By Lars Dalseide | January 14 2013 08:40

The people you meet on the plane, at the airport and in the hotel SHOT Show

View of the Las Vegas strip from the Venetian Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada - 2,400 miles west of Washington, DC is the city of Las Vegas. The place where thousands from the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade are arriving this week for the 2013 SHOT Show. Most are coming out today. Others, like me, made the trip last night. And I'm glad I did.

Because had I waited, waited to come out with the crowds, I would not have met representatives from firearm manufactures, outdoor television shows and fellow shooting sports associations on the plane. I would not have run into Top Shot contestant Greg Littlejohn while checking in the hotel. And I would not have met the 2013 Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors at the restaurant.

But there was another reason to come out a day early. A good reason. Media Day.

Media Day is an event thrown the day before SHOT Show where those of us in the media are allowed to try out new shooting sports products. A shotgun from Browning, a pistol from Colt or a rifle from Blaser will be among the items given a test run later today.

With temperatures forecast to top off in the 30s, it promises to be a cold one. But that goes with the territory. Every day at the range is a new adventure. New firearms, new ammunition ... new people to meet and friends to make. We'll have photos and stories of firearms, ammo and people later in the day (and the week), but for now ... here goes nothing.

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