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Each year, members of the firearm news industry gather in Daytona Beach, FL for the Big 3 East Media event. This year, Patrick Sweeney, writer for Firearms News/Guns & Ammo received the Exceptional Media Award.

Firearms News was present at the very first Big 3 East Media event back in 2007, and we have attended every one since. A very important and constantly growing industry event, it brings together writers, bloggers, videographers and industry people from around the world.

‘Big 3’ stands for Tactical Guns, Tactical Gear and Tactical Training and consists of three days of presentations, seminars, shooting, food and fun. Held twice a year in Daytona Beach, Fla., it has become the ‘Woodstock’ for the hardcore gun media.

This year saw 34 companies in attendance with some 150 people at the event. During this time, tens of thousands of rounds were fired on the site’s pistol, 100-yard carbine and 800-yard rifle ranges from a host of handguns, shotguns, carbines, precision rifles, machine guns and suppressed weapons.

In addition to the normal festivities, the crew at Big 3 East presented two awards at this event. One was to an exceptional member of the firearms media and the other was to an exceptional member of our industry. Attending members of industry chose the media person, while members of media chose the company to receive the award.

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