I just passed my one year anniversary at NASGW in January. And for the life of me, I simply can’t figure out where the time has gone. The old adage, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” is a fitting descriptor.
In the past year I’ve witnessed the shooting sports industry marketplace do some interesting dancing. When I started this job, my first day of work was the Shot Show and when I left Las Vegas there was a good bit of optimism in the air, as many manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers alike were whispering quietly that things may just be taking a turn for the better; that the market was normalizing.
Then came spring and for many the optimism began to wane. Summer sent some into a bit of a frenzy as deep discounts appeared and efforts to move products became challenging. Then came fall and the promise of an upbeat sales season as NICS background checks continued to reach new heights.
We couldn’t predict it (well, maybe we could), but politics turned out to be our best salesman of the year and the holiday shopping season saw the clearing of many shelves. With continued political shenanigans in the nation’s capital, guns sales have only continued upward and our wholesale community is meeting the challenges head on.
I visited dozens of manufacturers in 2015 and hope to see more this coming year. I’ve seen so many fine examples of true craftsmanship it’s been very hard to keep my bank account in the black. Based on what the industry served up at the NASGW show in October and the Shot Show in Las Vegas, 2016 promises to make that problem even more acute.
I’ve never been much of a gambler. But I’m going to bet that before our election season sorts itself out, sales will be robust. We’re already off to a great start. I’m also going to tell you that after what I discovered in the past few months, the odds are pretty high I’ll add more guns to my collection this year. The trick will be in the choosing. And if sales continue like they are, maybe in the finding as well.
We’ve got a big year planned and you, our members, will be the beneficiaries.
Until next time,