Maximize Margins In This Segment!
By Jenna Buckley & Jade Moldae
The L.E./Tactical section continues to be the fastest-growing segment at SHOT Show. Each year, this section outfits law enforcement, SWAT, armed forces, special ops and armed security agencies with equipment tailored to their needs. As a brick-and-mortar dealer, you can carry these products to boost in-store traffic and equip your local L.E./military and tactical end users. This special themed showcase presents select products to help in your efforts.
Vortex Optics introduces the Razor AMG UH-1 to its line of products. The Razor AMG UH-1 uses Vortex Optics’ proprietary technology to produce the first holographic sight to marry the durability, reliability and energy efficiency of red dot with the clear sight picture, zero-distortion and comprehensive reticle pattern of a holographic sight. Additionally, the Razor AMG UH-1 significantly reduces the common problem of thermal drift. Composed of hard-anodized aerospace aluminum and stainless steel, durability in the harshest environment is assured. It runs on a micro USB rechargeable LFP 123A or CR123A battery. ArmorTek coating protects exterior lenses.
The Omnivore by BLACKHAWK! is a multi-fit holster designed to accommodate more than 150 styles of semi-autos with an accessory rail. The active retention mechanism locks onto the proprietary Rail Attachment Device, not the frame of the handgun. A thumb release disengages the locking mechanism when drawing the handgun and is adjustable to fit a user’s hand.
SilencerCo introduces the Omega 45K, a versatile suppressor suited for several calibers: 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, 10mm, .45 ACP, .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .45 Long Colt and .300 BLK. It measures 6.36 inches in length, with a 1.48-inch diameter, and weighs 10.7 oz. The fully welded Omega 45K is full-auto rated and constructed with stellite and stainless steel.
The Truth Snap magnetic plate system from Angel Armor provides advanced handgun, rifle, stab and special threat protection. The two-piece design enables tiered protection from NIJ Level IIIA to NIJ Level III threats, including common rounds from the AK-47, 5.56 and .308. This modular ballistic defense system features two trauma plates: the Truth 47S (0.58 inches thick, available in Hexane Camo Light) and Truth 44S (0.25 inches thick, available in Hexane Camo Dark). Officers can snap the Truth 44S and Truth 47S plates together to create the Truth 308S, providing additional threat protection. A variety of sizes and cuts are available, ranging from 5×8 inches to 10×12 inches. The Truth Snap can be used in conjunction with Angel Armor’s RISE Concealable Armor System or other soft body armor vests.
Protech Tactical, of the Safariland Group, has released the Tactical Shift 360, a high-speed plate rack system. The systems starts as a basic plate rack carrier with the ability to transition into a fully loaded tactical system for a variety of uses. FirstSpear Tubes modernize the armor carrier closure system, allowing ease-of-use of the Shift 360 carrier with a quick up or down single hand function. Attaching or detaching the system capitalizes on a user’s muscle memory, ideal for stressful or high-speed scenarios. The system ensures the cummerbund is always positioned in the same location — vital for proper ballistic coverage.
Kel-Tec introduces the KSG-25 bullpup shotgun. It weighs 9.25 lbs., unloaded, and its dual tube magazines have a capacity of 10 (3-inch), 12 (2.75-inch) or 20 (1.5-inch) shells per tube. The KSG-25 sports a 30.5-inch barrel, with an overall length of 38 inches. A patented downward ejection system makes the KSG-25 truly ambidextrous. Further features include a Magpul RVG, front and rear MBUS Flip Up sights.
Black Rain Ordnance
Black Rain Ordnance has introduced a series of left-handed products, with the BRO Left Handed Recon Scout one of the company’s entries in the line. Chambered in 5.56 NATO, the Recon Scout features a 16-inch lightweight 416R stainless steel barrel, 15-inch BRO SLM M-LOK handguard, Magpul MOE Grip and Mission First Tactical Minimalist buttstock. The left ejecting model is ideal for left-handed and left-eye dominant shooters.
Bianchi has introduced the Model 155 Subversion IWB, a concealment holster with low-profile design and adjustable cant. The Subversion features antibacterial/anti-microbial foam padding for comfort and germ prevention/odor accumulation. The holster can fit up to 1.75-inch belt widths and is offered to fit 14 different firearms including Colt, GLOCK, Ruger, SIG SAUER, S&W and Springfield. It is available in a plain black finish.
Americase announces the development of the AT-Transport Case. This case has been designed to carry breakdown plastic and soft-sided gun cases that cannot stand up to the demands of air travel. It fits a majority of breakdown cases currently available on the market. The AT-Transport case weighs 12 lbs. and its interior dimensions measure 37.875 x 13.5 x 5 inches.
Designed for hunters and other outdoorsmen, the new TrackLock Tactical Hunter by FirstEdge features ELMAX stainless steel for high wear resistance, maximum corrosion resistance and stability to maintain size and form under heavy use. The 3.375-inch drop point blade is 0.132 inches thick and is available in a plain or partially serrated edge. The handles are coarse textured black G10 for a sure grip and total weight is 5.9 oz. It’s available with a choice of manual, assisted or fully-automatic opening.
Designed for law enforcement use, Gold Dot G2 is the newest ammunition offering by Speer. Instead of a large cavity in the nose, Gold Dot G2 has a shallow dish filled with a high-performance elastomer. On impact, the material is forced into specially designed fissures to start the expansion process. The result is extremely uniform expansion, and more consistent penetration across barrier types, gun platforms and barrel lengths. Gold Dot G2 is available in the following: 9mm Luger, 147-gr.; .40 S&W, 180-gr.; .45 Auto 230-gr. This product is sold to L.E. agencies and individual officers only.
Blue Force Gear
Blue Force Gear introduces the ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster representing the company’s first product for everyday carry. The lightweight holster exceeds military standard materials in tear and abrasion resistance while retaining versatility. ULTRAcomp laminate material allows the holster to comfortably and solidly secure and conceal a pocket pistol without being bulky. The holster is currently available to fit SIG SAUER P238/938, Kimber Micro GLOCK 42, and Ruger LCP/LCP2 pistols.
With the redesigned GMR-15, JP Enterprises has taken the best of the GMR-13 platform and added more. Last round lockback, an improved magazine release and a flared magwell are the highlight features of the new receiver. The GMR-15 9mm is available as a complete carbine build with either the forged JP-15 or GMR-15 dual-charging upper, which includes the 9mm Silent Captured Spring standard. Designed with the needs of L.E. in mind, the GMR-15 accepts the same G17 pistol magazines as a GLOCK 9mm pistols for carbine/sidearm compatibility. Complete military and L.E. packages are available.
The DD5V2 by Daniel Defense introduces a new offering in the .308 platform. Features include a four-bolt connection system — utilizing a unique barrel extension — optimized upper receiver, improved bolt carrier group, ambidextrous controls, a configurable modular charging handle and a cold-hammer-forged 18-inch barrel. It also has a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger for precise fire control. Including a DD Superior suppression device and 15-inch Picatinny top rail, the DD5V2 weighs just 8.6 lbs.
Lancer’s MCX Handguards are an OEM carbon fiber replacement handguard for the SIG SAUER MCX. It offers approximately 40 percent weight reduction versus the OEM aluminum handguard. The MCX Handguard features M-LOK compatible slots at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, as well as 45-degree faces. The carbon fiber tube is quickly installed or removed for cleaning using the OEM take down pin. Extended versions clear most suppressors for improved ergonomics. It’s available in 10.5-, 12-and 18-inch lengths.
The MAR1071 scope by March Optics was specifically designed for the service rifle match shooter who shoots at various distances up to 600 yards and is easily applicable for L.E. use. Oversized tactical turrets allow for easy windage and elevation adjustments. The 4.5 x 24mm scope’s high quality ED lenses provide superior image resolution.
DoubleStar introduces the Wrath, a unique edged tool uniting the elements of a crash axe and tomahawk together to create a “CrashHawk.” Purpose-built, the Wrath combines a tool for close-proximity defense, chopping ability of an axe and multi-use functionality of a prying, splitting and breaching tomahawk. A scalloped spike increases penetration with the same slicing effect of serration, while the custom designed handle and texture provide reliable retention without abrasiveness. The Wrath weighs 2 lbs. 1 oz. and is 16.5 inches long.
The Safariland Group has introduced the LE5 LITE body worn camera under the VIEVU brand. It’s an integrated body worn camera and cloud based evidence management system, utilizing the fifth generation VIEVU camera platform and The VIEVU Solution — VIEVU’s cloud based Digital Evidence Management System built on the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud. The VIEVU Solution is user friendly and quick to deploy, requiring only a website interface and an efficient registration process. Compact and extremely light, the LE5 LITE body worn camera weighs 2.6 oz. It’s also robust, able to operate in a variety of environments — ranging from -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Trijicon launches the MRO PATROL, a combat-ready aiming solution for red-dot optics. The MRO PATROL adds lens covers at both the Ocular and Objective lens, while an ARD Kill Flash protects the user from unwanted detection at range or in bright conditions while eliminating glare. It includes eight brightness settings, including two night-vision-compatible options, plus one extremely bright setting for use with lights or in very bright conditions. Waterproof to 100 feet, chemical- and corrosion-resistant and housed in 7075-T6 aluminum, the MRO can withstand the rigors of combat, sub-zero mornings or bouncing between stages during a competitive shooting event.
Ontario Knife Co.
In continued partnership with famed knife maker, Bob Dozier, Ontario Knife introduces its newest knife ideal for daily use, the OKC Dozier Strike. The folder has a slim, durable design featuring a 3.13-inch blade. The drop point blade is beveled to keep its edge and remain sharp. A thumb stud assists with easy opening and solid lock-back keeps the blade secure. G10 handles offer durability and secure grip in all conditions. The OKC Dozier Strike has an overall length of 7.25 inches.
Mission First Tactical
Mission First Tactical has debuted a new line – Mission First Tactical Holsters. The holsters feature the use of Boltaron for uniform wall thickness, impact and scratch resistance and chemical and stretch/wear resistance. The holsters are fire retardant and resistant to cracking and deforming from harsh element exposure.
Heckler & Koch
Heckler & Koch has announced the addition a threaded barrel model to the VP Tactical series of 9mm and .40 S&W. Except for the threaded barrels, the variant is identical to the standard VP series pistols; only the weight and lengths differ due to the longer and slightly heavier threaded barrel. The polygonal bore profile, with no traditional lands-and-grooves rifling, contributes to longer service life as well as a slight increase in muzzle velocity. Threaded barrels on the VP Tactical models do not use an O-ring assisted lockup as found on other HK Tactical handgun models.