Archive for the ‘SHOT Show’ Category

SHOT Show 2021 Goes Virtual

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

The National Shooting Sports Foundation which hosts SHOT Show each year has announced that they plan to host a virtual version of the annual trade show.

Introducing SHOT Show On Demand

Nothing can truly replace the experience of the SHOT Show® in Las Vegas. While the show won’t be taking place in person this year, it doesn’t mean NSSF® can’t help you source new products and equipment and connect with the thousands of manufacturers with available inventory to meet your needs. NSSF is pleased to announce the upcoming launch this January of SHOT Show On Demand, a digital platform that will provide retailers, range operators, law enforcement and armed forces representatives the ability to discover many of the products and meet with many of the exhibitors who were scheduled to be on display at our in-person event. Many of these manufacturers and service providers can’t be easily found through traditional distribution channels.  

In addition, SHOT UniversityTM and a selection of Retailer Seminars will be available for you online, providing important industry updates and training to keep you operating successfully in the coming year.

We are currently finalizing the design and programming of SHOT Show On Demand, so more details will be available in the coming weeks. For now, mark your calendars this January 18-22, 2021, so you don’t miss your opportunity to meet one-on-one online with manufacturers.

Features of SHOT Show On Demand include:

• Searchable Online Directory of more than 2,000 exhibitors and their products

• New Product Gallery

• Schedule Appointments: Attendees will have the ability to schedule virtual meetings with SHOT Show exhibitors during SHOT Week and to communicate through private messages.

• Digital News: SHOT Show On Demand will be sending the always popular SHOT Daily through email and highlighting other publications throughout SHOT Week which feature some of the hottest new product announcements.

• On TV: SHOT Show has partnered with Outdoor Sportsman Group to provide “live” coverage on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel to make it even easier to hear the latest industry news and catch product highlights.

• Education and Training: Both SHOT University and Retailer Seminars will be available online for unparalleled industry training and helpful insights.

• And more!

Who can participate in SHOT Show On Demand? If you have attended a SHOT Show as a buyer in 2018, 2019 or 2020, you will be automatically registered for SHOT Show On Demand. A link and a login will be emailed to you in the coming weeks. 

SHOT Show 2021 Cancelled by NSSF

Friday, October 30th, 2020

National Shooting Sports Foundation just sent out the following announcement:

Statement from NSSF President & CEO Joe Bartozzi:

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the world, NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, today makes the difficult announcement that the 2021 SHOT Show has been cancelled.

NSSF has remained in constant communication with Nevada officials throughout the year in our planning for the 2021 show. While there has been a concerted effort to expand the allowable levels for large gatherings by the county and state, with positivity rates peaking during our key planning period we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 show. Sadly, these spikes are currently transpiring worldwide. Given the sheer complexities, diminishing timeline and immense logistical planning required to conduct a trade show as large as SHOT, NSSF simply could not move forward at this point with so many unknowns and variables. We truly appreciate the guidance of Nevada and Las Vegas officials in allowing us to communicate this news to our exhibitors and attendees well in advance of the show. We would also like to thank the Sands directly for their help and efforts to navigate this unprecedented situation.

The planning and work that has gone into the 2021 SHOT Show has been nothing short of remarkable. Since the pandemic began in early 2020, the NSSF staff and our show partners have been working around the clock to plan our largest show in history while keeping the health and safety of all involved as paramount.

The support of our show exhibitors this year has also been nothing short of remarkable. With three months to go until the show, floor space for both the Sands Expo Center and our expansion to the new Caesars Forum was nearly sold out, with more companies than ever before represented at the SHOT Show.

All of this positions us for a 2022 SHOT Show that will be undoubtably the best in our industry’s history, and we look forward to bringing our entire community together again at a show that will be one to remember.


During the coming year, NSSF asks for our industry’s unwavering support as we continue our fight to promote, protect and preserve our industry in these unsettling times.

Throughout this year, NSSF has remained at the forefront for our industry. As thousands of businesses across the country were shuttered as being “non-essential” during the pandemic, NSSF worked nonstop to have firearm retailers, ranges, manufacturers and distributors listed as “essential” which allowed them to remain open for business.

NSSF is your trade association. Everything we do—from education, safety initiatives, compliance and security resources, import/export guidance, consumer activation initiatives, government relations, and the SHOT Show—is aimed at helping businesses in our industry succeed. Now, more than ever, we need your continued support.

OpsCore Introduces Modular Bungee Shroud ANVIS Mounting Plate

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

At SHOT Show Gentex exhibited their new Ops-Core Modular Bungee Shroud ANVIS Mounting Plate for those of you using goggles with ANVIS mounts.

Drake Associates – ATHENA Precision Chassis Rifle

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

On that flew under the radar at SHOT Show is the ATHENA Precision Chassis Rifle by Drake Associates.

Currently offered in a 5.56 platform and coming soon to 7.62, the ATHENA is monolithic design with the lower receiver and handguard machined from a single piece of aluminum, leaving a freefloated, 18″ Satern Button Drake Heavy Profile Contour Barrel (16″ and 20″ also available). However, there is a top section of the handguard incorporating Picatinny rail which can be removed. The 6 O’clock position also features partial Pic rail for a bipod.

This results in average accuracy of .6 – .7 MOA at 100 yds, with the best group at .366 MOA, using 77 gr Federal OTM ammunition. Now get this, it’s at a muzzle velocity of 2,737 fps.

ePIG’s SHOT Show Experience Was ePIC

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Not since Falco have we seen such an awesome display of Teutonic Hip Hop skills. It’s great to see that someone had fun at SHOT Show.

SHOT Show 20 – Helikon-Tex Covert M-65

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Helikon-Tex transitioned from a strictly surplus business to making their own clothing when the demand for the M-65 Field Jacket outpaced their access to surplus versions.

At SHOT Show 20, they showed a prototype of a new version called the Covert M-65 which will hit the market this summer. Made of DuraCanvas, it features a more modern look, including shoulder caps to deal with packstrap wear, new pocket flaps, a breakaway zipper, and several new pockets including 30 round magazine pockets at the rear and internal hidden pockets.

Look for it in OD, Coyote and Black this summer.

SHOT Show 20 – The Iron Horse by Blackwater

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Blackwater Ammunition showed up on the scene a few years ago and since then has been making a mad dash toward ammo and weapon development with some side work on body armor and load carriage. It’s all very much in line with work done by owner Erik Prince during Blackwater’s heyday in the early aughts, so really no surprise. Some of you may remember the signature BW Guns and Blackwater Gear, designed by Caleb Crye.

They had a lot on display at SHOT Show, but The Iron Horse stuck out as something completely different. You might notice that this carbine doesn’t have a traditional trigger or guard.

That’s because the trigger is a thumb activated lever above the rear of the pistol grip. The concept was originally developed for wounded veterans who had lost fingers. Turns out, the thumb is stronger than the index finger and there’s less weapon movement (at least side-to-side) with the depressing of a horizontal lever than a vertical one.

The Iron Horse will accept standard AR uppers and they plan to offer 7075 aluminum lowers for those who want to build their own.

SHOT Show 20 – FTC Magnifier Mount from Unity Tactical

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Unity Tactical’s FTC Magnifier Mounts are genius. The mount stores the magnifier when not needed within the footprint of the weapon, no more stuff hanging off to the side, and it doesn’t occlude the Red Dot Sight when stowed. When employed the sight’s centerline is 2.26″ above the rail.