SHOT Show is the largest gun and equipment exhibition on the planet. Most major manufacturers of firearms, hunting, military and law enforcement gear from around the world were present at the Sands in Las Vegas this year. Regardless of what you are looking for, if it is related to outdoor sports, military or law enforcement equipment, you’ll find it at this expo. The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported that 62,371 people attended the show over the course of four days, including over 2,000 media representatives. More than 1,600 exhibitors were on hand covering 630,000 square feet of displays and booths. The show attracted industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries.
In addition to seeing the latest products available, officers could also take numerous classes as part of the “Law Enforcement Education Program.” The training sessions were free with paid admission. Prior to the show, officers could review course content and sign up online. If you were not able to pre-register, you could sign up for classes on-site if seats were still available. After completing training, officers simply dropped his or her registration card into a bin. Organizers scanned the cards and attendees received a record of training. Showgoers could choose from 10 different training sessions. A few of the highlights were:
John T. Meyer Jr., resident of Team One Network, conducted a session on low-light training. The training covered tactical advantages of high lumen lights, long range lights and laser sighting systems. It also included discussion and demonstration of low light techniques and tactical tips to use with weapon-mounted and handheld lights.
Will Mercado did training on active shooter response. The training covered techniques for breaching doors and windows, as well as defeating counter-measures that can be used by active shooters to prevent or slow down law enforcement response.
Various celebrities are always present signing autographs and talking to fans—this is always a big attraction. Most competitors of the first four seasons of History Channel’s Top Shot were there, including Gabby Franco, Dustin Ellermann and Brian Zins. Also present were the cast of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Outdoor Channel’s Elite Tactical Unit, and Discovery Channel’s Sons of Guns.
The most significant part of SHOT Show is that manufacturers often unveil their latest products for the first time—and there were many more than can be listed here. I’ll go over a few of the things that caught my eye over the four-day event.
This company was formed by a former U.S. Navy SEAL. They make a Cleaner, Protectant & Lubricant (CLP) for firearms cleaning and maintenance that is biodegradable and has no unpleasant odor. Once you start using this product, with each new application it permeates into the metal of your firearm and begins forming a barrier against carbon. It’s a lot like seasoning a new cast iron skillet. The more you use it, the more protected the gun becomes. Each subsequent cleaning becomes easier as the carbon will not bond with the metal. It also prevents rust, as the metal absorbs the protectant. It is available in a spray can, liquid, paste or in pre-soaked cleaning patches.
Made by Emissive Energy Corp. based in Rhode Island, Inforce produces high-quality and moderately priced flashlights. Their weapon mounted lights are very innovative and durable. In particular, their WML line made for mounting on carbines are lightweight, easy to use, and have a well thought-out design. These lights were recently adopted by Haley Strategic Partners for their signature series of rifles based on the AR platform. Weighing in at only three ounces and having an integrated mount for any Picatinny rail system, these lights are a great addition to any carbine.