyes on.Retro Guns (5)

Brownell’s Retro Guns

BRN10 .308

Retro GunsThe BRN-10 is as cosmetically close in copy to the original Cuban or Sudanese issue AR10 as possible. Chambered in .308 (which will be available for purchase this summer), this gun has a trigger-style charging handle in the top of the receiver. High-tower sights.

BRN10 – Available in brown or black at Brownells.comMSRP: $1,599.99

BRN-601 5.56MM

Retro Guns (1)Chambered in 5.56, this Eugene Stoner style Airforce 601 replica gun is currently available in green finish. It has a triangle shaped charging handle. It has a chrome bolt and carrier. The upper sides are slicked off with slab lowers.

There is no mag fence and for the ultimate in Retro experience, the front pivot pin will actually pull all the way out. This was deemed as a common design flaw in the original 601’s because troopers would pull the pins out and lose them. This is why captive pins were created for later models. To be true, this Retro gun has removable front pins.

The old guns had roll pins in the back of the receiver to hold the buffer tube, The Retro has that pin. It doesn’t do anything. It is there for aesthetic purposes only. and is a cosmetic touch to be true to the original look.

The stock matches the original 601. It has a little hole for the roll pin where the sling swivel attaches. All the green finish guns ship with steel waffle pattern magazines and waffle style grip.

BRN-601 .556 – Available in green at Brownells.com – MSRP: $1,299.99

BRN-16E1 5.56MM

Retro Guns (3)This replica of the famous XM16E1 AR style rifle. It comes with black furniture. This is the replica of the first gun that was sent in large numbers to the US Army during the Vietnam War. The BRN-16E1, as with all in the Brownell’s series, is a Retro gun that tries to be true to the original.

It has a front roll-pin and small bar of magazine fence. It has a captive pin, standard charging handle and a three-prong flash-hider. Old Airforce 601’s have a duckbill flash hider. One of the changes made over time is the more beefy three-prong featured on this Retro gun.

XBRN16E1 – Available in black at Brownells.com – MSRP: $1,299.99

BRN-16A1 5.56MM

Retro Guns (2)Brownell’s unveiled this brand new Retro gun at the NRA’s Annual Meetings in Dallas, Texas last month. They also revealed an M203 37MM grenade launcher that is just like the original, except smooth bore. It attaches to the Retro BRN16A1 and is true to the original design, minus the full-auto setting. I’m thinking that’s the one I need to add to my collection. What are your thoughts?

BRN-16A1 – Available in black at Brownells.com – MSRP: $1,299.99
M203 37MM – Grenade launcher available at Brownells.com – MSRP – $1,599.00

XM177E2 5.56MM

Retro Guns (4)This is a “shortie” carbine that has a collapsable two-position stock and an optional moderator, which can be purchased separately. The original modified the sound signature a little. Due to NFA laws, this Retro look-alike item does not.

XM177E2 5.56MM – Available in black at Brownells.com – MSRP: $1,299.99

For all of the Retro series guns, you may purchase a fully built gun or you can build your own. The factory complete models come with 1:12 rifle twist like the original. If you want to shoot heavier, more modern ammunition, you can buy Retro profile barrels with a more modern 1:7 twist rate.


Connect with Mia – Twitter  Facebook  +Google Pinterest YouTube Instagram

Help me create better videos for YOU by showing your support at Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/MiaAnstine.

Advertisements on this site do not express or represent the opinion of MAC Outdoors or Mia Anstine. This article may include affiliate links.

Retro Guns (4)