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SHOT Show 2020

SHOT Show 2020
Ammo-Up has been exhibiting at The SHOT Show for many years and we're excited to announce we will be there for the upcoming 2020 event.  It will be held January 21-24, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

So what can you expect from the SHOT Show?  According to the website, "The SHOT Show is the industry's largest dedicated exhibit for shooting sports, hunting, and outdoor accessories."  This is an event for retailers in the industry, range owners, law enforcement and Armed Forces.  

There will be over 2,000 exhibits on display and Ammo-Up will be one of them.  Come by our booth for live demos of our Ammo-Up machines and even try them for yourself.  Other booths will include ammunition, apparel, bags, knives, firearms, safes, holsters, hunting gear, optics, scopes, and more.

There are also many educational courses available.  These are a great opportunity to gain knowledge through Retailer Seminars, SHOT University, Export Training Sessions, and LEEP (The Law Enforcement Education Program).  
As the website explains, "The SHOT Show is your best opportunity to browse manufacturers’ full product lines in addition to their latest tech and product releases."  Attending will give you the opportunity to discuss your business, customer needs, and strategies for driving business sales with other like minded suppliers.

Register now at https://shotshow.org/, and we hope to see you there!

The Cons of Tracking Ammo with Serial Numbers

The Cons of Tracking Ammo with Serial Numbers
If you've ever watched TV shows or documentaries about how investigators solve crimes, you're probably familiar with the concept of using serial numbers to track guns.  Sometimes, even bullet casings have serial numbers on them, and this has been a useful tool for tracking down criminals.  There are many pros and cons to requiring serial numbers on ammunition, and both sides are worth exploring.

Currently, there are no strict laws in America requiring ammunition to have serial numbers.  Those in favor of stricter gun laws have suggested requiring serial numbers to be engraved on ammunition would help keep track of who is buying bullets and help solve crimes.  While this is the main benefit, there are many cons to making serial numbers on ammo a requirement.

The NRA points out that this could mean many detrimental consequences for law-abiding gun owners such as "forfeiture of currently-owned ammunition, a separate registration for every box of new ammunition, outrageously expensive ammunition costs for police and private citizens alike, and a waste of taxpayer money better spent on traditional police programs".  

They make a great argument to oppose requiring serial numbers on ammunition because all of these factors will affect the people who follow the laws, such as hunters, or those who own guns for target shooting or personal protection, while criminals could easily beat the system.  "A large percentage of criminals' ammunition (and guns) is stolen. Criminals could also collect ammunition cases from shooting ranges, and reload them with molten lead bullets made without serial numbers."

Other opponents, such as gun shop owners say this would not be worth all the extra paperwork they would be required to do.  Not only that, but the NRA continues to explain, "The cost of ammunition would soar, for police and private citizens alike. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Institute estimates it would take three weeks to produce ammunition currently produced in a single day. For reason of cost, manufacturers would produce only ultra-expensive encoded ammunition, which police would have to buy, just like everyone else."

At first glance, some might think its a good way to keep track of ammunition purchases, but when you look deeper, a lot would go into making serial numbers on bullets a requirement.

NSSF Range-Retailer Business Expo August 2019

NSSF Range-Retailer Business Expo August 2019
The NSSF Range-Retailer Business Expo is August 19-21 in Denver, Colorado at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. We're excited to announce Ammo-Up will be among the many exhibitors attending this year.

This is a great opportunity for range owners, firearm retailers, and anyone interested in shooting to gain knowledge about business, products, and services currently in the industry. Ammo-Up will have a booth set up to share information about our wide range of products. You can talk to our experts, see live demos of the machines in action, and even try them out for yourself.

Over the course of these three days, there will be a plethora of educational sessions where you'll learn from experts in the field on topics like "Sizing Your Range Appropriately to Make Money", "The Science and Art of Innovative Retail Design", and "Marketing Misfires- Secrets You Need to Know to be Better".
As the website explains, "For range-retailers, it really doesn't get better than this! Three days of education, exhibits, networking, and new ideas."

Check out the website for more information and we hope to see you there!