For years now, the law enforcement section of the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show has been growing. This January, the LE section was literally growing out the door of the Orange County (Fla.) Convention Center.
There were law enforcement exhibits in the lobby, in the hallways, in the meeting rooms from one end of the rambling convention center to the other. And they had a lot of great products on display.
Here's a look at our favorites from this year's SHOT.
Select Carry Pack
Designed by a European cop for plainclothes and VIP protection duties, the 5.11 Tactical Select Carry Pack looks like a stylish triangular backpack. But when you flip it around and unzip the main compartment, a subgun is at your finger tips and an identifying panel that says "Police" deploys. Unzip the secondary compartment and your handgun is ready to go. The pack features MOLLE attachments for securing magazines and gear. It can even accommodate a ballistic panel. A larger version for small M4s is in development.
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The Accutest Identa system from Jant Pharmacal is one of the easiest to use drug and explosives identification tools on the market. The company says the system is extremely accurate and inexpensive compared to other similar products. It detects trace amounts in seconds and disposal is simple and environmentally safe. The explosives kit can identify TNT/PETN, RDX/Nitrate, TATP, and more. The drug kit includes tests for cocaine/crack, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, methamphetamine, and many more.
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Tactical Blast Strip
Flat and almost as flexible as a piece of corrugated cardboard, ALS Technologies' Tactical Blast Strip is an electronically detonated distraction device that can be easily inserted under most doors. This innovative flash-bang produces a stunning 175 decibels of noise. Care should be taken to ensure that this device is not deployed within five feet from subjects.
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Triad Elite 2
ASP showed its latest Triad LED flashlight, the Triad Elite 2. Featuring Cree high-intensity LEDs, the Triad Elite 2 has a foamed vinyl grip and a three-position switch. The rotary tail cap switch can be locked in the off mode, the constant-on mode, or in intermittent mode. Each light has an individual serial number.
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NH15 Escape Hood
This mask is ideal for evacuating non-sworn personnel or other civilians from a CBRN event. It does not need to be fitted and it will buy the wearer 15 minutes of survival during a gas or bio attack.
It has a five-year shelf life, and the filters do not need to be maintained since they are self contained and sealed with the mask. The mask will accommodate users who wear glasses because of the give in the neck band, yet will give an airtight seal for a small statured person or child.
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