For those of you not familiar, the SHOT (Shooting, Hunter, & Outdoor) trade show is the industry’s largest in the world. I’ve been to Comic Con in San Diego, a big show in its own right, and the SHOT show makes it look like a small yard sale in comparison. Why is it important to us and the Defense industry? Read on.
I started going to the SHOT show in 2003 when I transitioned from an operational role to an instructor role during my time in the SEAL Teams. The Special Operations, and SEAL community had much more flexibility to open purchase (ah, the good old days) items for test and evaluation back then. Admittedly, attending the show was always considered a necessary “Boon Doggle” (massive industry parties are thrown…just for starters, your imagination can fill in the rest). It has always been an important place to be in terms of identifying new trends in the firearms industry that could be leveraged and improved for use on the battlefield.
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