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Shooting Industry May 2012 Digital Edition - Page 30

2012 T he Law Enforcement & Tactical Gear sections at SHOT Show are some of the most challenging areas to navigate — they’re always packed with wholesale buyers, dealers, and law enforcement and security personnel. L.E. is a main driver of product innovation — and civilian sales. There are truly innovative new products available, and they act as a catalyst to get cops into your stores — and civilians who want the same products. Why? A cop takes a product into the field and beats it to death. If it holds up, other officers buy it. Your civilian customers see that, and demand the Law Enforcement & Tactical Smith & Wesson continues to add to its M&P line, this year introducing the M&P15 VTAC II, developed with Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics. The tactical rifle, with a 16-inch barrel, offers reduced recoil and improved accuracy. “The new Smith & Wesson VTAC II is the next phase of the evolution of the combat carbine,” Lamb said. Colt Defense now offers the LESOCOM, providing L.E. and civilians a rifle as close as possible to the M4A1 military carbine. Chambered in .223, only the LESOCOM’s 16.1-inch barrel length and semiauto fire controls differentiate it from the M4A1 platform. There were so many flashlights on display at SHOT, it could be called the Tactical Illumination Tool Show. The Bright Strike EPLI is a pocket pensized light that puts out over 160 lumens of light energy. Its switching system is on the end cap, and with a series of pushes, you can go from bright to medium dim, and even strobe. The LedLenser P5R is a 200-lumen pocket-sized light that’s a little over 4 1/2 inches long and weighs less than 3 ozs. It has a truly great cop sales feature: No expensive CR123 batteries. The P5R is rechargeable. The new Fenix TK70 won’t fit in your Innovative Products Draw Officers, Drive Sales same products. Here’s a rapid-fire look at just a few of the products unveiled at this year’s show. The Sphinx SDP pistol, from the Swiss company that designed the Sphinx 3000, meets L.E. and military operators’ demands, while maintaining absolute reliability. It has a visual and tactile loaded chamber indicator, internal firing pin safety, drop safety, integrated slide position safety, a hammer safety and three interchangeable grip sizes. SIG SAUER’s Adaptive Carbine Platform (ACP) allows any handgun with an accessory rail to be quickly modified into a personal defense or carbine-style firearm. The ACP has M1913 rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions, with a full-length top rail at the 12 o’clock position. Firearms Lights-A-Plenty 30 MAY 2012 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL

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