What you find and what you left behind at this year's SHOT Show

Pack of goodies and souvenirs from the 2014 SHOT Show

Fairfax, Virginia - US Airways flight 478 touched down at Reagan National Airport last night around 8:15. About eight minutes early. Might not seem like much, but after a week of trudging through ten football fields worth of guns, accessories and gear, eight minutes can be a lifetime.

After collecting my bags and ultimately remembering where I parked, I left the a seasonally frigid air of the DC night to the slightly less frigid interior of my car and collapsed. I was home. Back on the East Coast. SHOT Show complete.

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One last walkthrough of SHOT Show's exhibit hall before heading into the final stretch

Machetes on display at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada - Today is the final day of SHOT Show, the annual shooting sports industry trade show in Las Vegas. While Lars runs through the Sands Expo and Convention Center one last time to catch the latest and greatest gadgets coming to a gun store near you, he's uploaded this slideshow of some SHOT ... shots.

If, like the rest of us not lucky enough to attend, you haven't had your fill of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, and optics, here's a little more.

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Michigan manufacturer creates wooden 1911 pistol made to John Browning's specifications

a 1911 made entirely from wood at the 2014 SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - The eastern nob of Michigan is home to the city of Davison. With a population of just over 5,000 people, Davison qualifies as a prototypical American small town. Tim Bishop is Mayor, Jeff Putnam coaches the Fighting Cardinals football team, and Jennifer Torok oversees the budding of young minds of Hill Elementary School.

Get the details on Wood Caliber's wooden 1911 pistols at the 2014 SHOT Show ...

Top International NPSC shooter Manthei comes to Vegas for a look at ammunition

Axel Manthei shooting at the National Police Shooting Championships

Las Vegas, Nevada - Who did I come across while running through the makeshift lanes of the Sands Expo Center here at SHOT Show than Axel. Not the uniquely gifted lead singer Axl Rose of the quasi-defunct rock band Guns and Roses. No this Axel was Axel Manthei. Who is Axel Manthei? I'm glad you asked.

More on German writer and NRA competitive shooter Axel Manthei at SHOT Show ...

Highlights and collectables found inside the Sands Expo Center

One of Remington's new shotguns at the 2014 SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - SHOT Show is a fluid beast. Almost like riding the tide. To get along you only have to go along. Simple as that. Step into the room, keep up with the flow and exit at you're earliest convenience. Try to swim against it and, well ... it's never a good idea to swim against the tide.

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Last 20 shots of gear and guns at the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club

A seven shot Smith & Wesson .357 revolver

Boulder City, Nevada - CMG Marketing & Events' Media Day at the Range wrapped up at 4:00pm on Monday, January 13. Sponsored by Cabela's, Media Day is an opportunity for more than a thousand writers, photographers, bloggers and tv crews to try out the latest and greatest innovations in the world of shooting sports.

Get your last look at SHOT Show's 2014 Media Day at the Range ...

Smith & Wesson's Model 69 Combat Magnum revolver lightens the 5-shot load

Smith & Wesson's new .44 Magnum 5-shot revolver

Boulder City, Nevada - SHOT Show's Media Day was a little different this year. Now before starting with the rumors and speculation just stop. It wasn't all that different for anyone else ... just me. For this year I walked up and down the lanes of the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club with Glen Hoyer, the director of NRA's Law Enforcement Division.

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3-time National Champion travels from Georgia to Nevada to build business relationships

3-time NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Champion John Whidden partakes in the 2014 SHOT Show Las Vegas, Nevada - SHOT Show is more than a few football fields worth of fancy guns. Sure it's fun to ooh and aah over the latest innovations in the industry, but for most in attendance SHOT is about business. Police Department reps are here to upgrade their gear, reporters are getting the skinny on the new and improved, and vendors are meeting with customers.

Big or small, domestic or international, companies of all shapes and sizes are here to get things done. That's especially true for the smaller operations like Whidden Gunworks of Nashville, Georgia.

"As you can imagine, a face-to-face relationship always does more than a phone call or an email ever will," explained John Whidden, owner of the custom rifle and accessory shop ... more on the importance of building relationships at SHOT Show ...

New products and gear delight the crowds of the first day of SHOT Show

Top Shot favorite Gabby Franco is all smiles at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada - The 2014 SHOT Show opened its doors bright and early Tuesday morning at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Patrons pushed and prodded their way through the crowd to begin their journey into the fields of firearms ready to take on the market in 2014. New laser sights, extension tubes, .50 caliber rifles and more littered booths to the delight of everyone in attendance. It's like Christmas all over again.

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