I’m gonna start off by telling you that I simply was not all that impressed by this years Shot Show. Although I did find some cool new products, it seemed that a lot of companies were holding back. In fact, several of the vendors I spoke with specifically stated that they had concerns about investing in new products due to the unknown outcome of the upcoming elections.
Usually this show takes a full 3 days to work my way through and I spend the 4th day re-visiting those I was unable to get time with on the previous days. This year was different though. As I zipped along, row by row, not a whole lot caught my attention. Some of the manufacturer reps seemed irritated and lacked any sort of customer service skills. I spent at least 15 minutes walking around the Blazer booth trying to find somebody to talk with. There were a few people working the booth but every time I, or most others, approached them, they would turn and walk away. Seriously? Blazer products cost from roughly $6,000.00 on up to over $20,000.00 and they feel it’s OK to snub people at a trade show they paid to display at? WTF?
On the flip side, Sig Sauer, Glock Vector Industries, Glockworx, Troy Industries, Advanced Armament Corporation, and Technoframes all went out of their way to attend to everybody’s needs. There were a lot of Zombie products and damn near every AR manufacturer came out with some sort of 300 Blackout, which was to be expected. Although I’m kinda kicking myself for not taking more pictures, we do have some great new and innovative products to show you and there are videos of each one.
Speaking of the videos, I’d like to take a moment to thank the 702Shooter.com site supporters. With their help, I was able to buy some new audio equipment which significantly increased the quality of the videos. Next year I need to buy a good Light Panel video light. ;) If you like the videos, please click the thumbs up on the top left after the end of the video. If you’re a YouTube user, kindly subscribe to our channel and send a friend request while you’re at it.
Thank you to our site subscribers and visitors as well. The second half of 2011 brought us an incredible jump in traffic and so far, we are setting new records, almost daily, in 2012. This keeps me motivated to bring you more product reviews, more gun store & range openings, and more product giveaways.