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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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Shot Show Wrapup

After attending the Orlando Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, it takes a while to process everything that is seen.

Orlando is a long way away, but it is almost impossible to do business in the industry without attending. Well, this show was big! The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) statistics showed 656,100 square feet of exhibitor space and 1,870 exhibitors. There was a total attendance of just over 42,000 people.

Attendance is supposedly restricted to dealers, the media and friends of the industry, but it seems like there were an awful lot of non-industry people there this year. It would be near impossible to get any business done if it were open to the general public. The crowds would be unmanageable, they are close to that with the non business people slipping in now.

It's hard to say exactly how much of the show is actually dedicated to law enforcement products and services. There are separate area for LE, hunting, paintball, clothing, shoes, etc., but a lot of companies, had exhibit space in multiple areas. So there is a lot more territory to cover, enough to kep you busy for all four days.

Business is good, there is an incredible variety of items that can be found in any market segment.

The AR-15 rifle is doing very well. Booth after booth displayed every variation possible, and every accessory that could possibly be attached. For sure, there are enough slings, lights, optics and other items to meet any need.

And talk about flashlights! You can find incredibly bright lights in small packages. LED's are getting nicer and many are almost indestructible. Unfortunately, increases in brightness and longevity come with hefty price tags.

Finally, keep an eye on Smith and Wesson. They are back in the game. Just as the original M&P model revolvers were the cream of the crop, 50 years ago. They have hit a home run with thie polymer line of M&P pistols and AR-15 variants. They are definitely gearing up to gain back the market share they lost in the 1990's.

The SHOT Show returns to Las Vegas next year. Hoo-AH.

Shawn in the Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

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