Tactical & L.E. Focus
By Mark Kakkuri
Innovation seemed to be the name of the game at this year’s SHOT Show — especially among law enforcement- and tactical-related products. Plenty of manufacturers debuted new products (or at least new variations of existing product lines), pushing the envelope, as it were, to offer more choices to appease both tactical and L.E./military users. When more companies are competing with new product introductions, consumers — and therefore distributors and dealers — win. Here are just a handful of noteworthy products from SHOT that caught our attention.
Designed by Richard Mann, an outdoor writer (who writes for FMG’s Special Editions) and hunter who knows a thing or two about rifles, the Galco Riflemann Sling offers three carrying options for braced fire: hasty/military, Safari Ching and triceps/sniper. Easy to install and even easier to use, the Riflemann offers a nicely padded, no-slip, carry-all-day strap for the user’s shoulder. But the sling also includes a second strap behind the shoulder pad in which the wearer can brace his or her supporting arm. And then there’s a third way to carry — with the back portion of the strap braced around the non-supporting arm. Well-designed cinches and durable buckles offer easy tightening and loosening. Attaching via 1-inch swivels, the Riflemann is ambidextrous and comes in black.
Cold Weather Glove
Not long ago, glove choices for police officers and military personnel were limited. Gloves were either mostly protective or geared for warmth, but not both. Or officers could have gloves that allowed significant manual dexterity but not much else. Thankfully, those days are long gone. Now, companies such as Hatch provide versatile handwear suitable for many tasks, including keeping hands warm, protecting from the elements and even offering significant dexterity. Hatch’s Cold Weather Glove with Thermolite Lining (also known as EWS530 Elite Winter Specialist) features Extreme-Grip non-slip material where a hand contacts a firearm, Lycra wrist cuffs and the warming/wicking Thermolite lining.
Protective eyewear has its place in every soldier or officer’s gear bag. And if protective prescription eyewear is called for, then the frames holding those lenses better meet the appropriate standards. Mt. Falcon frames are super strong and lightweight with rubber-coated temple and nose pieces. With an ANSI Z87 frame (passing mil-spec testing), the Mt. Falcon frames can handle prescription ranges from +2.00 to -5.00, single vision only. The frames retail for $109; prescription lenses are an additional cost.
5.56 I-MOD Cleaning System
Soldiers and law enforcement officers can take every tool needed for a complete cleaning of their 5.56-chambered rifle (options are also available in 7.62mm and 9mm) with the Otis I-MOD Cleaning System. Storing neatly in a compact, durable case, the I-MOD contains a receiver brush and solid rod sections for more thorough cleanings, along with an Otis Ripcord for a quick cleaning. Other equipment onboard includes a bore brush, slotted tip and cleaning patches as well as Memory-Flex cables.
Today’s personal lighting solutions continue to impress and, while some other tactical lights seem to climb higher in price, this excellent Nightstick TAC-300 light comes in at a very reasonable retail price. TAC-300 offers a host of features, including: Lithium power, a CREE LED good for 50,000 hours, momentary and constant-on tail switch, waterproof, impact-resistant, chemical-resistant case, a brilliant, even beam and the best pocket clip you’ve seen on a light this size. Your customers will get 180 lumens out of the CREE LED, three hours of run time and light beam that’ll shine for 190 feet. It can be carried in a pocket, tactical harness or bag or on a long gun. And if it’s lost, it doesn’t put users back very much so they can easily buy another — a win-win.
A long-time favorite for owners of MSRs, Magpul’s PMAG combines the reliability and ruggedness of a metal magazine, but in a polymer material. Made in the USA specifically for the MSR/M4, the magazine also fits other weapon platforms, including the HK416/MR556A1/M27 IAR, British SA80, FN SCAR MK16/16s and others. PMAGs disassemble easily (no tool) for cleaning and come with a pop-off impact/dust cover fitting on the bottom/closed end of the magazine when not in use on the open/top end. They’re available in black or sand colors.