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January 22nd, 2009

SHOT Show Report Navigation — See More Stuff

We’ve been covering the hot, new products at SHOT Show continuously since last Wednesday. But this page can only display a couple days’ worth of items. Fear not… ALL our SHOT Show 2009 content is available here. You just need to click some buttons.

We know many readers may be new to our Daily Bulletin so you may not know how to access older articles. It’s quite simple really. First, after you’ve read the last article on this page (at the bottom), just click the “OLDER POSTS” link. That will give you the previous day’s articles.

Use Calendar to Navigate Day By Day
A really easy way to access SHOT Show Reports from the past five (5) days is to use our Navigation calendar. Look over to the right column, on this page. You’ll see a small calendar. Just click on a date in January and you’ll be taken to the posts for that day. Start with January 15th to get all our SHOT Show coverage, including Media Day.

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January 22nd, 2009

SHOT Show Wrap-Up: Attendance Good, Orders Strong

2009 SHOT ShowThe National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show wrapped up Sunday in Orlando with strong attendance and a cautiously optimistic outlook for the coming business year. Though many trade shows have seen a decline in attendance, SHOT Show attendance increased 3% when compared to its last visit to Orlando in 2007, and was down just 6% when compared to last year’s record-breaking show in Las Vegas. According to preliminary figures, this year’s show attracted 25,384 attendees, 22,098 exhibiting personnel and a record 1,425 members of the media for a total attendance of 48,907.

Many manufacturers’ representatives confirmed that the show was very good from a business standpoint. Despite the troubled economy, orders were being taken and demand seemed strong for a wide variety of products. High-tech rifles and handguns, in particular, have seen a jump in sales heading into 2009.

Steve Hornady, president of Hornady Manufacturing Co.:
“Response to our new products has been good. Some of this, of course, is in anticipation of a problem down the road. This year will be determined primarily by what happens in Washington, and is for the most part out of our control. We hope that common sense will prevail, and the fact that further regulation of our industry is not the solution.”

Scott Grange of Browning:
“It’s been a good show. With all of the interest in high-tech arms, it good to see that the interest in our over/under shotguns was also up. The SHOT Show specials we laid out for retailers were very well received. The success here has helped position us for the expected upturn in the economy.”

Al Russo of Remington Arms Co.:
“Our meeting rooms were booked, and the quality of the buyers at the show was very good. We saw good volume in our law enforcement booths, and we’re very pleased with the media turnout.”

SHOT Daily Available Online
All four issues of SHOT Daily, the magazine printed each day of the SHOT Show, are available online in PDF format at SHOT Daily is printed for NSSF by Bonnier Corp., publishers of Outdoor Life, Field & Stream and SHOT Business magazines.

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Story and photo © 2009 by NSSF, used with permission

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January 22nd, 2009

SHOT Show Report: 2009 Optics Preview

Shot ShowIn our SHOT Show reports, we’ve provided in-depth coverage of notable new optics from March (DEON), Leica, Nightforce, Schmidt & Bender, and Zeiss. To learn more about new riflescopes, spotting scopes, rangefinders, and binoculars from other manufacturers, you can download the January 16th (Friday) edition of the SHOT Daily.

Just posted online, this NSSF e-zine dedicates five pages to new products from all the well-known optics manufacturers, including Bushnell, Burris, Leupold, Nikon, Pentax, and Swarovski. Plus, on page 64 of the Jan. 16th SHOT Daily, there is an in-depth feature on Nikon’s new hunting scopes, including the Predator Hunter with BDC reticle, and the low-magnification (1.1-4×24) 30mm African Series scopes, designed for dangerous game. The Predator Hunter bullet-drop-compensating (BDC) reticle has a center circle that subtends a coyote’s vital area at 100 yards, for quick sighting and target acquisition. Nikon’s new scopes, “are an example of an increase in specificity of hunting and shooting products,” according to SHOT Daily.

CLICK HERE to Download 1/16 SHOT Daily with OPTICS REPORT (.pdf file).

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January 22nd, 2009

HOT DEAL: MidwayUSA's Blemished Bullet Sale

Now through the end of January, MidwayUSA is offering “blemished bullets” from major manufacturers at deep discounts — up to 40% off. These blemished bullets are bulk-packed factory seconds from major manufacturers. For most bullets, the blemish consists of slight discolorations in the jacket. Click the links below for specific calibers:

20 Cal Blems | 22 Cal Blems | 6mm Blems | 7mm Blems

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Among the better blemished bullet offerings are:

20 Caliber (.204 Diameter) 45gr Soft Point Box of 100
Product #786503
Price: $13.49 marked down from $22.49.

22 Caliber (.224 Diameter) 55gr Soft Point Box of 100
Product #324450
Price: $8.89 marked down from $14.79.

270 Caliber (.277 Diameter) 140gr Spitzer BT Box of 100
Product #491606
Price: $13.49 marked down from $22.49.

7mm (.284 Diam.) 154gr Bonded Spitzer BT (Plastic Tip) Box of 100
Product #377637
Price: $26.99 marked down from $44.99.

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