Reviewed in 2012 - A Product Collection

Investigator-Virtual Reality (I-VR), National Forensic Science Technology Center, University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center “Virtual reality: A reality for crime scene training” by Rebecca Kanable Brian Cochran, a detective for...

Read more in your July issue, Page 12.

Bruzer, Bruzer Less Lethal

“Looks like a 12-gauge, hits like a bean bag” by Sara Schreiber

Tommy Teach and his business partner, David Sult, run the company Bruzer Less Lethal, in Elkhart, Ind. There they produce the compact 12-gauge less-lethal launcher (the Bruzer) that uses an array of off-the-shelf less-lethal ammunition. The compact, orange- or black-barreled launcher made its debut at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Chicago last October [2011].

The fact that the 100-percent U.S.-made Bruzer looks so strikingly similar to its lethal cousin is no accident. The lightweight device can be drawn from a leg rig, vest-mount or cross-draw holster. It is a versatile option for officers, and intimidating to whomever happens to be on the other end. The two-shot launcher is simple to maintain and does not require chargers or batteries; it operates like a gun and has a multiple shot capacity.

Users can easily change out the munitions based on their unique situation, utilizing things like kinetic energy impact, chemical delivery, flash bang ordnance and flare/signaling. An ALS rubber-finned rocket can reach distances of 50 feet. For those officers who find themselves in close quarters situations (think corrections), Teach says Lightfield Less Lethal’s star rounds and West Coast Ammunition’s Accusox bean bag munitions have been shown to be the most successful.

The company also offers accessories like Kydex holsters (manufactured by Holsters Plus) for a MOLLE vest, a drop belt or a drop leg rig, in addition to offering the appropriate ammunition and training courses for operators and instructors in the military, law enforcement and private security firms.

Optional high visibility orange barrels are available, and law enforcement agencies can decide whether they want the orange barrels or black. Teach says that while it’s a personal preference, SWAT teams performing tactical entries or breaching have reported that they typically prefer the black, while patrol officers on the street might gravitate to the orange for ease of visual identification.

Down the road, Teach says they are looking to implement a few safety features that will prevent a lethal 12-gauge shell from inadvertently being inserted into the launcher. “We’ll actually change a part out in the gun…so you have no cross-contamination. You can try to fire it, but the launcher won’t operate.”

Read more in your January issue, Page 33.

“At-home bullet testing: Try it today” (May, Page 44) “Back to ballistics” (July, Page 34)
by Lindsey Bertomen

  • Winchester 45 Automatic +P 230 gr T-Series, 40 S&W 180-gr Bonded JHP, 357 SIG 125-gr Bonded JHP, 95-gr JHP Bonded 380 auto PDXI
  • Remington 45 230-gr Brass JHP
  • Hornady 45 185-gr FTX Critical Defense, 40 S&W 165-gr FTX Critical Defense, 357 SIG 115-gr FTX Critical Defense, 90-gr 380 auto Critical Defense
  • Cor-Bon 110-gr DPX

XSE Commander Pistol, Colt

“Colt’s XSE Commander lives up to its legacy” by Lindsey Bertomen

The Colt XSE series includes the Government, Commander and Lightweight Commander model handguns with common features like front and rear slide serrations, checkered double diamond rosewood grips, an extended ambidextrous safety, a three-hole adjustable aluminum trigger, and enhanced hammer and low profile white dot sights. The grip safety has a generous upswept portion with a narrow combat-style beaver tail.

This gun does not masquerade as a “show” or a target gun. It did its best work in rapid fire combat shooting sequences, which is its intended purpose.

The handgun does have a trigger safety of the Series 80 legacy, which is appropriate for a law enforcement product. The trigger safety really doesn’t do much except prevent the gun from discharging if dropped from a severe height. The trigger on the Commander was typical for a duty gun. It broke cleanly, but target shooters would comment on the length of the take up and its overall “feel.” The trigger is adjustable by the end-user, but I found it fine for LE use.

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