2019 SHOT Show – Day 2

The second day of SHOT Show offered something new – Pop-Up Preview. The Pop-Up Preview is a one-day only set of booths that brought nearly 200 new companies to the SHOT Show for the first time. The products ranged from first aid supplies, flexible solar panels, clothing, boots, and food freeze dryer. There was also Bison wool products ranging from boot inserts to hats. Here are some of the companies we spoke with:

Nex-xos has developed a line of self-heating, home style meals in eleven flavors, with 6 more flavors being developed. Ivis Rubero, of Nex-Xos encouraged us to try a sample of the product of the Omeals which uses 3-5 ounces of any fluid to cook the meals in 3-5 minutes. The sample was Lentils with Beef and it was excellent quality. The full line comes in waterproof, light, and packable packaging for backpacking.

Omeals menu options from Nex-Xos.

AMP-3 LLC sells a series of first aid kits, bags, and amateur radio products. Their first aid kits run from basic to Outfitter Clinic-in-a-roll. The Outfitter includes a compartment for the following: Trauma, Musculoskeletal, Dressings, Bandages, Medical Tools, Admin, Irrigation, Misc. Wound, Dental Kit, Blister Kit, SAM Splint, Eye Wash, Medication Module 1 & 2, Tape & Wrap, and Personal Protection. Owners Dave and Beth hand pack each order, rather that purchasing pre-packed kits to assure that each kit is assembled correctly.

• Over at BioLite, we spoke with Johnathon Kosakow, North American Sales Manager. BioLite produces a variety of sustainable energy products from camp stoves, solar LED lights, a solar lighting system, and as of last year, a smokeless fire pit. The fire pit burns either wood or charcoal and uses patented airflow technology to heat and burn the materials in the smoke before it is able to leave the pit. BioLite also has a division that works to bring clean burning stoves to Sub-Saharan Africa, where the inhalation of regular wood smoke within the kitchen area has left many children and adults with permanent breathing illnesses. We are going to connect the NYS 4-H Renewable Energy Specialist, Charles Malone with Johnathon.

Flexible and roll-up solar panels on display from SunSoaker

• At Harvestright they were showing off their home freeze dryer model. The home model is the smallest of one of three models, about the size of an apartment washing machine, that the company offers at this time. Long-term storage is one of the benefits of freeze drying – as much as 25 years. According to the company’s flyer, traditional dehydration and canning require high temperatures that the company claims degrades flavor, texture and nutritional content. We sampled some of their freeze dried red raspberries and they were delicious!

• At Tren LLC, we were introduced to NAQWA SWR-Spring, a portable drinking water resource by Vernon Hatch, President of Tren. The NAQWA is a filter that is not based on ceramics or charcoal but instead uses molecular cleaning, accomplished through track membrane technology. The track member consists of a polymer film with 10 microns deep. Each square centimeter of membrane contains hundreds of millions of pores of 0.2-0.4 microns in diameter. This membrane combines two forms of water recovery: (1) purification of bacteria and other contaminants, and (2) physical and informational water restructuring. The whole unit weighs 3 ounces.

Frostime claims their product, the Blizbox, is a revolution in portable cooling. The Blizbox uses carbon dioxide in canisters mounted as part of a patented cooling device to control, monitor, and maintain refrigeration temperatures for up to 24 hours. If more time is needed, the CO2 canisters can be replaced. The group works with research & development at North Dakota State University.

The BlizBox CO2 cooling unit from Frostime. The tanks are refillable.

The main meeting for the day was with Charles Daly salesman, George Woford. Charles Daly is distributed through Chiappa, whose US location in Dayton, OH. Charles Daly is once again offering the Model 600 Semi-Auto in 12 and 20 gauge, they even have a left-handed compact model in 20. We also looked at the Model 601 Semi-Auto which has an extremely affordable retail price. The Model 301 Pump-Action currently is available only in right-handed 12 gauges.

North American Arms owner, Sandy Chisholm, continues to be a strong supporter of the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports program and works with Dave Baron owner of Baron Technology, Inc. (Baron Engraving) to make sure that one of their small-revolvers is included in our recent Annual Banquet & Auction events. Often times, the firearm is custom engraved by the artisans at Baron.

The day also held some interesting seminars on hunter and shooting sports recruitment. Data from the US Fish & Wildlife Service shows that hunter numbers continue to decline faster than new hunters are recruited. This has spawned the R3 initiative to Recruit, Retain, and Retrain hunters, fisherpersons, and shooting sports participants. Recruitment of youth who are interested continues to the primary effort, but has now expanded to non-traditional populations. Adults who are interested in learning to hunt or shoot but have no one to take them have become a focus audience.

One of the speakers from Quality Deer Management Association (www.qdma.com), Hank Forester, spoke about the Field to Fork program. This program was introduced to New York this year and recruits interested adults through farmers markets where many adults are looking for a more natural alternative to supermarket meat counters. The program has several years of success in Georgia plus seven participants who harvested deer in New York in 2018 and has now been expanded to offering these hunting opportunities to non-hunting employees at companies like Ruger and Sig Sauer.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has introduced 2019 as +One: Grow the Sport. A challenge to all hunters and shooting enthusiasts to take someone new afield.

+One Challenge Coins introduced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation

John Bowe
Assistant Director
New York State 4-H Shooting Sports

Day 4 – 2016 SHOT Show Wrap-Up!

By the end of day 3 of the show, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director John Bowe, Instructor Colleen Kimble and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee headed back home safely to New York leaving Director Bill Schwerd and Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson to wrap-up the last day of the 2016 SHOT Show for the NYS4-HSS Program.

Day 4 found Bill and Kenyon meeting with numerous industry friends and strong supporters of 4-H Shooting Sports including Baron Technology, Burris Scopes, the Great American Tool Company, New York based companies KutMaster/Utica Cutlery, Empire Pewter, Redding Hunter and many others.

Director Bill Schwerd (R) with Mike Mathews (L), National Sales Manager for KutMaster/Utica Cutlery

Director Bill Schwerd (R) with Mike Mathews (L), National Sales Manager for KutMaster/Utica Cutlery

Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) visiting with Michele Dougherty (R) of Empire Pewter

Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) visiting with Michele Dougherty (R) of Empire Pewter

Bill and Kenyon also met with reps from Spypoint of GG Telecom, a company that is working on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) component of NYS4-HSS programming in areas involving computers and cameras.

Other visits made throughout the final day of the SHOT Show covered several safe storage of firearms booths by companies such as Gun Storage Solutions, Snap Safe, Sentry, Browning and Liberty as well as booths featuring firearms safety related gear and equipment including new lux trends in protective headgear for women. It was a very full day!

Kenyon Simpson, NYS4-HSS Education Specialist, trying out some Vegas bling - lux protective earmuffs from Pack'n Heat Products

Kenyon Simpson, NYS4-HSS Education Specialist, trying out some Vegas bling – lux protective earmuffs from Pack’n Heat Products

Thank you to our 2016 NYS4-HSS representatives, Director Bill Schwerd, Assistant Director John Bowe, Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson, State Instructor Colleen Kimble and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee for making the trip to Las Vegas and for the many miles you logged on the SHOT Show floors representing the program during the week too.

Role model for young shooters, Eva Shockey (L), talking with 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (R) during the 2016 SHOT Show

Role model for young shooters, Eva Shockey (L), talking with 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (R) during the 2016 SHOT Show

New York 4-H Shooting Sports wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and our many friends, donors and sponsors at the 2016 SHOT Show for their gracious and vital support!

Be sure to follow us here on the NYS4-HSS Blog and on our website at
http://www.nys4-Hshootingsports.org for news, upcoming programs and calendar events including forthcoming information on our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Annual Banquet & Auction – where you just might find some amazing items from this year’s SHOT Show!

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SHOT Show Day 3

There is sometimes a decline in foot traffic around the SHOT Show exhibit halls on Day 3 though this morning there didn’t seem to be any slowdown in the number of people doing business. It’s pretty amazing considering one of the outdoor writers we met said he’d traveled 10 miles the first day inside the show and had logged five miles before lunch today.

The first two days of the SHOT Show, for us, are spent focusing on current partners and donors. We’re able to drop off materials that demonstrate our successes, visit and thank them for their generous support and donations. On day 3 we get to wander around the show more, look at new items and see new companies.

Colleen Kimble (L) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) with Sandy Chisholm (C) owner of North American Arms - friend and supporter of 4-H Shooting Sports .

Colleen Kimble (L) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) with Sandy Chisholm (C) owner of North American Arms – friend and supporter of 4-H Shooting Sports .

During today’s walk through the show Logan, Colleen and I visited with Starr at Laughing Rabbit, Inc. (LRI), an innovative woman owned company that’s making great inroads in a traditionally male dominated industry. LRI makes Photon lights which are tiny keychain lights which can be seen up to one mile away. These little lights are an excellent little product at an affordable price.

We also visited with the owner of PFI Mold, the maker of Z-blade knives. This small company retooled a product they had developed for the medical industry. The knife is essentially a scalpel blade with an injection molded handle and they developed a locking cap/sheath to allow it to ride in backpacks, coat pockets, and field coats without the risk of cutting the fabric. The blade is surgically sharp and is demonstrated in a company video that shows field dressing, skinning, and caping elk.

We later stopped by the Red Rock Outdoor Gear booth to look at the many backpacks, carry bags, and gear organizers they had. Colleen, who raises Clumber Spaniels, also noticed their dog leashes and collars.

Meanwhile, Kenyon met the owner of Hogue Grips and as they discussed Shooting Sports, the owner recalled how his daughters had grown into great young women due in part to 4-H which can only happen with the assistance of caring parents who make the time for their kids activities. 4-H is everywhere!

Over at Industrial Revolution, Logan, Colleen, and I met Dave Canterbury, a well-known survival expert who used to appear in Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and is the owner of the Pathfinder School in Ohio. There we looked at the Light My Fire knife, which is produced for Industrial Revolution by Mora of Sweden.

Assistant Director John Bowe with survival expert Dave Canterbury at the Industrial Revolution booth . IR produces the Light My Fire Brand.

Assistant Director John Bowe with survival expert Dave Canterbury at the Industrial Revolution booth . IR produces the Light My Fire Brand.

Back at the Adventure Medical/Survive Outside Longer booth, the group ordered a number of Urban Survivor backpack kits to use in upcoming fundraisers and with Hunter Education courses. NYS4-HSS may have some extras available if you need an Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) kit.

Last year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) opened a SHOT Show store. The sales from that store went very well, even better than their staff had expected, which prompted the opening of a second NSSF store for the 2016 show too. Items there included vests, hoodies, polos, t-shirts, hats, and even shotshell shaped shot glasses and wad cutter shaped thermoses.

Project Childsafe is a program that is now being operated by National Shooting Sports Foundation. The project has given away 37 million FREE locks in last 15 years!

Project Childsafe is a program that is now being operated by National Shooting Sports Foundation. The project has given away 37 million FREE locks in last 15 years!

At almost every booth we visited, family was an important part of the success. Even in a time when smaller companies have ties to or are becoming parts very large corporations, there are still strong family ties in the industry. Many of these companies have several generations, or extended family members, engaged in different parts of manufacturing or sales. There is so much comradery at the SHOT Show that in a way, it is like one big family in and of itself. Importantly too, many of these families have connections to 4-H in one way or another.

Richard Baron (L), Colleen Kimble (CL), Logan Kimble-Lee (CR) and Emily Baron (R) at the Baron Technology Booth.

Richard Baron (L), Colleen Kimble (CL), Logan Kimble-Lee (CR) and Emily Baron (R) at the Baron Technology Booth.

Until Day 4, safe travels!

John Bowe
NYS4-HSS Assistant Director

Day 2 – Another Great Day at SHOT!

If you have never been to the SHOT Show imagine your favorite outdoor store and multiply it by one hundred. Only then will you begin to realize the scale of the SHOT Show. Add to that the vast array of products and companies you may have never seen before, but want to add to your wish list, and that is the SHOT Show!

Today, we broke into several groups to cover more booths and make more connections. We started the day by dropping by the National 4-H Shooting Sports booth so we could meet members of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee. Colleen Kimble and Logan Kimble-Lee were able to meet with Dr. Jeff Goodwin of Colorado State University, Dr. Mark Tassin of Louisiana State University, Dr. Kevin Allen of Oklahoma State University, Nicole Pokorney, of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Todd Kesner of Montana State University, Lisa Muzzey of University of Vermont, John Borba of University of California, and Tycee Prevat of University of Florida. They each were impressed with the bear that Logan harvested with a crossbow in Maine at the age of 15 and with her interest in 4-H Shooting Sports.

Members of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, Dr. Mark Tassin of Louisiana State University (L) and Nicole Pokorney of the University of Minnesota (R) greet New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (CL) and New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Colleen Kimble (CR) at the National booth at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Members of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, Dr. Mark Tassin of Louisiana State University (L) and Nicole Pokorney of the University of Minnesota (R) greet New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (CL) and New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Colleen Kimble (CR) at the National booth at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.

From there, Logan was able to speak with and take a photo with Eva Shockey, who with her father, Jim Shockey, were named Honorary Chairs of the National Fishing and Hunting Day 2016, which is scheduled for September 24th. Eva, an avid bear hunter herself, spent several minutes listening to Logan recount her hunt in Maine and was surprised to hear that Logan had harvested her first bear at the age of 15.

Kenyon and Bill spoke with Smith’s, a company that produces a variety of sharpening products, including those which were distributed at last year’s Sportsman Education Workshop in January at the Saratoga County office of Cornell Cooperative Extension. They then met with Birchwood Casey and will be working with Sandy Ellerston. Birchwood has repeatedly provided a nice packet of varying targets that can be used in either 4-H Rifle/Pistol programs or in Hunting/Wildlife disciplines.

As Logan, Colleen, and I continued around the many displays, we met with Mark DeBoard and Andy Fulton of Crosman about a new bow called Wildhorn that will help bridge the gap between very light weight recurve bows and heavier Genesis compound bows. They come with a very affordable price point that will help our younger 4-H members move into a compound bow when they are ready.

Meanwhile, Bill and Kenyon learned about another youth bow from Bear Archery and we will be contacting J.R. Neidlinger about this new option. While they were out looking for new treasures, they spoke with Billy Kasselman of Alexander Enterprises, who makes quality metal detectors.

During afternoon breaks, the group meets in the National Shooting Sports Foundation member lounge. There we met up with Robert and Molly Jenks, a husband and wife team who run the 4-H Shooting Sports program in Dutchess County, NY. Their club has grown from a, quickly established, group of 30 to now around 100 youth. The program is also sending 13 new Instructors to the Winter Instructor Workshop in February to handle their growth.

Colleen, who like many other outdoorsy people, has a hard time keeping her fingers and toes warm during long stands on the hunting stand or out fishing on a frozen lake. She looked at heated gloves at Glacier Gloves, Brunton, and Flambeau. She also looked at several items that were both useful and beautiful, such as ring necklaces from Mantis Knives, which are both a fashion statement and functional mini-knife/box cutter. She also liked the mini-keepsake box and camelback trunk from Evans Sports, Inc.

Later, we visited with SpyPoint. This company makes a series of different trail cameras and hunting/action video cameras for both fixed mounting and bow/gun mounting. The item that most caught our eye was the Geopad hunting tablet. This nifty little device has a 7″ screen inside a rugged outdoor casing, is GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled with offline maps and game calling abilities as well as an SD card reader that works with all cameras. You might be seeing some of these in New York soon!

Last, but not least, Kenyon and Bill shared some materials and information about their discussion with Paige Darden during Media Day from MyTopo, a Trimble Company. This is a new mapping technology that will allow users to create a variety of different maps using a large assortment of data sources. The app can also be used on your phone for “exploring off grid.”

Colleen Kimble and Logan Kimble-Lee, in the Surreal Hunting Blind.

Colleen Kimble and Logan Kimble-Lee, in the Surreal Hunting Blind.

This is by no means a comprehensive list as we also spoke with Gene Barnett of Icehole about their new coolers, Surreal Planters that mimic logs and tree stumps using professionally-molded polyurethane, Jeana White at KeyGear of UST Brands, Amanda Dedona at Klecker Knives, and Zubin Outdoors among others on Day 2 of the show.

The fountain and light show at the Belagio at night is a beautiful thing.

The fountain and light show at the Belagio at night is a beautiful thing.

John Bowe
NYS4-HSS Assistant Director

SHOT Show 2015 Wrap Up!

As we wrap up the SHOT Show 2015, Keith and John would like to extend their thanks to the many companies, individuals, colleagues and the Show’s host, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, that welcomed them at this premiere event that can only be described as epic or awesome!

Some of companies that they have not previously mentioned include:
Survivor Firestarters, a small company that makes several innovative and useful firestarters.
Zippo, a legend for their lighters, but also offers a line of outdoor tools that includes the Zippo 4 in 1 Axe and are now affiliated with W.R. Case knives.
Chiappa Firearms who now has a folding shotgun and a sub-caliber device.
Breakthrough Advanced Firearm Cleaning Technology a relatively new lubricant company that features non-toxic 100% synthetic gun oil.
Swab-its by Superbrush who introduced their Bore-Whips, which can best be described as a pull-through cleaner, with a non-lint, washable, reusable cleaning tip which can serve as both an open bolt indicator and cleaning whip. They are also working with Daisy to make a product that will work with their merchandise.

John Bowe, National 4-H Shooting Sports Booth

John Bowe, National 4-H Shooting Sports Booth

One of the show sponsors, GunBroker.com, was a very happening place where John also had the opportunity to thank them for donating to the International Hunter Education Association’s Champion of Hunter Education program of which John was one of those selected nationally to receive a Ruger American. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Zack Snow discussed how important 4-H Shooting Sports is in the recruitment, training, and retention of youth leaders both throughout the country and in New York. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also shared those same thoughts when Keith and John spoke with their representatives.

The SHOT Show is not just about firearms though – Crossbows were also in abundance. Barnett Crossbows have three new youth models, which are pictured here on the blog. They are available in 30, 60, and 100 lb. draw weights and come with a molded carrying case and you only need to remove a single bolt to break them down to a more manageable size.

Jesse McCarthy with the Barnett Recruit 60

Jesse McCarthy with the Barnett Recruit 60

Finally, a plug for the Transportation Security Administration in Las Vegas. When John went through, they made sure everyone who had attended the SHOT Show remembered to take anything out of their carry on and put into their check bags BEFORE we went into the final security line where we would have lost pocket knives, multi-tools, and other metal objects that may have failed screening. They were professional, courteous, and fun as they did so – it was a great job on their part!

Some Sights from the Las Vegas Strip

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Many thanks from all of us at NYS4-HSS to Keith and John!