SHOT Show is the fifth largest convention in Las Vegas. But larger still is the Concrete Convention next March (well, it has a different name, but you get the gist). I guess any convention makes sense to its attendees. At dinner, writers Richard, Aaron, and I were trying to figure out what kind of seminars you would have for the concrete, asphalt, and construction crowd. “Rebar: Friend…or Foe?” I said dramatically. Laughing, Richard suggested I use it as the title to an article. I think I also suggested, “Concrete Stamping and the Modern Aesthetic.” Rebar was better.
I have been busily running around the Show floor for the last two days looking for interesting things. I have talked to many nice folks. When Richard said there is a game where you call out Danger Zone! when you spot a guy in 5.11 pants with a MOLLE backpack, I glanced down at my attire and called out myself. It is a common look for this conference. There is a tanker truck of testosterone in the law enforcement sections of the SHOT Show. I even saw a guy in a very nice tan suit wearing a matching coyote brown MOLLE-laden pack. Mixed messages.
Here are some photographs from the SHOT Show floor this year. Enjoy.
To get back to my rebar analogy, I am sure that the average American out there would think a convention with machine guns on trucks, holo-sights on lever action rifles, and tactical mannequins might seem silly, but it all apparently makes sense to this bunch.