Viva las Vegas! The highly anticipated event of the year - the SHOT Show 2019 - is only a few days away. It is one of the world's most important trade shows for civilian guns, accessories, hunting, outdoor clothing and law enforcement. In its 41st edition, the show will take place at one of the locations that have one of the most gun-friendly laws in the US - Las Vegas.
SHOT Show 2019: facts and figures
The gun show found an ideal venue for the past 10 years with the Sands Expo & Concention Center. On more than 230,000 square meters, the most famous brands of the gun, armament and equipment industry present their new products. But also newcomers and smaller manufactories can be found at this fair.
Since 2010, the fair has consistently attracted high attendance of at least 50,000 visitors, up to almost 70,000 in 2014. Also in the past year, over 60,000 people found their way into the "City of Lights". But not only because of the number of visitors, the largest gun fair in the world is often referred to as the leading trade fair. The patron and organizer of the SHOT Show is the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) - the association of the US firearms Industry. This year, the NSSF expects over 2,000 exhibitors at the exhibition center.
Who is the fair addressed to?
Although well suited, the name SHOT is not only related to shooting. It is an acronym for "shooting, hunting and outdoor trade". In addition to sports shooters, hunters and outdoor fans, the fair is also targeted at law enforcement agencies and armed forces. The Law Enforcement division is the fastest growing segment of the arms fair. 16 years ago, with a total exhibition space of almost 650 square meters, the area has now grown to just under 16,000 square meters.
The SHOT Show is not a public show. It is reserved for retailers and wholesalers in hunting and shooting sports, as well as buyers from law enforcement agencies and security forces. Among the trade visitors are around 2,400 media representatives.
SHOT Show 2019: dates and details
While visitors to the fair will only be admitted from the 22nd of January, some events will start in advance. On Sunday 20th of January a NSSF charity golf game will take place in support of wounded veterans.
One day before the start of the fair, the NSSF invites you to the Industry Day at the Range. At this event it is possible for visitors and journalists to test the new products at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club, located in Boulder City, not far from Las Vegas. The morning is reserved for media representatives. In the afternoon, the trade visitors can get a picture of the coveted novelties.
On January 22nd, the exhibition halls will be officially opened and will provide insights into the latest developments from 08:30 AM to 5:30 PM. During the fair numerous seminars and events will be held. Furthermore, members and purchasers of law enforcement agencies are allowed to visit the fairgrounds as early as 08:00 AM. From January 22nd to 25th, experts can look at all the novelties and trends for the coming year.
The team of all4hunters.com and all4shooters.com will keep you informed about the most important news, coveted novelties and everything worth knowing about the fair.
Of course, we were also live for you in 2018! Take a look at some new releases from the past year in the video. In a picture gallery we also summarized the most important new pistols of the SHOT Show 2018.
Are you more interested in the shotguns introduced the past year? No problem, you will find in our picture gallery "Shotguns of the SHOT Show 2018".
All new products from IWA, HIT and SHOT Show can be found as usual right here on all4shooters.com.