Did you attend any events related to National Police Week this year?
Zombies aside, there are trends emerging in the firearms industry, and they have the potential to determine what tools you will be issued in the near future.
Here's a look at some products that really impressed or intrigued the POLICE staff in the last 12 months or so. Most are new. Some are just new to us.
This video shows the Kel-Tec 14+1 round shotgun in action. Read our "Arsenal" review of the weapon. Source: Kel-Tec
SHOT Show 2012 featured plenty of new gear for law enforcement officers. The show drew more than 61,000 attendees to Las Vegas for the January event and added several "law enforcement only" halls for vendors. View our gallery and read our two-part coverage of the show, "Report From the Aisles" and "Best of Show." Photos by Mark W. Clark.
Kel-Tec's KSG shotgun may be the most anticipated firearm of 2011, due to its unusual, innovative design. The high-capacity weapon arrives with twin 7-round magazine tubes, giving operators 15 total rounds when a shell is chambered. The KSG's short barrel and bullpup design give patrol officers flexibility when deploying it from a cruiser. View detailed photos of the weapon, and be sure to read our November "Arsenal" review. Photos: Hanzo Hattori.
Most shooters' first impression of Kel-Tec's new KSG shotgun is that it looks like a weapon out of a video game or some sci-fi movie. But despite its unconventional bullpup design, I believe this innovative weapon will have a positive impact on the law enforcement community.
Lou Salseda, a retired LAPD sergeant, takes Kel-Tec's KSG out to the range to field-test this innovative 15-round bullpup pump gun using 00 buck, as well as rifled slugs.
Lou Salseda, a retired LAPD sergeant, gives an overview of Kel-Tec's KSG, an innovative 15-round bullpup pump gun that he says could "revolutionize law enforcement."
SHOT Show 2011 featured a slew of introductions from companies diversifying their product lines. The show drew more than 50,000 attendees to Las Vegas for the January event and also featured celebrity appearances, quick-draw contests, competitive shooters, and plenty of law enforcement gear. Read our full coverage of the show, "SHOT Show 2011: Best of Show." Photos by Mark W. Clark.
Kel-Tec has released early test-firing footage of its KSG shotgun. The KSG is a dual fed bullpup pump-action shotgun. It has two tubular magazines that hold 7 rounds each that you must manually switch between with a selector switch. Casings eject downwards.
Just 10 years ago when law enforcement agencies went out to purchase long guns, they rarely looked at anything other than shotguns. Today, the AR and other military-style rifles dominate the market.
Ever since the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery and shootout, the popularity of rifles in patrol operations has exploded. Rifle manufacturers have capitalized on this demand, and they are now making a variety of rifles specifically designed for patrol and SWAT operations. Here's a quick look at some of the long guns now available for service in law enforcement.
Rifle manufacturers are now making a variety of rifles specifically designed for patrol and SWAT operations. Here's a quick look at some of the long guns now available for service in law enforcement.