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

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!