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Shooting Illustrated | Guns & Cigars: Two Industries Intertwined

by Frank Melloni – Sunday, May 26, 2019

It’s undeniable that many gun owners also enjoy a fine cigar, but what many firearm enthusiasts might not realize is that the opposite is also very true. We have all been at the range and noticed the aroma of a fresh stogie in the air, but how many of us have been to a cigar convention only to be overpowered by gun owners and discussions about the Second Amendment? Believe it or not, the connection is deep between these two industries, and I set out to shed some light on why. 

The month of May is like a second holiday season to me. As the firearms community gears up for the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, the cigar community prepares for its largest consumer event as well. Known as Cigarfest and held every year by Cigars International, I took advantage of the nearly back-to-back conventions and interviewed some friends from each camp to see what they thought about the connection between guns and cigars. Some of the answers were very obvious; however, some really made me ponder my own question.

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