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Shieldspike Introduces Hammerspike Window-Breaker

September 9, 2011
The Hammerspike can be mounted onto existing shields using a proprietary kydex mounting bracket or carried by itself as an emergency breaching tool for first responders.

Ending a Barricade with Heavy Equipment

August 24, 2011

When faced with a barricaded suspect, SWAT officers may want to consider using heavy construction equipment to end the incident.

ATI Introduces B&D 37mm Less-Lethal Launchers

July 20, 2011
B&D launchers can handle 37mm ammunition such as flares, smoke and pyrotechnic rounds for civilian use and batons, CS gas, rubber pellets and other less-lethal options.

Hammerspike Window Breaching Tool

July 18, 2011
Hammerspike is a breaching tool from Shieldspike that's designed to breach the glass of vehicles and structures.

Shieldspike Window Breaker Demo

July 7, 2011
In this video, an operator demonstrates how to retain control of the shield while accelerating the breaking tip through the window. The video was submitted by Shieldspike.

Tactical Rifles

June 28, 2011

Noted gun writer Patrick Sweeney discusses tactical rifles and his latest book, "Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Rifle." He gives an overview of non-AR rifles such as the FN SCAR, AK, and Steyr AUG. More importantly, he offers suggestions about choosing a sling, what to look for in an optic, how much to spend on gear, and whether to practice only with agency-issued ammunition.

Beretta Introduces Tx4 Storm Semiauto Shotgun

June 9, 2011
Beretta has introduced the Tx4 Storm semiautomatic shotgun for law enforcement and home defense. The Tx4 is a gas-operated, 12-gauge shotgun Beretta is marketing as a lightweight, compact option.

Simple Tactical Solutions' Wire Web

May 6, 2011
Wire Web from Simple Tactical Solutions was designed by a tactical operator at a large metropolitan law enforcement agency. Wire Web is upgraded law enforcement/military grade silly string used as a tripwire detection aid, according to the company.

Safariland Adds Protech Type IIIA Breacher Shield

April 29, 2011
The shield and viewport are rated to defeat five impacts from 9mm 124 gr. FMJ, .44 Magnum 240 gr. LSWC, Tokarev 7.62x25mm 85 gr. FMJ (steel jacket), 5.7x28mm 28 gr. SS195/HP, 5.7x28mm 40 gr. SS197/Blue Tip, Winchester Ranger 9mm 127 gr. +P+ SXT, and .357 SIG 125 gr. TMJ.

Gear Keeper Rotating Molle Mount

April 29, 2011
Compact, quiet, and durable, Hammerhead Industries' new Gear Keeper Rotating MOLLE Mount attaches much like a belt clip and swivels a full 360 degrees, allowing the attached Gear Keeper to rotate during use.

Blending Into the Background

April 27, 2011

"Tactical black" is what springs to mind when thinking about SWAT teams, but it's not the only apparel option for police tactical units. With the advent of the A-TACS pattern from Digital Concealment Systems, many more agencies may be making the switch.

SIG Sauer 556 Patrol Rifle

April 5, 2011

Don't let the name "Patrol" fool you; the SIG 556 Patrol is well suited for tactical team use as well. The new SIG 556 Patrol Rifle comes in two versions: the standard model and the SWAT model. The SWAT model is equipped with a quad rail for the attachment of accessories.

Pryme Radio Introduces 2011 Products

April 1, 2011
Pryme Radio Products unveiled its newest technologies at the IWCE Las Vegas earlier this month that include two new additions to its PRYMEBLU line, a wireless push-to-talk (PTT) adapter and several solutions for high-noise environments.

River Rock Designs Introduces Tac-Ops T1 LED Flashlight

April 1, 2011
The light delivers a 235-lumen LED white light when in use. The Tac-Ops T1 can emit a fast-flash strobe for signaling or self defense, as well as a battery-saving low-light mode.

Tactical Robots Used In Japanese Nuclear Crisis

March 28, 2011
Models produced by iRobot — two iRobot 510 PackBot robots and two iRobot 710 Warrior robots — arrived in Japan on Friday. The two smaller robots can measure radiation levels close to the reactors and the two larger ones can pull hoses to spray water on the fuel rods.

BlackHawk Offers Mini Deployment Entry Kit

March 17, 2011
The Mini Deployment Kit consists of the Mini Deployment Bag with individual tool compartments for reduced noise signature and a secure carry of the Mini BoltMaster, Mini Breacher and the Micro ThunderSledge entry tools.

S&W's 327 TRR8 Revolver

March 7, 2011

Smith & Wesson developed its eight-shot 327 TRR8, after a SWAT officer contacted the company to ask for a beefy revolver for the lead penetrator, who must carry a ballistic shield with one hand. The TRR8 gives operators eight rounds of .357 Mag in a package including a Scandium "N" frame, 5-inch barrel, and blackened cylinder. Rails and moon clips are included. After viewing these photos, read POLICE Magazine's full "Arsenal" review, "Smith & Wesson 327 TRR8" Revolver from the May 2008 issue. Photos by Alex Landeen.

Window Breaker

January 28, 2011
With the new Shieldspike tool, law enforcement officers can break the windows of a car or building with the bottom of a shield fitted with the device.

FNH USA SCAR 17S Patrol Rifle

January 25, 2011

Which brings me back to the caliber debate and leads us into this discussion of the FNH USA SCAR 17S, a .308 caliber patrol rifle. There are agencies and jurisdictions where the extra range and penetration of the .308 rifle is a necessity.

SHOT Show 2011: SureFire Brings MINI and MICRO Suppressors

January 19, 2011
SureFire brought several new tactical products for law enforcement officers, including the Mini and Micro suppressors that work with SureFire flash hider and muzzle brake suppressor adapters.
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