In terms of media coverage, Next Luxury was one of the lucky 2,400 to cover Shot Show 2018.
Seeing it all.
They say you can’t see it all at Shot Show. There’s some statistic that says you can only spend 22 seconds at each booth for all 4 days if you want to see every booth.
The truth is, you can see every exhibitor you want, if you skip over the ones you don’t want to see. In reality, there were at least 100 exhibitors I had no interest in seeing or talking to.
However, where your time gets wasted the most is by far, the chatty salesman. The guy who wants to talk to you ten minutes plus about their product and will gladly go on for an hour if you let them. I kept finding myself having to interrupt in the middle of a conversation and make an exit.
After a while, I became a pro of sorts at getting in and out without doing much talking. For the most part, I’d ask for the business card of the person I wanted to talk to and disappear after getting it. Time is valuable.
While I thought I had planned everything out, including making a list of all the exhibitors I wanted to see, I still somehow managed to miss a handful of them. Those include Leatherman, Battle Arms Development, Jessie James Firearms, and so on.
It’s rather amazing how you can get distracted so easily by all the exhibitors. One minute you’re on your way to Glock and you spot HK and immediately go over, then forty more booths later, and suddenly you remember that you were going to stop by Glock an hour ago.
What stood out the most.
Watershed had some of the most innovative dry bags I had ever seen. I’ve seen a lot of camping/outdoor gear in my days, but wow, their bags just blew me away.
White River Knife & Tool had some extremely beautiful hatchets and knives. Think Chris Reeves quality but with a bolder look.
First Tactical’s new pants, boots, and gloves were absolutely incredible. The finer details that went into designing all of these products left me rather eager to buy them all up. Cory Nykoluk is truly one of the top geniuses and innovators of the industry.
Lancer’s transparent AR10 DPMS magazines were a treat to see. I had yet to discover any companies making clear magazines in that size.
Rite In The Rain’s new waterproof targets were something I was surprised to see as well. Their notepad paper works so well, why not adopt it into other areas?
Wolverine had some beautiful new men’s outdoor shoes on display; as did Thorogood among others.
After speaking with the VP of Marketing over at Daniel Defense, I was impressed to hear that every DD rifle is hand fitted. If you look at the lines on the receiver they all match up perfectly; there’s a reason for that. I always wondered why DD’s products cost more at the local shop than other brands, but couldn’t really explain it myself all that well. After five minutes of talking, the answer was crystal clear; now I want one.