SHOT Show official logo
Status Active
Genre Firearms, Hunting
Venue Sands Expo (As of 2010)
Location(s) Las Vegas, Nevada (As of 2010)
Country United States
Inaugurated January 1979
Attendance 61,000 [1]
Organized by National Shooting Sports Foundation
Filing status 501(c)(3)

The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show is an annual tradeshow for the shooting, hunting, and firearms industry. It is the biggest event of this type in the world together with IWA & OutdoorClassics ("IWA Nuremberg"), also taking place annually. "SHOT", besides being a general reference to shooting, is an acronym for "Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade" (show). This trade show is open only to those in the trade and the press. The SHOT Show is restricted to members of the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade industry including commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products. It is not open to the general public.[2]

The first SHOT Show was held in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1979. The show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It rotates between Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana, and several other U.S. cities, although in the last few years it has taken place mostly in Las Vegas.

It attracted over 60,000 attendees to its 630,000 square feet of exhibition space in Las Vegas. It is among the top 25 trade shows in the country.[3]


Note: All attendance information courtesy of the SHOT Show Blog.[1]

Year Dates CityAttendees
1979 St. Louis, Missouri 5,600
1980 San Francisco, California8,500
1981 New Orleans, Louisiana17,800
1982 Atlanta, Georgia17,850
1983 Dallas, Texas20,000
1984 Dallas, Texas22,000
1985 Atlanta, Georgia19,200
1986 Houston, Texas20,950
1987 New Orleans, Louisiana19,500
1988 Las Vegas, Nevada19,800
1989 Dallas, Texas23,500
1990 Las Vegas, Nevada23,523
1991 Dallas, Texas25,525
1992 New Orleans, Louisiana23,262
1993 Houston, Texas25,030
1994 Dallas, Texas27,800
1995 Las Vegas, Nevada29,600
1996 Dallas, Texas28,500
1997 Las Vegas, Nevada35,102
1998 Las Vegas, Nevada32,759
1999 Atlanta, Georgia25,814
2000 Las Vegas, Nevada29,607
2001 New Orleans, Louisiana25,496
2002 Las Vegas, Nevada31,342
2003 Orlando, Florida27,494
2004 Las Vegas, Nevada33,264
2005 Las Vegas, Nevada37,730
2006 Las Vegas, Nevada40,892
2007 Orlando, Florida42,216
2008 Las Vegas, Nevada58,769
2009Jan 15–18Orlando, Florida (Orange County Convention Center) 48,907
2010Jan 19–22Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) 58,444
2011Jan 18–21 Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) 57,390
2012Jan 17–20 Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) 61,017
2013Jan 15–18Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) 62,371
2014Jan 14–17Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) 67,000+
2015Jan 20-23Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) ~64,000
2016Jan 19-22Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) ~64,000
2017Jan 17-20Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) TBD
2018TBDLas Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo) TBD


  1. 1 2 Dolnack, Chris (20 August 2012). "SHOT Show's Host Cities: SHOT Show at 35". SHOT Show. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  2. "SHOT Show FAQ". SHOT. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  3. Valentine, Matt (Sep 12, 2013). "The Gun Lobbying Group You Don't Hear About". The Atlantic.
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