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January 16, 2018

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Annual Soldier of Fortune Convention Gets Underway in Las Vegas

The convention gives weapons vendors an opportunity to hawk their wares and participants a chance to learn new firearms techniques, among other things. More than 250 exhibits are open to the public.

About 9,000 people are expected to attend the annual show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, which is sponsored by the Boulder, Colo.-based magazine known for its coverage of weapons-related and political issues.

Jim Pate, national affairs editor for Soldier of Fortune, said the recent closing of the Sands hotel-casino had created some logistical problems for this year's convention, forcing organizers and attendees to shuttle between the convention center and another hotel farther south on the Las Vegas Strip.

Pate said organizers are looking for a new site that would offer convention facilities and adequate housing. The convention used to be held at the Sahara hotel-casino, which is being renovated and might be considered as a possible site again.

Seminars will be held Saturday and Sunday on law enforcement, women's self-defense, the war in Bosnia and the use of flame throwers in combat.