by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier
I started my SHOT Show this year at the gun range on Media Day — held the day before the show opens. It’s an opportunity for all the companies to not just show you what’s new, but to actually let you shoot it.
The event is held at the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club range in Boulder City, Nevada. To call this place a club range is like calling Fort Knox a bank! The firing line is about a quarter mile in length and encompasses dozens of individual ranges sized from 25 to 800 yards. There are another dozen or so shotgun ranges! When I was in the Army, I saw tank gunnery ranges that were larger, but seldom anything else! Of course, the backstop is just miles and miles of miles and miles, so you’re pretty safe shooting anything up to but not including a .50 BMG.