SSAA NSW SHOT Expo
by Technical Advisor Brendan Atkinson Training up the juniors.
Juniors being supervised on the shooting range.
An aerial view of a section of the bustling Expo. The archery range proved to be very popular.
he SSAA SHOT Expo for 2008 was People attending the Expo were able to considerably so as not to have to cart things
held at the Sydney Showgrounds, have a try at air rifle and air pistol shooting, back home again. Those prepared to buy
Homebush, over the weekend of as well as archery, and it was pleasing to bulk items such as ammunition did very
May 24 and 25. During the two see many juniors joining in. well.
days, a total of just more than 7000 people With around 3000 sq m of floor space and It seemed that riflescopes were every-
passed through the turnstiles. This was a in excess of 90 stands, there were plenty of where, from ultra expensive down to the
pleasing result for the organisers. exhibits to see covering just about all aspects bargain basement stuff - something to
Putting this type of function together is of shooting, hunting and outdoor trades, please everybody. Knives were also popular,
a massive task, with all sorts of problems including a display of very desirable ATVs. from hunting styles to collecting to beauti-
that arise before and during the event to A total of 430 exhibitor passes were handed fully handmade swords.
tax the patience and expertise of the people out. Some stands, such as Horsley Park Ray Mack from Earmold Australia drew
in charge. The buck stopped with Expo Gun Shop also incorporated representatives crowds as he fitted people with his well-
Coordinator Michael Gill, who worked from major distributors, so shooters could known personalised earplugs. This involved
tirelessly to ensure that things happened talk one-on-one with the guys that bring injecting a quick-drying compound into the
when and where they were supposed to. ‘the good stuff’ in. I noticed Brad Webb from ear, which takes up the exact shape, and I
Michael was ably supported by a team of Nioa and Stewart Wong from Winchester in can confirm that they are very effective and
SSAA volunteers, who ran the shooting among the throng. A throng it was and, at comfortable to wear.
ranges, collected the entry tickets, manned times, it was very crowded around some of Extravision Australia has lots of good
a lot of the SSAA stands (such as St Marys the better-known product stands. Even with stuff on show. They donated a Yukon digital
Shooting Centre and SSAA H&C) and the 3m aisles, there were some ‘traffic jams’. night and day binocular (worth around
generally helped out. In fact, there were Those looking for bargains were not $900) as a prize for filling out a survey
volunteers from not only the SSAA, but disappointed, particularly on Sunday after- about the Expo. The night and day binoc-
many other associations. noon when many dealers dropped prices ular prize was won by Brian Herbert.
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2008 SSAA NSW SHOT Expo
From left: the SSAA Merchandise team of Kris Lawn,
Ron Bryant, Megan Arndell and Vikki Bourke.
SSAA National President Bob Green surrounded
by Australian Shooter editorial staff, Brendan
Atkinson (left) Judy Ward and Kaye Jenkins.
The Beretta stand had Olympic gold YorkOptical Lightforce
medallist Russell Mark in attendance Glen Jobson from YorkOptical said that Steve Smith from Lightforce was satisfied
and he was kept busy with a multitude this Expo was his company’s first and with the way things went and although
of questions and, of course, lots of photo that he was very happy with the overall they were not there in a retail capacity, he
opportunities. result. Having a stand near the food stall was able to demonstrate some of the range
SSAA Media & Publications was repre- was a bit of a plus, as those standing in the of scopes and lighting equipment. There
sented by Associate Editor Kaye Jenkins, food queue could see his range of optical was also a display of Ace Precision Rifles,
Production Coordinator Judy Ward and products for shooters, hunters and outdoor produced at the Lightforce headquarters in
myself. enthusiasts alike. Adelaide.
Of great interest to shooters were
the booths by the NSW Police Firearms Wild Dog Parabellum Imports/
Branch and the Australian Customs Wild Dog stocks had an interesting display of Victorian Arms
Service. Here, shooters were able to ask their quality products and Don Caswell was David Sandground from Parabellum
questions one-on-one and not just rely on pleased to have had the chance to talk to so Imports/Victorian Arms was pretty happy
hearsay. It was good to be able to clarify a many people about precision rifle stocks. with the overall event, as they have a
few points with the Customs Service as to range of new products about to be released
the import of certain items pertaining to onto the Australian market. Sure, it’s a
shooting. hassle to bring all the gear required up
During the weekend, I visited as many from Melbourne, but the end rewards were
stands as possible to obtain comments worth it.
and suggestions from the exhibitors.
The following are just a few of the ones Frontier Arms
received. Mike Papps from Frontier Arms, and his
three sons, were kept very busy over the
Lapua two days explaining their range of firearms
Andrew McDonald from DW Custers said and accessories. Mike, who was a world-
that he felt the Expo was a success and he
was keen to have the VihtaVuori and Lapua
name out there on public display. He has Horsley Park Gun Shop
class pistol shooter, enjoyed the chance to
deal face-to-face with clients. >
attended the past four events and had good The Horsley Park Gun Shop display was
sales at each. one of the biggest at this year’s Expo. It
was in the shape of a rectangular enclosed
Safari area with a turnstile at the entry end. At
Gary from Safari was very pleased with most times over the weekend it was jam-
the event and they shifted a large amount packed with eager shoppers and David
of stock, from scopes to bullets to firearms Abela was very pleased with the results.
and just about everything in between. A Various prizes were given out over the
$1700 Miroku shotgun was given away to a weekend, including a Winchester 10-gun
lucky Safari shopper in a prize draw at the safe, a Lanski knife sharpening kit, Leupold
end of the event. binoculars and a Badlands backpack.
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2008 SSAA NSW SHOT Expo
Dahlgren Trading nothing but praise for the Expo and during
Lars Dahlgren had an interesting display the course of the event, he donated four of
of axes by Grandsfors, considered by those his quality knives as prizes. Lucky winners
in the know to be some of the best axes in took away a Scorpion M, Sobol skinner, U-5
the world. When I spoke with him, he was utility knife and a Bars folding knife. Kizlyar
pleased with the response from the public at knives have been at the past four SHOT
the Expo. Expos.
C&A Canvas All in all, the 2008 SHOT Expo was a
Chris Boon was busy fitting people with great success and the SSAA hopes to see
various bits of camo gear every time I passed even bigger crowds in Melbourne at the
by, but he had time to comment that the Expo same time next year.
had gone well and sales had been steady.
Note: For further information about any of
Kizlyar Knives the companies and products mentioned here,
Zobair Bary from Kizlyar Knives had contact your local gunshop or dealer.
President Bob Green
mingling with the
Single Action shooters.
Ray Mack from Earmold fits another customer.
Greg Chan from Beretta testing a spotting scope. Storm rifle cases display. The Roger Vardy stand with stock timber on show.
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