Just got in late last night from attending my first SHOT Show. All I can say is WOW! Without a doubt the largest collection of anything shooting, hunting, tactical related I've ever seen. I was there for over 8 hours a day, for 4 days and didn't get close to seeing it all! Some observations while I was there...
Manner's Stocks - Without a doubt some of the friendliest and helpful people I encountered while I was there! Their stocks are outstanding and the customer service is even better. I had the chance to meet and talk to Tom Manners several times during the week and he was more than willing to take the time and answer any questions I had. Needless to say I placed an order before I left. Can't say enough good things about the folks at Manners!
Badger Ordinance - They were located right beside Manners and all the things I listed about Manners apply. Very helpful and knowledgable of the products they carry. I am in the process of upgrading my rings and bases and went into the show looking for information about doing so. The folks at Nightforce didn't seem interested if you weren't inquiring about large orders or govt contracts (which was my primary reason for being there) but I approached each vendor without that knowledge because I wanted a true picture of their product and service rather than the spoon fed sales pitch given to commercial customers. I was very impressed with Badger and the fact that Manners and Badger work together in creating their products makes it even better.
Berger Bullets - Enjoyed talking with the folks at Berger, got the opportunity to meet Walt Berger. I laughed at myself because every TV personality in the industry was there and the only picture I took was with Walt Berger! He is extremely nice and was genuinely interested in helping me with any questions. I also found out that Berger has recently added three new machines to help with the backlog of orders. They were the only company willing to explain what they were doing to try and keep up. All of the other bullet manufacturers would only say that they are working as fast as they can and hope to catch up.
- Once again great folks to talk with and very helpful with questions. I already own a Huskemaw
and have nothing but great things to say about it. The new 1-6 power scope was impressive and would be a great intermediate optic for an AR style platform. I'm hoping to add another 5-20 to my collection this summer. Great folks at Huskemaw!
First Lite clothing - Good quality stuff that is designed by guys that hunt. They use high quality material and make a solid product. If you are currently using Sitka
or the like I would give them a look it's good stuff made by good people.
It was information overload and I could make this thread a novel if I posted about everything that was relevant. The ones that I listed above stuck out among the crowd because of their knowledge and customer service, hope it helps!