Is SHOT Show worth it? SHOT Show 2022 Recap

So, is SHOT Show worth it? The best way to find out, is to give it a SHOT! This was my first time attending a SHOT Show. Hear all about it in this story.


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It’s all about who you meet

Above: Travis and Gavin with John Maguire from Advanced Shooting Analytics (ASA)

SHOT show is a magnet for opportunity, and tons of fun! Every year (for the most part) some of the best names in the industry show up, and show off. Whether you’re individual scoping out products, or a company representing at a booth, you’re sure to make some new connections. 

People we met

Some of the people we met up with were good friends, and we made some new ones! Check out some of the people we met!

ILya KoshkinThe Dark Lord of Optics
Dave Manson of Dave Manson Precision Reamers
Gentry Thorpe of Black Hammer Tacticool
Piet Milan of Impact Shooting aka the Prettiest Manly Man with a rifle
Jim Harmer of Backfire
Rusty of Impact Dynamics
John McQuay from 8541 Tactical
Matt Dulude who works with Polymer 80 and Vudoo
Ryan Hey from Kestrel
Derek from NorthWest Guns
Slav Guns
Cal Zant from the Precision Rifle Blog
John Maquire from Advanced Shooting Analytics
Francis from Applied Ballistics

A noteworthy part of the SHOT Show experience for Ultimate Reloader was running into so many fans. It’s one thing to create the content we do, and interact with people from all over the world. But, it’s another to run in to our supporters in person. It was a pleasant surprise to get so many shout outs and interactions as channel supporters and fans wanted to take pictures and just get to know us. This was a big highlight because we know we are here today because of the amazing support we have from this community.

One of many channel supporters we had the opportunity get a face to face with; thanks!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to meet names in the industry, you can see this is the place to do it!

Representing Companies

Above: Gavin with James Sun, CEO of TESLONG

SHOT was also a great opportunity to get some face to face time with our existing partners. It’s refreshing to get in touch with the names we are working side by side with to bring some of the best content on the internet. 

Here’s some of the companies we visited with at the SHOT show:

Clear Ballistics
Forster Products
Seekins Precision
Jeff from Zero Compromise Scopes
Aero Precision

If you’re a regular follower, you may have noticed some new names in this list. Stay tuned for more to come – we might have some new content coming your way with new partnerships!

Above, left to right: Travis, Rusty from Impact Dynamics, Piet from Impact Shooting, Gavin


SHOT Show is for individuals and organizations alike. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to answer the question – is SHOT Show worth it? Based on our experience this year, absolutely!

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