Viva Las Vegas

SHOT staying in Las Vegas through at least 2018

The deal to keep the show at Sands Expo extended another year and will mean at least nine straight years in Vegas.

SHOT is the largest firearms trade show in the world and the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas, and the city must agree with the more than 1,600 exhibitors and the attendees, because it set a third consecutive all-time attendance record this year. Over 67,000 came to the 2014 SHOT Show, an increase of 5,000 over last year’s record crowd.

SHOT Show Las Vegas
SHOT Show Floor in Las Vegas

Read more at Shooting Sports Retailer.

Core of SHOT

In July, the SHOT Show announced that they’d be “repurposing” the event:

That means that we will focus our exhibit floor on those companies that are involved in our core business — shooting, hunting, outdoor and tactical. Those exhibitors that do not represent core shooting, hunting, outdoor and tactical product segments will be informed that they will not be invited to exhibit in 2013. Letters will be going out to those companies affected beginning in September 2011, and should those companies choose not to exhibit in 2012 as a result, we will offer them a full refund, which is contrary to the terms of their 2012 contract, but only fair under the circumstances.

I thought this was a good move, as there were more than a few oddball booths at the show. No big deal unless there are legit shooting and hunting companies waiting to get in, and that’s apparently the case.

More recently they announced that

we first removed nearly 100 out of 400 waitlist companies that do not meet the criteria of our core business. These companies will be receiving a letter explaining our position. We then sent invitations and applications to exhibit at the 2012 SHOT Show to 128 firearms, ammunition, optics and accessory companies. Just 60 of those companies submitted their application and payment.

This week, we are inviting another 50 companies to join us at the Sands Expo this January. It appears we will be able to accommodate more than 100 new exhibiting companies at the 2012 SHOT Show and have all the remaining 122 companies that meet the criteria of our core business off our waitlist and exhibiting at the 2013 SHOT Show.

This is probably a real good move. The show is huge and I’ve never really been a fan of some of the out-of-place booths there.