SHOT Show registration is open and it’s time to decide what events, seminars and press conferences you’ll be attending. Since 2019’s SHOT Week will be as jammed packed as always, and the following calendar of events should help with your planning.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 5th Annual
NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic
Returning to Bear’s Best Las Vegas golf course is the 5th Annual NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic. HAVA (Honored American Veterans Afield) is a firearms industry-run organization that works to heal and reintegrate disabled veterans returning to civilian life through participation in hunting and the shooting sports. Singles can participate for $200, while foursomes are $600. Go to www.shotshow.org/hava-golf-classic/ to register to support this great cause.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21
Industry Day at the Range
Hundreds of media members and buyers get a sneak peek and hands-on sampling of firearms, ammunition, gear and vehicles making their debut at the 2019 SHOT Show. This event is invitation only, so if you’ve earned an invite from one of the hundreds of exhibiting manufacturers, don’t pass up your chance to attend. (www.shotshowrangeday.com)
SHOT University, an NSSF Live! Event
SHOT Show University gets a facelift and a new name in 2019. This all-day educational event for retailers and range owners has four new learning tracks — Indoor Range, Ecommerce, ATF/NFA and Retail & Customers — plus the addition of three special mini sessions that tackle some of today’s most challenging topics for firearms sellers. Standard NSSF Retail and Range members can reserve their seats for $265. Premium Retailers can reserve one seat at no charge when they register and additional seats for $265. Non-NSSF members may attend for $525.
Executive Management Seminar
This event, now in its third year, is designed to present the latest trends in management, human resources, staffing and work culture to top-level executives and rising upper-level managers. The registration fee for NSSF members is $285, while non-members may attend for $385.
Evening Welcome Receptions
Three evening gatherings kick off the show in style, with several groups reconnecting with old friends and networking with new over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
NSSF Members’ Reception—5-6 p.m., Venetian Fourth Floor
PAC Reception—5-6 p.m., Mercato Della Pescheria
Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Reception—6-7:30 p.m. Location TBD.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21 – TUESDAY JANUARY 22
Also in its third year, Supplier Showcase once again takes place over two days. Created to encourage networking between our industry’s manufacturers and the many third-party vendors they rely on, this event has seen tremendous attendance the past two years and now includes its own New Product display center. All manufacturing exhibitors, R&D specialists, engineers and purchasing agents attending the show should make time in their schedule Monday or Tuesday and make their way to the Palazzo Ballroom in the fifth floor Venetian Meeting Rooms and see the latest in technology, services and materials critical to today’s manufacturing processes. There is no charge to attend. (www.shotshow.org/supplier-showcase)
MONDAY, JANUARY 21-THURSDAY JANUARY 24
Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP)
Every year, hundreds of law enforcement, military personnel and security professionals flock to the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) to learn about cutting-edge techniques, tactics and technology that help them do their jobs and keep the world safe. A one-time registration fee of just $25 for qualified attendees gains you access to any and all sessions taking place from the day before the show opens through Thursday, the day before the show closes, and upon completion, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance to document their training. (shotshow.org/leep/)
TUESDAY JANUARY 22
The 2019 SHOT Show opens!
TUESDAY JANUARY 22
State of the Industry
Entertainment returns to the State of the Industry event! The night kicks off with a smorgasbord of gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, before NSSF CEO Steve Sanetti and Chairman of the Board Bob Scott address the challenges and opportunities our industry faces and the successes we’ve had over the past year, before settling in for an evening of laughter. The fun begins at 5:30 at the Palazzo Theater. Tickets are just $79 — but reserve early, as seating is limited.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22-THURSDAY JANUARY 24
Every year, NSSF strives to bring the best information and training to retailers. This year will be no exception, with a wide variety of 90-minute Retailer Seminars taking place throughout the first three days of the show. Take a break from the show floor and get the low-down on topics such as urban engagement, working with grants, retail design and more, all designed to improve your bottom line and expand your customer base.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
Export USML to CCL Transition Training — NEW!
Revised export control reforms are expanding opportunities for manufacturers, distributors and even retailers everywhere. NSSF’s new Export USML (United States Munitions List) to CCL (Commerce Control List) Transition Training will cover how Export Administration Rules (EAR) work, how these new regulations affect your business and the online tools that can streamline your EAR processes. Registration is just $25 for NSSF members, $50 for non-members. Time and location will be available when registration for SHOT Show opens.