The Column, No. 89:
The 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV
After Reed Exhibitions of the UK showed their true colors (anti-gun) and banned many modern sporting rifles from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in 2013 (which was subsequently canceled), a lot of folks wondered if the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) would continue with Reed as the organizer of the 2014 SHOT Show. Proving that they would not be intimidated by Reed, the NSSF severed all ties with Reed and opted for a new organizer. That, of course, left a lot of folks wondering whether they could pull it off on such short notice. Well, they did.
The NSSF proved that they could not only do without Reed Exhibitions, but could put on an even better and bigger show. It is our personal opinion that American companies that have used Reed Exhibitions in the past should rethink their positions and cut these anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment folks loose.
For those folks not privy to the financial benefits of the firearms industry in the U.S., target shooters and hunters added more than $110 billion dollars (that is BILLION) to the economy in 2011, which supported more than 866,000 jobs. The NSSF expends a considerable amount of their revenue from the show to carry out its mission of promoting, protecting and preserving hunting and the shooting sports. They are also front and center in promoting responsible firearm ownership and safe storage practices. These facts are completely overlooked by the current anti-gun crowd in Washington, from the lowest congress person in California to the president of the United States.
The 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV, running from January 14th - 18th was the biggest and best ever. With attendees from all fifty states and over a hundred countries, this year's show attracted more than 67,000 attendees, an increase of 5,000 over the 2013 show. There were more than 1,300 companies from around the world exhibiting their products, utilizing 635,000 square feet of space. That is more than 14 acres of displays.
With all of the new guns, gadgets and products on display for 2014, it was clearly impossible to see everything, so we encourage you to go to the website of your favorite company and check out their new offerings.
To highlight just a few of the new products:
There were literally thousands of new products at the show, and after four days of walking and talking, we were exhausted. We could continue to highlight the products from the booths we visited, but you get the idea. The SHOT Show is an event that everyone who is involved with the trade needs to attend. Once again, visit the website of your favorite company to find out what they have new for 2014, and keep checking back here for Guns and Shooting Online articles and reviews.
We will be reviewing more than 40 new products for Guns and Shooting Online in the coming months, including items from Motorola, SJK, B.P.I., Case, Battenfeld, FoxPro, GAMO/BSA and Columbia River, to mention just a few. This was our sixth SHOT Show and it won't be our last. We will be back in Las Vegas next year.
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