Glock continues to expand its Gen4 line. At SHOT, it announced the impending release of G21 and G34 pistols.
Editor's Note: View our photo gallery, "SHOT Show 2011 In Pictures," to see more of what we saw at the show.
The Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show continues to grow very quickly, attracting more than 50,000 attendees to Las Vegas for the January event. And one of its most rapidly growing market segments is law enforcement.
This year the law enforcement section of the show wound through both floors of the Sands Expo Center and into numerous ballrooms in the Venetian Hotel. Exhibitors along the law enforcement aisles were showing everything from machine guns to mannequins, ranging in size from vehicles to lights the size of a stick of Dentyne gum.
There were no huge announcements or any one product that had tongues wagging at this year's show. But a lot of companies diversified their product lines. Here's a look at the cool stuff that caught our eyes.
5.11 Tactical: 9/11 Memorial Gear
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, 5.11 Tactical announced it would donate 100 percent of net proceeds from the sales of a special line of clothing to three funds paying tribute to those who serve. The goal is to donate $250,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, $250,000 to the FDNY Foundation for fire service, and $250,000 for EMS operations. A special 9/11 logo memorializing the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 will be embroidered on the commemorative line of apparel created specifically for this project. Nine products-including shirts, bags, and packs-will be featured in the line. The products will be available for special order starting March 1.
Aimpoint: Patrol Rifle Optic
Aimpoint calls its Patrol Rifle Optic an affordable option designed for the law enforcement officer. The Patrol Rifle Optic has a high-efficiency circuit that allows the sight to be turned on and left on for up to three years on a single battery. The front lens utilizes a band-pass coating that allows the sight to be used with all generations of night vision devices. The modular QRP2 mount includes a removable spacer that indexes the sight for absolute co-witness with standard iron sights on AR-type carbines. This spacer can be removed to enable the use of the sight on police shotguns or submachine guns. A transparent rear lens cover allows the user to engage a target with lens covers closed in emergency situations. The sight uses a two Minute of Angle (MOA) red dot for maximum accuracy at a variety of distances and environmental conditions. The Patrol Rifle Optic retails for $440.
ArmorExpress: LightHawk Tactical Vest
The LightHawk tactical vest from ArmorExpress is the latest model in the company's tactical carrier series. Features include a dynamic cummerbund system with 6x10-inch soft armor pockets, quick release cable system, MOLLE webbing, hydration pocket, and front and rear hard plate pockets. Options include deltoid protection and groin protection.
Benchmade: Triage Folding Knife
The new Benchmade Triage is designed for patrol officers, firefighters, and EMTs. It features a 3.5-inch hardened steel knife blade, a safety hook web cutter for seat belts, and a carbide glass breaker. Available with orange or black G10 handles, the Triage has a full stainless steel liner and a patented AXIS locking mechanism. Price ranges from $165 to $180, depending on configuration.
Sometimes the coolest things at SHOT Show are the smallest and even the cheapest. Flat and about the length of a thumb, Brite-Strike's All-Purpose Adhesive Light Strip (APALS) fits both categories. The APALS is a self-adhesive LED light strip with a constant-on runtime of 35 hours. It can be turned on and off and has three settings: on, fast strobe, and slow strobe. The basic APALS is available with white, red, yellow, blue, or green LEDs. Applications are numerous, including marking rooms that have been checked during a building search. The APALS is also available in IR. Applications include marking officers for night vision operations. The basic APALS is sold in packs of 100 for $400; the IR APALS in packs of 100 for $500.
Colt: LE901 Rifle
With the LE901, Colt has entered the modular rifle market with a rival to the FN SCAR and the Bushmaster ACR. The Colt LE901 is both a 5.56mm and a 7.62mm rifle. Users can change the caliber by switching the upper receiver. The barrel length can also be changed without the need to re-zero or re-target optics.