Everybody who’s anybody in the shooting, hunting and outdoor space will gather next week for SHOT Show 2014, the biggest trade show of its kind.
We wanted to provide a SHOT Show 2014 preview to share what the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the event’s sponsor, has in store. Whether you’re a gun range owner, a law enforcement officer or just a casual hunter, you’ll want to pay attention to the happenings at the show. Plenty of new products will be unveiled, big brands will be making huge announcements, and a fair share of industry experts and celebrities will be making appearances.
Here’s the skinny: the SHOT Show starts on Tuesday, January 14 and runs until Friday, January 17 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brands like Winchester, Beretta and Mossy Oak will be there among their many counterparts. Though the event focuses a lot on firearms, there are also huge groups of knife, tactical gear and hunting companies that join in for the chance to introduce their products at the biggest gathering of shooting industry folks in the world.
Unfortunately for most, the event is only open to exhibitors, trade professionals, commercial buyers/sellers and media members. Fortunately for most, we’ll be in Vegas covering the best of the show, providing you with plenty of news and the latest products set to hit stores soon.
Since Wide Open Spaces will be there, many of you who aren’t able to attend will get a better idea of what it’s all about. Those who have gone, or have heard at least a little bit about it, know one thing: the show is HUGE. The floor plan, in a word, is intimidating. In fact, it’s so big that many find it hard to see everything they intend to see, even with a full four days of opportunities.
Check out this infographic that shows just how big SHOT is.
In addition to thousands of brands showing off the best of their offering, SHOT Show 2014 also serves as a shooting industry crash course, with educational seminars and an event known as “SHOT Show University,” which happens the day before on Monday, January 13. The University is an annual sellout in which a keynote speaker and interactive classes and sessions help shooting industry businesses be more successful. Marketing, ATF compliance, and retail or range operations are some of the bigger topics tackled.
Special retailer and law enforcement seminars will happen throughout the week as well.
Another big event at the show is the State of the Industry Dinner at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on Tuesday, January 14, which gives the NSSF a chance to address the fact that shooting sports have contributed to one of the biggest economic forces in America.
The performance from comedian duo Penn & Teller at the State of the Industry Dinner is one most attendees will be looking forward to.
All in all, SHOT Show provides an opportunity for shooting industry folks to rub shoulders, network with each other and learn valuable lessons about how this world can be a productive, enjoyable and lucrative one to be in. Having an exhibitor booth at SHOT Show is a big accomplishment for many emerging brands, and it gives them a fabulous chance to make an impression on the industry on the biggest stage it has.
Be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter, Google+ and Facebook accounts, as well as our SHOT Show navigation menu topic at the top of the webpage. That’s where we’ll be updating our latest content from Las Vegas, and showing you what it’s like to be at the shooting industry’s annual party. Because if it’s in Vegas, it’s always a party, and the shooting world certainly has a lot to celebrate.
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