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The SHOT Show in Las Vegas just kicked off the new year with some really great new products. Hundreds of the biggest names in the shooting industry got together and unveiled their best and newest tactical gear. The SHOT Show just keeps getting bigger as more and more Americans get into tactical gear and guns. There is no way that anyone could have had time to digest all the new products, but here are three that really stood out.

The best of the best from Popular Mechanics:

Covered 6 Personal Defense Shield

ballistic shield

  • A plethora of products have hit the market in response to active shooter scenarios. This folding personal defense shield is capable of stopping the following rounds: 9mm, 40cal, .45ACP, 00 buck, and 12GA slugs. A bright LED has been mounted to distract a shooter, and when not in use the shield folds up and can be discreetly carried or stored like a briefcase. 

Obviously, you’d rather have a gun to fight back during an active shooter situation, but hey, a bullet proof shield with a blinding light is better than nothing! Combine the shield with a gun and you have an interesting combination.

 

Flir Scout TK Thermal Vision Monocular-

flir scout tkThermal vision is the preferred night visual technology for the military, and the same technology used in Flir’s military spec thermal scopes is now available in a consumer grade monocular. The Scout TK is a great home security device that allows you to view your surroundings undetected and can be a fun companion for identifying wildlife while camping.

$569 on Amazon

These thermal vision monocular are getting kind of scary, the prices just keep getting lower. It wouldn’t cost much more to make one powerful enough to literally see through the walls of houses. It’s really only good will on the part of the manufacturers that is stopping them from selling serious spy-craft to the public. This thing isn’t even $600 and it’s made by the biggest brand in the industry, Flir.

Garmin InReach Explorer+

Garmin Inreach Explorer+

A satellite communicator is a must-have item for those who go off the grid. The Garmin InReach Explorer+ has been updated with inReach satellite communication technology, which was acquired through the purchase of DeLorme in early 2016. The inReach Explorer+ has Pole to Pole global Iridium satellite coverage for two-way messaging and SOS alerting anywhere in the world. It also includes a built-in GPS for location tracking and basic navigation. Preloaded TOPO maps, compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer round out this full-featured device.

Available soon for $450.

There are some pretty similar competitors, but this thing really does have it all. Just as with the Flir, the price is insanely low. I’m guessing that map updates aren’t going to be cheap, but if the device is being used strictly for hiking it really doesn’t need updates often. The two-way messaging is a critical feature that’s hard to live without.

Check out more new products from the 2017 SHOT Show here.

 

 

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It’s almost here! The 2017 SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade) Show starts on Jan. 17th in Las Vegas, all the biggest names in shooting sports will be there. The rumor mill is swarming about 2017’s most exciting soon-to-be-released products. This gun show is of critical importance to the industry, it’s the place to unveil new products.

It’s not just guns, however, that will be on display at the SHOT show. Gear from holsters to laser sights will also be on display. In a sign of the times, this segment of the industry is expected to break records in terms of total vendors available.

There will be a record breaking number of body armor exhibitors at the 2017 show according to Bodyarmornews.com:

The body armor companies already schedule to be at the SHOT show 2017 are: U.S. Armor Corporation, Survival Armor, Inc., SBI Body Armor, Second Chance Body Armor, Safariland, PRO-Systems USA, Propper International, Point Blank Enterprises, Phalanx Defense Systems, Miguel Caballero, KDH Defense Systems, GH Armor Systems, BulletSafe, ArmorSource LLC, Armor Express, AR500 Armor, Angel Armor, and American Body Armor (ABA).

It seems like everyday there’s a new manufacturer on the block.  It’s an exciting time for body armor, this stuff keeps getting lighter and tougher.

It’s not just cops who are buying and wearing this stuff. Actually, here’s an article about the decline of body armor use among law-enforcement in some jurisdictions. The surge in armor manufacturers can only be attributed to the civilian market.

If your new to body armor, this video series from Ar500 will take you through the basics. Here’s episode 1:

Check out the SHOT show website after January 17th to see a sampling of the new products that will be unveiled there. Or better yet, fly to Las Vegas and see it yourself!

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