2012 SHOT Show Tactical Review

Guns are everywhere at SHOT but so are improvements in tactical armor and uniforms


There are some in law enforcement that lament a trend toward a “militaristic” look for uniformed police.  Of course, there are still some that would like our officers to carry revolvers with shiny bullets displayed in loops on their belt.  My career has spanned the days of hot and inflexible materials such as wool combined with hats that only made you hotter in the summer (I had a ritualistic “burning” of my old hat when I left that agency years ago).

Fortunately those same trends seen in military and police tactical uniforms and equipment are filtering into uniform police wear.  External vest carriers which allow some of an officer’s gear to be shifted from the belt to the vest thus saving their backs and hips from the strain.  Duty belts that are curved to more accurately conform to waist shape.  Uniform shirts designed to be worn under these external carriers which look like normal uniforms but are designed with wicking properties under the vest rather than traditional poly blended buttoned shirts.

All of these developments made in military uniforms have now flowed into the standard uniforms of SWAT and patrol.  With more to come…stay tuned.

Red Dots

Trijicon had on display at the range and on the show floor two new red dot sights which will be available at the end of the first quarter (according to manufacturer reps).  The new SRS – Single Reflex Sight and the new Trijicon Battery ACOG both incorporate AA batteries as automatic back-ups.  The SRS uses a new solar panel instead of light gathering fiber optic material and with one AA battery which automatically switches on if enough ambient light is unavailable.  Trijicon states one battery will provide service for over three years of continuous use.  The SRS has ten brightness settings with three for night vision optics and comes complete with either a quick detach of screw on mount for a flat-top receiver.  The Battery ACOG will provide over 12,000 hours of illumination (that’s over 500 days) and has a new brightness control switch with an “off” position in between each setting.  This ACOG is a 4 power magnified red illuminated reticle.

Both the Battery ACOG and the SRS should be available at the end of the first quarter of this year according to the reps I talked to.


There is a lot to see at SHOT and rest assured that many of the product developments that you will read about here on Officer.com as well as in law enforcement publications like our sister publications Law Enforcement Product News and Law Enforcement Technology in the coming days were displayed at the show.  Throughout the year look at Officer.com for upcoming release dates and actual reviews.  Guns are cool and the show was full of them but other items like the uniforms and armor that you wear are improving to make you safer and more comfortable as you do your job.  So stay tuned because things are changing all the time!


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About The Author:

Kevin Davis is a full-time officer assigned to the training bureau where he specializes in use of force, firearms and tactical training. With over 23 years in law enforcement, his previous experience includes patrol, corrections, narcotics and he is a former team leader and lead instructor for his agency's SWAT team with over 500 call-outs in tactical operations.

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