The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show is an American annual trade show for the shooting, hunting, and firearms industry.

Official logo
VenueSands Expo (As of 2010)
Location(s)Las Vegas, Nevada (As of 2010)
CountryUnited States
InauguratedJanuary 1979
Organized byNational Shooting Sports Foundation
WebsiteOfficial website

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). 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 used to rotate 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 only in Las Vegas and is contracted to stay there through 2027. 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 US.[3]


Source for all attendance information:[1]

1979St. Louis, Missouri5,600
1980San Francisco, California8,500
1981New Orleans, Louisiana17,800
1982Atlanta, Georgia17,850
1983Dallas, Texas20,000
1984Dallas, Texas22,000
1985Atlanta, Georgia19,200
1986Houston, Texas20,950
1987New Orleans, Louisiana19,500
1988Las Vegas, Nevada19,800
1989Dallas, Texas23,500
1990Las Vegas, Nevada23,523
1991Dallas, Texas25,525
1992New Orleans, Louisiana23,262
1993Houston, Texas25,030
1994Dallas, Texas27,800
1995Las Vegas, Nevada29,600
1996Dallas, Texas28,500
1997Las Vegas, Nevada35,102
1998Las Vegas, Nevada32,759
1999Atlanta, Georgia25,814
2000Las Vegas, Nevada29,607
2001New Orleans, Louisiana25,496
2002Las Vegas, Nevada31,342
2003Orlando, Florida27,494
2004Las Vegas, Nevada33,264
2005Las Vegas, Nevada37,730
2006Las Vegas, Nevada40,892
2007Orlando, Florida42,216
2008Las Vegas, Nevada58,769
2009Jan 15–18Orlando, Florida (Orange County Convention Center)48,907
2010Jan 19–22Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)58,444
2011Jan 18–21Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)57,390
2012Jan 17––20Las 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)54,547
2017Jan 17–20Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)~65,000
2018Jan 23–26Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)~60,000
2019Jan 22–25Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)58,000+[4]
2020Jan 21–24Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)TBD
2021Jan 19–26Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)TBD
2022Jan 18–21Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)TBD
2023Jan 17–20Las Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)TBD
2024JanLas Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)TBD
2025JanLas Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)TBD
2026JanLas Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)TBD
2027JanLas Vegas, Nevada (Sands Expo)TBD


  1. 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.
  4. Prince, Todd (20 January 2019). "More than 58K attending SHOT Show in Las Vegas". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
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