What Do You Want To See Covered At SHOT?

    Dear Readers,

    The time is upon us to make the arduous trek to the Sands Expo in the City of Sin so that we can spend time walking countless miles and being overwhelmed with glittery lights and vinyl banners from thousands of vendors just to bring you news of the upcoming year in firearms (try and say that in one breath).

    Specifically do you have any burning questions or products you would like us to “scope” out (see what I did there)? I’m going to compile your requests from the comments into some of my punch list.

    My understanding is that we are taking most of the Firearm Blog writers this year, so we should have pretty good coverage (though we will obviously not be able to cover 100% of the show).

    Personally I’m interested in trying to hit up the smaller and lesser known vendors—we already know all the big players are going to have super flashy kiosks (but are probably going to be playing fairly safe this year in terms of product launches).

    Topics I’m interested in are training aids, products for carrying, and generally things that will help my shooting skill suck less. That said, let me be your legs to navigate the show and your voice to chat with vendors. I do already have a few interviews set up, but will pick as many as I can to fill in.

    You can get an idea for who is going to be at SHOT by checking out their website (http://shotshow.org/) under the “Exhibitors” section.

    This is also a weak appeal for help—if you don’t help me pick, Steve and Phil will probably assign me to things located in the back corner of the basement… :/

    What do YOU want to see from SHOT?  I will also consider requests to NOT cover certain things (“Please, Tom, DO NOT cover XYZ, no one wants to see another post about it ever.”).


    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com or at https://thomasrader.com