Royal Robbins’ 5.11 tactical vest offers ambidextrous concealed carry pockets.
Lights were also a popular product at TREXPO East. Peak Beam Systems demoed its 6.1-million-candle Maxa Beam searchlight. The Maxa Beam is portable and powerful with a highly efficient 75-watt xenon short arc lamp. In addition to its power, the Maxa Beam is rugged and versatile. It's constructed of aluminum and high-impact polymers and features rubber seals for weather resistance. In addition, the light can be fitted with infrared, ultraviolet, and other filters for special applications.
As always, weapons vendors offered some of the most innovative new products at TREXPO East.
In the less-lethal category, Defense Technology/Federal Laboratories showed its Model 25 distraction device. This new flash bang is command initiated, allowing officers to detonate it remotely.
MK Ballistics’ Michael Keith shows the business end of the company’s new Less Lethal Sidearm Adapter. The adapter fits the Beretta 92.
During Range Day, Michael Keith, CEO of MK Ballistics, demoed the company's innovative new Less Lethal Sidearm Adapter. The adapter replaces the slide of any Beretta 92 or M9 pistol and converts it into a 12-gauge less-lethal launcher.
Knives were another weapon category that yielded some new and interesting products at TREXPO East. Known for its high-end tactical knives, Emerson Knives surprised and delighted the crowd with a new line of inexpensive but solid tactical folders. The Emerson Hard Wear knives are designed by Emerson, manufactured in Seki City, Japan, and, at about $79.95, sell for less than half the price of Emerson's better known models such as the Commander and P-SARK. Emerson also showed a new fixed-blade weapon, the Emerson Kandahar.
Emerson’s new knives drew admirers.
At the high end of police knives, Strider Knives displayed its new SNG tactical folder. The $400 list SNG features a 3.5-inch blade, a handle and pocket milled out of a single piece of G-10, and a backstop peg for strength. It's available in a spear point or tanto blade.
The Strider SN6 is strong and sharp.
The most unusual knives at TREXPO East were by Phantom Knives. Phantom's Rip Cord knives feature a patent-pending one-hand instant opening mechanism. Once the knife is drawn from its compact sheath, the 154 CM steel blade engages and locks into place. The Rip Cord system is available in three different models: a 3.25-inch tactical model designed to be worn on a belt, a 3.1-inch medallion model designed for wearing around the neck, and a 3.6-inch rescue model designed to cut webbing. Prices range from $189.95 to $199.95.
Guns are always a big attraction at TREXPO, especially at Range Day, and the August show was no exception. Drawing special attention from the shooters was the extremely powerful Beowulf, distributed by Diamondback Tactical and manufactured by Alexander Arms LLC. Built on an AR-15/M-16 platform, the Beowulf is a .50 caliber assault weapon designed to knock down bad guys in ceramic armor and stop cars. Shooters said the Beowulf kicked with a little less ferocity than a 12-gauge firing hot buckshot loads.
Another hit at Range Day was the new 9mm UMP from Heckler & Koch. The lightweight sub-gun boasts very low felt recoil for better accuracy even at full-auto. HK touts the weapon as ideal for use in and around vehicles and points to its 4.5-pound (unloaded) weight as making the UMP well suited to smaller stature officers.
In addition to the vendor exhibits and the Range Day demos and hands-on shooting, TREXPO East featured a full slate of conferences and seminars covering topics as diverse as personal protection, justifying an explosive breaching program, high-risk warrant service, recognizing booby traps, dignitary protection, the history of terrorism, and edged weapon defense.
British police consultancy PS5 demonstrated street tactics.
The next TREXPO event, TREXPO West 2003, is scheduled for March 11-14 at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center.