In January of this year, SHOT Show 2020 went on just as so many had before. Throngs of industry professionals milled about, discussing the next big things for firearms, ammo, optics, shooting accessories, and more. As the months of Coronavirus precautions have continued to extend well beyond the initial expected timeframe, it has lead some people to wonder about SHOT Show 2021. Would it require reduced capacity? Would it involve adjustments to the venue to spread people out more? Would it even happen at all, or might it be cancelled outright like the 2020 NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville was, just a few short months after SHOT Show 2020? Fortunately – at least for now – it appears that we are still green-lit for Vegas in January 2021. SHOT Show’s organizing body, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is taking measures to assuage people’s Covid fears but still carry on with the industry’s largest (and arguably most important) convention this coming January. To this end, they have announced that the gun cleaning and maintenance mavens at Otis Technologies have agreed to supply SHOT 2021 attendees with a veritable ocean of hand sanitizer. The NSSF’s press release detailing this new specialty sponsorship reads as follows.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Otis Technology Supplying 2021 SHOT Show With Hand Sanitizer
NSSF®, the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to announce that Otis Technology will be supplying more than 52,500 bottles of hand sanitizer for distribution during the 2021 SHOT Show®. Headquartered in Lyons Falls, New York, Otis Technology manufactures a wide variety of firearm maintenance products. The company’s portable kits that include a flexible, breech-to-muzzle pull-through cleaning cable, brushes, jags, patches, cleaning solution and lubricant—originally called “The Whole Kit and Caboodle” by the company’s founder, Doreen Garrett—are available in dozens of gun- and task-specific configurations.
“All of us here at NSSF are genuinely impressed by Otis Technology looking at a sponsorship opportunity and making it about the well-being of everyone at the show,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and CMO. “Its commitment to keeping everyone safe as we embark on a new year in new business environment is, without doubt, another great example of what we’ve been saying all along: Gun Owners CareSM.”
“We’re excited to see all our industry partners and customers at the 2021 SHOT Show and support it so that we and others can conduct business safely,” said Otis CEO Larry Williams. “Our hand sanitizer will assist attendees and exhibitors alike in maintaining the proper precautions. We’ve been supporting our partners and nation’s health heroes with hand sanitizer, hands-free stations and various forms of PPE since March, and are proud to support the NSSF and SHOT Show.”
NSSF’s 2021 SHOT Show takes place Jan. 19-22 at the Sands Expo Center and an all-new expansion to Caesars Forum. More than 2,100 exhibitors are on board to attend what will be the largest SHOT Show ever at more than 714,000 net square feet. Attendee registration will open in early October. For more information about the 2021 SHOT Show, including educational opportunities, registration information, hotel discounts and updates on NSSF’s work with Las Vegas to ensure the safety and health of everyone attending, visit SHOTShow.org.
If you’ve ever attended SHOT Show in the past, you are no doubt already aware that germs can be an issue even in the best of circumstances. The “SHOT Show crud/flu/AIDS/cooties/plague” has been a well-known phenomenon for many years. Any mass of humanity spending days packed into close quarters, shaking each others’ hands and breathing or coughing on everyone is sure to pass viruses and bacteria around. Last year, before the ‘Rona was even really a thing, Henry Holsters even came out with a special Kydex neck holster for hand sanitizer bottles. In light of this and of the health concerns currently held by many around the nation and globe, it’s to be expected that SHOT Show 2021 will be a bit different. Hopefully, it isn’t interrupted or diminished too badly! See you at the range.