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Mossberg’s Model 500 Chainsaw 12-gauge has an 18 1/2" barrel and a U-shaped fore-handle that activates the slide. Visit www.shootingindustry.com/mossberg. Dealers were interested in GG&G’s bipods with a new quick-disconnect feature. “You just rotate a lever, and they come off in your hand. In our sighting systems, we have a red dot system, and behind it, a mount that can go from night vision to three power, or back to one power — just with the rotation of a lever,” said Travis Crawford, of GG&G. At the Blueguns booth, Carl Ring, company president, said they are introducing training versions of some of the newest firearms. “We have the Ruger LCP and LCR. We also have all the Smith & Wesson M&Ps in the three different grip sizes. We’re putting in many guns that are just being introduced at this show; a lot of people are asking for them,” he said. At the SIG SAUER booth, the subcompact SIG P290 drew a lot of attention from L.E. and security personnel. Designed as a backup carry gun, the 9mm has a polymer frame and holds a single-stack, six-round magazine. The gun has interchangeable grip inserts for custom fitting. Armament Technology presented its newest Elcan sights at the show. “Our Dual Role scope, the SpecterDR, has the capability to provide 1x magnification with a red dot for closequarters combat. The same scope provides higher magnification for longerdistance engagements when the user flips a lever that changes the magnification. The zero point stays the same, so the operator can solve different problems with a versatile scope,” said Jack Davidson, sales manager. Security Equipment Corp. unveiled a number of new law enforcement products, including the SABRE Crossfire GEL. It has a range of up to 20 feet, and its crossfire technology provides for better target placement, with reduced wind blowback. SABRE Phantom OC, designed for extracting someone from a confined space, is a more powerful fogger, with the fog be- Show Receives Higher Marks, Changes Continue For 2012 By Russ Thurman HOT Show 2011 ended in a less dramatic fashion than did the 2010 edition. There were no leaking roofs or power outages, nor, most notably, an avalanche of blistering complaints targeted at NSSF. While most exhibitors rated the 2010 show as a highly successful business event, the floor layout and the Sands Convention Center received failing grades. That changed this year. Even exhibitors who were highly critical of the 2010 show gave high marks for the improvements to this year’s event. Dwight Van Brunt, Kimber’s vice president of marketing and sales, who observed of the 2010 event, “The venue is deplorable,” said he saw “positive changes” this year. “The show is flowing better. People are happier with the venue. I’d rate it a big B, B+. We’re not in A territory yet, but we’re definitely in the Bs. Last year was failing,” Van Brunt said. The leap from an F to the Bs drew a sigh of relief, mixed with a sense of accomplishment, from NSSF officials. “I think it was a spectacularly good S show,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO. “People attending the show were smiling; they were pleased. A lot of people worked very hard to make this a good show. My overall impression is they definitely succeeded.” The improvements began shortly after the close of the 2010 show. “We took to heart what people said about the press room, common areas, signage, lighting, shuttle buses, creature comforts and navigation,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Dolnack said his staff worked closely with Reed Exhibition, Freeman, Sands Convention Center, Venetian management and the Las Vegas Sands Corp. “The Las Vegas Sands Corp. sank millions of dollars into improvements. They put in the escalators to help move people between the two levels more easily. They remodeled the restrooms and they replaced all the light fixtures on Level One. They will be redoing the front lobby areas for Levels One and Two before we go back next year. So, they continue to make Russ Thurman investments,” Dolnack said. While NSSF enjoyed improved ratings for the 2011 show, it was hit with pointed questions for suspending the exhibitors’ space draw for the 2012 show. “Space draw was suspended for 2012 to allow us flexibility in adjusting the layout,” Dolnack said, shortly after the 2011 show. “We are asking the largest exhibitors to voluntarily reduce their exhibit space by 20 percent. This will allow us to include more exhibitors on Level Two, and to allow more companies currently on the wait list to participate.” By mid-April, NSSF had completed its survey of the show’s larger exhibitors and made booth assignments. “We picked up 5,100 net square feet from seven exhibitors who voluntarily reduced their booth size to help the show,” Dolnack said, indicating much of the space was on Level Two, permitting some exhibitors to move from Level One to the main floor. SHOT Show continued on page 45 SI DIGITAL More Exhibitor Space View NSSF’s Video Reports of SHOT Show. Visit www.youtube.com/nssfshotshow. 30 MAY 2011 Hot Link Read SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com

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