By Lars Dalseide | January 15 2014 09:18

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.

"SHOT is an incredible experience," said Top Shot contestant Gabby Franco. "There's is so much to see and so many people to meet. It's wonderful."

For the uninitiated, SHOT is split into two separate sections of the Expo Center; vendors are found on the first & second floor with the press room, seminars and classes on three and four. Might sound simple enough, but if you go in without a map and a plan then odds are that you'll be in for a long day.

Sar Arms Princess Pistols brighten up the walkways of SHOT Show

You're first instinct is to stop at every booth. Bad plan. Do that and odds are that you'll never make it off the first floor. In fact, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) tells us that the only way to see the whole show and stop at each booth means you'll have a grand total of 22 seconds per vendor to take it all in. I don't know about you, but 22 seconds just isn't going to cut it.

So pick your poison. Figure out what you want to see and map it out. Start early, stick to the plan and don't get distracted.

Do that and odds are you'll make it to the other side. Don't and you'll end up like the rest of us ... lost in the maze and wonderment of SHOT.

Want to see what you're missing? Here's a selection of vendors and products and personalities found on the main floor:

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