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SHOT Show 2006: Report from the Show Floor

Police gear and weapons steal show in Las Vegas.

March 01, 2006  |  by - Also by this author

Zero Tolerance Knives
Kai USA (parent company of Kershaw Knives) rolled out its new line of ZT (Zero Tolerance) knives at SHOT 06. Focusing on hard-use tools for military and law enforcement duty, the ZT line includes fixed blade and folding knives designed by Strider Knives and Ken Onion. Several of the knives in the ZT line feature the SpeedSafe assisted-opening system.

Click here to visit Kershaw Zero Tolerance Knives online.

Tactical Shotguns
Mossberg has added two new tactical shotguns to its line of law enforcement weapons. The Mossberg 500 Tactical is a six-shot 12-gauge with an 18.5-inch barrel. It’s available in solid tactical black or in a two-tone stainless-steel and black finish called Marinecote. The 500 Tactical features an adjustable synthetic stock. A shorter version called the 500 Tactical Cruiser has no stock, just a pistol grip.

Click here to visit Mossberg online.

Tac-Five Pistol
Para’s new Tac-Five was specifically designed for the tactical law enforcement market, but it’s available only in 9mm. Fans of bigger handgun cartridges may scratch their heads about that, but the fact that the Tac-Five is a 9mm does give it one really great feature: It holds 18 rounds. The Tac-Five is a Light-Double-Action pistol with a five-inch barrel and Novak Extreme Duty adjustable rear sights. It comes in black Para Kote and has an integral magazine well for fast reloading.

Click here to visit Para-Ordnance online.

Bullite PRO Trainer
One of the most innovative products on display this year at SHOT was the Rovatec Bullite PRO Laser Training Bullet. This is essentially a bullet-shaped laser device that can be loaded into a variety of long guns and handguns. The Bullite fits in the chamber of the gun, preventing anyone from loading a live round. When the firing pin falls on the Bullite, it emits a laser pulse that can be seen on any reflective surface and special Rovatec targets. The Bullite can also be used for force-on-force training. The system fires an eye-safe laser, and it comes with a device that sticks out of the barrel of the user’s weapon to indicate that it is safe.

Click here to visit Rovatec online.

Tactical Apparel
Hunting apparel and military uniform manufacturer Woolrich is now making a line of tactical clothing, including long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts, cargo pants, cargo shorts, vests, hats, gloves, and even socks. The shirts are constructed of 100-percent cotton poplin and feature epaulets, venting, and ultra-violet protection with a UPF of 30. Woolrich’s new Elite Cargo Pants and shorts are constructed of 100-percent cotton canvas, and they feature numerous pockets (including a rear wallet pocket, reinforced belt loops, and Teflon stain resistance.

Click here to visit Woolrich online.

PT-745 Pistols
Two new law enforcement pistols joined the Taurus line at SHOT 06. The PT745SS-LS is a compact (3.25-inch barrel) .45 ACP that’s designed for concealed or off-duty carry. With a capacity of six (plus one) and weighing just 22 ounces, this six-inch-long .45 ACP packs plenty of punch. The PT745GB is essentially the same pistol in .45 GAP. It has a capacity of seven (plus one).

Click here to visit Taurus online.

Tactical Vest
TAPCO’s tactical vest for law enforcement redefines the concept of a load-bearing vest. It’s a real workhorse, offering 16 pockets and pouches for gear and equipment. For example, the vest’s mag pockets were clearly designed for an operator going into harm’s way. Each mag pocket can carry two AR mags. The pockets can also be easily adjusted for MP-5 mags, pistol mags, and mags from other makes of tactical weapons. The mesh vest is fully adjustable for fit on the front and sides and features an “officer-down” drag strap.

Click here to visit TAPCO online.

SERPA Level III Holster
Perhaps one of the most exciting law enforcement products shown at SHOT 06 was BlackHawk’s new SERPA Level III holster. The carbon fiber holster offers two mechanical weapon-retention devices: the SERPA system that locks the weapon into the holster until the wearer presses the release and the pivot guard, a spring-loaded hood that prevents anyone from getting a good grip on the pistol without knowing how to release it. Officers who tried the system at the show generally agreed the SERPA Level III does not prevent a fast, smooth draw; it secures the weapon, and it facilitates no-look reholstering.

Click here to visit BlackHawk online.

Hardigg Storm Case
AR-15 Locker
Hardigg Storm Case is now selling a locker that will protect and secure four AR-15/M-4 rifles as well as all their mags and accessories. The polyethylene plastic case has adjustable racks so that users can match the heights of a variety of AR-style rifles. The case has wheels for easy movement.

Click here to visit Hardigg Storm Case online.

Reva N.O.S.
Visi-Flare SL-S
Reva Night Operation Systems’ Visi-Flare is a battery-powered LED light system that’s designed to be used instead of road flares. Each Visi-Flare has a highly visible simulated laser (SL) cone that protrudes from the light base and can be seen from up to 3,200 meters when lit. The Visi-Flares can be set for steady light, blinking light, and sequential light. AA and C-cell battery models are available. They are sold in six-unit packs.

Click here to visit Reva N.O.S. online.

ALS Holster System
Safariland’s newest line of holsters features the company’s Automatic Locking System (ALS), a mechanical device that locks into the ejection port. The ALS holsters offer Level II-plus retention with a rotating hood to cover the weapon and the ALS device to lock it into the holster. The ALS trigger is on the top of the holster on the leg side, so it is easily and naturally disengaged during a draw.

Click here to visit Safariland online.

Smith & Wesson 
M&P15 Rifle
Smith & Wesson has expanded its Military and Police line of weapons to include an AR-15. The new M&P15 features a six-position telescoping butt-stock, a flat-top receiver with a rail and a removable carry handle, a fully adjustable front post sight, and a MIL-Spec flash suppressor and compensator. The M&P15 is available in three different versions: the basic M&P15, the M&P15T with rail covers and folding battle sights, and the M&P15A with folding rear battle sight.

Click here to visit Smith & Wesson online.

Tactical Mirror Sight
Perhaps the most unusual new law enforcement product on display at SHOT 06 was ShieldShot’s Tactical Mirror Sight. This system replaces the rear sight of an AR-15/M-4 with a flip-up polycarbonate mirror. The mirror allows the user to see around corners, acquire sight pictures, and shoot targets. As demonstrated by the inventor, the mirror is virtually indestructible. Iron sights are incorporated into the system, which flips down to allow unobstructed sighting through a scope.

Click here to visit ShieldShot online.

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