The New Year appropriately opens with the Shows. The fabulous Las Vegas Shot Show is the one where most manufacturers will showcase their latest products and this year there have been one or two which have got me – as a target shooter – quite excited. Look out for our reviews soon.
Our own British Shooting Show in February is tiny compared to the Shot Show but, at least it’s open to all and many shooters use it as a means to stocking up on components as well as looking at the latest products on show.
Of the three shows, my favourite is the German IWA Show. It continues to grow year on year and it’s now almost as large as the Shot Show in terms of exhibitor numbers and the Nuremberg Messe exhibition centre makes the Las Vegas Convention Centre look industrial by comparison. Most of the major American firms already exhibit at IWA and, although the glitziness of Vegas is absent, it remains my favourite.
Although our new ‘rolling’ format is working well, we are always looking to improve and this year we will be trialling some new web software to make Target Shooter easier to read and download articles which we know many of you like to do. Our Target Shooter Facebook page is already proving very popular and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest – keep it up!
Our existing writers – who we believe are the equal of any in the business – will continue to contribute to Target Shooter and of course we always welcome contributions from any budding writers out there who have something to say.
We thank you for your continued support in 2014 and hope to see a few of you on our stand at the British Shooting Show in February and, if you’ve not done so already, please visit our Facebook page.
Vince, Yvonne & Stuart