Shot Show 2013

Tracking Point RifleThis was my first trip to Shot Show, which is an annual event open to members of the Firearms and Outdoor industries only.  It was held in Las Vegas…Elvises and guns, what more can you ask for?

For those who have not had the opportunity, or are not familiar with Shot Show, which is put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, it is somewhat like a Gun Show on steroids.  It is to gun shows what the Trans Siberian Orchestra is to Christmas Carols.  There were celebrities, pro-shooters, vendors of every description,  new technologies, guns, knives, outdoor gear…

I had the chance to see the new Ruger LC380, which is a big sister to the LCP.  It is exactly the same size as the popular LC9, but should be a little less snappy shooting the .380 round.

I saw the newest offerings from Cannon Safes, a biometric gun safe that is also an alarm clock and has an I-Phone charger built in.  It is small enough to sit on a night stand, and can be bolted down through strategically placed holes in the bottom.

The future of the industry was in full view with incredible advances in the technology on full display.  I was able to fire a rifle valued over $22,000 in a simulator.  It was from Tracking Point and is billed as the first precision guided firearm.  The sighting system, which allows even a pistol shooter like me to make a 1,000 yard shot with precision also uploads to Social Media!

The only time it came close to being quite on the main floor was during the President’s address, which was broadcast on the jumbo-trons.  You could have heard a gnat sneeze as all eyes were focused on the screens.

There were so many wonderful moments that it isn’t possible for me to pinpoint my favorite.  I just keep thinking what an incredible experience and I can’t wait for next year.  I have seen the future of our industry and it was strong, vibrant and ready!

Lynne Finch-Charlesworth

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