Record Attendance at the Sydney 2016 SSAA SHOT Expo

More than 15,000 visitors attended this year’s Sydney SSAA SHOT Expo held over the weekend of 25 and 26 June, making it the largest event in its history.

SSAA SHOT Expo, Australia’s premier event for the Sports Shooting Industry, was held at Rosehill Gardens with over 160 exhibitors showcasing the latest on offer for shooting, hunting and outdoor activities.

"Despite the cold weather, attendance over both days was incredible with visitors from all backgrounds and shooting abilities wanting to find out more about our sport which includes target shooting, recreational hunting and collecting," Diana Melham, Executive Director of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc, said.

"We had almost 100 people complete their Firearms Safety Training Course and almost 300 complete their Restricted licence (R-licence) accreditation, with some classes booked out well before the Expo."

SSAA NSW staff and volunteers were on hand in SSAA NSW precinct and answered a variety of enquires from both members and non-members. Over 3,000 SSAA NSW showbags were handed out.

Devil Ark, a charity organisation dedicated to ensuring the survival of the endangered Tasmanian Devil, were also present in the SSAA NSW stand. Devil Ark, who SSAA NSW partnered with earlier this year, also brought ‘Levi’, a male Tasmanian Devil who was a big hit with kids and adults alike.

There were two main halls for visitors to explore as well as a large outdoor area which included the SSAA NSW Mobile Air Rifle Range and an active display of the SSAA NSW Shotgun Trailer’s clay target throwers.

"There is a great deal of meticulous planning for an event like this with permits and inspections by NSW Police plus strict protocols for the display, inspection and purchase of firearms, along with a significant security presence throughout the event," Ms Melham said.

"There was a fantastic atmosphere with people wandering around Expo with big smiles on their faces, clutching showbags and a purchase or two."

Event sponsors ATN, Swarovski Optik Hunting and Winchester Australia were some of the major exhibitors displaying the latest scopes, firearms and accessories. While in the Outdoor arena, the SSAA Working Gun Dog demonstrations and Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Demos drew large crowds.

While the SSAA SHOT Expo in Sydney will be held sometime in 2018, exhibitors and sporting shooters in Western Australia are looking forward to the Perth SSAA SHOT Expo in October later this year.

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