SHOT Show 2021 Officially Cancelled

Well, it isn’t surprising, but it’s still bad news: last Friday, the NSSF announced the official cancellation of SHOT Show 2021. The decision was made in the face of surging COVID-19 cases nationwide, and was made after much deliberation and attempts at accommodation.

“NSSF has remained in constant communication with Nevada officials throughout the year in our planning for the 2021 show,” NSSF president Joe Bartozzi explained in an official statement. “[W]ith positivity rates peaking during our key planning period we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 show. Sadly, these spikes are currently transpiring worldwide.”

Of course, SHOT Show 2021 is just the latest in a procession of cancelations this year, inside the knife world and out of it. IWA OutdoorClassics faced similar issues in the spring, and Blade Show itself also got the ax. Given that SHOW 2020 happened just ahead of the pandemic’s first major wave, there was some hope that things would be in better shape by the time January 2021 rolled around and the show would be able to go ahead as planned. “Since the pandemic began in early 2020, the NSSF staff and our show partners have been working around the clock to plan our largest show in history while keeping the health and safety of all involved as paramount,” Bartozzi continues.

Ultimately, however, the decision to cancel had to be made. Bartozzi says that all the hard work that went into SHOT Show 2021 will not be put to waste. “All of this positions us for a 2022 SHOT Show that will be undoubtedly the best in our industry’s history, and we look forward to bringing our entire community together again at a show that will be one to remember.”

You can read Bartozzi’s full statement here.