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SHOT Show 2013: Index

02/18/2013 - Directly from the 2013 edition of the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the most important trade show in the Sport Shooting world, the newest products, trends and concepts

the all4shooters.com Team

Viva Las Vegas! What else could we say?

It makes a few years now that the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoors and Trade Show has been permanently hosted by the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, one of the gun-friendliest jurisdictions in the U.S.

As a matter of fact, the 2013 SHOT Show did need some friendly environment after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of Newtown, Connecticut, last December. With the hype and storm coming against the world of legitimate gun owners and retailers, the National Shooting Sports Foundation – itself headquartered in Newtown – had to gather together the best of the gun world in order to resist the onslaught from the anti-gun lobby. President Obama's 23-point speech in fact was delivered the second day of the Show, and led many attendees to take a deep breath as no action against so-called "assault weapons" or "high-capacity magazines" was announced; and yet, the 2013 SHOT Show attracted a record overall attendance of 62,371, including a new high for buyers and more than 2,000 media representatives. Over 1,600 exhibitors and industry professionals from all 50 U.S. states and 100 foreign Countries filled booth space covering 630,000 net square feet. The show this year saw prices skyrocket as manufacturers are overwhelmed by requests and getting preorders for months, and possibly years, to come.


The new Sig Sauer P220
The new Sig Sauer P220

PISTOLS

Be it for sports shooting, personal or property defense, the handguns sector is one of the most dedicated to improvement and quite a few new products and concepts have been introduced at the 2013 Edition of the Shot Show in Las Vegas.

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Chiappa “Little Badger” .22 LR carbine
Chiappa “Little Badger” .22 LR carbine

RIFLES

As usual for Shot, most new rifles from Tier-1 manufacturers are introduced here; hunting, sports, long-range competition and professional rifles, manually operated or semiautomatic, centerfire or rimfire, chances are that they will be showcased here before anywhere else in the world.


Perazzi Short Rib
Perazzi Short Rib

SHOTGUNS

Shotguns remain the core business of the sporting gun industry, being the most widely available shooting tool, both for clay competition or hunting. Traditionally, in its double barrel top break form, it's also the most accepted firearm the world over, even where the law is extremely restrictive.
Geco Ammunition centerfire handgun line
Geco Ammunition centerfire handgun line

AMMUNITION

Recent events have skyrocketed ammunition market; manufacturers have in a few cases totally sold out their whole inventories, as shooters are stocking ammo out of fear of a future ban. In turn, this made the US market very attractive for European manufacturers, 



Aimpoint Micro T1 mounted on a Glock
Aimpoint Micro T1 mounted on a Glock

OPTICS

The increase in performance, quality and features we are witnessing in the optics market for the last ten years seem to be unstoppable; every year some new breakthrough technology is introduced, up to systems which literally seem to employ "guided bullets", like Tracking Point. Of course, prices do increase accordingly... 

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5.11 TACTICAL LIGHTS
5.11 TACTICAL LIGHTS

ACCESSORIES

The variety and sheer genius that twenty years ago we have observed in new guns, we see now in the accessory market. As a matter of fact, many niches (i.e. flashlights) have reached saturation; nonetheless, we can't shake away the sensation that some customers buy a firearm just to max it out with accessories!


SIG-Sauer MPX sub-machine gun
SIG-Sauer MPX sub-machine gun

PRO-ZONE

The introduction of new military/professional, LE platforms and weapon systems seems to have lost a bit of momentum, compared to the last three years; the new products generally are improvements of previous models, with a few notable exceptions, such as the SIG MPX Submachinegun. 

Cybergun “Colt Python” replica revolvers
Cybergun “Colt Python” replica revolvers

AIRSOFT

Replica airsoft guns, accessories and related MilSim gear have reached maturity, and in some cases this market is just as appealing as "real steel"; high end replicas have reached perfection, to the point that they are officially adopted as training products.

KNIVES

Blades: the only real universal tool and accessory that no-one, shooter or not, will be ever able to do without - thatʼs why things go along with the two industries, and thatʼs why blades seem to know no crisis... it was true a year ago, it is even even more this year.

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