I had been warned, but still wasn’t prepared for the sheer massiveness (is that a word?) of SHOT. We’re talking 190,000 square feet of floor space filled with everything a shooter or hunter can dream of, and plenty that he can’t.
Yesterday my main goal was to just get my bearings so my buddy Mark Freeman of the Medford (Ore.) Mail-Tribune and I just did a lot of walking and not a whole lot of talking.
One of the companies that caught my eye was North American Arms, which makes small handguns. This a five-shot .22 short mini-revolver. It’s maybe 4 inches long. Their most popular model is chambered for .22 mag and is slightly bigger. The retail on this little charmer is $199.
An obvious trend here is the huge number of companies who are now involved with AR-style firearms. I plan to spend a good part of today talking with manufacturers about this fast-growing — and largely misunderstood by the general public — segment of the firearms industry. I plan to do a story for The Roanoke Times.
It’s 8 a.m. and we will be headed to the show soon. I’ll be there all day, then have a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight with other officers with the Outdoor Writers Association of American. Tomorrow we have an all-day board meeting, then it’s back to Roanoke.
I’ll try to file another entry or two from the show today.