The SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada a firearms/hunting/shooting industry trade show put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation is most certainly the worlds largest firearms and hunting related trade show. The show is so large that it is impossible to see all the manufacturers, and purveyors in less than 3-4 days. With the first day behind us here are some initial observations.
This show is about 50% paramilitary and 50% hunting related, with much overlap in the areas of clothing. The show covers everything related to both these areas, armored vehicles, to armored clothing for police through many firearms not available to the general public to every camouflage pattern imaginable both for hunters and paramilitary use, to collectable firearms, to masking scents and game calls for hunters and much much more.
Obviously, present are the big US firearm manufacturers, represented by Winchester, Browning, Remington, Colt, Weatherby, Ruger, Mossberg, Smith & Wesson and others, as were the contingents from Europe with Austrian Glock handguns, Germany led by Walther handguns and Diana air rifles, Italy in the form of Beretta, Tangfolio, Perazzi, Benelli, and others, Turkey with a myriad of vendors too many to recount, and of course others like CZ.
There are a plethora of optics vendors again ranging from the US companies : Burris, Bushnell, Leupold, through the Japanese companies like Nikon to lesser known but equally interesting such as Sightron. Like many other companies Sightron has two series of riflescopes, one manufactured in Japan, the other for the more cost concious buyer made in the Philippines. Many of the firearms related book vendors were also present, most notably Blue Book as were companies like Gun Broker.com.
A large number of international firearms, military and police equipment dealers were also present, as were buyers from police and gun dealers from around the world, noted yesterday were representatives from Australia, Sweden and several Middle Eastern countries.
As mentioned previously all of the typical game call and masking scent/attractants manufacturers were present, such as Primos and Knight & Hale, as were many smaller lesser well known companies which will be covered later.
S/R Industries, Inc, purveyors of Marksman, and Beeman products, Chiappa firearms, Taurus, Battle Rifle Company, Barnett Outdoors LLC, H-S Precision, Inc., New Ultra Light Arms LLC, and Minox among some of the other vendors noted yesterday.