If you logged onto Twitter, Facebook or even your email anytime during January 14-17, then you likely caught some of the buzz from the 36th SHOT Show in Las Vegas. It’s not your average tradeshow. Attendance is restricted to industry professionals, and you have to be invited or apply to go.
With more than 1,600 exhibiting companies and a record-breaking 67,000+ attendance, the four-day event lived up to its billing as the largest shooting, hunting and outdoor tradeshow. For everyone who missed this year’s SHOT Show, and for those who attended and likely still missed out on a few things, this recap will highlight some of the most important action.
The Show — It’s a BIG DEAL.
The SHOT Show is the brainchild of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Since its inception, it has united shooting sports, hunting, and law enforcement professionals from around the world. Attendees are often the first to see and test out new equipment, making it the perfect opportunity for retailers to connect with their audience.
The SHOT Show is like going to a candy store as a kid — except now you’re all grown up and the candy is firearms, accessories and safety gear. The same hard choices must be made, though, and the manufacturers made sure of it!
Things got really loud with Realtree & Skullcandy.
It’s cute, but the gun packs a punch. And something tells us Katie can hold her own, too.
Just a little Mossy Oak camo or a lot!
Wouldn't mind taking this for a spin.
We’ll take that one, that one, that one and…
The People. All 67,000+ of Them
At a show this big, even the “A list” people have celebrities they want to meet and take pictures with. There was no shortage of people to see, meet and reunite with.
Middleweight UFC fighter (and former shotgun model) Tim Kennedy was there for a demonstration of the Gerber DingDong (a door-breaching tool). He may never need one, but he helped to prove a point.
Big thanks to @NightHawkPub for introducing me to some amazing folks at #SHOTShow @DruryOutdoors @MossyOak #JimZumbo pic.twitter.com/vEMSewNx6Z — The Writing Huntress (@writinghuntress) January 21, 2014
Check out Michael Rooker from The Walking Dead with an M&P15 at the @SmithWessonCorp Shot Show booth! #shotshow2014 pic.twitter.com/yLuJs9rmNK
— Smith & Wesson Corp. (@SmithWessonCorp) January 18, 2014
Won Over: A Non-hunter, Non-shooter’s Eyes Open at SHOT Show
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a Star at the 2014 SHOT Show
POMA Releases New Mobile App for Android/ITunes/Amazon
New Digital Magazine Sportsman Life Launched
B. Tyler Henry SHOT Show Auction Rifle Yields $50,825 in Support of Outdoor Heritage
A Few Giveaways
#SHOTShow Giveaway: Retweet for a chance to win a Lee & Tiffany signed hat and a $10 @sportsmansguide GC @TheCrushTV pic.twitter.com/BTeS4zheL1
— The Sportsmans Guide (@sportsmansguide) January 16, 2014
For the Memories
It’s difficult to walk away from SHOT without learning something new or adding to your experience as an outdoor enthusiast. Even if you miss something, there’s always next year. One tip — don't forget to bring bacon jerky.
SHOT Show 2014 – It’s An Experience
For those outdoor professionals who attended and shared your experiences — thank you! Next year’s event is already set for January 20-23at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Did we miss something worth mentioning? Feel free to tell us about it with a comment!