As the law enforcement market continues to grow, floor space at the SHOT Show is expanding to accommodate the retailers who want to review the latest products in the category. Here's a look at some of the new products for 2005.
The Benelli M4 features a three-position collapsible stock that can be changed in the field without tools and a two-round magazine extension. Specially designed to carry a multitude of sights and accessories in tactical situations, the gun comes with Cylinder, Improved Cylinder and Modified choke tubes. Also on board: receiver-mounted ghost-ring sights and a Picatinny rail for optics. The M4 is 39.8 inches long and weighs an average of 7.8 pounds, depending on configuration.
The M4 uses a unique auto- regulating gas-operated (ARGO) system. Dual stainless-steel self-cleaning pistons located just ahead of the chamber operate directly against the rotating bolt and eliminate the need for complex linkages. The result? Marine-tough reliability under harsh conditions. SRP: $1,529. Booth #4251. (301-283-6981; www.benelliusa.com)
The B-Square Tactical Bipod's one-of-a-kind springless design features swift and silent deployment for tactical stealth and speedy operation. Built to withstand demanding conditions, it has a unique leg-locking cam system for strength and stability on uneven terrain.
The bipod's legs swiftly and quietly swing open, easily locking into variable positions at heights from 7.5 to 11 inches. Exhibiting a sleek, no-snag design, the tactical bipod also features distinctly designed clamping plates that conform to the contour of the gun, allowing for a snug, secure grip in any conditions. It provides a solid foundation for the heaviest of firearms. SRP: $129.95. Booth #1105. (800-433-2909; www.b-square.com)
Gerber Legendary Blades
From the "what will they think of next?" department comes Gerber's LMF II Tactical Knife. Working with key military and law enforcement personnel, Gerber designed this knife for heavy-duty use and abuse including cutting, prying and hammering. Designed to enable pilots of downed aircraft to cut through aircraft aluminum, the five-inch 12C 27 Sandvik steel blades are partially serrated to increase cutting effectiveness.
The relieved oval handle provides clearance and alignment when the knife is lashed to a pole as a spear. The butt cap is physically separated from the tang by the handle substrate to absorb shock when used as a hammer. The handle also insulates the blade from the butt cap in case electrical wires are cut. A replaceable carbide sharpener is built into the sheath. This is one tough knife. SRP: $119.99. Booth #5029. (800- 950-6161; www.gerberblades.com)
This all-weather retractable Hand Gun Gear Keeper from Hammerhead is the choice of Navy SEAL units across the globe. It has a 24-ounce tension-retraction force, so the handgun will not hit the ground and cannot be lost. The clip rotates 360 degrees for comfort and can be quickly installed on a belt, strap or pack. The low-profile keeper will not get caught up in other gear, is easy to clean-even if exposed to sand-and will function in salt water. A D-ring clip is also available. SRP: $32. Booth #8330. (888-588-9981; www .gearkeeper.com)
The LE Sling has a universal-fit rifle or shotgun shoulder strap that is extremely durable and features a gel-padded material to prevent slipping. The gel technology provides improved comfort and increases firearm-handling safety. The strap's exterior, made with Kolpin's Rhino Plate fabric, is reinforced for added protection in critical wear areas. SRP: $28.99. Booth #4832. (920-928-3118; www.kolpin.com)
The Remington 870 Max features the new Remington R3 Recoil Pad, which lessens felt recoil and helpss recovery in second-shot situations. The stock features a full pistol grip buttstock with a 13-inch length of pull that takes tactical vest thickness into consideration for easy handling. There is also an added two-shot magazine and a mounted Surefire fore-end flashlight. SRP: $930. Booth #1005. (800-243-9700; www.remington.com)
Trijicon's dual-illuminated 2.5-10x56 AccuPoint Riflescope was specifically designed to be used in virtually any light. It features a large 56mm objective lens for increased light gathering and a 30mm mil-spec tube for easy mounting on virtually any rifle. The variable-power scope features 2.5X to 10X magnification. SRP: $720. Booth #5857. (800-338-0563; www.trijicon.com)
**New from FNH USA
Designed to FBI specifications
** The FBI Model FN A3G SPR (Special Police Rifle), designed to FBI specifications, is now available to civilian and law enforcement buyers. The bolt-action rifle is chambered for .308 Win. and features titanium mount and rings, a 24-inch fluted barrel, a steel floor plate (five-round magazine capacity) and an OD green McMillian adjustable tactical stock. The action is fully bedded, and FNH claims accuracy of less than .5 MOA is standard, with appropriate ammunition.
The FNH FNP polymer line will expand this year with two new models. The new FNP 40 features a four-inch barrel, a 10- or 16-round magazine, an interchangeable mainspring housing that allows the gun to be fit to the shooter's hand and a rail system for attaching tactical lights or lasers. It offers the same double- and single-action mechanism as the FNP 9.
The FNP 9-M is a compact version of the standard FNP 9 and offers the same operating features. It has a 3.8-inch barrel with an overall length of 7 inches and weighs in at 24.8 ounces. Magazines of 10 and 16 rounds are available. Booth #1301. (703-288-1292; www.fnhusa.com)