SHOT Show 2012: Load and make ready!
At the moment this column appears on PoliceOne, I’m participating in “Media Day,” which takes place the day prior to the official start to SHOT Show. A host of travel-related issues have previously precluded me from doing Media Day, so this will be a first for me. I’m told by a good friend that it’s “like Disneyland for shooting enthusiasts.” I’ve never been to Disneyland either, so that description is only somewhat helpful to me. But I love being among shooters, so I love the prospect of Media Day (and SHOT in general). I recently wrote a haiku about it.
I’ll shoot a bunch of guns I’ve never before laid a hand on, have one-on-one conversations with truly elite manufacturers whose weapons we’re reviewing, and test out ammo from some of the top makers in the industry. All this takes place alongside a cadre of the best firearms writers on the planet. Oh, and I’m told there may also be some exotic food for lunch. Yeah, I’m amped.
Miles to Go Before No Sleep
I’m even looking forward to being back in Las Vegas — for about 24 hours. Problem is, I’ll be in Vegas for a wee bit longer than a single day. And therein, lays the rub.
I love my peace and quiet. I love my sleep. During SHOT, I’ll have precious little peace, quiet, or sleep. For those who’ve never been, SHOT Show consists of very long days (made even longer by the very long nights), spent walking miles and miles and miles atop rented rugs. I’ve even written a haiku about that, too.
Woe is me, I know. I get to shoot other people’s ammo, check out the newest weapons systems, training equipment, body armor, ammunition, and all manner of apparel and accessories. Then there are those other, unforeseen and unforeseeable surprises which await me in Las Vegas.
Yeah, woe is me.
I, Too, Stand Practically Still
Well, at SHOT Show 2012, things are going to be a little bit different. If you’re attending SHOT and for one reason or another want to meet me (gads, I cannot for a moment fathom why, but I must surmise by the stack of business cards left for me during IACP 2011, there is some degree of demand), I will be at the PoliceOne booth (#8510) from 1500 to 1730 on Wednesday, January 18th.
So, come see me.
Even if you couldn’t care less about meeting little old me in person — which I have to believe would be the vast majority of our booth visitors — stop by to check out the PoliceOne Academy, or learn some new things about the Street Survival Seminar. You’ll probably get a P1 T-shirt — I’m told that if you’re spotted in a P1 T-shirt on the show floor, you could win some sort of cool new video camera. I dunno. I’m not eligible to win, so I pretty much tuned out during that part of the meeting.
Fitts’ Law Meets Shock and Awe
I’ll manage / triage all such requests to the best of my ability, having already told “my people” that I’ll be “air traffic control for content” for the duration — in addition, of course, to authoring my own coverage of the event.
I’ve come to decide that the basic premise for our show coverage can be termed “Fitts’ Law Meets Shock and Awe” — as in: we aim to achieve a perfect balance between speed and accuracy, all while overwhelming PoliceOne Members with dizzying volumes of articles and photos.
I Like Ike
Vegas has an interesting effect on even the best-laid plans, but as I sit here at SFO, awaiting my Vegas-bound flight and finishing this column, at least I know the planning phase is done.
See you Sin City!
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