Quite honestly, the immensity or entirety of the experience is overwhelming. My participation was as media presence and I enjoyed getting a chance to meet with different product vendors and see the latest, greatest and newly released hunting products.
Shot week started with a real BANG, with Monday’s festivities that started with tour buses transporting hundreds of us out into the waste lands of the desert to “play” at a titanic sized gun range. Coined “Media Day”, this event had me firing, throwing and operating a wide selection of weaponry including; crossbows, SOG knives and hatchets, 1911 Pistols, Benelli and Browning Shotguns and a mind blowing selection of fully automatic firearms.
Of all of the vendors, most impressive were the individuals from KRISS, their firearms, sales staff, weapons overview and shooting suggestions were spot on. Despite temperatures that hovered around 40 degrees F all day and sustained 30 mph wind speeds with gusts up to 40 mph, all of the vendors were in great spirits and did everything to make participants have a fantastic time.
HIGHLIGHT of media day was most certainly seeing Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant, Glock Representative and general tough guy . . . Ronald Lee Ermey!
Shot Show floor is 600,000 square feet and covers multiple floors. Slowly wandering around the hunting section alone, took me 5 hours and I still didn’t even come close to seeing all of the companies that were represented. Favorites include the fine ladies at Prois, who work tirelessly to promote more women entering the sport of hunting. Also the infrared/night vision company MODARMORY.com who graciously offered to set me up with their IR technology and video camera for night hunting coyotes this winter season. Our shared hope is that I will be able to capture video of shooting of coyotes that will be posted on their website, my blog and also features in various predator hunting presentations I plan to offer.
After the show closed its doors at 5:30, I was treated to a social event at the bar Lavo in the Venetian Palazzo hosted by tacticalgear.com. These fun events, offer a great way to socialize and make new connections. I could see immediately, that some people are very practiced with this art form, being very good at promoting themselves, their companies, blogs and websites. I have a lot to learn from these well “polished” individuals before Shot Show 2014! It is my sincere hope, that I will be able to return to the Shot Show next year but as with so many things in life, I will need to make that decision when the date moves closer. Maybe what I REALLY need to do is find a SPONSOR!
My buddy went to this. I wished I could have gone. Must have been a great time!ReplyDelete
It was a WILD time. I could tell you more BUT as you are well aware, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. :) If you have never been make it a priority to go some year.Delete
If you find a sponsor who needs another blogger/writer/booth babe let me know. I'll be all over that! LOLReplyDelete
If I ever find myself in a position, desperate to find a booth babe with average looks and a basic understanding of the written word, I PROMISE you will be my first choice. :PDelete
Ok, Ok, OOOOOKKKKKKK! Before I receive anymore hate mail, for my seemingly sarcastic and insensitive response the the wonderful, smart and beautiful Reel Lady, know that I was just JOKING! I personally find REEL utterly irresistible (on of curse a completely platonic and professional level) and am honored to consider her a fellow outdoor blogger! :)Delete
Ahh nice to see you take that back! Seriously insult my shooting abilities or something next time Paul Bunyon (PS I googled that sh*t to know how to spell it).Delete
YOU KNOW I WAS TEASING! ANYWAY . . . yes, next time I will make fun of your atrocious shooting abilities and mediocre use of the Google search engine. :)Delete
LOL!!! I warned you! It's as some would think is it Rabid? Glad you had fun. Next year you need to plan on more than a couple days right?! There is just no way to describe SHOT Show in a post. It has to be experienced in person.ReplyDelete
Oh. And you're welcome for the jacket suggestion too.
It was a BLAST Mia, next year I am staying the week! There was just to much to see and to much to do to try and squeeze the entire adventure into 2 1/2 days! Plus I missed events like the Golden Moose Awards and such that would have been so much FUN to attend!Delete
At least next year Media Day CANNOT be any colder than it was this year! LOL! Then again . . . . HA!
Thanks Steve! So glad we met you. Now which was the blog you were telling me I had to read?ReplyDelete
So great to meet you as well it was a pleasure. If you have not already read the article that was written and the photographs that were taken by the woman writer and photographer who joined my family and I last year at deer camp, I believe it would be worth your time. It's a great story AND the magazine is circulated in a very URBAN area of our state where hunting, fishing and traditional outdoor sports are frequently looked down upon. I hope the article in a small way helps to change those perceptions.Delete
Here is the URL, I hope you enjoy! - http://www.themaineoutdoorsman.com/2012/11/alive-and-well-in-lonely-country.html
After reading all these comments, you are definitely the queen bee of the hive... congratulations princess... Toughen up, Island Falls is coming... don't want you hanging out with my wife up there...ReplyDelete
BUUUUUUZZZZZZZZZZZ! Will make sure to bring my tiara!Delete
No worries, he'll utterly offend your wife after about .05 seconds.Delete
My wife already barely tolerates him and his ways... It's amazing that we still are allowed to be bro's...Delete
Feeling the love, feeling the love . . . :)Delete
This is a great post Steve. Great insight to what the Shot Show is all about! Hoping to make it down to it someday! :)ReplyDelete