The Column, No. 130:

SHOT Show 2020

The SHOT Show ran from January 21-24, 2020, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Attendance figures were estimated at 55,000 or so, down a bit from about 65,000 in 2017, 60,000 in 2018, and about 58,000 in 2019. The weather was gorgeous this year.

As an industry-only trade show, it remains the largest of its type in the world. The IWA Show (IWA OutdoorClassics) in Germany is second, with 2019 attendance of 45,476 visitors from 121 countries. To be sure, there were a few gripes about the SHOT Show: badges and credentials were not mailed or e-mailed prior to event, making for frustratingly long lines, various computer hick-ups, and generally a red hot mess of badge pick-ups.

In my view, there was less emphasis this year on tactical and Armalite platform rifles, with more focus on pistols, accessories, and hunting gear. Winchester announced 8% antimony Winchester AA Diamond Grade sporting clay target loads which already has some folks arguing about what antimony does. I wonder who will actually bother to pattern them? I'm talking with Zach Keinbaum here: .

Savage Arms announced their new Made in USA Renegauge semi-auto with Patrick E. Kelley going over the shotgun here: .

Mossberg did a great job with their new 940 JM Pro. I'm visiting with Jerry Miculek here: .

Remington has introduced a full line of Tungsten Super Shot loads: .

Retay Arms of Konya, Turkey, has introduced the Gordion, a wallet-friendly shotgun still featuring their patented Inertia Plus action. I go over it a bit here: .

In general, I thought it was an excellent event. If you can't have fun in Las Vegas, chances are you are just not equipped to have fun.

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