The 2017 SSAA SHOT Expo Melbourne is drawing closer and it’s shaping up to be bigger and better than any previous year.
Major sponsors, including ATN, Beretta Australia, Blaser, Joker Knife Store, Swarovski Optik and Winchester Australia, have jumped on board to support Australia’s largest shooting, hunting and outdoor trades expo.
The focus of this year’s event for SSAA Victoria was creating a family-friendly Expo. To keep the children entertained, we have two jumping castles, a petting zoo, face painting, archery and more planned. We’ve also got the ever-popular Working Gundogs Association of Australia lined up for demonstrations.
We’ve expanded our indoor shooting range this year to ensure everyone aged 12 and up can have a go. We have three air rifle bays and three air pistol bays on our indoor range. Our NSW counterparts have also brought along their portable shooting range, which is set up alongside VAPA’s portable pistol range just outside the main exhibitor hall.
We are again offering R-licence testing throughout the weekend. The R-licence hall is just outside the main entrance, so feel free to head over there before 4pm on each day of the Expo to complete the test. Once you’re finished, you can head back into the main hall and continue visiting the exhibits.
Inside the exhibitor hall visitors will have the opportunity to see, test and buy brand new products, launched at the Expo. They will also have the chance to test out the latest technologies. The ATN night vision tunnel will allow people to try thermal gear. Walking through the pitch black tunnel, heated animal replicas, which the naked eye would not see, will be visible to the user.
Dozens of volunteers have already committed to working on the indoor shooting range and the R-licence hall this year. We’re looking for many more volunteers and are offering huge prizes to those people willing to donate their time for the cause.
At the SSAA stand in the centre of the exhibitions hall, we have great merchandise on sale, as well as new member prizes and magazines. We want you to have fun at our stand this year and we want you to stick around. So, we’re introducing two Buckhunter arcade games. The arcade games will be available for any visitors to have a go throughout the weekend and we’ll have a volunteer there to challenge your skills. We’ll be there giving out ad-hoc prizes throughout the weekend, so bring your A-game.
Keep reading our SSAA SHOT Expo updates in the coming weeks for more information on product launches, exhibitor deals and demonstrations.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets online.