It’s early January and everyone in the firearms industry knows that SHOT Show 2017 is right around the corner. The gun world comes together for one week each year and descends on Las Vegas, Nevada in what I call the gun owners fantasyland. Last year SHOT Show 2016 was my first adventure into the world of major firearms related events and it was a bit overwhelming to say the least. Well a year has passed and I’ve grown a year older and learned a few lessons along the way, this year a plan for the week’s activities has been in place and appointments have been made with a host of retailers and firearms manufacturers. While we were reviewing our itineraries and notes we decided it would be worth it to give you our readers a little SHOT Show 2017 Preview, of what to expect from our upcoming trip as what to expect in terms of articles from that week. I can tell you SOFREP Editor Desiree Huitt, and The Arms Guide Editor Mark Miller and I have put together an ambitious list of things to accomplish in those five days at the show.

What to Expect from Us 

That week we intend to post updates with photos at least once a day, video uploads will most likely be problematic but not impossible. The plan which won’t be completely unveiled do to the way the convention and the industry is as a whole, but I will say we intend to leave no stone unturned. We will talk to all the expected players but we also have a few tricks up our sleeves. There are several companies that contacted us long before any plans were firm on us even attending the show, and we intend to reward those companies by getting to them early in the show and hopefully bringing you some exclusive news. Below is a small list of companies we are confirmed to sit down and talk with.

  • Steiner Optics: They are releasing several new models of rifle scopes and red dot optics that they are very interesting.
  • Skeli Arms: Skeli released a sneak peek at their new X-11 carbine that looks like a FN Scar but at a fraction of the price.
  • Slip 2000: The lubricant maker has a proven track history of delivering a quality product that stands up to my Alaska Winters
  • 1911 Gunsmith Ted Yost of Heirloom Precision. Nice guy and is an amazing 1911 and Browning Hi Power gunsmith.
  • Alien Armor: Maker of rail covers systems for various rifles, a newer company that has great potential.
  • Rock Island Armory/Armscor: The team at Rock Island has really been creative the last few years with their .22TCM/9mm combo pistols and other projects they have launched, we are curious to see what 2017 has in store.
  • Brommer & Thomet: The Swiss based maker of sub machine guns has finally taken aggressive steps into the North American market with their new semi auto pistols featuring a “sig brace” style adapter.
  • Multitasker Tools: While they wont have a booth this year at the show we have lined up a interview with the Chief Operating Officer of Multitasker Tools. We hope to talk about the future of product development and the success of the Multitasker Twist, which has been sold out at most online retailers for months now.
  • Start Up Companies: Last but not least we will say that we are planning to interview and promote several smaller start up gear and accessory companies. These companies are filling niches in the industry that larger companies don’t feel is worth their effort. If you know of a company we should look into at SHOT Show 2017 let us know, we are always looking to promote good companies and good people.