What do you think of this year's THR coverage of SHOT?


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CoRoMo
January 24, 2012, 01:55 PM
The four days of SHOT Show took place last week and THR staff launched a new review site (http://www.shootingreviews.com/) to cover the show, as opposed to the sub-forum that was located here for the total coverage of last year's show.

So comparing last year's SHOT experience via THR versus this year's experience via THR/ShootingReviews.com, how did you like it?

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esheato
January 24, 2012, 02:09 PM
I found myself feeling out of touch with what was going on down there and caught myself perusing other sites to get status updates.

YMMV..

CoRoMo
January 24, 2012, 02:12 PM
When? Last year or this year?

zstephens13
January 24, 2012, 02:35 PM
I wish it was like it was last year...

esheato
January 24, 2012, 02:55 PM
When? Last year or this year?

This year.

Derek Zeanah
January 24, 2012, 03:08 PM
We didn't have enough people. We planned for more, but real life got in the way and it's hard to do with just 3 people (as in one group walking around.)

After doing it twice, I think it's reasonable to expect a pair of people to do 6-8 updates per day. If we could get 6 people there (so 3 teams,) each with their own interest and focus, then I think we can do SHOT the way it deserves.

But we had about half the coverage I thought we would this year, up until a few days before the show.

Hopefully next year...

Dnaltrop
January 24, 2012, 04:26 PM
I like the new review site, hopefully more folks can make it next year.

Geneseo1911
January 24, 2012, 04:56 PM
I hereby volunteer myself for SHOT show 2013.......:D

IdahoSkies
January 24, 2012, 06:44 PM
I also found my self checking out other sites to find out what was going on.

Girodin
January 25, 2012, 01:06 AM
I also found my self checking out other sites to find out what was going on.

So did I. I didn't do that last year.

P.B.Walsh
January 25, 2012, 11:20 AM
I also have not found good coverage from here or said sister sites, last year seemes more comprehensive.

It dosent hurt that last year (IMHO) had better products.....

Andrew Wyatt
January 25, 2012, 02:41 PM
there are a couple issues that contributed to a less than perfect shot coverage.

1. Not enough people went specifically to cover the event (half as many as last year, or so)
2. there was not a lot to cover.

Neither one of these are anyone's fault.

gunnutery
January 25, 2012, 03:29 PM
We didn't have enough people. We planned for more, but real life got in the way and it's hard to do with just 3 people (as in one group walking around.)

After doing it twice, I think it's reasonable to expect a pair of people to do 6-8 updates per day. If we could get 6 people there (so 3 teams,) each with their own interest and focus, then I think we can do SHOT the way it deserves.

But we had about half the coverage I thought we would this year, up until a few days before the show.

Hopefully next year...

I fully understand the above statement and I hope to be able to help out in the future with staffing and I appreciate what those of you who did go and cover SHOT.

But I much preferred the subforum method. I too found myself wandering to other sites for coverage. I do think that everyone was having trouble in this catagory though in that overall, internet coverage seemed less fluid than in previous years.

I wasn't there so I can't contribute as far as logistics go for those of you that went. I know that you did the best you could and I appreciate the job you did.

Ryanxia
January 25, 2012, 04:52 PM
I'm glad to hear there is a possibility of having a sub-forum SHOT show again like last year.
I just looked on Gunblast this year but not even much then because there wasn't anything all that interesting (not in my budget anyway :) )

FIVETWOSEVEN
January 25, 2012, 05:14 PM
It dosent hurt that last year (IMHO) had better products.....

I take it that you aren't impressed by the tactical lever action rifle by Mossberg.

Ryanxia
January 26, 2012, 10:06 AM
Thanks for mentioning that FIVETWOSEVEN, I must have missed that. I just checked it out on Mossberg's website, I STRONGLY prefer the classic 30-30's but I might pick one of these up for fun :)

CoRoMo
January 26, 2012, 05:15 PM
It wasn't my intention to poop on the efforts of the staff here. They certainly do a lot to bring us this forum and it's probably still true that most of them do it for free.

I was only curious if other members here were having a different experience than I was.

Shear_stress
January 27, 2012, 08:59 AM
I appreciate that THR SHOT Show coverage is done on a volunteer basis, but honestly I was underwhelmed by it compared to last year. The Shooting Reviews site is more conducive to lengthier articles than up to the minute news, which is where an internet forum has an advantage.

I also agree that the 2012 show was mediocre. Seems that manufacturers aren't having much trouble attracting buyers so they don't need to rely as much on innovation. In a way that may be a good thing as new products aren't much good to anyone if there isn't enough R&D and manufacturing capacity to fully develop and ship them. No sense in getting excited about something that won't be ready until the third quarter of 2015, or whatever.

Sheepdog1968
January 27, 2012, 06:29 PM
I felt more in touch with the 2011 coverage than the 2012 coverage.

Rail Driver
January 27, 2012, 09:04 PM
I think a combination of both methods for next year would be a better idea... Videos and pictures, along with immediate thoughts and observations for the subforum, then lengthier reviews and thoughts, maybe longer articles with pics and whatnot for the other site, plus links back and forth.

mljdeckard
January 28, 2012, 04:13 AM
I honestly haven't looked in this section much because I have a few friends who went, and I told them what to look at in advance, and I stayed in regular contact with them through the event.

Justin
January 29, 2012, 05:02 PM
This is partially my fault.

I was all set to go to SHOT this year, and ended up having to cancel basically a week before the show due to some real-life responsibilities.

mljdeckard
January 29, 2012, 05:11 PM
I'm still scheming to grow my side 'business' into something considered significant enough to be considered professional enough to attend.

Chuck Dye
January 29, 2012, 07:41 PM
Uh, oh... guess I am not in the target market.

I was, until reading this thread, unaware of any effort by THR to cover either SHOT show. The little I remember, from Tom Gresham and American Rifleman, does not give me cause for concern over future efforts. SHOT is, after all, of, by, and for the marketers.

Dimis
January 29, 2012, 09:32 PM
no offense to anyone involved in THR's coverage but I always check a million sources and webpages etc to get my coverage news of SHOT
that being said I do appreciate all the work that is done for this site and the coverage that is given to SHOT
I did like the coverage from last year more than the separate site but I think it was due more to the fact that last year had more coverage
the new format COULD very well be the way to go if we can get more people involved than what we had this year

kozak6
January 30, 2012, 06:33 AM
I didn't pay attention to last year's coverage.

I wasn't aware of "Shooting Reviews" until I opened this thread.

Dave Workman
February 1, 2012, 12:59 PM
Derek, I was at the SHOT Show, and I think you did a good job covering lots of bases.
As many readers here know, I covered SHOT in a different way, through my Examiner column, and by writing the previews in a couple of publications TheGunMag.com and Northwest Sportsman.

Derek:
If you were at media day at the range, I'd like to ask YOU a couple of questions:

What did you think of the way everything was lumped into one big shoot with about 1,100 writers and would-be writers?

Did you get to see ALL you wanted to see????


Sorry we didn't get a chance to hook up somewhere. Maybe next year!

JohnBT
February 2, 2012, 01:40 PM
I enjoyed the coverage this year.

I also volunteer to help next year. Get me a ticket and I will pay my own way.

John

Derek Zeanah
February 2, 2012, 03:18 PM
What did you think of the way everything was lumped into one big shoot with about 1,100 writers and would-be writers?I thought it was hard go get to everything. We didn't have time for all of the stations at the range at itself, much less visit the booths in the middle.

There were a lot of products I would have loved to get to handle/shoot, but we ran out of time. Of course, it was SHOT and running out of time is expected pretty much all-around. :)

It's certainly worth attending again.

Re: seeing everything I wanted to? Nope - there were at least 5 booths I was looking forward to visiting that I never even saw.

Mark-Smith
February 4, 2012, 04:57 AM
The other website? Wouldn't have known it existed.

Barely any content on it, not even sure why there's categories when there's only a single item in a number of them.

If three people can produce only that much content for the entire show, why go with the intent of reporting on it? Other blogs that shall not be named managed to cover far more with the same number of people or less in some cases. C'mon guys, step up your game!

forestdavegump
March 29, 2012, 06:58 PM
WuddidImiss? Seems like last years. Chicks in tight clothes or little 2 no clothes holding/modeling the new guns?

Swing
March 30, 2012, 12:17 AM
Alrighty then.

Owen
April 5, 2012, 05:53 PM
Chicks in tight clothes or little 2 no clothes holding/modeling the new guns?

There is very little of that at SHOT. usually the companies that engage in it are vewry small, new to the market (like first time at SHOT), or more european oriented (CZ springs to mind.)

Keep in mind that at SHOT, the companies are selling to dealers, not consumers.

forestdavegump
April 10, 2012, 02:28 PM
Yeah I just saw it on you tube this year? I missed it.

oneounceload
April 24, 2012, 09:48 PM
I would really prefer not having the whole review being nothing but black/plastic/tactical crap.

There were also a lot of target, hunting and sport shooting guns with wood and blue steel that never seem to get covered on forums like these

forindooruseonly
April 25, 2012, 12:55 AM
I would really prefer not having the whole review being nothing but black/plastic/tactical crap.

There were also a lot of target, hunting and sport shooting guns with wood and blue steel that never seem to get covered on forums like these

This. So much this.

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