SHOT Show 2012: Previewing Some Tactical Goodness

Psyched for next week? You should be. If you have a pulse and are interested in gear of the tactical variety, we’re sure you’re excited for the expansive awesomeness that is SHOT Show 2012. We’ll be in attendance and we will absolutely feel like kids in a candy store.

While there are undoubtedly scores and scores of cool kit there, we’ve previewed a couple of new products that will be featured on the Sands showroom floor. Most of the listed items will be more extensively covered in following posts, but we thought you earned a little sneak peek. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates.

[Let us at that tactical goodness! We’ll be as excited as this kid… but for gear of course. Not taffy. Scratch that. We want taffy too.]


Blackhawk will be debuting its new women’s line at the show. Tailored to the needs of female operators, the apparel includes antimicrobial and compression technologies to provide exceptional training options for the gym or that next training session. Stylish and functional, Blackhawk will be producing these pants and tops in wrinkle-resistant and moisture-wicking fabrics.

Hyde Definition will be featuring its Snowdrift camouflage. Specifically made for snow-covered terrain, it uses a three-color variant of the PenCott family of patterns. It has a naturalistic omni-directional, multi-scalar fractal geometry pattern and a unique 3-in-1 pattern design for superior blending and disruption performance. It’s now in production and will be available in early 2012.

Smith & Wesson will be unveiling its first try at consumer apparel. Embracing the idea of the rugged American heritage, the men and women’s lines will provide a functional and stylish way to conceal carry. Jackets will have internal pockets that could carry a firearm or an iPhone. The pants have wider belt loops specifically positioned for a holster. They will be teaming with Wild Things to bring style, function and innovation to conceal carry clothing.

[All Terrain Tiger pattern by Tiger Strip Products from the Tru-Spec line.]

Tru-Spec will debut a full line of products in the new All Terrain Tiger (ATT) pattern from Tiger Stripe Products. Products will include TRU Jacket, TRU Trouser, Ranger Cap, Boonie Hat, Combat Shirt, Extreme Tru Jacket, Extreme Tru Trouser and Extreme Combat Shirt.


Original S.W.A.T. will be launching its new product line: Chase Series of Tactical Footwear! The line features the latest technology with an outsole that is more slip-resistant, durable and comfortable. Every boot in the Chase Series incorporates PORON cushioning pads for all day comfort and a quieter, more stealth outsole.

Rockport Works will be showcasing its First Advantage tactical boots. The boots are engineered with adiPRENE, which is a performance technology that helps absorb shock and provide more energy rebound. Featuring a composite toe, the boots are available in an eight-inch and six-inch version. These will be purchasable by early 2012.

[Pictured is the Hybrid Hiker.]

Wellco will be featuring three boots—the Hot Weather Combat Hiker, the Hybrid Hiker and Hot Weather Gen II Jungle Boot.

  • The Hot Weather Combat Hiker is constructed for harsh environments and built to maneuver easily through mountainous terrain. It features a custom Vibram multi-terrain outsole and a breathable upper to ensure feet stay dry.
  • The Hybrid Hiker can take a beating; it has a Kevlar-based nylon upper and sharkskin toe cap and heel counter for added durability. Waterproof, yet breathable, it also has a Vibram multi-terrain outsole with rugged lightweight midsole.
  • Wellco’s Hot Weather Gen II Jungle Boot provides a well-balanced, lightweight and breathable footwear option. Similar to the original Jungle Boot, it is constructed to withstand intense hot weather climates while providing superior comfort.

Gear / Weaponry

Benchmade’s new Adamas features D2 blade steel and is available as a folder or fixed blade.

  • 275 Folder ($195) has an AXIS locking mechanism and ambidextrous thumb studs. The blade is .16 inches thick 3.82 inches long (overall length of 8.70 inches). It weighs 7.70 ounces. The  optional sheath adds 1.5 ounces.
  • 375 Fixed ($140)has a skeletonized handle construction with drop-point blade style with serrations on the spine. Measuring an overall length of 9.03 inches, the blade measures 4.20 inches long. It weighs just 5.60 ounces (5.77 ounces with injection molded sheath).

Gerber will be previewing both the Remix Tactical ($37) and the Sight Tool ($95), which will be available for purchase in February 2012.

  • The Remix Tactical has a blade that is three inches long, with an overall length of 7.86 inches. An ideal candidate for everyday carry, the tip-tip pocket carrier is tactically designed. The newly designed thumb lift provides stability and safety while cutting and allows for easy one-handed opening. The handle is made of lightweight G-10 composite.
  • The MP600 Sight Tool (or MP600 ST) features the same one-handed opening technology as the original MP600. However, it includes a longer Phillips driver, a combined serrated and fine edge blade, a carbon scraper for weapons maintenance and a newly designed, super-durable front site adjustment tool for M4 / M16 variant firearms. The multi-tool has a closed length of 5.04 inches and weighs 8.2 ounces. It comes with a Berry Compliant sheath with MOLLE and belt attachment.

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Luminox will be showcasing a number of its popular tactical timepieces. Among them will be models: A.3001.BO, A.8821.KM, A.3041 and A.3042.

  • The A.3001.BO (Original Navy SEAL 3000 Series) has a 43 millimeter diameter. It’s water resistant up to 200 meters, has a battery life of 50 months and is PC carbon reinforced case.
  • The A.8821.KM (Recon Pointman Series) has a 45 millimeter diameter. Again it’s water resistant up to 200 meters and has a battery life up to 60 months. Its face is made of sapphire glass with an anti-reflective coating.
  • Boasting a constant glow for up to 25 years, the A.3041 (black/green on green) and A.3042 (green black on green black) each have a 44 millimeter diameter. The face is made of a hardened mineral glass. It has a water resistance up to 200 meters. These two watches come from the OD Military 3040 Series.

Condor Tool and Knife‘s new products will include the Dynasty Dadao Sword and the Garuda Knife. The Dynasty Dadao Sword is made of 1075 high carbon steel with a natural blade finish hardwood handle. Measuring 21¼ inches long, the blade easily fits in its leather sheath. A bit smaller, the Garuda has a five-inch long carbon steel blade topped with an epoxy black powder coating. It comes with a ballistic nylon sheath.

What’s the word on the street? What tactical gear delights are you most looking forward to at SHOT Show 2012?

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