OKC holster maker for women now popular figure at SHOT Show
Getting on the floor as an exhibitor in the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nev., has turned into profits for Lisa Looper, owner of Flashbang Holsters in Oklahoma City.
Looper is only one of two Oklahoma companies that are introducing new products this year at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade show at the Sands Expo. The show is for buyers, retailers and distributors in the firearms industry and is not open the public.
It is the largest trade show of its kind and fifth largest trade show held in Las Vegas. They say it's easy to get lost at the show which has more than 600,000 square feet of exhibit space and finding Looper at her booth number 3663 wasn't an easy task.
I featured Looper and her unique brand of holsters designed for women previously in The Oklahoman newspaper. Her most famous holster is the Flashbang, a holster than fits into a bra that was worn by one of the characters on a NCIS Los Angeles episode. You can read that story at this link http://newsok.com/article/3834651
Looper said Flashbang Holsters, which are sold at gun stores like H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, took off after getting in the SHOT Show as an exhibitor four years ago.
"I think probably the first we were out here we were probably excited to sell about 42 holsters and now we sell thousands and thousands every time we come to SHOT Show," Looper said. "SHOT Show is one of our bigger wholesale shows of the year. There are a ton of people here who are buying and a ton of people who are selling. It's a great place to network."
Looper said it wasn't easy to get on the floor of the SHOT Show in the beginning.
"Our parent company , Looper Law Enforcement, has been on the waiting list a lot longer than Flashbang," she said. "We just got a notice we are still on the waiting list. But Flashbang is a women's business and we are catering to the women's market,.
"That's so in demand right now we were able to pull some strings and get in ahead of time. There are so many more women shooters getting into the game. Products specifically designed for women are especially hot at the SHOT Show."