Airsoft Action 07 - Mar 2012 - Page 20

SHOT SHOW 2012 Kicking and screaming, Nige dragged himself off to Las Vegas to visit the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades Show. It’s a hard life… T he SHOT Show has something in common with the Grand Canyon… Words cannot describe it and pictures do not do it justice. The only way to fully appreciate the 020 March 2012 enormity of it is to go and see for yourself. On Monday 16 January 2012, as I stood on the lip of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon looking out over the dizzying spectacle in front of me I ticked one off my bucket list. The sheer size, scale and beauty of the place is truly awe-inspiring and mere words simply cannot do it justice. On Tuesday 17 January 2012 I had pretty much the same feeling as I stood in the middle of ‘Level 2’ of the 2012 SHOT Show. This Show is not just big; it’s huge, humongous, massive (and just about every other superlative relating to size you can think of) – and it’s full of guns, lots and lots of guns! Surrounded by iconic names such as ArmaLite, Colt, Beretta, Glock, Sig Sauer, Heckler & Koch and Browning I really did feel like a kid in a candy store – wanting to see and try everything but not knowing where to start. Thankfully, I had an agenda to keep to and so at least I had a starting point! The show was spread out over three levels of the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 1,600-plus exhibitors filling 630,000sq/ft of space. This year broke the attendance record with more than 61,000 visitors, making the SHOT Show the largest trade show of its kind in the world. The enormity of the thing does make it difficult to find what you’re looking for but once you’ve managed to decipher the Show map and