SHOT Show[R] 2005: the shooting, hunting, outdoor trade show and conference.

Author:Boyles, Carolee Anita

Are You Ready For Las Vegas? Get Set For A Record-Breaking Show!


The final touches are underway in Las Vegas as the industry prepares for SHOT Show 2005, Jan. 28-31. Show organizers promise a record-breaking show, with new features, and special incentives and awards for gun dealers.

"We're very pleased with the progress of the pre-show preparation," said Doug Painter, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) president. "Special efforts to get the word out on the show have attendance registration at more than double last year's pace, and space sold has eclipsed last year's record. In addition, the ever-growing SHOT Show University, the day before the show, and a barrelful of very valuable giveaways on the last day are some of the reasons we believe we will have an incredible 2005 SHOT Show from start to finish."

More than $40,000 in shopping sprees and awards will go to dealers who remain at the show through the last day. In addition, dealers will have a chance to win an African hunt, television advertising packages and other prizes.



"We are doing a lot of different things to make this show special," Painter said. "It's not enough to just have a trade show. We want to make it so valuable that manufacturers, distributors, dealers, media--everyone in the industry--will see it as an event they must attend."

Celebrating The Industry

As part of the event's grand opening, NSSF is holding a banquet and concert the first evening of the show, continuing a tradition begun with the silver anniversary SHOT Show in 2003.

"Super talent, LeAnn Rimes has signed on to give an exclusive concert at our State of the Industry Gala," Painter said. "It's part of our big-event evening. There will be a reception and dinner, and then our State of the Industry presentation, followed by the concert."

LeAnn Rimes was named best country singer at age 13 when she also was country music's youngest person ever to win the Country Music Association's Horizon Award. The multi-talented 21-year-old star has released eight albums that have sold 27 million copies. She is the spokesperson of Children's Miracle Network, a fund-raising charity for children's hospitals, and she has written two children's books.

For information about tickets for the reception, dinner and concert, sign onto or call NSSF at (203) 426-1320.



Make The Most Of The Last Day

SHOT Show 2005 marks the first time in 18 years that the show will close on a Monday. To ensure SHOT Show attendees and exhibitors have a great last day, NSSF and show managers are giving away $40,000-plus in shopping sprees and other awards.

"We know some dealers may be tempted to leave Las Vegas on Sunday, the normal last day of the show," Painter said. "We're saying that there are a lot of reasons to stick around and see more of the show. For those who do, we're going to reward them."

Dealers who stay through Monday will have a chance to win shopping sprees on the show floor. One dealer will win a $10,000 shopping spree and another will win a $5,000 shopping spree. Twenty other retailers will have $1,000 each for shopping.

In addition, one retailer will win NSSF's "Original Outdoor Challenge" customized television advertising package for...

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