When attendees first enter the SHOT lounge, they are naturally drawn to the tens of thousands of firearms. But SHOT Show is more than that. In addition to gun accessories, there are knives, bows and arrows, survival gear, and plenty of products to help keep LEOs safe and healthy.
Although there is one firearm covered in this article, you may not be thinking of the other equipment covered – that’s why I’m drawn to you.
Aegix Swift Shield
I covered this shield when it was first introduced. After feedback from early users, several changes were made, the most significant being to reduce the number of HDPE panels from 10 to 4.
The NIJ Level IIIA Folding Shield comes in 2 sizes (9.2×15 and 11.5×18 inches stowed, 18×27 and 23×34 inches extended) and the larger shield is available in a more robust Level III configuration, which will also stop AK projectiles -47 MSC.
A center webbing has been added for use by officers with formal shield training and a fabric covering prevents ricochets when the backboard is hit.
The shield comes in a single-deployment pouch, which can be slung over your shoulder and opened by a partner behind you or can be slid forward so you can deploy it yourself.
With vehicular ambushes on the rise, the 8.5lb Aegix is a valuable addition to a patroller’s kit since it can be deployed indoors in seconds and pressed against the glass closest to the direction of the projectiles.
Pitbull Tactical Universal Magazine Pouch
Many hidden carriers are constantly on the hunt for the perfect holster or spare mag pouch. The two-piece Pitbull Universal Mag Carrier is made in the USA and has spring steel turnbuckles on the inside and an elastomeric band on the outside. One piece slides into the other so the depth is infinitely variable from the size of a single stack 9mm magazine to a double stack .45 magazine, or anything in between.
It’s available in black, FDE and bone green and can be worn IWB or OWB on a 1.5″ belt. While not as low profile as many carriers I’ve used, the universal fit is a definite plus and at around $20 it won’t break the bank.
Most radio headphones consist of a small speaker attached to your collar, which drives a hollow tube held in your ear by a universal or custom mold. The problem with this is that the sound is muffled, much like someone talking to you through a garden hose. For those of us who have hearing problems, important communications may be lost or need to be repeated.
N•ear takes a different approach, placing a speaker microphone directly into your ear canal. The company’s first-generation product used an original hearing aid speaker on a short, stiff wire, spliced to the longer wire. Although much better than the speaker and tube design, the rigid spliced wire might not have held the speaker in the right place, making it uncomfortable or moving around at the most inopportune moment.
The updated N•ear 360 uses a custom speaker on softer wire that can be shaped, allowing for better placement – and more splicing. It is available in single or double ear version. Multiple ear tips allow full, medium or low ambient sound transmission.
bowlstar shooting glasses
Founded in 1888 in France, the Bollé family launched the production of sunglasses and optical frames in 1936. From 1960, the Bollé Safety division worked alongside the Army, Navy and Aeronautics to develop glasses of security. At the 2022 SHOT Show, Jade Struck showed off an eponymous set of shooting glasses.
Part of a full range of ballistic goggles, the “Sentinel Struck” comes in a protective case with its signature copper lenses filtering blue light with Bollé’s exclusive platinum anti-fog coating and a protective pouch. Bollé also sells multi-lens packs.
The Sentinel range is not designed to fit over prescription glasses, but Bollé covers this segment with a range of ANSI rated RX safety glasses.
Smart guns by Smartgunz
Smart guns are making headlines again, and before you roll your eyes, Smartgunz, LLC has a few use cases that might change your mind.
Name two high-risk locations where officers carry firearms. Time is up. The answers are bulk transport of prisoners and corrections. Either way, LEO is close to a group of people who want access to their handgun. If a prisoner were to grab a Smartgunz pistol, they would not be able to fire it as long as the officer maintains control of the low-profile RFID release ring. If things go really south, the officer might throw or crush the ring to avoid misuse of his sidearm.
The 1911 design 9mm pistols have a power supply in the magazine, which means that if a battery fails, a magazine swap puts the spare in place. Pricing is $2,195 with a $400 LE discount available.
A clean weapon is a happy weapon
As with reloading, some people treasure the time spent cleaning their firearms. Whether it’s for fun or drudgery, your firearm needs to be cleaned and maintained because your life may depend on it. The introduction of the patented Hoppes Boresnake hose has allowed most firearms to be properly cleaned from the breach to the muzzle. Leading cleaning product manufacturers have followed suit, and many kits now feature flexible “cleaning rods” that are pulled from muzzle rather than pushed in snout.
OTIS Technologies showcased some of its latest products at the SHOT Show. I use the Otis FG-1000 Elite cleaning system, which comes in a zippered case. This USA made system has everything a shooter needs to clean firearms from a .22 to 12 gauge shotgun. put in your pocket. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come in a tackle box because I think it would take less time to put everything away when I’m done. List price is $159.99.
The Otis LE Team Range box comes in a tackle box and contains ten sets of 8″ and 30″ Memory-Flex cables and the other tools, solvents and oil needed to properly clean and maintain 5.56 and 5.56 Patrol rifles. 9mm, .40 or .45 with or without 12GA or 7.62 shotgun. The list price ranges from $350 to $415 depending on the version chosen from the seven.
Police1 still has plenty more to share from SHOT Show, so check back with us for additional coverage, including an LE-only article on how to select and train personnel for your SWAT sniper position.