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044 MAC PodcastThis week Mia and Lea share some in sites on how to win some awesome stuff for supporting National Shooting month. They also share ideas and safety tips for your range days. Mia and Lea recount some of their adventures from the past and getting outdoors and seeing all the beautiful things around you.

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The dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s in the first year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.

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Social Media, Depression and Steps Toward Suicide Prevention

Note: At times it’s difficult to think of headlines for blog posts. This one became particularly arduous for me. At the suggestion of a friend the title has been updated. ~Sincerely, Mia

I scrolled through the timeline on the FB and saw something that a friend had posted about some guy and his wife. The next post below his mentioned the guy and his wife as well.  I had no idea what they were talking about. The thought, “I used to know all about what was going on in the news” ran through my mind. I contemplated social media and my former experiences with it. You see, I used to manage social media for an organization. I don’t have to do that anymore, so I’m not required to be on these sites every day. What a blessing.

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I pondered why I don’t scroll through social media news feeds much anymore. Then I realized that the politics of last year’s Presidential election had a lot to do with this. The posts about the election were very negative. They caused me to have feelings of frustration and anxiety.

I really pulled back from scrolling through and only share on occasion. I pop in to share inspiration, news, reviews and press releases about wildlife, conservation, shooting sports and other aspects of my niche.

I remember, last fall, I had the impression that once the Presidential election was over feeds and timelines would go back to normal. All the negativity and bad news would go away.


Low and behold, now we have President Trump, and we have the left screaming and crying, and the right is jumping up and down. Most of what’s going on in the news isn’t good news. It’s definitely not happy. If I even attempt to scroll through the timeline, it’s not going to be uplifting. Since that’s what I see on social media feeds it’s why I don’t go there too often anymore.

Thinking about these things also gets me thinking about a press conference I attended last winter while I was at SHOT Show. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) put on a suicide prevention seminar. There were interesting statistics in the presentation and on the literature they handed out.

If you’re following me, then you most likely know of, use or would like to use firearms. You also know that there are people attempting to take away our right to own guns.

The AFSP in conjunction with the NSSF shared, “Of all firearms related deaths in 2015 almost two-thirds were suicide deaths according to the 2015 Fatal Injury Report, Center for Disease Control and Prevention.” Anti-gun folks are portraying that this number of gun deaths are of murder or mass shootings. Those numbers they’re publishing are misleading, and there we go with misleading headlines in news and social media feeds. Also in the AFSP/NSSF report, they say that of all suicide deaths of suicide in the US nearly 50% of suicides are by firearm.

“certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals”

Other additional points the AFSP/NSSF cited in their reports about suicide are that “more than 50 research studies worldwide have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals.” They maintain “the magnitude of the increase is related to the duration and prominence of news coverage.”

We’ve got to get rid of this bad news in the social timelines.



The AFSP/NSSF set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate by 20% by 2025. That’s outstanding, and it’s a great thing to hear that they are doing something positive, not just for the firearms industry but to save lives.


That’s good news! What other good news do you have for everyone?

I don’t want to just drop that there and leave. I also want to share some tips they gave. One thing they shared are some helpful sidebars. One sidebar is warning signs of suicide. Even though we are not licensed psychologists, the AFSP and NSSF indicate that we should all know these signs.

  • Talking about or wanting to die.
  • Looking for a way to kill one’s self.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing their use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or sleeping too much.
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge on others.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

They say, “The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide, but they may not be what causes the suicide.” If you think someone you know may be at risk, here is what they suggest we can do.

  • If you or someone exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave that person alone.
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs and sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
  • Call the US Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

All of this is information is really helpful for us to be aware of what causes depression or anxiety in ourselves or others. That’s important in this day and age because a lot of people have become so self-focused that they forget about others, they’re mean, they’re hateful. As you head out on your day, think of 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Do everything in Love.”

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Ashley Hlebinsky Receives Grits Gresham Award from POMA and NSSF

Curator and Firearms Communicator Ashley Hlebinsky Receives Prestigious Grits Gresham Award from POMA and the NSSF
Ashley Hlebinsky
January 17, 2017, LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) presented firearms expert, historian and journalist Ashley Hlebinsky with the Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award today during the 2017 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.
Hlebinsky is the Robert W. Woodruff Cody Firearms Museum curator at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.
The prestigious POMA/NSSF Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award recognizes extraordinary achievements in communications in the areas of responsible firearms use, the shooting sports, and hunting.




“POMA is excited to honor Ashley for her contribution as a firearms communicator, historian and expert analyst in the media. She will proudly add her own piece of history as the first female to receive this prestigious award,” said Kevin L Orthman, Executive Director of POMA. “The Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award is one of the highest awards POMA gives out each year. Ashley is a great example of someone who has spent her career changing the face of firearms in the media and preserving the history and legacies of some of the greatest firearms in the world.”

Grits Gresham
Hlebinsky is entering her sixth year with the Cody Firearms Museum and assumed the Robert W. Woodruff Curator position in January 2015. To further disseminate firearms history to a broad audience, she is a museum consultant, freelance writer for academic and popular publications, certified firearms instructor, and on-camera historian for networks such as National Geographic, Travel and the Outdoor Channels. For several years, she was a researcher and fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Firearms Collection.
“Ashley personifies today’s generation of young and engaged gun owners. I know that Grits would appreciate her skills at bringing the history and culture of firearms in America to a wide audience.” Tom Gresham of Gun Talk Media.
“Ashley’s contributions to increasing public understanding of firearms and their manufacturing and cultural history through her writing and many media appearances, including in our NSSF video series ‘The Gun Vault,’ is astonishing,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF President and CEO. “She is most deserving of this award.”
“I am still in shock and humbled to be the recipient of the Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award,” said Hlebinsky. “It’s especially gratifying to be recognized with an award that honors the Gresham legacy, as Tom Gresham gave me my first introduction to the media world on both his radio and television show. At the Cody Firearms Museum, we strive to reach our gun enthusiast audience and educate those who are unfamiliar with firearms. I am deeply moved by this award when so many people that I idolize have received it before me, and I only hope that I can live up to their legacy in my advocacy of firearms history to the gun industry, the general public and the academic community.”
In addition to her duties as curator, Hlebinsky is the project director of a full scale renovation of the Cody Firearms Museum, whose collection exceeds 7,000 firearms, many of them rare examples of the gunsmithing craft. She lectures around the country to public audiences, the firearms industry and academic institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Aspen Institute, addressing the stigmatization of firearms in culture.
About the Grits Gresham Award

POMA and the NSSF developed the Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award in 2005, when NSSF honored Grits Gresham with a lifetime achievement award. Gresham was an internationally known sportsman, TV personality, author and host of the long-running The American Sportsman series on ABC television.

The award recognizes communicators within the firearms, shooting sports and Second Amendment arena who grasp the ideals, foster the commitment and display the talent Grits Gresham showed during his storied career.
Nominations for the Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award come from all corners of the shooting sports industry. Affiliation with a communications or industry organization is not required. Shooting sports industry professionals are encouraged to make nominations through the POMA website: www.professionaloutdoormedia.org.
About POMA
About NSSF

POMA is the premier communications and industry professional’s organization, and the only media association wholly focused on the traditional outdoor sports of hunting, shooting, fishing and trapping. POMA is also the only media group to support the industry through membership in the most important trade organizations including the NSSF.

For more information, contact:
Kevin Orthman
POMA Executive Director


The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org
For more information, contact:
Bill Brassard, NSSF Sr. Director, Communications


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NSSF-Backed National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Introduced by U.S. Rep. Hudson

nssf-feature-mia-anstineNEWTOWN, Conn.—U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced the NSSF-supported Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38)  on the first day of the 115th Congress. The proposed legislation, with 63 co-sponsors, would compel states to recognize concealed carry permits issued from other states that have concealed carry laws within their own borders – much in the same way a driver’s license is recognized. The bill aims to eliminate the confusion of varying state-by-state laws and provide protection for Second Amendment rights for permit holders.

“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” Hudson said. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”

In addition to interstate recognition of concealed carry permits, the bill


would also allow concealed carry in the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation, as well as provide greater legal protections in both civil and criminal cases for permit holders.

“This legislation provides an answer to the confusing patchwork of concealed carry permits, particularly with regard to states where laws make unwitting criminals out of legal permit holders for a simple mistake of a wrong traffic turn,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “It safeguards a state’s right to determine their own laws while protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. We thank Rep. Hudson for his leadership on behalf of America’s hunters and recreational shooters.”

In 2015, Rep. Hudson sponsored similar legislation with 216 co-sponsors.


About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

NSSF Urges All – Act Now to Protect Your Public Lands


Contact Congress: Urge Vote for Energy Conference Report Containing Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, the most important legislation in a generation for America’s hunters and target shooters, is a week away from a crucial deadline in Congress. NSSF is asking that you call your U.S. Representative’s office and politely insist that Congress act on the Energy Conference report that contains the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. Calls are urgently needed in the one week left before Congress takes up the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government past Dec. 9.

It would be shame to see Congress punt the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act into the new Congress that begins in January.  We have come too far to go back to “square one” and begin anew. Help protect and preserve our cherished outdoor traditions that will be bolstered by provisions of the Act. Call now.

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 | Look up your Members of Congress.

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50 State Fish & Wildlife Agencies To Help Americans “Hunt S.A.F.E.”

Part of teaching children to bring home dinner is encouraging safety, responsibility, and traditions. As we do this, there are steps we can take to guarantee a rewarding experience. See below, as NSSF’s Project ChildSafe and NSSF team up to help state agencies share the experience. ~Mia

Project ChildSafe, Cabela’s Partner With 50 State Fish & Wildlife Agencies To Help Americans “Hunt S.A.F.E.”

nssf-project-childsafe-own-it-respect-it-secure-itNEWTOWN, Conn. — Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearm safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund have partnered with fish and wildlife agencies in all 50 states to distribute firearm locks and to encourage Americans to “Hunt S.A.F.E.” this fall by remembering to handle, transport and store firearms responsibly.

“Thanks to a generous grant from the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and the commitment of 50 fish and wildlife agencies, we’ll reach more hunters than ever before with the reminder to Hunt S.A.F.E.,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.

The Hunt S.A.F.E. campaign urges hunters and all firearm owners to Secure your firearms when not in use; be Aware of those around you who are not authorized to have access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner; and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage.

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The Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant enabled NSSF to provide more than 50,000 free cable-style gun locks and safety materials that the agencies in all 50 states will distribute as part of their hunter education programs. NSSF also provided agencies with additional firearm safety kits that included a gun lock and will be providing agencies with safety education resources that hunters and shooters can use and share in their homes and communities. These include:

  • A Hunting Checklist for Families

    with an easy to follow guide for ensuring safety while in the field.

  • A Gun Storage For Your Lifestyle infographic outlining a variety of firearm storage options that keep lifestyles and budgets in mind
  • The Ethical Hunter

    brochure discussing the treasured heritage of the hunting tradition as well as the importance of responsible hunting.

  • The Project ChildSafe webpage which features a full library of safety resources as well as information on where and how to obtain a free firearm safety kit and gun lock.
  • The Talking with Kids about Gun Safety video which provides helpful tips for parents as firearms come out of storage and are used in the field during hunting season.

“As the fall hunting season begins and firearms are taken out of storage, cleaned and transported to the range or the field, it’s an excellent time for parents to also have a conversation with their children about firearm safety,” Sanetti said. “But it’s important to keep in mind that firearm safety is always in season – we urge hunters and shooters to always remember that if they own a firearm, they should respect it and secure it when not in use”

“Spend more time with your family and friends, whether it be outside, hunting, at the shooting range or around the table, savoring all life has to offer.” Mia

About Project ChildSafe
NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home to help prevent unauthorized access. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.

Cabela’s Outdoor Fund
The Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is a tax-exempt organization dedicated to the promotion of conservation and of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and other outdoor sporting and recreational activities. The Fund engages primarily in lobbying and advocacy for these activities. The Fund is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to the Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Partnership Goal to Reduce the Annual Suicide Rate

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Shooting Sports Foundation Partner to Help Prevent Suicide

New Partnership Supports AFSP’s Project 2025 Goal to Reduce the Annual Suicide Rate 20 Percent by 2025

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A new partnership between theAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation®(NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, will allow for both organizations to embark on a first-of-its-kind national plan to build and implement public education resources for firearms retailers, shooting ranges and the firearms-owning community about suicide prevention and firearms.

According to recently released data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all suicides were by firearm in 2014, and suicide accounted for almost two-thirds of gun deaths in the same year. In addition, 90 percent of suicide attempts with a firearm are fatal. By working together to develop and deliver suicide-prevention resources, AFSP and NSSF hope to help stem this loss of life.

“This partnership has been a true collaboration since we started conversations last year. AFSP sees this relationship as critical to reaching the firearms community,” said Robert Gebbia, AFSP CEO. “One of the first areas identified through Project 2025 was a need to involve the gun-owning community in suicide prevention. By joining forces with NSSF, we reach both firearm owners and sellers nationwide to inform and educate them about suicide prevention and firearms, and offer specific actions they can do to prevent suicide. Through Project 2025 analysis and the work of this partnership, we know that this public education has the potential to save thousands of lives.”

“The firearms industry has long been at the forefront of successful accident-prevention efforts and programs aimed at reducing unauthorized access to firearms. Since two-thirds of all fatalities involving firearms are suicides, we are now also in the forefront of helping to prevent these deaths through our new relationship with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF President and CEO.

Currently, the two organizations are collaborating on this initiative through AFSP’s firearm and suicide prevention pilot program, which involves six AFSP chapters, located in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and New Mexico. The goal is to take the program nationwide within two years.


More about Project 2025
Launched in October 2015, Project 2025 is a high-impact, collaborative initiative developed by AFSP, aimed at the organization’s bold goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. Using a dynamic systems model designed by CALIBRE Systems, AFSP has determined a series of actions and critical areas reaching across all demographic and sociological characteristics to have the greatest impact for suicide prevention and the potential to save thousands of lives within the next 10 years.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. Through its Project ChildSafe program, “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” campaign and other initiatives, NSSF promotes the safe and responsible use and storage of firearms and makes available many firearm safety resources at ProjectChildSafe.org.

About AFSP
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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2016 SHOT Show® Garners Rave Reviews

We’re home from SHOT Show, sorting through the piles of contacts and information we gathered throughout the week. This year’s show was different for Lea and me, in that we didn’t get a lot of time to scour the show floor. However, we did spend a lot of time in meetings with great connections with sponsors. This will help cover our costs and help us share them throughout the year. Also, I manage the social media account for Women’s Outdoor News. I did manage to share a lot of SHOT Show on those social networks. I’ll be feeding it in here in the weeks to come. To sum it up, the show was a success! ~Mia 

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LAS VEGAS — The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowSM (SHOT Show®) rang up its second highest attendance total ever, attracting more than 64,000 industry professionals during a four-day run. Held at the Sands Expo Center Jan. 19-22, the SHOT Show also attracted a record number of buyers, sending a strong signal about the health of the firearms industry.

“We are ecstatic at the response to this year’s show,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “And we’re optimistic for a year of strong sales, shooter participation, business-to-consumer outreach efforts, safety education and technological innovation.”

This year’s SHOT Show offered several new features that were well-received. These included SHOT Show TV, which aired in more than 70,000 hotel rooms across the city, a new NSSF Members Reception and the SHOT Show NEXT Pavilion.

“It takes an in-depth knowledge of what our industry wants and where it wants to go to pull off a show of this size and have the vast majority of those attending state, unequivocally, that this is the best show they’ve attended in years,” said Dolnack. “That kind of positive response is the result of working hard to add value to the customer experience through new, innovative features.”

NEXT Pavilion

The SHOT Show NEXT Pavilion display counters were an enormous hit, giving exposure to 100 top-tier vendors selected from the long list of those waiting for booth space on the main exhibit floors.

“It is vital to the health of the show, as well as to the health of the industry, that new companies, new people and new products gain visibility,” said Dolnack. “The NEXT Pavilion is just the kind of adrenaline shot the show needs to keep evolving.”

“I think the NEXT Pavilion has worked out well,” said David Fillers, CEO of DDI, one of the new NEXT exhibitors. “It was a good deal, and I’ve probably sold a couple months’ worth of production.”

Drew Gilkerson of Gunner Kennels made the new venue work for him, saying, “We doubled up and had product in the New Product Center. I think that was critical to the good response I’ve had up here in the NEXT Pavilion. This has been phenomenal.”

Show Floor Buzz

If the buyers were happy, the exhibitors were a mirror reflection of them.

“Obviously SHOT Show is important to us,” said Tom Taylor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sig Sauer. “We made a huge investment in the booth because we want our customers to know that we are a total system provider.” And it was evident from the crowd in the booth that the effort wasn’t lost on anyone.

Thomas O’Keefe, President, Winchester Ammunition, was also pleased with this year’s show. “The show has gone perfectly,” he said. “We’re celebrating our 150th anniversary, and there’s a tremendous level of excitement that comes with that. We’re very proud of our new products, and indications are that the coming year should be very exciting. We’re also very pleased that the show is so well organized and well run–we’re very proud to be part of the NSSF.”

Paul Pluff, Director, Marketing Communications with Smith & Wesson, said, “This is the premier show for us, and once again this has been a very busy time. The response to our new products has been fantastic, and based on what we’re seeing, we’re very much looking forward to the year ahead.”

Jason Vanderbrink, Vice President of Sales for Vista Outdoor, was very upbeat about the show traffic. “We’ve had a very good show. Booth traffic has been great, and the new product intros have all been received very well, especially with the help of our brand ambassadors on television, YouTube, etc., who have helped drive a lot of interest. The mood is good.”

John Iacobelli, Director of Engineering for GunBroker.com, said, “The show has been wonderful. It allows us to expose our marketplace to the dealers so that they can have an alternate avenue for selling their products. We open their doors to the nation.” Donald Hall, the company’s CEO, said simply, “We’re swamped. It used to be retailers saw us as competition, now they see us as a resource.”

“Our booth has been incredibly busy, and this show has the most positive energy I’ve ever seen,” said Ryan Repp, Communications Manager, Brownells. “These are serious thoughtful customers.”

Mike Schwiebert, Vice President of Marketing for Weatherby, put the show in context by saying, “In my 17 years of working SHOT Shows with Weatherby, this is perhaps the busiest show I’ve ever had.”

Dave Miles, Director of Marketing for O.F. Mossberg and Sons, echoed those sentiments.

“The show has been amazing,” Miles said. “SHOT Show always plays a role in a successful selling season, and this year will be no different. We’ve had great response to new products, and that enthusiasm is translating into a significant uptick in business.”

The upbeat, positive attitude was omnipresent.

“This year’s opening day was the best I’ve ever experienced, and we’ve been a SHOT Show exhibitor for decades,” said Robin Sharpless, Executive Vice President of Redding Reloading. “We are especially thrilled by the international presence–everyone wants to be a part of this industry.”

Law Enforcement

The excitement for what 2016 will mean to the firearms industry was at a near fever-pitch in the law enforcement hall.

“It’s been a great show,” said Cindy Daniel, Executive Vice President of Daniel Defense. “I think it’s going to be a very exciting year.”

Darren Jones, Media Relations and Sales with SilencerCo, said, “This show has been completely overwhelming–in a good way. We’ve had tremendous response to our newly launched products, and it will probably be one of our best years ever. We fully expect the ball to keep rolling.”

Media Receiving Great Cooperation

Media members, who have sometimes found face-to-face time with product and marketing mangers tough to come by when buyers are as busy placing orders as they were this year, found a very receptive show floor.

“This is the most exciting SHOT Show I’ve been to in many years,” said author and TV host Craig Boddington. “There’s lots of energy and enthusiasm, lots of buzz about people wanting to get into the industry, wanting to shoot–it’s great to see.”

Looking Ahead

More than 1,600 exhibiting companies filled the convention center and ballrooms in the adjoining Venetian Hotel. Total show exhibition space was more than 640,000 net square feet, or 13 acres of product display, with more than 60 new companies exhibiting on the main floor in addition to the 100 added to the NEXT Pavilion.

On the first evening of the show, more than 2,400 people attended NSSF’s State of the Industry Dinner, where Steve Sanetti, NSSF President and CEO, delivered a well-received speech that exhorted industry to stay alert in this important election year.

“Much of the public and the media are woefully misinformed about who we are and all that we do about genuine gun safety,” said Sanetti, who pointed out to such notable NSSF programs as Project ChildSafe, FixNICS and Don’t Lie for the Other Guy.

“We have to face the fact that our industry is being blamed, and attacked and pilloried unfairly by politicians, media and agenda-driven social engineers seeking a convenient scapegoat for the result of policies which, ironically, they themselves have championed,” said Sanetti. “So, ladies and gentlemen, the state of our industry is, and must be throughout the year–alert.

At the dinner, Ted Rowe, whose decades-long executive involvement in the firearms industry, including his time as President of the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting, received the prestigious NSSF Ken Sedlecky Award for his enduring commitment to the success of the industry and supporting NSSF’s mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.

Ron Spomer, award-winning author of hundreds of magazine essays, more than a few books and host of the television show Winchester World of Whitetails, received the 2016 POMA-NSSF Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award.

The SHOT Show is not just about selling and buying products. The show provides educational opportunities for firearms retailers at the sold-out SHOT Show University, this year enhanced with sessions covering range management and sessions geared toward veteran retailers; at a full slate of diverse Retailer Seminars, including two capacity sessions on NFA firearms and accessories; and for law enforcement professionals at the Law Enforcement Education Program that covered such topics as mission-specific tactical optics and getting the most out of agency K9s.

The SHOT Show is managed by Las Vegas-based ConvExx. NSSF extends its gratitude to major sponsors of the 2016 SHOT Show. For the fifth year in a row, Ram Truck was the official truck of the SHOT Show. Daniel Defense, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Aguila Ammunition, Brownells, GunBroker.com, Sig Sauer, SilencerCo, Smith & Wesson, Vista Outdoor and Winchester Ammunition were major sponsors, as was Nissan, which repeated its sponsorship of the Press Room in addition to sponsoring the New Product Center.

The SHOT Show, the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas, pumps nearly $90 million in non-gaming revenue into the Las Vegas economy. The 2017 SHOT Show is scheduled for Jan. 17-20 at the Sands Expo.


About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

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“Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer” NSSF Statement

NSSF Statement Regarding “Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer”

NSSFWe all share the goal of reducing the intentional misuse of guns and enhancing the safety of our communities. As the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will carefully review all aspects of the executive actions that President Obama announced today. Much remains to be spelled out. In the interim we have some initial reactions:

  • We support further resources being allocated to staffing and increasing operational hours for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to make the system more efficient and responsive.
  • We represent Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs). The criteria for what will constitute being “engaged in the business” going forward needs considerable clarification and raises questions about enforceability.
  • The number of firearms lost or stolen while in transit to or from FFLs is less than 0.15 percent of the number manufactured and imported in a given year. In these rare occurrences, FFLs already actively participate in ATF’s long-standing voluntary reporting program and FFLs and common carriers work closely with ATF to investigate them. Proposals to make a shipping FFL responsible for tracking and reporting firearms no longer in their inventories, after the legal title has been transferred to the purchaser, are misdirected, as the receiving FFL is in the best position to know if it receives its shipment.
  • We have long called for the effective enforcement of the numerous laws already on the books regarding the criminal misuse of firearms and would encourage the administration to carry through on this directive.
  • NSSF has been working actively since early 2013 through our FixNICS initiative to encourage states to report all appropriate adjudicated mental health records to NICS and has succeeded in getting legislation passed in more than a dozen states. We welcome the administration’s attention to this issue.
  • With regard to the development of “smart-gun” technology, the industry has never opposed its development. How additional government research into this technology would advance it is unclear. Law enforcement agencies and consumers themselves will have to make the determination whether acquisition of firearms with this technology “would be consistent with operational needs,” as the White House itself states. We would continue to oppose mandates for this technology, particularly since there are well proven existing methods to secure firearms, and firearms accidents are at historic low levels.

NSSF will have additional responses in the days, weeks and months ahead, especially as federal departments and agencies begin the work of carrying out the executive orders.

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Campaign Targets Illegal Gun Purchases – Albuquerque, N.M.

“Don’t Lie” is a cooperative program between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and NSSF, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. The effort was developed over a decade ago to raise public awareness about the seriousness of the crime of purchasing a firearm for someone who cannot legally do so.

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