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The tactical-product market continues to evolve beyond what some consider to be basic needs, and the driving principle is simple: “What is the problem, what is the solution, and how can we provide that?”
The trend in this year’s new tactical-product line is to make things lighter, more compact, more convenient, and more versatile. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in the illumination-device market.
Thanks to high-technology LEDs, flashlights are becoming both smaller and more powerful. The illumination levels that used to require a heavy five-D-cell flashlight are now achieved with a model half the size and weight—and, in some cases, compact enough to carry in a pocket.
LED technology has also emerged to overtake the chemical light-stick market. These are standard kit items for most first responders and military personnel, but they have drawbacks. The new BriteStrike APALS line of LED light strips overcomes these hurdles with a product that is lighter, more compact, and more cost effective.
Sighting systems are becoming more precise, and in the same size/weight package. New reticle designs, combined with ballistic compensating turret adjustment dials, allow shooters to determine the range, dial it in, and make the hit.
Some scopes go beyond that and actually feature a built-in laser, with computerized internals that will adjust for uphill or downhill angles. Laser sighting systems are seeing the introduction of green lasers that are more easily visible to the human eye, and thus give the laser sight a greater range under varying light conditions.
In the firearms arena, the compact backup-gun market seems to have peaked, and new service-size handguns that follow the “polymer-framed-adjustable back-strap” designs have proven effective. At the same time, however, several new .45 ACP models show that the venerable cartridge is still alive and well in the minds of those who go into harm’s way.
The long-gun market is a bit different. Here, we see an emphasis on operator versatility (in order to meet specific mission requirements) through new introductions that allow the changing of barrel lengths, stocks, and sighting systems.
Those who favor a 12-gauge shotgun when things get close might want to look at the UTC-15 series. It packs a lot of ammo and allows the operator to select between the loads used—another way of providing versatility. Here is a closer look at some of the most significant new introductions.