International Safari Club Show, Las Vegas
April 16, 2014
The recent series of photos I posted from Las Vegas were primarily from our visit to the Fremont Street Experience. This series of shots were a result of our trip (Bill and I) that we took to Las Vegas so that we could work his booths (for the 28th straight year, for him, I've only gone 11 years) at the International Safari Club show (aka SCI) & convention.
The SCI show is a giant trade show with everything you can imagine on display. It attracts visitors from all over the world.
There are (I'm guessing) about 2,000 booths selling African safaris (hunt/photo safaris), hunts in all areas of North America, South America, New Zealand, Africa, Europe and many other countries. There are booths selling taxidermy services, jewelry, art, sculpture, furs, home decor, guns, clothing, purses/cases, books, education, glassware, silverware, home lighting, bullets, leather goods and more stuff which is all safari/hunting themed. It's a plethora of sights and sounds.
Of course Bill is there because he is the owner and face of Americase and sells airline duty gun cases. It's kind of interesting that the gun cases were his first product, and now his smallest - yet the product that put the company in the limelight 30 years ago. He developed the gun cases because he was flying around the U.S. and shooting competitively in skeet, trap and sporting clay tournaments and the airlines kept breaking his guns. So he said, "I can build a better case." And he did. He started the company in his garage 30 years ago.
Today the company's gun case sales are a small portion of what they do. Now Americase is more into building airline duty shipping containers and work for the aerospace, industry, computer, airlines, oil and gas, and other disciplines.
But he continues to go to the SCI show, and will I"m sure for many more years to come in order to pay tribute to the first industry that paid attention to his company: the hunting and sport shooting (targets) industry. So I guess you could say, he's still dancing with the "one who brung him."
So this photo is from the show and is one of the taxidermy displays, I thought it was great.
Hunting may not the most politcally correct activity, and neither Bill or I hunt - but I think you all will enjoy seeing some of the displays from the show. Both of us shoot when we can as it's an activity we enjoy, but we shoot at Clay Pidgeons only.
Hope you enjoy seeing the rest of the Las Vegas/Safari Club shots that will be from the show & convention.
I thank you for all your comments and critiques from the Las Vegas trip an the street scenes from the Fremont Street Experience.
Have a wonderful day today my friends.