Upcoming: 2016 SHOT Show

The 2016 SHOT Show will officially open on Tuesday, January 19th, at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show is the largest Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show and Conference of its kind worldwide.

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports representatives to the 2016 SHOT Show include NYS State Director Bill Schwerd, NYS Assistant Director John Bowe, Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson, NYS Instructor Colleen Kimble and NYS 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee.

NYS4-HSS attends this important annual event to connect with the many corporations, foundations, and organizations that support us and provide supplies for our programming. Throughout the show week, a booth staffed by the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee and National Teen Ambassadors, gives industry the opportunity to meet with the leading youth development program in the country. Our staff and attendees will be able to learn about and see new firearms, archery equipment, safety products and other related program items, first hand, before they are released to the public. The SHOT Show also provides the ability for staff to acquire some of these items for the NYS4-HSS Program at exclusive special event pricing.

Follow us here for regular updates along with photos and news about NYS4-HSS and our supportive partners and their products!

John Bowe
Assistant Director, NYS4-HSS

NYS4-HSS at Day #3 of the SHOT Show!

Day #3 of the SHOT Show brought an active, but smaller, crowd to the show where Keith and John were able to speak with more company representatives.

Visits with regular contributors to NYS4-HSS included:
Camp Chef who has a new Backpacking Stove,
Midland Radio who recently introduced an Emergency Weather Radio with flashlight and the unique feature of a dog whistle to signal search dogs,
Smith’s Consumer Products who have a full line of knife and tool sharpeners,
Buck Knives who have a great new Fishing Shears that have specialized cutting edges for woven line, and,
Stone River Knives who have a great selection of steel and ceramic knifes.

Ryan Neeley of Campchef with the new Styker Stove

Ryan Neeley of Camp Chef with the new Styker Stove

On the new side, our Reps connected with Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, Sheep Dog, and Eurotarget. At the Eurotarget booth they met another New Yorker, Olympic hopeful Ann Jardin of Mexico, NY. Down the hall from the National Shooting Sports booth they also met Olympic Gold Medalist, Kim Rhode.

Keith and John also attended the Ladies Choice 2015 Guns & Gear Awards where a variety of shooting sports companies received awards for their development of products that cater to both the needs and interest of the growing number of female shooters.

Visit us tomorrow for Keith and John’s wrap up of the 2015 SHOT Show event!

NYS4-HSS at Day #2 of the 2015 SHOT Show!

Day #2 of the SHOT Show was more of a challenge, as shuttles ran late and many company representatives were busy in meetings with their largest clients. However, Keith and John were able to visit the booths of Mayville Engineering Company (MEC), Hornady, Hodgdon Powder, Brownells, Otis Technology and American Tactical, among many others.

You never know who you might see in the booths and halls of the SHOT Show! On Day #2 it was national personalities Michael Waddell, Jim Shockey, and Pro Shooters for Team Smith & Wesson, Julie Golob and Trevor Baucom. Trevor spent nearly half an hour speaking with John about teaching Shooting Sports to youth with disabilities. Our Reps also met up with Bob Jenks who was attending on behalf of the military, but is also a 4-H volunteer in Dutchess County, NY.

On the new connection side, Keith met with Camillus Cutlery, Ontario Knife Company, Queen Cutlery and Troy Industries. Meanwhile John reconnected with Joe Sementelli of Adventure Medical, where discussions included the development of standardized First Aid Kits for Shooting Sports programs.

New York contacts were also on the day’s agenda, Keith reports that Remington is interested in working with NYS4-HSS on youth models and that talks with AmChar Wholesale were also very positive.

In association with Keith’s role at campus working with returning military service men and women, he connected with a group called Freedom Hunters. A custom piece made from 7.62 shells has been acquired from Freedom Hunters for our upcoming 2015 NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction at Fort William Henry in Lake George, NY where you will see this amazing piece and hear the story that it tells about our American military families.

Freedom Hunters is also creating a very nice guitar, autographed by Rock & Roll legend Ted Nugent, to raise funds for our servicemen in need of support. Nugent was on hand at the SHOT Show interacting with these wonderful folks who work with wounded combat Veterans. Be sure to check out the Freedom Hunters website.

Overall, it was a great day!

Some Photo Highlights from the 2015 SHOT Show

Dave Baron  (C) and the Baron Technology Family - Outstanding Supporters of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports

Dave Baron (C) and the Baron Technology Family – Outstanding Supporters of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports

A glimpse into the SHOT Show Store

A glimpse into the SHOT Show Store

NYS 4-H Shooting Sports – Direct from the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV

Wally Gardner (L), President, Canal Street Cutlery (Ellenville, NY) with Kenyon Simpson (R), NYS 4-H Shooting Sports, at the 2014 SHOT Show.

Chip Hunnicutt (L), Crosman Corporation (Bloomfield, NY) with Bill Schwerd (R), Director of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports, trying out the new Benjamin Break Action Air Rifle at the 2014 SHOT Show’s Media Day at the Range in Boulder City, Nevada.