This year’s Industry Day at the Range held at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol club kicked off with the first annual First Shot ceremony marking the official start of SHOT Show. After a prayer and observance of the national anthem, Dakota Meyer, the first living U.S. Marine in 41 years to receive the Medal of Honor, fired the first round of the day, ringing steel with the new Glock 44 .22LR pistol.

“SHOT Show is an iconic pillar event where everyone comes to meet up,” Meyer said. “The people who defend our freedom and support our freedom every day—the patriots—this is where they all come together once a year and it’s always good to come out and be a part of it.”

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USMC MOH recipient Dakota Meyer fires the First Shot at Industry Day at the Range with the new Glock G44 .22LR pistol. Jodi Stemler

The event was hosted by The Firearm Blog. Industry Day at the Range commemorated the event by donating $1,000 to the Boot Campaign, which works to connect the more than 99 percent who have not served in the armed forces with the less than 1 percent who have by “igniting the inner patriot in all Americans and providing life-improving programs for veterans and families.”

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MOH recipient Dakota Meyer (left) with Range365 Editor David Maccar after firing the First Shot of SHOT Show 2020’s Industry Day at the Range. Joseph Albanese

“Events like this are important, not only for the industry, but it’s important because of all the knowledge that gets spread and the information given to the public,” Meyer added.