Randall caught up with professional shooter and trainer Todd Jarrett at the 2012 SHOT Show. Jarrett, a huge supporter of law enforcement, offered the following advice to police officers looking to improve their shooting skills:
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Twice in two nights this week, my officers had to fight people who were out of control on hallucinogenic substances. These drugs are a serious cause for concern for law enforcement.
In the first instance, an officer rolled up on an unknown situation in the middle of a large intersection. A Good Samaritan was trying to hold down an out-of-control girl who was screaming “Kill me!” over and over again at the top of her lungs.
The officer and citizen managed to keep the 90 lbs. girl on the ground. Another officer arrived to replace the citizen. Now with two officers trying to handcuff her, the girl began to fight and actually began pushing up off the pavement with them on her back.
The first officer unloaded a can of OC into the girl’s face. It had no effect and she pretty much drank it like a Slurpee. Whirling around, she kicked the female officer in the groin. The crazed girl was finally subdued and taken for medical treatment.
FLIR Systems, Inc. has released a new line of thermal imagers that are affordable (by thermal imaging standards). The Scout series is initially aimed toward the civilian hunting market, but will branch into the law enforcement and maritime markets this year.
I stopped at the FLIR booth here at 2012 SHOT Show and checked out one of their Scout PS24 imagers. This model is an entry level device, but it has terrific tactical potential.
The PS24 has a color LCD viewfinder display that can be toggled through White Hot, Black Hot, and multiple Red/White Hot palettes. Okay, I’ll come right out and say it: I think thermal imagers are ridiculously cool. Yeah, I had a stupid grin while I pointed the thing around at passersby.
The Streamlight SL-20 was one of two options when I was looking to buy a quality flashlight when I first entered police work some 14 years ago (the other being the MagCharger). For me, the Streamlight was a much better choice than the MagCharger, as I preferred the pre-focused beam, lighter weight and charging sleeve the SL-20 offered.
However, as technology advanced, the SL-20 didn’t seem to hold its own. For the past five years, I don’t even carry it in the car any more. Lighter weight, brighter flashlights, specifically the Streamlight Strion LED and the SECUTOR PEL-6, now ride full-time on my duty belt. I’ve longed for a brighter version of the SL-20, but have been disappointed…until now.
Streamlight officially introduced the SL-20L at the 2012 SHOT Show. The SL-20L is a new version of the classic light that utilizes the powerful C4 LED lights found in Streamlight’s other hi-power flashlights. Here’s how it breaks down:
I have attempted to train quite a few rookies in safe traffic direction. There are many dangers in playing toreador to hundreds of two ton cars. I have a few tips.
First and foremost: Wear your reflective vest! Regardless if it is night or day. The darn thing is ANSI compliant for visibility and you are not.
Second, know clear hand signals. Hard to recreate here, but hand signals in daylight are much different than using that flashlight and cone in the darkness. Simple movements to direct the cars are best. Waving them forward, pointing toward turns, and holding out a hand or light for stop work best.
Next, you need your whistle. One long blow for stop. Two short chirps for go. This auditory addition to good hand signals is essential if you want to get their attention. And you do.
This is a demonstration of the First Light line of tactical flashlights from the 2012 SHOT Show.
The Rapid Containment Baton (RCB) is a re-thinking of the expandable baton from Peacekeeper Products International. The RCB offers several potential improvements when compared to batons from ASP and Monadnock including a thicker handle for easier grip and the weight on the striking end, not in the handle.
Aaron was able to get a great demonstration of the RCB at the 2012 SHOT Show:
Tony Leonti is the designer of the SWATSCOPE by Micro-Times, LLC. He took time out at his very busy booth at SHOT Show 2012 to give us a tour of his tactical periscope.
The SWATSCOPE is a hand held tactical sniper periscope that extends 22 1/2″ above the operator and provides a safe view of hostile territory with a 4X to 9X zoom lens. The aluminum body of the scope is sheathed in 4 mil removable 3M CamoClad material that is flat black. The optics consist of high quality glass prisms and lenses.
Some kind of magic goes on inside the angled tubes of this SWATSCOPE that keeps the image viewed through the eyepiece at the proper upright orientation to the user, no matter how the unit is rotated! It can even be turned 90 degrees to look around a corner and be viewed normally without adjustment. This makes for canting one’s head or trying to decipher a sideways image unnecessary.
Elite K-9, manufacturers of police K-9 gear and training products introduced the new ASAT collars and leads at the 2012 SHOT Show.
According to Elite K-9, the ASAT leads are “waterproof, mildew-proof, and rot-proof” and have a breaking strength of 750 pounds on the 3/4″ lead. The lead remains pliable down to -20° F and is not affected by heat up to 300° F. The ASAT collars share the same characteristics, except their breaking strength is 1500 pounds.