SHOT Show 2021 Canceled

SHOT Show 2021 is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

SHOT Show 2021 Canceled

With no in-person SHOT Show for 2021, companies will have to shift to virtual events, email campaigns and other strategies to get the word out about their products and services. (Photo: Alan Clemons)

The 2021 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The annual event, commonly known as the SHOT Show, was scheduled for Jan. 19-21 at the Sands Expo Center and new Caesars Forum exhibition halls. It is the first time in 42 years the show has been canceled. The show was to have expanded into the new Caesars facility this year after outgrowing the Sands complex.

NSSF officials will begin plans for the Jan. 18-21, 2022, show in Las Vegas. Those dates also are the same as for the SCI Hunters' Convention, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

SHOT Show began in 1979 in St. Louis with about 5,600 attendees. The second show was in downtown San Francisco, with attendance of about 8,500. After that the attendance more than doubled for the third event and continued to grow, forcing the NSSF to rotate the show between Las Vegas, Orlando, New Orleans, Houston and Dallas for its first 30 years. 

It has been located in Las Vegas since 2010 with attendance of between 54,500 in 2016 to 67,000 in 2014 during the last decade. The show is among the top 25 trade shows in the United States.


Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the world, NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, today makes the difficult announcement that the 2021 SHOT Show has been cancelled.

NSSF has remained in constant communication with Nevada officials throughout the year in our planning for the 2021 show. While there has been a concerted effort to expand the allowable levels for large gatherings by the county and state, with positivity rates peaking during our key planning period we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 show. Sadly, these spikes are currently transpiring worldwide. Given the sheer complexities, diminishing timeline and immense logistical planning required to conduct a trade show as large as SHOT, NSSF simply could not move forward at this point with so many unknowns and variables. We truly appreciate the guidance of Nevada and Las Vegas officials in allowing us to communicate this news to our exhibitors and attendees well in advance of the show. We would also like to thank the Sands directly for their help and efforts to navigate this unprecedented situation.

The planning and work that has gone into the 2021 SHOT Show has been nothing short of remarkable. Since the pandemic began in early 2020, the NSSF staff and our show partners have been working around the clock to plan our largest show in history while keeping the health and safety of all involved as paramount.

The support of our show exhibitors this year has also been nothing short of remarkable. With three months to go until the show, floor space for both the Sands Expo Center and our expansion to the new Caesars Forum was nearly sold out, with more companies than ever before represented at the SHOT Show.

All of this positions us for a 2022 SHOT Show that will be undoubtedly the best in our industry’s history, and we look forward to bringing our entire community together again at a show that will be one to remember.


During the coming year, NSSF asks for our industry’s unwavering support as we continue our fight to promote, protect and preserve our industry in these unsettling times.

Throughout this year, NSSF has remained at the forefront for our industry. As thousands of businesses across the country were shuttered as being “non-essential” during the pandemic, NSSF worked nonstop to have firearm retailers, ranges, manufacturers and distributors listed as “essential” which allowed them to remain open for business.

NSSF is your trade association. Everything we do—from education, safety initiatives, compliance and security resources, import/export guidance, consumer activation initiatives, government relations, and the SHOT Show—is aimed at helping businesses in our industry succeed. Now, more than ever, we need your continued support.


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