SHOT Show 2015 Evolution - Then and Now
As long as firearms have been a central part of America culture, there has been a definitive need to let the public view and experience the various improvements in design that firearms manufacturers have in store. The SHOT Show\ is a firearms and equipment exhibition that has been ongoing since 1979. This year, hosted at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, proves to be the most ambitious one yet. With over 67,000 attendees arriving for the 2014 show, the 2015 exposition is already shaping up to vastly increase those numbers.
Top tier firearms manufacturers have a unique opportunity to not only share what their companies are developing but to also share points of their philosophy in special educational seminars offered throughout the expo. This matched with new arrivals and up-and-comers, proves to be a great chance for attendees to see the pride and engineering being brought to the global firearms trade.
But long before 70,000+ people made their travel arrangements to attend this ongoing 2015 SHOT Show, we take a look at the roots of the organization and how they've grown to accommodate demand.
Shooting Sports Gets Its Own Venue
In January of 1979, the first SHOT Show was scheduled to begin in St. Louis, Missouri. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) sought out the opportunity to educate both commercial purchasers and individuals about advances in gun technology. Bill Talley, chairman of the NSSF Board of Governors at the time, remarked, “This show, soon to open, is the realization of a dream of many years. We've long wanted a forum for products allied with hunting and shooting, and now we have it. The support and enthusiasm you have all displayed has been extremely encouraging, and we know that this will be an important beginning for an annual event of growing influence.”
This is a very necessary evolution for sporting goods retailers and producers because for years these companies were forced to mete out a space among other unrelated sporting goods. As enthusiasm for their product lines increased, it became only natural that they would seek to get the space necessary to have this showcase. In its 37th year running with no signs of stopping, the SHOT Show is still one of the most widely anticipated shooting sporting goods events in the country.
Shot Show Sponsorship Grows
Ever since that first exhibition, featuring over a hundred firearm and equipment producers, the SHOT Show has bloomed to feature over two hundred companies and 75,000 sq. ft. of show space. Featuring live shooting exhibitions and key speaker addresses, it has turned into a collaborative effort between equipment and firearm companies to share information and inform the public of their new designs.
This year is an especially big event as the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) has taken a personal vestige in seeing this event continue to soar to new heights.
“The partnering of NASGW with NSSF in supporting SHOT Show University speaks volumes about the commitment we all share in providing the resources firearms retailers and range owners need to conduct their businesses responsibly and profitably,” said Patrick Shay, NSSF Director, Retail Development.
With additional platinum level sponsors such as Smith & Wesson joining the ranks, now over 1,600 commercial retailers can have the unique opportunity to show off their goods for a keenly interested populace.
Alien Gear Holsters shown at the shot show, take a look here: Alien Gear Concealed Carry Gun Holsters
Take a look out our previous Coverage of the shot show 2015 below
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About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.