Changes to SHOT Show in 2012

SHOT Show ’11, which kicks off next week, is going to be smaller (in terms of exhibitor space) than last year because SHOT-goers complained about the lack of space. It was very crowded last year. Next year it is set to be even smaller. A draw for floor space will no longer be used, instead booth space will be assigned on a points system. This letter was sent out to SHOT Show exhibitors last month …

Dear Exhibitor:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), owners and sponsors of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, is announcing several significant changes that will impact the 2012 SHOT Show and subsequent shows. These changes are based on attendee and exhibitor feedback, venue limitations and taking the appropriate measures to ensure the future prosperity of the SHOT Show, NSSF and the industry. Our goals are:

• To improve overall attendee experience we will be reducing exhibit space to provide more common space, widen aisles and reset the SHOT Show floor.

• Since the SHOT Show exhibit space will be reduced in size and the net effect will result in no significant movement of exhibit locations, the traditional SHOT Show space draw for the 2012 SHOT Show will be suspended.

• Booth space for the 2012 SHOT Show will be assigned by Reed Exhibitions according to priority points in the months following the 2011 show.

We realize this announcement represents a change in how you are accustomed to selecting your SHOT Show booth space and ask for your patience and cooperation. We will be holding a live on-line chat later this month to help answer your questions.
In the meantime, we are working to make the 2011 SHOT Show a much-improved experience for exhibitors and attendees alike, and we remain committed to ensuring that the SHOT Show remains our industry’s premier marketing event.

Best regards,

Chris Dolnack Senior Vice President & CMO

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Nick

    I have never been able to find a reason of why it was moved from the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is a much much better venue than the Sands Convention Center, where everything is super spread out between what seemed like a main hall, a basement and a bunch of conference rooms.

  • Doug

    Is it a matter of cheaper space at new venue?Otherwise why continue to keep it at the most complained about venue?

    Hmm, previous venue, fewer complaints; newer venue, lots of complaints… I guess we’ll just keep it at the new place.

  • Josh

    If its getting bigger, why not expand it?

  • Mr Maigo

    Whats the joke?