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SHOT Show Roundup

A recap of SHOT Show and a review of the state of the shooting industry

Ed Head shooting the Sig Spartan air pistol. (Photo Courtesy of Ed Head shooting the Sig Spartan air pistol. (Photo Courtesy of

By: Ed Head

The annual Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trades show is over. I like to refer to it as the place those of us in the industry and media go to hang out with 65,000 of our best friends while desperately avoiding the dreaded SHOT Show plague – something akin to Ebola and pneumonia. So far – fingers crossed – I have escaped illness while a number of my colleagues are down for the count. Given that I’m alert and still breathing, let me share a few observations with you.

The state of the industry is good. The consensus is we’re going to return to a “normal” level of activity and sales, whatever that is. Companies that have lots of cash on hand (Ruger, for example) are going to remain in good shape, while outfits who borrowed heavily to produce products during the Obama and Clinton surges in sales might find themselves going under or having to sell off inventory at bargain basement prices. Just today, Olympic Arms announced they were closing and I heard discussions at the show concerning other companies that are planning on doing the same.

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