SHOT Show 2019 : Reflections of a Gun Writer

SHOT Show 2019 has come and gone. SHOT always moves like a hurricane through the life of this industry. It brings with it a massive amount of stress, fun, and a mix of both awesome and WTF when it comes to guns and gear. It’s been a few days since the show and I’m now coughing up SHOT Show crud and thinking a bit about the show this year.

I found it to be low energy in a lot of ways. There seemed to be less people overall, and there wasn’t the fire I had seen in the show in years prior. This was my third show and something seemed different. I wasn’t the only one, having dinner with the GAT crew on Thursday turned the conversation to the show and everyone pretty much said the same. The show this year was different.

On The Floor SHOT Show 2019

Walking the floor was a different experience. It was one where people seemed to be excited about the Show or their new products. I understand this show is for selling product and media isn’t the biggest reason to be at the Show. However, in past years most of the booths and vendors seemed to be excited for media to stop by and ask questions and take photos. This year there was less time for press and less enthusiasm for coverage.

Dr. LateBloomer, a writer at GAT Daily, had some interesting experiences with camo manufactuerers that sum up most of SHOT Show 2019. That’s not to say everyone was rude, but there was a sense of indifference with a lot of manufacturers. Some companies were great and more than willing to show off include Troy, Nighthawk, Aero Precision, Franklin Armory, Agency Arms, and a few others had that classic SHOT Show energy.

Travis Pike
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.