I have been to every SHOT SHOW and I echo the comments above. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!
Go to the Shot Show Website to get the floor plan and plan out the exhibitors you want to see. If you have a particular company that you NEED to speak with, call them and get the Rep's name for your territory and try to get contact info so you can make an appointment before the show.
One suggestion is that the smaller and newer companies are usually located on the lower level. This part of the show is usually less traveled on the first day. The Big guys on the upper floor will all be there until closing time but they will be mobbed the first day. It is less crowded on the lower level and easier to "work"
Take a wheeled cart to put any literature that you pick up in to pull around and not try to carry around.
Use the UPS Shippoint to mial a daily box back to you shop. It's easier than trying to stuff 200 pounds in your suitcase!
Go To the Perazzi booth as it is about the only time you see Dan Bonillas in a tie!!!!!!!!!!