SHOT Show 2018 Review
Then, the show spanned three days and comprised 5,600 attendees, 290 exhibitors and 51,153 net square feet of exhibit space. Fast forward to the 40th SHOT Show, held Jan. 23–26 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, this year’s event hosted over 60,000 attendees, featured 1,660 exhibitors (a number exceeding 2,100 when the two-day Suppliers Showcase is included) and occupied more than 645,000 net square feet. These figures have made the SHOT Show the 19th largest tradeshow in the U.S., seventh largest in Las Vegas and the largest event held at the Sands.
Long-Gun Sales In The “New Normal”
The landscape of firearms sales has changed drastically in the past two years. No longer are gun owners buying in a panic, afraid their ability to purchase guns and ammunition will be curtailed in the near future. Sales have slowed down as the industry is adjusting to an altered political climate.
Epie Martinez owns Silver Gun Sports in Pueblo, Colo. Although sales have slowed, Martinez lends what customers are buying now is much the same as what they’ve purchased over the past several years.