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SHOT 2020 | Unity Tactical

Every year we enjoy looking at the new products from Unity Tactical. Their approach is no BS and they truly cleverly solve really pragmatic problems. With a very close relationship with high level SOF teams, every year they launch products that provide solutions or reduce inefficiencies enhancing operators’ capabilities incrementally every year. We like this type of innovation.

ATOM 2.0

This is the second iteration of the very popular ATOM slide. If you are not familiar with the predecessor the ATOM slide is a modular optics solution for handguns, this came to the market long before most currently available solutions, and its quite possibly still the best design out there.

Since the first gen was launched in 2012 things have changed in the striker-fired pistol market. Glock still holds a very strong position but, with the acquisition of the M17 and M18, the Sig P320 is becoming more and more popular.

This lead Unity Tactical to design an updated version of the ATOM slide with a universal interface that could work on multiple platforms (including CZ P10C and Smith&Wesson M&P).

Just like ATOM 1.0, Unity Tactical will manufacture Glock 19, Glock 17 and Sig P320 slides

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Below are the photos of the demo model they were showing at SHOT.
The plates (made specifically for each optic) index from the side and rotate in position, then a tapered setscrew will lock the plate in position (avoiding rotation).

The two non-concentric cuts in the front and in the rear will provide locking to any upward, forward and backward force and movement.

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What is unique (and unexpected) is that Unity Tactical made this an open license for both OEM and custom shops and you can become a licensed ATOM partner. This, hopefully will become the M-LOK of handguns.

HOT Button

The Unity Tactical HOT Button is a low-profile ergonomically efficient remote switch for lights and lasers. It’s available in M-LOK and 1913 Piccatinny and is able to interface with Surefire, Streamlight and any Crane-Spec Laser (with a redesigned plug that fits better among all different manufacturers).
This type of switch allows a more accurate control over traditional tape switches bridging the gap between tail caps (secure for NDs but not always grip-efficient) and tape switches (more efficient but not as secure for white light NDs).   Also, the angle at which the HOT button is positioned allows a clean activation and to deliberately activate momentary or constant on.

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Growing popularity of handguards with M-LOK slots not only placed at the 3-6-9 o’clock positions but also at the 45 deg in between, two HOT buttons can be placed close to each other (due to the low profile design) and allow to control IR illuminator + Pointer with one HOT Button and visible light with the other.

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The HOT Button is also a very interesting solution for activating lights on PDW and very short rifles. Below is a photo of a Rattler with a 2-cell light; it would be impossible to active the light via tail-cap and a regular tape-switch would take up too much space.

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TAPS Sync

TAPS (Tactical Augmented Pressure Switch) from Unity Tactical and TNVC is a remote control for aiming devices and lights compatible with NATO/CRANE-spec laser ports, Surefire, Streamlights and Steiner lights.

The TAPS Sync allows to activate (for example) an IR illuminator and IR Laser with one button and the white light with the other button. Allowing to switch from IR to visible seamlessly.
If used with a digital aiming device such as the Wilcox RAID-X or the L3 NGAL, the TAPS Sync is able to override the settings on the aiming unit. For example in the photo below the RAID-X is set to IR (not 100% sure but could be IR illuminator + IR laser). If one button of the TAPS Sync is pressed the RAID-X fires in IR, if the other button is pressed the RAID-X fires the green visible laser and the white light mounted at the 3 o’clock position, even if the RAID-X is set to IR!

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FAST Mounts

Last year Unity Tactical released the FAST mounts for Red Dots and the FTC mount Aimpoint Magnifier, which were extremely popular. This year Unity adds the FTC mount for the EoTech G33 magnifier. It work with the same force to overcome principle as the Flip to Center mount for the Aimpoint magnifier.

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Unity Tactical also modified an Aimpoint FTC mount to accommodate for a thermal imaging unit to place in front of the main optic for detection.

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FAST LPVO Mount

This mount is designed to rise LPVO higher, providing a fast and repeatable reticle acquisition, especially when wearing night vision, gas masks, helmets and other tactical gear.  The mount is available for 30 mm and 34 mm optics and it rises the optic’s center line to 2.06″ above the rail.

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The FAST LPVO mount is compatible with an optional offset MRDS mount that places the secondary optic to a peculiar position.
The MRDS is not placed at a 45 deg angle but at a 35 deg, this allows a faster transition between primary and secondary optic. The MRDS mount is also placed higher than “usual” for clearing the any laser devices or lights that might be placed on right side of the handguard.

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The BE MEyers MAWL is the laser device with the biggest footprint and usually it interferes with RDS on standard 45 deg mounts. The Unity Tactical MRDS mount for the FAST LPVO clears it.

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Remora™ Mount for 3M Peltor™

Remora™ for 3M Peltor™ Rail Adapters provides an accessory mounting platform directly overhead of the rail mount hub. It makes the most use of the very limited rail-estate on a helmet with rail-mounted comms that utilize the OEM rail mount assembly.

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Universal Helmet Adaptor for Ops-Core AMP

Because of the success of the Ops Core AMP COMMS headset within SOCOM, Unity Tactical is now manufacturing accessory plates that allow to mount this headset to multiple helmets. As you can see from the images below accessory plates are available for Mtek, Hard Head Veteran and Team Wendy helmets.

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Beacuse Operator NVG Recording Device

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SHOT 2020 | Tenicor

During SHOT Show 2020 we have met with the great guys at Tenicor and they showed us their products. They have, in our opinion, approached the concealed holster problem differently and the result of this method is very efficient solutions.

SAGAX LUX

This holster is compatible with a variety of compact weapon lights (the Streamlight TLR7, Surefire XC1-B, XC2, and the Inforce APLc). Retention is not dependent on the light, so the holster works without a light as well.
The holster is very comfortable since it features a body contour that allows the handgun to be well concealed without digging in your body excessively.

Built from proprietary CAD designs and precision CNC machined tooling for a positive, Trucise™ fit. Dual tension screws provide for subtle adjustments.

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The Tenicor T1 belt clip by Discreet Carry Concepts leverages strength and durability with unique Tenicor designed vertical adjustment slots.

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ARX OWB Holster

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MALUS SOL AIWB HOLSTER

With the MALUS SOL, excess is removed and the only thing left is holster where you need it. The minimal design is extremely low profile to keep the gun hidden.

The MALUS SOL is designed to work with the Surefire X300 series of weapon mounted lights.

Due to the fact that most of the excessive material was removed, this is one of the very few holster that allow to comfortably appendix-carry a full size handgun with a full size light.

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SHOT 2020 | QORE Performance

Thermal optimization has to be considered a key priority for effective leadership. The negative effects that extreme cold and hot can have on performance and motivation are quite clear to everyone, and they have been for a long time. Qore Performance, with the creation of a whole ecosystem of products successfully tackled this issue, and in multiple fields.
Evaporative cooling requires very specific condition in order to effectively lower the body temperature and to bring the body back down to a state in which it can actually perform. To achieve the maximum cooling effect Qore applies conductive cooling instead. This means that in contact with the body is a mass of cold/hot (ice/water) capable of exchanging heat/cold in order to keep the body in a performing state for the longest period possible.
This is not an addition to the kit that is already carried. During this cooling exchange process the content of the ICE Plates becomes drinkable water, therefore replacing the hydration bladders currently carried. A solid block that sits closer to the body is also a much more efficient way of carrying a water reservoir. Bladders are inefficient and could be susceptible to rupture if not carried properly.
Now, Qore Performance also produces a plate carrier that was designed to perfectly integrate these features with ballistic protection and lightweight.

ICE: IcePlate Carrier Exoskeleton

The ICE shown below features: ICE Vents, ICE Shield Plus, ICE Plate Curve and ICE Plate MOLLE Sleeve.

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Beneath the plate carrier, attached via Velcro, is a hand-warmer also designed by Qore Performance. This sleeve allows the user to keep the hand warm and therefore keeping a high level of dexterity even in cold climates without the hindrance of having them in a pocket (and without being scolded, it’s a sleeve not a pocket… DS). The zipper provides access to a compartment in which chemical hand warmers can be placed, as well as a ballistic insert, which provides ballistic protection to the lower-abdominal / pelvic area. This feature really fits in the multiple-purpose approach that is prevalent in almost all Qore Performance’s products.

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ICEPLATE Curve

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ICE Plate MOLLE Sleeve

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Qore Performance is also very active in the industrial/infrastructure/construction field.
The same thermal efficiency concepts apply to these fields.

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SHOT 2020 | Point6

With a lot of experience in merino wool manufacturing and yarn treatments Point6 is now entering the glove market with a very interesting line of products.

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Soon more details will be released.

SHOT 2020 | Vortex RAZOR® HD GEN III 1-10X24 FFP

Vortex is one of the first to launch a new chapter in the realm of LPVOs, the 1-10 magnification. Although many argue that for tactical use high magnification does not always provide the best shooting results, usually the same see great advantage for detection and identification.

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The Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 is a first focal plane 1-10x powered optic that features HD optical system and a crisp, illuminated reticle in a package that weighs the same as the 1-6x. A true 1x on the low end and daylight bright illumination for reliable performance in all conditions makes this a very interesting option for close-quarters and long-range.

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SHOT 2020 | Benchmade

533 Mini Bugout

the Bugout has been scaled down in the form
of the new 533 Mini Bugout. Available in two different colorways, the Mini Bugout
maintains the same material configuration as its full-sized counterparts in a 1.5 oz
package. With a closed length of 3.7”, this ultralight folder is small enough for a mint
tin, yet big enough for adventure.

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Shown from left to right are: 533 Mini Bugout, 535 Bugout, 537 Bailout

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Bugout and Mini Bugout compared

535BK-2 Bugout

Blacked out from tip to tail, this
Bugout® will be a favorite amongst customers of all lifestyles. Re-engineered with
Benchmade’s new CF-Elite™ handle technology, the 535BK-2 weighs in slightly
lighter than its predecessors, yet boasts greater rigidity under pressure. Just when
you thought the Bugout® couldn’t get any lighter…

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From top to bottom: Mini Bugout, Bugout and Bailout

537GY-1 Bailout

For those looking for something a little more robust, the new 537GY-1 Bailout takes
lightweight strength one step further. Outfitted with woodland green anodized
aluminum handles, and a CPM-M4 blade, this Bailout can hang with the best of
them despite its slim profile.

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601 Tengu Flipper

Blurring the lines between traditional design and modern technology, the new 601
Tengu epitomizes the style of Jared Oeser’s custom designs. This slim and classy
flipper is packed with detail, from the CPM-20CV blade to the dual-colored G10
handles. Complete with a black leather carry sleeve, the Tengu is bound to impress
those looking for something different.

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8551BK MEDIATOR

A tactical knife doesn’t always need to be overbuilt to serve its purpose. Taking
the best from some of our favorite legacy designs, the new 8551BK Mediator is
Benchmade’s latest push-button automatic. With milled chevron-pattern G10
handles and a CPM-S90V reverse tanto blade, the Mediator™ is a sleek switchblade
with lightning-fast action.

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3400BK AUTOCRAT

Continuing the precedence for speed and style, set by the initial 3400 Autocrat,
the new 3400BK-1 and 3400BK-2 Autocrat are our latest addition to the
out-the-front platform. Designed with both EDC and tactical enthusiasts in mind,
this quick and lightweight OTF can perform just as well as it looks.

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391BK SOCP TACTICAL FOLDER

Designed by Greg Thompon as a first-option, battle-blade that incorporates a
myriad of functional features, the new 391BK SOCP Folder is ideal for on and
off-duty carry. The rapid deployment ring and tip-down carry enhance the speed
at which this knife can be deployed from concealment, and the smooth handle
dimples allow for confident transition in your hand. Redesigned with Benchmade’s
AXIS-lock technology, this knife won’t leave you fumbling for functionality in
stressful situations.

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173BK Mini SOCP

aking the best features of its full-sized counterpart, we have teamed up with Greg Thompson to optimize some of the most popular elements of the SOCP®. platform for concealed carry with the 173BK Mini SOCP®. Based on feedback from Special Operations personnel, we have updated the design of the sheath clip, to allow for better retention on MOLLE® webbing, pocket seams, and waistbands. The overall length of the knife allows for easier concealment, while maintaining it’s effectiveness in a self-defense situation.

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391BK SOCP TACTICAL FOLDER compared with 173BK Mini SOCP

15085-201 MINI CROOKED RIVER

Hand finished and
assembled by our elite craftsmen, the 15085-201 Mini Crooked River carries the
proverbial torch of its predecessor in regards to style and class. Dressed in marbled
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570-1 PRESIDIO® II

With years of experience and redesign, the new Presidio II now features Benchmade’s CF-Elite™ handle material. Light enough to cut overall weight without compromising durability, the 570-1 Presidio II is the perfect option for those looking for a robust folder that doesn’t weigh their kit down.

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Handle material difference between CF-Elite (top two) and aluminum scales (bottom)

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SHOT 2020 | Salomon Forces

Salomon has been moving all of the XA Forces range to a trade compliant manufacturing facility to better allow US procurement on a macro level. Salomon has also added anti puncture, anti slip (in all models) and anti static (some models for now).

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SHOT 2020 | Surefire

The never ending search for optimization of rail space on long guns now sees Surefire as one of the main actors actively involved. For many years the professional consumer was aware of the myriad of possible configurations (handguards, lights, IR aiming devices, suppressor, muzzle devices…) and knew that after receiving the brand new light the quest for the perfect mounting solution began.

Now, it’s a one stop shop.

Scout Light PRO

Available for Picatinny and M-Lok (both out of the box). The Pro mounting body is available for Dual Fuel Scout Light, Scout Light, Mini Scout Light, Infrared Scout Light and Infrared Scout Light Mini.
The Scout Pro body allows to orient the mounting plate and to lock it down via a screw.

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XVL2-IRC

The new XVL2-IRC is the Civilian Legal version of the XVL2-IR. This new version of the light is not only particularly interesting for civilians but it also a great option for all departments that do not want to have full-powered IR devices mounted on secondary firearms.
The XVL2-IRC features a 400 Lumens white light, <5mW Green vis laser, 300 mW IR illuminator and a <0.7 mW IR pointer.

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XR1 

Surefire has redesigned the rechargeable option of the previously shown pistol mounted light for conceal carry. This new version features a removable and individually rechargeable battery, an example they have provided is changing the battery during a low-light no-light course.

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XR2

Same design will also be available for the XR2, the light + laser version.

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A new unexpected product from Surefire Suppressors was the brand new 50 Cal suppressor.

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SHOT 2020 | Gerber

Doubledown

Gerber launched a folding machete with a very clever design.
During the opening of the blade (butterfly style) a pair of gears ensure that the two halves of the handle rotate synchronously. Once in position the two handle halves lock with an apposite mechanism that really stiffens the handle.

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Asada

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Ultimate Fixed Blade

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Prybird X

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Prybird Utility

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Truss in Black

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SHOT 2020 | Scalarworks

Very interesting lightweight optics mounts from Scalarworks.

LEAP Mount

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Optics and magnifier mounts available in three different heights: 1.42″, 1.57″, 1.93″

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LEAP Pro mount with PEAK ironsights.

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LEAP/07 for Scopes

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