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
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 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.
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.