SHOT Show 2010 Wrapup
LAS VEGAS--The firearms industrys annual trade show -- the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show -- returned to Las Vegas last week and saw a rise in attendance over the 2009 show held in Orlando.
Overall attendance was 58,444, several hundred shy of the shows all-time record set at the 2008 Las Vegas Show and more than 11,000 above last years show in Orlando.
The show attracted an all-time high of 31,280 buyers.
The SHOT Show filled the Sands Expo & Convention Center for four days, from January 19-22. The show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industrys trade association.
At NSSFs opening-night State of the Industry Dinner, NSSF President Steve Sanetti welcomed more than 1,500 industry professionals, saying, With sales and revenues in much of our industry at a decade-long high despite the worst recession in a generation, we have thrived. I have to say that the state of the industry in 2010 is about as strong as I've seen it. We have millions of new firearms owners that have joined our ranks since we last met in Orlando -- a testament to the popularity of firearms ownership in America and proof that hunting and target shooting remain popular activities among all ages."
Comedian Dennis Miller provided the evenings entertainment. Many celebrities were on hand at the show, including actor Seven Seagal, who is launching a new line of tactical gear. "My impression of the SHOT Show is it's amazing, said Seagal. It's probably the greatest gathering of special technology for police and military I've ever seen in one place. It's extremely impressive."
Exhibiting companies numbered 1,633 -- about 125 of them international -- covering 700,000 net square feet in the convention centers halls and the Venetian Hotels meeting rooms.
Retailers like Glenn Duncan, owner of Duncans Outdoor Shop in Bay City, Mich., said, Its good to see the industry offering so many new products -- guns, ammunition, targets and more -- and I really appreciated that the exhibitors were willing to take the time to give me the attention I needed.
Among the products Duncan found interesting were new models of firearms introduced by Taurus International and Smith & Wesson, and Winchesters 410 ammo.
Dwight Van Brunt of Kimber said, We came in with some trepidation, wondering if it was going to be busy the whole time. We were slammed 45 minutes into the show."
Scott Hanes of Remington Arms said, "There was a lot of excitement, and people are very positive."
Mike Slack of optics company Leupold & Stevens said, "This booth was absolutely flooded with people. I can't remember a busier SHOT Show ever."
Next years SHOT Show is slated for January 18-21, 2011 at the Sands Expo & Conference Center in Las Vegas.