The SHOT Show is the greatest display of firearms, hunting gear and military equipment the world has to offer, and the general public isn't allowed to go.
Almost 64,000 shooting, hunting and outdoor trade affiliates attended the 2015 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) Jan. 20-23 at Las Vegas' Sands Expo Center, where they bought and sold plenty of firearms, ammunition, outdoors and even law enforcement, tactical and military equipment from more than 1,600 companies representing 150 countries.
The SHOT show isn't open to the public, but there's at least 30 reasons we wish it was:
1. The Uzi Pro is back in the U.S., and we wish we could be one of the first to check out the slick new design with its polymer grip and integrated magazine release button.
2. We hunters could check out not only the newest but also most unique guns, ammo, equipment and accessories on the market.
3. And we could buy as much or more than we can afford... but it would be totally worth it.
4. We could get our hands on limited editions, like Smith & Wesson's 460XVR "Bone Collector." Only 1,500 were made, and they're all individually numbered.
5. It's just about the only time industry manufacturers, public relations, marketing, retailers and media members from around the world all get together in one place.
6. We could take a look at Schmidt & Bender's amazing scopes, including the new 2.5-10x50 Polar T96 high-transmission hunting scope.
7. We could really show our support of Second Amendment rights.
8. The golf tournament benefited Honored American Veterans Afield, which supports help disabled combat veterans integrate back into American life by participating in outdoor events.
9. We could help pump nearly $900 million in non-gaming revenue into the Las Vegas economy.
10. We could finally see what 13 acres of hunting, shooting and outdoors display really looks like.
11. We might get to attend the National Shooting Sports Foundation's State of the Industry Dinner.
12. We could rub elbows with some of America's most well-known radio personalities, including Mike Gallagher, Dana Loesch and Lars Larson.
13. We might learn a thing or two about firearms by attending SHOT Show University or the Law Enforcement Education Program.
14. We could take a look at the Glock G40 Gen 4, a 10 millimeter handgun that is an excellent tool for taking down big game.
15. We lefties could get our hands on LWRCI's new IC-A5 rifle that's fully ambidextrous with dual controls for bolt catch and release, magazine release and fire control.
16. It's the world's largest and most comprehensive trade show for everyone involved with shooting sports, hunting and law-enforcement industries.
17. We'd get to set our eyes on the world's greatest exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law-enforcement gear, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and a whole slew of related products and services.
18. We could watch Ted Nugent perform at the 15th annual Outdoor Channel Golden Moose Awards.
19. We could drop by the Sure-Shot Game Calls booth to see and hear what may be the year's best new duck calls, the Yentzen One.
20. We can only imagine the awesome gear we could see at the FBI's booth.
21. We could get a close and personal look at Mossberg's new line of bolt-action Patriot Rifles.
22. We could spend some time at the Outdoor Channel's autograph booth to pose for photographs with Jim Shockey, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Shawn Michaels, Rick and Julie Krueter, Nick Mundt and Travis "T-Bone" Turner.
23. We could check out all the cool products that we just gotta have at the Yeti Coolers booth.
24. We could watch the new "Deer Season XP" short film from the Winchester Ammunition booth.
25. We'd laugh our butts off watching "Blue Collar Comedy Tour's" Bill Engval perform at the NSSF's annual State of the Industry dinner.
26. We could watch the Outdoor Channel's Safe Haven documentary at the SHOT Showcase Theater and learn more about this history of Gun Free Zones in the United States.
27. We could wave to our moms watching at home thanks to the Outdoor Channel's SHOT Show Stream, which provides live daily recaps of the show floor, including which new products were unveiled, what celebrities were sighted and who won at the Golden Moose Awards.
28. We could have been there when Beretta unveiled its new A400 Extreme. Not only is the shotgun gas-operated, but it can handle shells from 2.75 to 3.5 inches and features a Micro-Core recoil pad and the OBF-HP interchangeable choke system.
29. With everything from the latest treestand innovation to new camo patterns and clothing designs, there's no better place whitetail hunters could go to prepare for next fall's hunting season.
30. The SHOT Show is the place to be if you care one bit about the outdoor industry.
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