VEGAS, Jan. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The
44th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade
ShowSM (SHOT Show®) will open tomorrow
at The Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum and will span four days,
running January 18 to 21. The 2022
show's expansion will mark it as the largest SHOT Show ever. With
the addition of the Caesars Forum venue, the 2022 SHOT Show will
attract more than 2,400 companies covering more than 800,000 net
square feet of exhibit space. The SHOT Show is an event of
NSSF®—The Firearm Industry Trade Association.
Despite the pandemic, the SHOT Show anticipates attracting more
than 40,000 industry professionals to view new, innovative products
used for target shooting, hunting, outdoor recreation, personal
defense and law enforcement purposes.
"The SHOT Show is hugely important to our industry and its
customers not only because of the products that are unveiled there
and purchased by industry buyers but also for the educational and
networking opportunities the show provides," said NSSF President
and CEO Joe Bartozzi. "It's great to
be back in Las Vegas to do
business in-person at what will be our largest show ever. As our
industry gathers at the SHOT Show, it's notable that Americans are
embracing their right to own firearms by purchasing them at record
levels for target shooting, hunting and personal and family
The return of the SHOT Show, which was operated virtually last
year due to the pandemic, is good news for the Las Vegas and
Nevada business communities, as SHOT
Show pumps more than $88 million in
non-gaming revenue into the economy. Across America, the
$7.1 billion firearm industry
supports more than 342,000 jobs. The value of industry businesses
will be the topic of discussion at the NSSF-sponsored Governors'
Forum, where governors from several states will speak about the
importance of firearm businesses to their economies and their
efforts to attract firearm- and ammunition-related firms to locate
in their state.
The additional exhibit space of Caesars Forum brings hundreds of
companies from the show's extensive waiting list onto the show
floor for the first time, many of them smaller, newer companies
that see the SHOT Show as the ideal event to make contacts to grow
The demand for exhibit space by firearm industry companies
reflects the incredible surge in firearm purchases in America since
the beginning of 2020, totaling an estimated 40 million firearm
sales with more than 11 million of those sales being first-time
purchasers, according to federal background check data and NSSF
surveys of firearm retailers.
The SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the
world. The show is open to trade members only and not to the
public. No firearms are transferred at the show. Consumers will see
the new products unveiled at the SHOT Show on retailers' shelves
throughout the coming the year.
The firearm industry is committed to the safe use of its
products and to preventing accidents, thefts and misuse, including
suicide. The industry's leading gun safety initiatives —
collectively known as Real Solutions for Safer
Communities® and with NSSF's Project
ChildSafe® and "Have a Brave Conversation"
suicide prevention programs among them — will have a
significant presence at the show, including booths provided to NSSF
program partners—the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. NSSF works to keep guns
out of the hands of prohibited persons at the retail level through
its Operation Secure Store®, Don't Lie for the Other
GuyTM and FixNICS® initiatives.
Many official show events cluster around the four days of SHOT
Show itself, creating "SHOT Week." These include
the NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic in support of Honored
American Veterans Afield, a firearm industry-run charitable
organization that helps the healing of disabled combat veterans
through participation in hunting and the shooting sports.
The expanded two-day Supplier Showcase is a
show-within-a-show, with more than 500 OEM third-party suppliers
meeting with exhibiting manufacturers and exploring their needs for
extrusions, fabrication, fabrics, machinery, metal, plastics,
software, logistical support and tools. The event has more than
doubled in size since its introduction at the 2017 show.
The show's new eXtra Pavilion at Caesars Forum will feature 100
table-top exhibits where show attendees can meet new manufacturers,
discover new products and identify new solutions for their
At a special ceremony, NSSF will announce six new inductees to
its Hall of Fame, which was launched at the 2020 show to honor
industry leaders for their contributions to NSSF, the SHOT Show and
the heritage of target shooting and hunting in America.
Education has always been an important component of the SHOT
Show, with SHOT UniversityTM offering
a dozen classes on professional development topics such as
marketing, compliance and project funding, as well as a dedicated
Law Enforcement Education Program. In the past, presenters have
included representatives from ATF, FBI and the National Instant
Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Through its FixNICS
program, NSSF has helped to significantly improve the FBI's NICS
database by adding the names of persons legally prohibited from
owning or possessing a firearm.
On the day before SHOT Show opens, Industry Day at the
RangeTM, with more than 175 exhibitors, provides
hands-on experience to hundreds of firearms, ammunition, optics and
vehicles to more than 1,700 invited outdoor media members and
buyers. NSSF is the title sponsor of the event. More than 2,000
members of the press cover SHOT Show.
The SHOT Show is the fifth largest trade show held in
Las Vegas and attracts buyers from
all 50 states and, this year, from 100 countries. Some 13.9 miles
of aisles lead to displays of firearms, ammunition, gun safes,
locks and cases, optics, shooting range equipment, targets,
training and safety equipment, hunting accessories, law enforcement
gear, hearing and eye protection, tree stands, scents and lures,
cutlery, GPS systems and other electronics, holsters, apparel,
leather goods, game calls and decoys.
Anyone with an interest in the SHOT Show and new industry
products can keep up with show events
at shotshow.org or by following the show's news
on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
The SHOT Show is adhering to the Nevada state mandate for wearing masks at the
two show venues and has made registrants aware of the show's
COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
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SOURCE National Shooting Sports Foundation