Despite being slammed by the media over the last couple of years, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor industry is stronger than ever. In fact, last week we had the opportunity to attend the largest Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in the world, the SHOT Show, and from the looks of things the industry has never been doing better.
The 36th SHOT Show ran Jan. 14 to 17, 2014 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada attracting over 67,000 industry professionals – smashing last year’s attendance record by over 5,000 people.
One of the reasons for the surge in volume is the huge number of new comers who have purchased their first firearm over the last couple of years. This has had a huge impact on the overall industry, and has been a great boost to the economy. In fact, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), who runs the SHOT Show, spending by target shooters and hunters had a total impact of more than $110 billion on the nation’s economy in 2011, supporting more than 866,000 jobs.