The National Shooting Show (NSS), held at the Yorkshire Event Centre 11-12 May 2024, welcomed over 20,000 enthusiastic visitors this last weekend. 

 With over 200 exhibitors, the event provided a feast for firearm enthusiasts, offering a diverse array of guns, accessories, and expert advice. Attendees were also treated to interactive experiences, including the opportunity to test-fire cannons, semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and a mighty 50-calibre rifle. From novices to seasoned experts, the NSS event catered to all, serving as both a celebration and a hub for like-minded individuals to connect and indulge in their passion for shooting. 

 Now in its 9th year, the National Shooting Show continues to emerge as a significant economic driver for the region, attracting visitors from across the country and bolstering local businesses. Inside the event, exhibitors witnessed substantial spending, further solidifying its status as the largest consumer-only event in the sector. 

 The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), a key partner of the event, reported a surge in membership sign-ups, marking this year as a resounding success. Duncan Thomas, Director of BASC, expressed his delight, stating: “What a tremendous weekend. We’ve been blessed by the weather, absolutely quality people coming and having a really good weekend. There’s something for all the family. It’s a real celebration of shooting sports on a national basis but here in the mighty North. Thank you.” 

 BSA showcased their latest innovations to an eager audience. Sales & Marketing Director Jon Hatton said: “We travelled up here with quite an assortment of guns – we’ve had a lot of interest … the booth looks really good. We’ve also got a range where people can come and have a go, that’s been popular. For visitors there’s so much to see, whether you’re into accessories, shotguns, airguns … lots of things for the kids to see and do and keep them busy.” 

 Sheila Cooper, customer service manager at Air Arms said about the Show: “It’s a good opportunity for us to meet the public and shooters – we’ve had some very good conversations with visitors to our stand.” 

 A spokesperson for Mercedez-Benz commercial vehicle dealer group Northside Truck & Van commented about the Show: “All very positive – and thanks for organising the weather.” 

 Jim Rich of Crawley-based gunseller Surplus Store said: “It’s very unusual for us to come this far up north but it’s the third year we’ve done it. It’s worked well for us, we get a nice customer base.”  

 In addition to the firearms and accessories, the National Shooting Show featured displays in falconry, gundogs, archery, and culinary arts. “We’re pleased to see a rise in attendance, particularly among women and children,” noted James Gower Managing Director “Our focus on family-friendly activities aligns with our vision of making shooting sports accessible to all.” 

 The National Shooting Show returns to The Yorkshire Event Centre next year 10-11 May 2025.