The 2014 Shot (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) show was recently held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shot is the largest trade show of this type and this year’s show had quite a few new items. This year the police and tactical sections dominated more showrooms than they have in the past and stood out more than the hunting and outdoor vendors.
Some of the shows highlights include the huge comeback of the bull pup rifles. For the Tavor carbine IWI has officially released the long awaited 9mm conversion kit for the civilian version and everyone who handles it wants one for their selves. The MDR rifle from Desert Tactical also looked promising and according to a company spokesman it will be coming out in 2016 and can be converted from a 5.56 to a 300 Blackout to a 7.62 X 39 and the 308 Winchester. This could be a game changer for any tactical officer that needs a longer range than the standard M4 carbine as long as Desert Tactical can deliver as promised.
There are several new handguns that are available. The new diminutive Taurus View is made from titanium and Lexan making it the lightest backup revolver ever made. There is a new striker fired Sig and two new Glock Models as well: the Glock Model G41 (45 ACP) and the G42 (380 ACP). Remington has also put out their new Remington R51 in 9mm.
Ohio Ordinance is rolling out an updated version of their 100 year old design of the BAR that also looks promising. The wood stock has been replaced with pistol grips, picatinny rails, and fiberglass as well as a new 30 round magazine. It is a little price for the average SWAT team in the field but has an iconic design that warrants test firing it and for $3600.00 it could be a pretty decent buy.
It won’t be too long before we will be providing a review about some new boots and other tactical goodies. Magnum (Hi-Tec) is releasing their original FBI boot later in the year and are already currently shipping Mach 3 and Blackbirds to outlets.
Tactical-officer.com and Emerson Knives have released a series of new knives in conjunction with the cutlery giant Kershaw. The project was sworn to secrecy until SHOT but was in the works for most of last year. The venture between Emerson and Kershaw will allow production of a cost effective version of the Emerson brand to be more cost effective than the expensive custom blade. This will make a more affordable knife (think $60 to $150 as opposed to $150 to $275 depending on the options) to be put into the hands of LEOs and Military guys without compromising the quality of the knives.
Spartan Blades also collaborated with custom knife maker Bill Harsey. They intend to unveil several models for use by Canadian Special Forces and have a promising small fixed blade that is designed for tactical officers to wear behind their armor plate, around their neck, or on their belt.
Columbia River Knife and Tool will be offering a few low cost options that include Ryan Johnson’s (of RMJ Tactical) tomahawk design. These lower priced versions found on tactical-officers.com will still be made to Ryan Johnson’s demanding standards. Columbia River Knife and Tool is also featuring Ken Onion’s Swindle and some new tactical designs from custom knife maker Lucas Burnley.
On the cutting edge of medical supply kits there is a new style of gauze designed to make an EMT’s job much easier and there is a new compact blow-out kit that can be stored in a cargo pocket. These new innovative items are being offered by Adventure Medical Kits.
Last but not least, Peacekeeper products also showed off their new RCB (Rapid Containment Baton) which is said to be the strongest most versatile expanding police baton on the market today. Peacekeeper also showed some of their affiliate products from patdownprops.com and dummiesunlimited.com which are designed to preserve the lives of hard charging first responders.
All of these vendors at the SHOT show had some really innovative products that are already available or soon will be and next year’s show will probably have just as many tactical goodies. Our product line will soon include some of the tactical gear that was introduced at this year’s SHOT show so look out for that here at Range Master Tactical Gear.