1600 exhibitors in 630,000 square feet of exhibition space with an expected 65,000 industry professionals visiting during the 4 days of the show. SHOT claims to be the world's largest gun show, but I wonder what IWA in Germany thinks of that.
I never quite know why I actually attend the show, it is pretty irrelevant to everything we do in our manufacturing and retail side at Westley Richards. I guess I am in Las Vegas always for the Antique Arms show later in the week so it seems sensible to arrive a little earlier and see what is new in the industry and gain a feel of how buoyant our trade is. Additionally, I always think I will discover something very novel, but that find seems to have eluded me for years.
The show at the Sands Expo is not open to the public, with the organisers paying strict attention to your credentials before you are allowed in. So if you do ever want to attend, make sure you register online first and get passed off before travelling, you will need to demonstrate you are in some way associated to the business. Once in, you will see everything 'new' that the international manufacturers have to offer for the coming year, guns, optics, clothing, knives and everything else associated with our sport.
Certainly the show seemed very alive, people were upbeat and I believe the Obama factor has put gun and ammunition sales up into a place 'never seen before in the industry'. People here just can't seem to get enough of either.
So tomorrow I will continue the walk and see if I can find the elusive 'must have' accessory and then on to the Antique Arms show and a world I am more familiar with.