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2024 SHOT Show: Shattering Records and Paving the Way for Body Armor Industry Advancements

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The 46th edition of the SHOT Show exceeded all expectations, setting unprecedented standards for body armor industry innovation and engagement. Boasting an expanded show floor, record-breaking exhibitor numbers, and networking opportunities, the 2024 SHOT Show stands as the largest and most successful show to date.

Over 55,400 industry professionals from across the globe converged on the 13.9 miles of aisles at The Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum, immersing themselves in the latest offerings for target shooting, hunting, outdoor recreation, and law enforcement over the four-day extravaganza.

This year’s SHOT Show etched its name in history as the largest ever held, with more than 2,600 companies showcasing their products and services across booths covering a staggering 821,000 net square feet. The event drew attendees from 117 countries and all 50 states, solidifying its status as a global epicenter for the industry.

SHOT Week Supplier Showcase

A standout feature was the SHOT Week Supplier Showcase, a two-day event meticulously designed to forge connections between suppliers and manufacturers. Facilitating collaboration and driving efficiency throughout the supply chain, the showcase saw over 560 OEM third-party suppliers engaging with exhibiting manufacturers, addressing diverse needs such as extrusions, fabrication, fabrics, machinery, metal, plastics, software, logistical support, and tools.

Industry Day at the Range

Dyneema SB301
Image: Dyneema SB301 put to the test

Industry Day at the Range emerged as an exceptional experience, with Avient taking the spotlight. Their impressive presentation featured the latest Dyneema variants, showcasing live shooting sessions that tested soft armor and hard armor panels manufacturered from third-generation Dyneema fibers. This captivating demonstration at Avient’s booth underscored the cutting-edge advancements in Dyneema technology, emphasising the event’s commitment to unveiling groundbreaking innovations, also in the body armor industry.

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Body Armor Manufacturers in the Spotlight

Premier Body Armor at SHOT show 2024
Image: Premier Body Armor booth at SHOT show 2024

The 2024 SHOT Show witnessed a notable presence of body armor manufacturers, underscoring the increasing emphasis on personal protection in the industry. Premier Body Armor, ArmorSource LLC, Armor Express, Busch PROtective USA, GH Armor, Honeywell, The Safariland Group, Safe Life Defense, Spartan Armor Systems, ULBRICHTS gmbH, United Shield International, MKU Limited, Armor Research Company, HESCO BASTION, Sarkar Tactical, Point Blank Armor Systems, Bulletproof, Covert Armor International LLC, Tactical Revolution, Kango Outdoor, CADDIN Corporation, Acetac Gear, Voodoo Tactical, NP Aerospace, Pro-Systems, Bulletsafe, and more took center stage, showcasing their latest innovations in body armor technology.

Image: booth of US Armor at SHOT show 2024

Despite being unable to visit all booths, we successfully captured several videos from manufacturers, providing viewers with insights into the latest advancements in body armor technology.

Looking Ahead to the 47th SHOT Show Preparations are already underway for the 47th SHOT Show, slated to take place from January 21-24, 2025, in Las Vegas. With the event’s continued growth and success, the SHOT Show remains a trailblazer in industry advancements, serving as a premier platform for innovation, collaboration, and the unveiling of cutting-edge products.

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