More than 200 exhibitors set up shop inside the Shooting Sports Hall of the Great American Outdoor Show, and with only a handful of them representing major firearm manufacturers, the venue provides an opportunity for lesser-known companies to shine. The gallery above contains just a few of these standouts we encountered from GAOS 2015.
Smaller Companies Shine at the Great American Outdoor Show
Sonoran Desert Institute was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor for its efforts in hiring and recruiting veterans with the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award.
The modern Olympics, as we know them today, started in 1896, and there were shooting events at the games as early as Athens in 1906. After all, the man who put the games together, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was himself a French pistol champion. Neither the United States nor Great Britain sent rifle teams to Athens, but that changed for the 1908 Olympic Games in London.
The American Civil War was the first conflict in our nation’s history in which telescopic-sighted rifles were employed in combat to any appreciable extent. These muzzleloading, percussion rifles were fabricated by a number of civilian gunsmiths and gunsmithing firms, primarily for benchrest shooting matches.