Free SHOT Gear disclosure

Like I did last year, I am disclosing the free stuff that I was given at SHOT. As far as I know, none of these were personal gifts, but promotional material handed out to many other members of the media or to SHOT attendees. I did not take all the free gear home with me as I ran out of space in my bag (SHOT brochures weigh a lot!).

In the above photo: A backpack from, and branded by, FILR (the most expensive item I received), underneath the backpack is a shooting vest from the Polish booth (along with a business card with built in usb drive, some pens and other small widgets), pens from Glock,a camo messenger bag from Media Day organizers, a DVD about guns that I was given by some guy in the press room.

In the above photo: the same messenger bag (I forgot that I had photographed it before), Winchester shooting glasses (for use at Media Day), trijicon lens cleaning cloths, little dragon pin (DoubleStar) and ear plugs.

Hats from various companies and a t-shirt from Springfield. Not pictured is the t-shirt I got from Desert Tactical Arms and from the Polish booth.

So there you have it. If you really believe that my opinion would be influenced by a backpack or a pen, then there is probably nothing I can do to convince you otherwise. Any gun company can get my attention by simply engaging with me in person or via. email. I don’t need, require or am influenced by free stuff.

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.


  • Jesse

    I have a FLIR challenge coin I got from a trade show last year that is kind of cool.

  • gunslinger

    Thanks for the disclosure. I must say, if anyone thinks you would be biased by a backpack, hat or pens, there’s a lot more wrong that just that.

    either way, it’s great that you are so honest and open about what you report on. i just wanted to convey my thanks for bringing all these updates from SHOT. it gives the majority of us the feeling like we are there.

    thanks and keep up the great work!

  • Alaskan

    cool stuff.
    You could auction it?
    Maybe have some kind of contest on the blog?

  • Jack

    *eye roll* Glad you had fun at SHOT though.

  • gunslinger, its just promotional stuff. Last year I gave most of away to friends and shooters at the clubs I belong to. I would rather blog than spend time organizing a give-away.

  • gunslinger

    Steve, it was Alaskan, not I who suggested the giveaway. I do agree with you. would rather you spend time delivering us great content then delivering a contest :-p

  • SpudGun

    ‘If you really believe that my opinion would be influenced by a backpack or a pen…’ – What about Hookers and Cocaine?

    I like your camoflague purse – you could put your pink Walther in it. 😉

  • Steve,

    This is easily the single most important post that you have made about SHOT – the reason that I say this is that NO other blog that I have seen so far has said anything like this. I also recall when you posted about Remington advertising here – very, very well done!

    As far as I am concerned, I know how fairly you treat the subject of new guns etc but this should convince your hardest skeptics of your antecedents. Not that you need to do it, in my humble opinion, but the fact that you have done this lends a huge touch of class.

  • Brian in CA

    I love this blog and how refreshing it is with all of the new and unusual things on here, but really come for the lack of bias. The fact that you openly post/disclose what you received, down to the pen and pin, shows that this is a great blog focused on what all of the readers enjoy without any BS or soapbox preaching. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  • Komrad

    love the blog, don’t get why anyone would complain as you never really give too much bias other than the occasional “IMHO”

  • mutantpoo

    ” So there you have it. If you really believe that my opinion would be influenced by a backpack or a pen, then there is probably nothing I can do to convince you otherwise. ‘

    I probably could be by the FN hat. Looks good and I just shrunk my favorite hat of the last ten years so small I can’t get it on my head at all . :[

  • Mike

    Thanks for the disclosure. It’s the right thing to do.

  • counsel

    Does the IRS classify the non-gifts (your term, not mine) as income? Just curious…

    • counsel, I don’t know. That what accountants are for 😉 I am sure a free ipod would be classified as income. A $0.10 pen, probably not.

  • gunslinger, my mistake.

    SpudGun, I am a man so its a ‘messenger bag’ 😉 Actually its really handy for hauling the pounds of paper brochures and catalogs that I collected at SHOT.