January 23, 2012
SHOT Has Gone To The Zombies, and That May Not Be All Bad
By Phil Bourjaily
After two-and-a-half days of trudging the aisles of the Sands Convention and Visitor Center I’m still not sure what I have seen, other than lots and lots of people. Against all reasonable expectation, the show continues to be very well-attended. People are in a gun-buying mood and one vendor looked at the crowds in disbelief and said to me “I just wonder when it’s all going to end. I think people must give up their indulgences last.”
Whatever the case, I have seen some interesting shotguns, although not much new in shotgun ammunition. Hunting clothes keep getting better, lighter, thinner and warmer, which is a good thing. On the other hand, manufacturers are piling on the zombie bandwagon with zombie guns (Mossberg’s tactical Model 94, called the 464 SPX is the most egregious example); zombie ammunition and zombie targets.
While it’s tempting to dismiss it all as silliness, the zombie trend at least means all these new gun owners are doing something with their new guns and that’s important. If people just buy guns because they are afraid they won’t be able to buy them in the future, then put them away and never shoot them at all, it doesn’t do the shooting sports any good at all.