From the Exhibit Hall to the Conference Rooms: Highlights from SHOT Show 2024

SHOT Show stands as a testament to the passion, creativity, and camaraderie that define the shooting, hunting, and outdoor trade industry.
From the Exhibit Hall to the Conference Rooms: Highlights from SHOT Show 2024

Every year, the shooting, hunting, and outdoor trade industry gathers under one roof for an event unlike any other. With anticipation building and exhibitors preparing to showcase their latest innovations, SHOT Show emerges as the ultimate destination for enthusiasts, professionals, and industry insiders alike. Let's embark on a journey to unravel the excitement and significance of this premier trade show. 

A Historical Perspective 

Established in 1979 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), SHOT Show has evolved from its humble beginnings into the largest trade show of its kind in the world. Held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, SHOT Show serves as a platform for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and media representatives to come together and explore the latest advancements in firearms, ammunition, outdoor gear, and related products. 

 

The Pulse of Innovation 

At the heart of SHOT Show lies two exhibit halls buzzing with energy and innovation. Spanning over 630,000 square feet of exhibit space, the show floor is a melting pot of creativity and ingenuity. From cutting-edge firearms and optics to state-of-the-art accessories and gear, attendees are treated to a firsthand look at the industry's most groundbreaking products. 

At SHOT Show 2024, three firearms stole the spotlight: the STG-44, PSA's new Krink, and the X5.7. While not yet in production, the STG-44 is currently in development at Palmetto State Armory (PSA), signaling a modern revival of this iconic rifle. Despite not being identical to previous models showcased at SHOT Show, the STG-44 is a new iteration that required significant setup time for production machinery at PSA's facility. 

Addressing the demand for Krink models, PSA announced upcoming releases chambered in 5.56 NATO, catering to enthusiasts seeking both traditional and modernized styles. This development answered numerous inquiries about the availability of Krink models, providing options for versatile firearms in this popular caliber. 

The X5.7 generated considerable buzz online, earning the moniker "MP7 at home." Developed from the Rock pistol, it features a rear charging handle and is displayed with 40-round extended magazines. Its compact yet powerful design appeals to a broad audience, showcasing innovation in firearm development. 

As these firearms progress from development to production, the firearms community eagerly anticipates their release, eager to experience the latest advancements in firearm technology firsthand. 

At this year's show, two innovative firearm accessories caught the attention of enthusiasts: the Holosun DPS and the Franklin Armory Glock binary trigger. 

The Holosun DPS, or Dynamic Pistol Sight, redefines the handgun sight experience with its groundbreaking features. Offering a wide field of view and rapid target acquisition, this sight incorporates advanced technology to enhance accuracy and performance. Its compact design and user-friendly interface make it an ideal choice for both professional shooters and recreational enthusiasts alike. 

Meanwhile, the Franklin Armory Glock binary trigger introduces a new level of versatility to Glock pistols. This innovative trigger system allows for semi-automatic firing as well as binary firing, enabling shooters to fire a round both on the pull and release of the trigger. With its smooth operation and customizable settings, the Franklin Armory Glock binary trigger offers a unique shooting experience for Glock enthusiasts. 

As these accessories make their debut at SHOT Show 2024, they represent the cutting edge of firearm technology, providing shooters with new tools to enhance their shooting experience. Whether improving accuracy with the Holosun DPS or unlocking new firing capabilities with the Franklin Armory Glock binary trigger, these accessories are sure to make waves in the firearms community. 

 

Networking and Collaboration 

Beyond its showcase of products, SHOT Show fosters invaluable networking opportunities and collaboration among industry professionals. With over 2,400 exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees from around the globe, the show provides a dynamic environment for forging partnerships, conducting business deals, and exchanging insights and best practices. 

At SHOT Show 2024, we had the privilege of meeting with some of the industry's top brands and suppliers, each offering innovative solutions to meet the diverse needs and tactical requirements of our customers. 

RA Tools impressed us with their cutting-edge breaching equipment, designed to meet the demands of law enforcement and military personnel. Their commitment to quality and reliability ensures that operators can trust their equipment in high-stakes situations. 

C & G Holsters showcased their top-quality concealed carry holsters, combining functionality with comfort and style. Their holsters are designed to provide secure and discreet carry options for everyday use. 

Kroll Inc, a strategic partner and supplier, offers a range of solutions to support our operations. Their expertise and dedication to excellence make them an invaluable asset to our team. 

We were thrilled to connect with MSR Distribution, a Las Vegas local and strategic partner. Their extensive inventory and efficient distribution network ensure that we have access to the products we need, when we need them. 

Paraclete and Point Blank armor presented innovative body armor solutions designed to provide maximum protection without compromising mobility. Their commitment to research and development ensures that they stay ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving threat landscape. 

HRT showcased their extensive range of tactical gear, designed to meet the needs of professionals in the field. From apparel to equipment, their products are built to withstand the rigors of duty while maximizing performance. 

N-Vision showcased their state-of-the-art thermal and NVG devices, offering enhanced situational awareness in low-light conditions. Their cutting-edge technology provides operators with a critical advantage in the field. 

USIQ was another notable company we met with, specializing in a vast selection of field equipment and supplies. With a special emphasis on night vision, weapon-mounted optical systems, thermal imaging systems, body armor, ammunition, tactical clothing and boots, as well as ancillary professional and personal equipment needed by mission-ready operators and leaders, USIQ offers a comprehensive range of products to support operational needs. 

Overall, our meetings with these brands and suppliers reaffirmed our commitment to providing our customers with the best-in-class products and solutions. We look forward to continuing our partnerships and exploring new opportunities for collaboration in the future. 

Education and Training 

In addition to its expansive exhibit hall, SHOT Show offers educational seminars, workshops, and training sessions. Covering topics ranging from firearm safety and retail best practices to legal and regulatory updates, these educational opportunities empower attendees with knowledge and skills to navigate the evolving landscape of the industry. 

Industry Insights and Trends 

SHOT Show serves as a barometer for industry trends and insights, offering a glimpse into the future of shooting sports and outdoor recreation. From emerging technologies and consumer preferences to regulatory developments and market dynamics, attendees gain valuable insights to inform their strategies and decisions. 

The People Behind the Products 

Behind every product showcased at SHOT Show lies a team of passionate individuals dedicated to pushing the boundaries of innovation. From seasoned industry veterans to up-and-coming entrepreneurs, the show provides a platform for these innovators to share their stories, connect with customers, and showcase their vision for the future of the industry. 

A Celebration of Heritage and Tradition 

At its core, SHOT Show is a celebration of the rich heritage and tradition of the shooting, hunting, and outdoor trade industry. From iconic firearms brands with decades of history to family-owned businesses passing down craftsmanship from generation to generation, the show honors the legacy and craftsmanship that define the industry. 

Looking Ahead: The Future of SHOT Show 

As SHOT Show evolves and adapts to the industry's changing needs, its impact and influence only grows. With each passing year, the show remains a beacon of innovation, collaboration, and inspiration for the shooting, hunting, and outdoor community worldwide. 

In conclusion, SHOT Show stands as a testament to the passion, creativity, and camaraderie that define the shooting, hunting, and outdoor trade industry. From its bustling exhibit hall to its educational seminars and networking opportunities, the show embodies the spirit of innovation and excellence that propels the industry forward. As we eagerly anticipate the next installment of SHOT Show, we invite you to join us in celebrating the remarkable achievements and boundless potential of this dynamic industry.