Crimson Trace: Nice Call on Leaving the ESOS

Crimson Trace and Others Show Solidarity With Shooting Industry

Brian Montgomery

You’ve probably been following the ongoing stupidity with British-owned company Reed Exhibitions and the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.  If not, the short version is Reed banned all AR15-style rifle platforms from the show (which was later cancelled after over 100 exhibitors pulled out).  The NRA (rightly) initiated a boycott of the show (though in fairness the first company I heard had withdrawn was Smith & Wesson, then Ruger) and many of other large firearms manufacturers followed suit and also pulled out. This has left many of us wondering how the NSSF is going to respond, since in the past Reed has handled SHOT.

I thought it worth worth pointing out that many smaller companies, including Crimson Trace, could have remained involved while it was still a go, but showed solidarity and did not. CT isn’t quite on the same level as a Smith & Wesson or HK, size-wise.  They’re plenty big, but not one of the Big Boys.  Also, most of their sales come from handgun accessories.  They easily could have justified staying put and showcasing all of their non-AR gear.  They chose to support the industry, the people’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms and their fellow shooters.

We say – Well done.  Well done indeed, to all of you who stood up and did the right thing.

If you want to support them, here’s a link to their site.  Get yourself a laser or three.

If you are aware of smaller companies who withdrew from the show against their better financial interests, please let us know in the comments. We want to send kudos where they’re earned.



  • JDs Handsome Son

    Yes, those that showed solidarity must be applauded and supported. The enemies of our Bill of Rights are disciplined, organized, well funded and intolerant of any dissent among their ranks. If the Left was pro-2nd Amendment, there would be no such thing as a “reasonable gun owner who hunts and doesn’t see the need for a military style semi-auto with 30 rounds of ammo”. That heretic would quickly and effectively be retrained and sensitized to correct thought. We wait for the day when our side will go on offense in this public debate and aggressively expose the lies and stupidity of those attacking our constitutional rights. In the meantime, we cheer those demonstrating individual courage and initiative.

  • MikeM

    Good for them, we all should boycott Dick’s Sporting Goods too, for their actions, Troy industries had to spend a fortune setting up in stores then they pulled the plug with out warning ? As for sporting goods and ammo, whats up ? Nothing on the shelf when demand is high, companies should be putting all the products on the table they can. Why is the production not being stepped up, get it out there and people will buy. I shoot as my hobby, have not been to range in weeks, only shoot what I can replace . What’s up and who is buying it all ?

  • Baldwin

    Thank you Crimson trace!

    (OBTW, I no longer shop at Dick’s Sporting Goods too.)

  • Jim Spicer

    Good for Crimson Trace and ALL of the almost 1000 vendors who chose to pull out of the ESOS show. HOWEVER… your comment that the NRA “initiated” the boycot of the East show couldnt be further from the truth!! Although they made the comment on their sites that they did not agree with East’s decision, the NRA was ENCOURAGING vendors to continue their participation in the show.

  • Rizdif

    Please remember all the little mom & pop shops and hunting/fishing/guide outfits who are going to be seriously hurting without the revenue they generally pull from the ESOS. Solidarity is great and the cause is just but I heard from many that the show was a large part of the food they put on their tables for their families. It would be nice to find a “exhibitor” list from the show before it was cancelled to know who to kick our funds to.