At SHOT Show 2017 Blue Force Gear has introduced the latest addition to their line of trauma/medical pouches. The Micro Trauma Kit Now! was developed for all applications in which a lower profile is a necessity while still carrying essential lifesaving supplies.
Like the bigger version (Urban Survivor Blog, review of the Trauma Kit Now!), the Micro Trauma Kit Now! consists of two components: the outer pouch and the removable inner supply carriage.
The Micro TKN was designed as an EDC trauma kit for law enforcement professionals, prepared citizens, or hunters. Deployment of critical first aid supplies can be done with one hand or a single finger from either the left or right side by pulling the BLIP featured pull tabs. The Micro TKN consists of two main components – the outer MOLLE or Belt mounted pouch utilizing the Ten-Speed technology, and a removable insert that keeps medical supplies organized.
The front outer pouch features a laser cut cross with several signal indicators – black insert, red, or highly reflective glow-in-the-dark insert. The end user can decide which indicator works best for their use or leave all the inserts out for a pattern matched front for maximum concealability.
The Micro Trauma Kit NOW!™ is available in several variations with or without medical supplies.
Utilizing the SafariLaminate™ thermal-molded construction, a protective covering is designed around the optic of the holstered gun. These holsters are also designed with a suede-lining to protect the weapon’s finish. To meet a variety of law enforcement needs, duty models offered include Level I, II and III Retention levels. Available are the Model 6280 SLS Level II Retention™ Mid-Ride Duty Holster, the popular 6360 ALS® Level III Retention™ Mid-Ride Duty Holster and the Model 6390 Open-Top Level I Retention™ duty holster. All are also available in hi-ride and low-ride versions. For concealed carry, the Model 6378 ALS Concealment holster rides close to the body.
Tactical rigs offered are the best-selling Model 6004/6005 SLS Tactical Holster featuring a double leg strap with silicone strips for nonslip traction; the Model 6304/6305 ALS®/SLS Tactical Holster featuring both locking systems for increased retention level, the Model 6354/6355 ALS Tactical Holster, an open-top design without SLS for quick retrieval of weapon; and the models 6384/6385 OMV Tactical Rigs, which are optimized for use also on a MOLLE vest, with lower center of gravity than most other Safariland duty and tactical holsters for less pulling on the vest and an open-top design offering quick retrieval of weapon.
Depending on the holster model selected, these red dot optic compatible holsters are available in all STX finishes and will be available in Cordura® Nylon, MultiCam®, Ranger Green, Coyote, Khaki, or Black and have an MSRP ranging from $200.00 – $350.00.
Gun fits offered are:
- Glock 17/22, 19/23, 34/35 with X300U and TLR-1 light
- Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm, .40 with X300U and TLR-1 light
- M&P C.O.R.E. with X300U and TLR-1 light
- Glock MOS 17/22, 19/23, 34/35 with X300U and TLR-1 light
For further details, please visit: Safariland.com
Masterfire Holster System
The Masterfire is a holster systems that indexes off of the weapon light. The holster covers only the weapon mounted light and the trigger guard and therefore allows almost any size of handgun to be holstered. Since the muzzle of the gun does not intersect the holster, there isn’t any interference with accessories mounted on the gun. It is then possible to mount suppressors, RDS or other various accessories and mods.
- the XH 15 (with an entry level price of $150 and 350 Lumens)
- the XH 35 (with a Max-Vision beam)
- the XH 55 (with a Max-Vision beam and a Green Laser)
- the proprietary X400 Ultra (with red and green laser)
- the proprietary X300 Ultra H (with a Total Internal Reflection lens and 600 Lumens)
The key feature of the holster is the way it interacts with the weapon mounted light, and therefore the lack of interference with accessories mounted on the gun (or any after market mods). On the Masterfire is placed a switch that interacts with the weapon mounted light when the gun is presented from the holster. When the switch is in the ON position the light, laser or light+laser combination will be turned on if the weapon is presented and turned OFF when the weapon is reholstered.
The Masterfire interacts with the belt system with an adjustable belt loop.
For more info on the SureFire Masterfire please visit Surefire.com
The Seattle based company has delivered technical apparel to the outdoor and mountaineering community since 1981; with this experience Outdoor Research has made the decision of entering the high-end tactical modular apparel segment of the market with the 2017 line.
The close relationship with highly experienced users within the special forces community has brought valuable feedback that was leveraged to develop products designed for high performance activities even in extreme environments. For many years Outdoor Research has designed garments with an high attention to details and materials, most of which are exceptionally innovative.
Infiltrator Jacket and Pants:
The Infiltrator jacket and pants are designed to provide the soldier with a high level of protection from the elements while allowing a high degree of flexibility and movement during performance activities with the GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology. This innovative material is lightweight and stretches while still retaining its waterproofing properties. The jacket and pants are available in Multicam, Coyote and Mas Grey (although the one showed in the picture is an early prototype without matching zipper and logo).
- Fully adjustable advanced combat helmet compatible Halo-Hood
- YKK AquaGuard Vislon zippers
- Zip hand pockets
- Torso Flo venting
- Internal front stormflap
- Pocket placement above harness or pack/belt
- Hook and Loop cuff closures
- Elastic drawcord hem
The Infiltrator pants provide shelter from the most adversed atmospheric conditions. The side zipper allows the user to rapidly deploy them over the uniform while the lightweight GORE-TEX fabric facilitates storage when not in use. The Infiltrator pants, similarly to the jacket, uses the new GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology for better comfort and performance during high intensity activities.
Three fabric construction: GORE Military fabric (Multicam), GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology (Coyote), SuperFabric reinforcement panels (Multicam).
- Articulated knees
- Side zips
- YKK AquaGuard zippers
- Internal loops for instep lace
The Colossus Parka is a water resistant and wind resistant insulated outer layer designed to be used in adverse climates, even during stationary activities. The down-like PrimaLoft Gold provides a high degree of insulation while keeping the overall volume and footprint of the garment suitable for tactical activities.
- Staggered insulation to prevent cold spots
- Draft tube around face and neck
- Two internal Shove-It™ pockets
- Zip chest pocket and zip hand pockets
- Internal front stormflap
- Integrated hood cordlocks
- Brushed tricot-lined collar and back of hand inside pockets
Tradecraft Jacket, Vest and Pants
The Tradecraft line is a PrimaLoft Gold standalone/mid-layer garment designed to provide insulation without the bulkiness of fleece and the weather vulnerability of down. Jacket, vest and pants are water-resistant and wind-resistant.
- Zip chest pocket
- Zip hand pockets
- Internal fron stormflap
- Brushed tricot-lined collar
Zip chest pocket
- Zip hand pocket
- Hybrid-mapped construction
- Internal front stormflap
- Brushed-lined collar
- Separating side zippers
- Zip hand pockets
- Zipper fly
- Stretch gusset in the crotch
- Articulated knees
- Elastic back waistband
Obsidian Hooded Jacket and Pants:
With the Obsidian line Outdoor Research aims at bringing to the market one of the most versatile combination of softshell jacket and pants. The use of high-tech fabrics and materials such as the SuperFabric and the Tweave fabric provides flexibility, breathability and toughness to the Obsidian. The water-resistant, wind-resistant, and abrasion-resistant properties are just the foundations of this new operator-ready garment.
- Reinforced SuperFabric panes on inside of forearms
- Hybrid Stretch panels on the hood and under the arm
- Helmet compatible Halo-Hood
- Zip hand pockets
- YKK DWR treated zippers
- Integrated hood cordlocks
- Reinforced SuperFabric seat area
- Front slash pocket
- Glued and stitched zip thigh pocket
- Zipper back pocket
- Brushed Tricot waistband
- Hook and loop closure over button fly
Prevail Hooded Jacket
Designed to provide shelter from wind and light rain under high-performance activities in which is also required a high degree of movement and perspiration. This extremely lightweight jacket (only 5.4 oz. / 152g) is water-resistant and wind-resistant while still maintaining its breathable and quick-drying properties.
- Adjustable hood
- Zippered chest pocket
- Single-separating front zipper
- Internal thumb loops
- Low-Pro Binding cuffs and hood
- Elastic drawcord hem
The foundation line is the layer closest to the body. Its purpose is to be keep the skin dry by moving the moisture away from the body while still retain heat, especially in colder environments. Outdoor Research includes 4 pieces in this line, two tops and two bottoms.
- Wool-Poly blend
- Inherently Antimicrobial
What do we have to say except:
- Modular Design with two lenghts configuartions
- It’s hearing safe with all 9mm rounds (with the longer configuration)
- It can be holstered
- Red Dot sight cut out of the box
- KeyMod attachments for light and lasers
- Uses standard and ubiquitous Glock magazines
- Aggressive texture on the polymer frame
- Made in the USA
- Fight the Noise
At SHOT Show 2017, Trijicon displayed the new optics for this year: the new MRO Patrol, the new AccuPower 1-8, the new MGRS and the line of Thermal optics.
The new Trijicon MRO Patrol is a modified version of the MRO red dot sight. It features an objective cover and a anti-reflective device and comes from the factory with an ocular lens cover.
AccuPower 1-8 x 28
The new Trijicon AccuPower is a versatile variable low power optic with a first focal plane reticle. The 1 power setting is a true 1x and allows the user to engage the target with both eyes open. The clarity of the optic combined with the high power of 8x allows for very accurate engagements even at distance. The optic’s reticle and adjustments are available both in MIL and MOA.
MGRS (Machine Gun Reflex Sight)
The Trijicon MGRS is designed to be mounted on 249, 240, M134 or on the “Ma Deuce”. I features a very large (both in width and height) 1 x obejective lens which provides and extremely wide field of view. To the MGRS there can be attached a flippable magnified optic.
Trijicon New Thermal Optics
2016 has been a very big year for thermal optics; the price has decreased and the technologies become more compact, lightweight and reliable. 2017 seems to also be a very promising year for the thermal optic segment of the tactical/hunting market with the entry of big players such as Trijicon and other competitors. Trijicon has displayed on the show’s floor some products, showing the interested in pursuing both the Clip-On and the Standalone segments.
Here are a few products that caught our attention at the Streamlight booth at SHOT Show 2017. Streamlight has updated the lumen and candela count of some of their existing ProTac model and has added new models.
Ten-Tap programmable with up to 350 Lumens and 6400 Candele in a very compact package. It works with 1AA or 1 Lithium CR123A.
Ten-Tap programmable with up to 500 Lumens and 6800 Candele. Uses 2 lithium CR123A
The same technology of the KeyMate applied to a very slim and low-profile headlamp.
The name of this product derives from the center-axis position of the screw-driver when opened. This allows the torque to be very effective and delivers a very professional and practical feature to the tool.
It also comes with a multitude of other blades and tools that can be accessed without deploying or opening the pliers. The spring-loaded pliers borrow the one hand opening design from the historic 600 series. This tools seems to bring a combination of best features of its successful predecessors the MP1 and the 600 series.
Impromptu Tactical Pen in New Cerakote Colors
MP1 – AR
CZ released a new 9mm striker fired pistol with a similar design to the previous double action P07. The P10-C fits between the full-size and the compact size and holds 15 rounds.
CZ seems to have taken inspiration from the modifications that users did to their pistols, from the stippling job on the frame to the front serrations and cuts on the slide and the use of night sights. The trigger is very crisp and light with a “dynamic duty” feel to it and the reset is extremely short.
At SHOT Show Daniel Defense displayed their new V7 rifle line for 2017. They have added three variants of the DDM4 V7 (which was introduced to the market last year at SHOT): the shorter V7 S, the lighter V7 LW and the competition-focused V7 PRO . We also had a chance to try them at the range events.
The V7s is 11.5″ barrel SBR chambered in 223. It features a shorter version of the Daniel Defense V7 M-Lok handguard.
Very similar to the DDM4V7, the LightWeight version features a lighter and slimmer barrel profile but still keeps the 16″ lenght of ve standard V7.
The DDM4V7 Pro is a longer 18″ barrel rifle. The V7 Pro comes standard with a heavier barrel profile and a muzzle device that delivers an extremely flat and almost recoil-less shooting experience.
At the Oakley booth we had the opportunity to finally check out the newest model: SI Speed Jacket. This has been developed from a combination of Tombstone and Flak, combining core features from both models into a versatile, comfortable and performance-driven product.
Designed from input by Law Enforcement and Competitive Shooters, core features include:
- Design – Switchlock Technology trigger – quick release trigger for rapid lens exchange
- Prizm lens technology – TR22, TR45, Maritime Pol, Shallow H2O, Deep H2O
- Thin ear-stem technology for over/under the ear communication systems and hat compatibility
- Flak design silhouette – enhanced field of view and anti-fog performance
Ballistic M Frame Alpha
Alpha is an eco-system composed of a frame, gasket and goggle with a single lens working across all platforms. The SI ballistic M Frame Alpha is available with a multitude of lens: Prizm Shooting TR22 and TR45, Prizm Snow Jade, Rose and Black and the classic Grey and Clear.
With a substantial lower profile than the M Frame the Shocktube model provides a high degree of protection while keeping an overall smaller footprint. Designed tactical training or more discreet applications in mind, the Shocktube features the thin stem technology for comms and ear-pro compatibility and exceeds the ANSI Z87.1 standard for impact protection.
This model is available in Black or Terrain Tan, with the Prizm Shooting lenses TR22 and TR45 as well as the classic grey.
New SI Prizm Snow Models
New SCARAB DLX Plate Carrier
The Velocity Systems SCARAB DLX is lighter than the the older version. It features a new systems that utilizes a rigid frame to create an inter-space between the operator and the plate carrier itself. The innovation seems to be driven by a desire to improve comfort and security of the user. The rigid frame in the gap allows better cooling and further safety in regards of kinetic energy delivered to the armor.
On the SCARAB DLX Pals/MOLLE panels have been substituted with a new system that features laser-cut fabric with triangular slots. These can be utilized with standard Pals/MOLLE pouches with an increase in durability. The new plate carrier also features the ability to raise or lower the height of the Swiftclips, determining the position of the placard (or broken down chest rig) without adjusting the plate carrier. This seems a very interesting feature for all those special applications that for example require to be seated in a vehicle or prone on the ground for long periods of time.
New 48 Hours Assault Pack
The 48 Hour Assault Pack is the latest addition to their low-profile line of packs. Velocity Systems and Mayflower RC have been well known in the industry for the 24 Hour Assault pack, available both with fixed shoulder straps and with Helium Whisper attachment.
With the larger 48 hour version they seem to have gone through the fixed shoulder strap route, quite possibly due to the size and the purpose of the pack.
On the left side is a very discreet 2 x 3 panel of pals webbing, while on the right side the elastic pocket can store water bottles and radios. Overall the pack seems to have a very clean design, just like it predecessor/little brother.
New Full Feature Chest Rig
Velocity Systems and Mayflower RC are well known in the industry for their plate carriers and their chest rig. What sets them apart from other competitors is the availability of the SwiftClip attachment throughout the whole line up. We had the opportunity to use the combination of LightWeight Plate Carrier and the Quad 556 placard (here is the review).
The latest product aims at bringing an additional customer configurable option to the line of chest rigs with the tactical pack attachment and the front plate pocket.
The pack attaches to the male buckles of the chest rigs and utilizes the shoulder straps as a support for both the pack and the chest rig. Two side attachment provide additional stability and rigidity to the platform. This seems to be a very interesting product for all of those that are not interested in carrying an integrated plate carrier or that are not interested at all in carrying one (for long operations for example).
Often times users prefer to evenly apply armor to the front and back of a plate carrier rather than only in the front of a “Rhodesian-style” chest rig due to uncomfortably unbalance. In this instance the back panel allows to carry a water reservoir and to attach a 24 hour assault pack, which will probably even out the weight of the front plate and the gear/ammo carried in the chest rig.
We have seen many photos of user-made platforms of chest rigs and hydration packs attached with zip-ties or 100 mile an hour tape so we are excited that a company like Velocity Systems and Mayflower RC has decided to also move in this direction.
We have been following the developments of the MTEK company for quite some time. We believe that their products are able to better accommodate some of the operator’s need, especially in scenarios in which it is required to carry multiple items on the head (NVG, strobe, helmet-mounted comms, PL, lights, cameras…).
Here is a shot of the Flux ballistic helmet in Multicam Black.
In the following photos are also a few of the new products from Unity Tactical displayed at the TNVC booth.
Smith & Wesson as implemented some changes and improvements in the latest iteration of their M&P pistol.
After years of success with their M&P model, Smith & Wesson has collected a lot of feedback from the field.
Some of the key features that had been added or enhanced are: front slide serrations, crisp and light trigger and a more aggressive grip texture.
MSR 15 Recon:
MSR 10 Hunter:
DDM4V7 LW (Light Weight)
Updated Vector with new upper receiver and new Defiance furniture:
Defiance (Brand of Kriss USA):
DMK 22 LR (AR carbine in 22LR)
New Razor Sight:
Geissele and ALG: