Images from the main floor of the Sands Expo Center

Airforce Air Rifle at the 2015 SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - Day One of the 2015 SHOT Show comes to a close in less than an hour. A gathering of the world's premier firearm manufacturers, dealers, retailers and accessory wranglers, the overwhelming input of guns and gear is already having an affect.

"I've forgot my phone three times already," one journalist who wishes to remain anonymous sheepishly admitted.

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Museum staff sets up exhibit at first SHOT Show

Installing firearms in the NRA Booth

Las Vegas, Nevada - I got up at 5am to make a five-hour, 8am flight to Las Vegas. I landed around 10:30am due to the miracle of time zones. After running around to get my luggage, a rental car, and pick up my shipment, I made it to the Sands Expo and Convention Center for my first experience at SHOT Show.

Having followed the #SHOTShow hashtag on Twitter, I knew that many people had already arrived and begun setting up days before me. I was afraid that the NRA booth was going to be one of the last ones set up because of me … WRONG!

If you think big gun shows are hectic when they’re open to the public, they’re even more crazy during set-up! Aisles disappear in a sea of wooden crates as you bob and weave around half-assembled displays and listen to the beeping of machinery moving things around at the booths.

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Finding your way through the crowds, the floors, and the guns

Magpul booth at SHOT Show 2015 at the Sands Expo Center in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada - Welcome to the 2015 SHOT Show! (Yes, I know, yesterday I welcomed you to the unofficial start of SHOT. Seemed only fitting an official welcome for the official start was called for.)

Deep within the heart of the Sands Expo Center we find anything and everything the budding young (or old) sportsman could want. Everything he could need. Everything that he should have. Let's just leave it at everything.

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From Yamaha - Yamaha Announces All-New Wolverine R-Spec Side-by-Side Vehicle

Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec, an all-new Side-by-Side vehicle

Yamaha Sets New Standard with Most Off-Road Capable SxS with Class-Leading Comfort

Cypress, California – January 20, 2015 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., today introduced the Wolverine R-Spec, an all-new Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle that sets a new standard in off-road capability and class-leading comfort. Designed and engineered for exploring extreme terrain, the Wolverine R-Spec is assembled in the U.S.A. for worldwide distribution.

The 2016 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec boasts an all-new nimble chassis with a compact design, look and feel, a comfortable and secure cab with seating for two, Yamaha’s proven core technologies, and overall superior handling and durability with industry-leading suspension adjustability.

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From GLOCK - GLOCK Introduces New Optic Mounting Platform and Largest Pistol to Date

GLOCK 40 Gen4 in MOS Configuration Las Vegas, Nevada - GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK Modular Optic System (MOS). The MOS platform was designed by GLOCK engineers to enable users to mount their preferred reflex sights to their pistol in order to improve their target acquisition. The Gen4 models G34, G35, and G41 will now be available in the new MOS platform.  Coming soon is GLOCK 40 Gen4 in MOS Configuration – the long slide pistol is intended for 10mm enthusiasts as well as handgun hunters.

“Our research has prompted us to release the MOS configurations for the G34 Gen4, G35 Gen4 and G41 Gen4 and the new G40 Gen4 in the MOS Configuration,” ... more on the latest from GLOCK ...

Boulder City Gun Club hosts latest in pistol, rifle, and shotgun design

Targets from the Aimpoint boot during SHOT Show's Media Day

Boulder City, Nevada - Officially, the first day of SHOT Show isn’t really the first day of SHOT Show. That’s tomorrow. But for those of us considered to be part of the media (I know, right?), the Show started today. Today at the Boulder City Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada.

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Last minute absent-mindedness can lead to SHOT Show madness in Vegas

Southwest Airlines gate at Reagan National Airport

Alexandria, Virginia - We're all human ... my thanks to the peanut gallery for the audible, "duh". My point being that as human beings we are imperfect by design. Be it by way of driving skills, computer ability, business acumen, or ability to catch a ball, there's something amiss in those primordial architectural plans that allow us to reveal in our imperfections. One of my greatest? I forget. Oh yea, memory.

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What would SHOT Show have been like 160 years ago?

SHOT Show 1855 Fairfax, Virginia - Since beginning in 1979, SHOT Show has become one of the premier firearms industry event of the year. Those who are able to attend circle the date on their calendars; those who are unable curse under their breath.

As I was packing up amazing and historic guns for SHOT Show from the NRA Museums, I was led down a path of historical whimsy: what would SHOT Show have been like 160 years ago in 1855?

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New guy takes National Firearms Museum on the road to first SHOT Show

View of the Las Vegas strip from the Venetian Hotel

Fairfax, Virginia - When I came to the NRA in January 2014 as the Firearms Specialist, I missed the SHOT Show by a week. (Why I thought they’d send the brand new guy even if I had been there is something I hadn’t thought about!)

At any rate, plans for the 2015 SHOT Show are well underway and it will be my inaugural attendance. Add to that fact that I’m the only NRA Museums staff member going and it could prove to be a baptism by fire.

What goes into planning the NRA Museums’ involvement at SHOT Show, you ask? Well, first and foremost, we have to decide what firearms we’re going to display in the booth. This involves a number of questions, including: what are our themes, what went last year, what are the crowd favorites, and so on.

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