The top stories from before the show

By The Numbers
The SHOT Show is the biggest trade convention for a hunting and shooting sports market that registered $3.3 billion in sales in 2005. No surprise, the show itself is vast.

Pre-show report

Aptly named and overcrowded, the 29th annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show will pack in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Jan. 11-14, offering a mind-blowing smorgasbord for the serious outdoorsman.

"SHOT show is the place where all the manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest," said Steve Wagner, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. "Everything a hunter or shooter could ever need or wish for is in this place. If you enjoy hunting or shooting, this is the world's largest toy store."