Madeline Osburn traveled to SHOT Show in Las Vegas to report on the firearm industry’s biggest event of the year. In her report for The Federalist, she takes some time to detail the products that “stuck out to [her], as a novice female shooter.”
Women are the fastest-growing segment of firearms owners. They are passionate about self-defense and enjoy the sport. The growing number of female gun owners could even have an effect on the election as these new gun owners vote for politicians who respect their rights.
More than 65,000 people gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada this week for the nation’s largest annual gun industry convention, SHOT Show 2020. Organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), SHOT Show brings together the world’s best in shooting sports, law enforcement, hunting, and armed forces to share their products and businesses, but more importantly, to shoot the globe’s latest and greatest firearms in the Nevada desert.
With more than 2,000 exhibiting manufacturers and companies crammed into the 13-acre Sands Convention Center, it’s physically impossible for a single visitor to see everything. But after just two days of being tightly surrounded by guns, ammunition, Navy SEALs, military dogs, tactical gear, camouflage, and American flags, my faith has been restored in the status of freedom and the Second Amendment in this country.
Since SHOT Show is not open to the general public (only gun industry business people who buy guns or gear at wholesale, and gun-related media are allowed in), I’m excited to share some of the more impressive or interesting products and companies that stuck out to me, as a novice female shooter. Let’s start with the guns.
1. SIG P365 SAS (Sig Anti-Snag)
Sig Sauer’s P365 is one of the most popular choices for a concealed-carry pistol. Their new model, the P365 SAS, was announced last year and features a unique sight that many were able to test for the first time at SHOT this year. Instead of having a traditional iron sight at the end of the gun and on top of the slide like most pistols, in their efforts to make the gun “anti-snag,” Sig embedded a green bullseye sight that almost seems to light up at the rear of the slide.
There seemed to be a trend in more electronic and red dot sights (I’ll get to that later) across manufactures, but Sig’s version of this “point and shoot” sight trend was my personal favorite.
I encourage anyone purchasing a firearm for the first time, and long-time owners too, to get as much training as you can. I’ve spent time training at the expertly run Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, New Hampshire. Reading through my accounts of my experiences there can help you get an idea for the training you may need or want to pursue.
- Home Invasion: Preparing for Defense with Sig Sauer Academy
- Sig Sauer Academy: Rely on Your Training
- Survival Tactics: One Hand Tourniquet Application
- You Need to Get Out of Your Survival Comfort Zone
- Key to the Draw: Economy of Motion
- Sheep Get Killed: How to Be a Wolf
- Be Ready to Defend Yourself and Family
Whether you’re a woman or man, it’s time to get your guns and your training now.
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