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TREXPO West: Tactical Tools

Vendors roll out latest high-tech gear for tac ops teams at nation's premier SWAT show.

May 01, 2003  |  by - Also by this author

Textron’s new armored vehicle.

The motto of the Law Enforcement Tactical Response Show & Conference (TREXPO) is, "Well armed, well prepared, and well informed." This year's TREXPO West, held March 11-14 in Long Beach, Calif., lived up to that billing, offering attendees the opportunity to participate in provocative and educational seminars, to learn about the latest tactical products and weapons, and even a chance to shoot some of the newest firearms.

A wide variety of new tools, gear, and weapons were displayed and often demonstrated on the show floor. Products that attracted attention from the hundreds of SWAT officers who walked the show aisles ranged from wireless video cameras, to boots, to armored cars.

Cadillac of Armored Cars

Last August at TREXPO East, Textron Systems announced the development of the PeaceKeeper II armored security vehicle and showed a model of the new vehicle. Textron reps also promised that they would have a prototype of the four-wheel-drive, 70-mph armored car on the floor at TREXPO West. They delivered on that promise. The Cadillac Gage PeaceKeeper II was a big hit at TREXPO West. Attendees crawled all over the armored car, which accommodates an eight-person team with all its gear, can mount a variety of heavy weapons, features sloped armor that can stop 7.62mm armor-piercing rounds, and can mount a variety of heavy weapons, including SAWs, M240s, and grenade machine guns.

WMD Gear to Go

Adamson’s WMD Response Kit contains everything you need to survive.

You're probably getting sick of hearing about weapons of mass destruction gear. And if you're like most cops, you're probably terribly confused on the subject. That's why a new product from law enforcement product distributor Adamson Industries made a big splash on the show floor. Adamson's WMD Response Kit cuts through the confusion and provides first responders with everything they will need to work in the "warm zone" of a chemical terrorism incident. The kit includes an MSA Millennium Gas Mask, a Tyvek-Pro First Responder Chemical Overgarment (level C), latex inner glove liners, butyl rubber gloves, chemical over boots, and a roll of Kappler Chem-Tape. All of this is packed into a modular, heavy-duty carrier bag (with detachable mask carrier) that can be slung over your shoulder, attached to your belt or a load-bearing tactical vest, or simply tucked into a duty bag. The kit lists for $389.

Flashlight Video

Portable tactical video systems were very popular at this year's TREXPO West, and one of the most unusual was the Camlite Video System from Camlite Corp. The Camlite is a fully functional 15,000- candlepower handheld flashlight that's also a video camera. Using an included wireless transmitter, the Camlite system can send a video signal to a recording or display device at a maximum range of 900 feet (line of sight). Camlite Corp. touts the system as an ideal complement to a facial recognition software solution.

Innovative Video Systems

A flashlight video camera is just about the only model that's not offered by Tactical Electronics. Long a supplier of tactical video equipment for the U.S. military, Tactical Electronics has now entered the law enforcement market with a line of wireless cameras that includes articulating fiber scopes for bomb tech applications, pole cameras for under-vehicle searches and tactical applications, and under-door cameras for inspecting rooms before entering them. Tactical electronics also offers wrist monitors, head-mounted monitors, and wireless monitors.

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