Industry Day: Another Look

Another Look at Industry Day

Looking at Rifles

Barrett M Rad

Barrett M RAD


Barrett REC-7

Barrett REC-7


 Barrett 308


Atticus shooting the Barrett 308


Clayton Shooting Barrett M RAD

Clayton shooting the Barrett M RAD


Atticus shooting Zenith FirearmsRoller Locker MKE Z5K

Atticus shooting the Zenith Firearms Roller Locker MKE Z5K

Zenith Firearms Roller Locker MKE Z5K

Zenith Firearms Roller Locker MKE Z5K

Zenith Firearms Z5 Rifle

Zenith Firearms Z5 Rifle

H&K MR 762 A1 LRP II

H&K 762 A1 LRP II

FM AR Variant

FM AR Variant

Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February.  You can follow his adventures at  In the meantime, he has left all of his photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him.  (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled.  Apologies in advance if this happens).

Leatherman Gives a Rundown of New Products


Leatherman Gives the Gears crew the rundown on two of their new products for 2016

Watch while we learn about the Skeletool RX and the Knifeless Rebar.

The skeletool RX is a tool to use to respond quickly and safely in emergency situations.  Specialized tools, such as a 154CM deeply serrated blade for more cutting surface on clothing or fibrous materials and carbide glass break bit, makes the Skeletool RX an essential piece of kit for any EMT or first responder.

The new Knifeless Rebar includes 16 of the most popular tools found in the original multi-tool, including: needlenose pliers, regular pliers, saw, ruler, can opener, precision-ground screwdrivers, a Three-sided ground file, replaceable premium steel wire cutters and a bottle opener.

Industry Day: Photo Recap 1


Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February.  You can follow his adventures at  In the meantime, he has left all of his photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him.  (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled.  Apologies in advance if this happens)

Industry Day

Range Day overview


H&K VP-9 Pistol

Atticus shooting the H&K VP-9


Sphinz Pistol

The Sphinx

Sprinx duty pistol

Atticus shooting the Sphinx duty pistol

Sprinz full frame

Clayton shooting the Sphinx full frame

Shot Show 2016 Day Three is All Done!

Atticus gives his quick take on what he saw on Day Three of Shot Show 2016.  Bullets, magazines, .308 rifles and flashlights were the highlights that he discusses today.  Videos of products will posted in the days to follow.  Be sure to keep a watch for all the video and photos to come!  Its been an awesome week and so much to see and report on.  Only one day left and so much more to see and do…

Shot Show 2016 Day Two Round Up

Day Two Round Up

See the top five favs that range from a gun that breaks down into a back pack to a snuf can holder for your rifle?

We also saw ELD, extreme low drag rounds.  And of course what every man needs in his closet is a hanger that will support up to 125 pounds!

Shot Show 2016 has a bit of everything and we are looking forward to discovering more in day 3.  Stay tuned for more coverage!


38th SHOT Show® Kicks Off at Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas

38th SHOT Show® Kicks Off at Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas


Firearm industry professionals gather at largest trade show for target shooting, hunting, outdoor and law enforcement products


LAS VEGAS- The 38th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowSM (SHOT Show®) opened its doors this morning at the Sands Expo Center with expectations running high given the energized market in America for firearms, ammunition and accessories.

Over the next four days, the show will attract some 60,000 industry professionals from the firearms and outdoor industry, and showcase new, innovative products used for target shooting, hunting, outdoor recreation and law enforcement purposes.

Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, the SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world. The show is open to trade members only and not to the public; consumers will see the products unveiled at SHOT Show on retailers’ shelves during the course of the year.

SHOT Show 2016 opens amid a national trend of surging firearms sales. In December, the NSSF-adjusted total of more than 2.2 million background checks represented an increase of 37.6 percent over the same month a year ago. For all of 2015, background checks, which are used as an indicator of sales activity, were up 8.8 percent over 2014.

The $6.6 billion industry is seeing more people going target shooting and purchasing firearms for personal and home protection. The multi-year trend of more women purchasing firearms for protection and recreational shooting shows no sign of easing up. And recent NSSF research shows that minority populations in the U.S, particularly the growing Hispanic population, have a genuine interest in learning about the shooting sports.

Even as Americans purchase firearms in record numbers, industry points out that violent crime continues to decline, underscoring that more guns do not lead to more crime, as anti-gun groups inaccurately claim.

“Despite the political challenges being mounted against our industry, it is gratifying to see the American people supportive of firearms ownership and to see new and diverse customers taking their first shots and enjoying our sports,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. The week prior to the SHOT Show, NSSF rolled out a Big City Tour of its First Shots introduction-to-shooting program at area Las Vegas shooting ranges that was attended by more than 400 participants.

For the seventh year in a row, SHOT Show will take place at the Sands Expo Center. The show is the largest event hosted at Sands Expo Center, and during its run injects nearly $90 million in non-gaming revenue to the Las Vegas economy.

SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Hosting more than 1,600 exhibiting companies, the show floor exceeds 630,000 net square feet-equivalent to more than 13 acres or the area covered by the Great Pyramid at Giza. Some 12.5 miles of aisles lead to displays of a wide range of products, including firearms, ammunition, gun safes, locks and cases, optics, shooting range equipment, targets, training and safety equipment, hunting accessories, law enforcement equipment, hearing and eye protection, tree stands, scents and lures, cutlery, GPS systems, holsters, apparel, leather goods, game calls and decoys.

“Even though we have a satisfactory rating from last year of 84 percent from our attendees, we’re always looking for ways to improve the experience of the SHOT Show and provide customers with their finest SHOT Show ever,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

The show’s New Products Center has been enhanced. Last year, more than 400 new products were displayed in the center, receiving more than 32,000 barcode scans.

Another enhancement is the new “SHOT Show NEXT” segment of the show. Designed to provide attendees with an introduction to companies currently on the waiting list for exhibitor space on the main show floor, SHOT Show NEXT provides exposure to newer companies and products coming to market.

NSSF State of the Industry Event  


On the first evening of the show, NSSF will present its State of the Industry Dinner, where a capacity audience of more than 2,000 will hear from NSSF President Steve Sanetti, learn about NSSF achievements in the past year and be entertained by industry favorite, Jeff Foxworthy.

Major sponsors of the 2015 SHOT Show include Ram Truck Brand, Daniel Defense, Georgia USA, Nissan, Aguila Ammunition, Brownells,, Sig Sauer, Silencer Co., Smith & Wesson, Vista Outdoor and Winchester.

The show brings together all segments a historic American industry-manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, shooting range operators, outdoor media and representatives from hunting and wildlife conservation groups.

The largest gathering of outdoor media in the world covers the SHOT Show, with NSSF having credentialed 2,500 media members. On the day prior to SHOT Show, Industry Day at the Range provides invited media and buyers an opportunity to test and learn more about new products. SHOT Show will again feature Radio Row, where major conservative radio hosts, including Mike Gallagher, Dana Loesch and Lars Larson, broadcast live from the venue.

In a longstanding tradition, SHOT Show provides a full lineup of professional development opportunities for attendees. Sold out is SHOT Show University, where firearm retailers can learn about new marketing strategies and compliance with federal regulations. Law enforcement professionals have their own series of education seminars.

SHOT Show is the year’s “must-attend” event for industry professionals. Anyone with an interest in the show and new industry products can learn more or by following the show’s news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit