Jamie Swanson on Shot Show 2012 Las Vegas

Hi! Well this is my first entry into the blog world so I thought I would tell you all about my visit to Shot Show 2011. As always it was absolutely packed with both products and people.

The first day, I sat in my hotel room and made a plan on how to best use my time. The next day, armed with a map of the sands convention center, Dan, Roger and I (Jamie) entered with the masses in hopes of seeing, and possibly buying for the store, the latest and greatest of what the gun world has to offer. For those of you who do not know what the Shot Show is, let me explain. The Shot Show is the largest firearms trade show in the world that focuses on the civilian market. There is one major problem with the show though; there is entirely too much stuff and not enough time to see it all.

That being the case, we set out on our journey in the most efficient way. As soon as we actually got into the show, our plans went right out the window. Talk about being like a kid in a candy store, there was so much cool stuff my head was spinning! We looked at all makes of firearms and accessories i.e. Sig, CZ-USA, Kimber, Springfield Armory, etc.

Most years there are new things introduced to the market – new innovations sometimes involving ground breaking technology, but this year was kind of slow. Every manufacturer had some really neat things, but none had that show stopping item that everyone was rushing to see. Last year, for instance, Kel-Tec had their new KSG shotgun. That shotgun was unlike anything else I had ever seen. It seemed like everyone at the show was at Kel-Tec’s booth waiting in line just to get a look. So here we are a year later and the KSG still isn’t available.

Needless to say, we saw all types of guns and accessories, but nothing that was earth shaking. We made our way up and down aisles and in and out of halls, stopping only to write up orders for products to bring into the store or to check out other interesting things that caught our eye. By the end of our time at Shot Show we had managed to order a sizable amount of firearms for sale in the store, but the jewel of our adventure was the purchase of a Barrett M107 with a suppressor for our rental fleet!

Well I’m so glad to be home, back in Utah where the people are friendly. You know, Utah kind of reminds me of my home (Oklahoma). People are always nice and willing to have a friendly conversation! On a side note, while we were at Shot Show, unknowingly we were filmed at the CZ booth by nuttinfancy and later saw ourselves on youtube.