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January 6th, 2009

SHOT Show Opens Next Week in Orlando

Next week, NSSF’s 2009 SHOT Show will open in Orlando, Florida. Spanning more than 700,000 square feet of exhibition space, the show will bring together exhibitors, buyers and media from around the globe. will be covering the show, providing exclusive photos, interviews, and “first look” reviews of the latest products. Asst. Editor Jason Baney will be working the show for us. We’ve been advised to expect important news from Lapua, Alliant, Hodgdon, Stiller Precision, and some of the major optics makers.

The show officially kicks off Thursday, Jan. 15 at 8:30 am, but Jason will arrive in Orlando a day early to attend the “Media Day” demonstration event at the Orlando Sheriff’s range. Jason will get to field-test new firearms from major manufacturers.

SHOT Show Online Navigator Available
If you’re headed to the show in Orlando, you’ll want to get a floorplan layout. There are so many exhibitors, it’s wise to map out your “plan of attack” in advance. The SHOT Show website features an interactive Online Navigator that allows you to search companies by name, booth, and directory category, so you easily find any exhibitor. Choose a company and you can zoom/pan the Navigator to locate the booth. That makes it much easier to plan your agenda efficiently, and spend less time back-tracking. Using the Navigator, you can easily map all the companies and exhibits you want to see, and create a show agenda that targets your key points of interest.

SHOT Show 2009 floor plan

Regular Updates on
The official SHOT Show website,, will be updated regulary throughout the show. If you’re into mobile computing, you can sign up for Twitter updates for your cell phone or PDA. To get text updates, simply text the words “Follow NSSFComm” to 40404.

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January 6th, 2009

Goex (Black Powder-Maker) Acquired by Hodgdon

goex black powderHodgdon® Powder Company has just announced the acquisition of Goex Powder, Inc., the sole source of American-made black powder. Goex Powder manufactures black powder used for sporting applications, historical re-enactments, and black-powder firearms. Black powder also remains a vital component for fireworks, industrial and military applications.

Goex makes a variety of products for shooters including multiple grades of black powder, Pinnacle black powder substitute, and ‘Black Dawge’ pre-loaded black powder cartridges for hunting, long-range competition, and cowboy action shooting.

Located in Minden, Louisiana, GOEX Powder, Inc. is the only U.S. manufacturer of black powder. The company has over a 200-year history of black powder manufacturing in the United States. “Goex is a proud American business with a rich history” announced Tom Shepherd, President and CEO. “In 1802, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours broke ground on his original black powder plant along the Brandywine River in Delaware.” For more info, visit, or write to Goex Powder, 6231 Robinson, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202.

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