Last month, we gave you a look at some of the items from SHOT that immediately caught our attention. This month, we're going to open up the briefcase, and the boxes, load the CDs and the jump drives, and give you our Best of Show report.
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.
At SHOT Show 2012, 5.11 Tactical introduced its Light Entry Kit of tools for patrol-officer first responders. The kit includes the C9 Multi Breacher, a 32-inch pry bar with claw head; C7 Multi Pry, a 2.75-inch pry bar; C6 Multi Sledge offering a dual head with a hammer and multi-purpose saw; Mini-Ram; and training door.
At SHOT Show 2012, ATK's BlackHawk introduced its women's apparel line that includes tactical pants and shirt, a Performance Polo, off-duty wear, and sportswear. Spokeswoman Aysha Webb showed the apparel to POLICE Magazine.
Safariland introduced the Kona patrol bike at SHOT Show 2012. The rugged, all-terrain bicycle arrives with purpose-built features such as a 30-speed drive-train, 29-inch wheels, and hydraulic disc brakes for greater stopping power.
Body armor suppliers Point Blank, Protective Products, PACA, and Paraclete merged in late 2011. POLICE Magazine spoke with executives from the company at SHOT Show 2012 in Las Vegas about what the merger means for law enforcement officers who use their products.
Eighteen competitors will vie for "Top Shot" honors beginning today (Feb. 14) with the debut of Season 4 of the History Channel reality series. POLICE Magazine spoke with one of the shooters, Michelle Viscusi, at SHOT Show 2012. Michelle is an Army reservist who works with the Border Patrol in southern Arizona.
Despite the industry's attempt to transform shooting sports and self-defense into some kind of video game for the Generation Z folks, there was still plenty of serious hardware for law enforcement at this year's show.
We caught up with Mike Seeklander, a competitive shooter and former Knoxville (Tenn.) Police officer, at SHOT Show 2012 to talk about how shooting competitions can benefit officers. Mike also shares several dry-fire training drills, and tells you which products caught his eye at the show.