SHOT Show Roundup
A recap of SHOT Show and a review of the state of the shooting industry
Ed Head shooting the Sig Spartan air pistol. (Photo Courtesy of DownRange.tv)
The annual Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trades show is over.
I like to refer to it as the place those of us in the industry and media go to
hang out with 65,000 of our best friends while desperately avoiding the dreaded
SHOT Show plague – something akin to Ebola and pneumonia. So far – fingers
crossed – I have escaped illness while a number of my colleagues are down for
the count. Given that I’m alert and still breathing, let me share a few
observations with you.
The state of the industry is good. The consensus is we’re
going to return to a “normal” level of activity and sales, whatever that is.
Companies that have lots of cash on hand (Ruger, for example) are going to
remain in good shape, while outfits who borrowed heavily to produce products
during the Obama and Clinton surges in sales might find themselves going under
or having to sell off inventory at bargain basement prices. Just today, Olympic
Arms announced they were closing and I heard discussions at the show concerning
other companies that are planning on doing the same.
Read the rest of “SHOT Show Roundup” at DownRange.tv.