Frank, et al, I have had luck in the past with FN. I’ll try to stay as brief as possible.
I have been overseas for the better part of 30 years. The last 12 years I was a senior PM in an Aviation Maintenance/Logistics program for my company in the UAE. Every two years in Abu Dhabi is held what has recently become one of the worlds largest “gun shows”, called IDEX. It’s a wet dream for anyone interested in the latest militaria ranging from small arms to naval vessels. There are so many countries with so much to display, billions in deals every IDEX are announced.
FN was always one of my favorites. Maybe it’s because my customer bought a lot from them, or because they started to get familiar with me. Seemed like every two years they would send the same guys and when I show up in between conferences they always had an awesome goodie bag waiting for me.
I remember in preparation for the last one I went to in February 2019, I brought in some pictures of some proof markings I had on an older high power and they knew right away what they were and seemed glad to help.
I guess my point is to find out what kinds of large Expos there are in your area and register to get in one. They are not that difficult to get in even as a plain civilian, although it may not be open to you the first day since that’s usually when the big deals are signed by the big-wigs. Anyway go prepared with a list of questions and smile. You might be surprised. I always felt that they were stuck there anyway for a week no matter what goes on so they were always nice to me.
Anyway just my thoughts on that subject.