We talked with Pam Lo from Danner about their Reckoning boots.
The Danner Reckoning
FULL-GRAIN LEATHER & TEXTILE UPPER
For a highly abrasion resistant upper, we combine our premium full-grain leather with durable water repellent (DWR) treated nylon panels.
The polishable synthetic leather on the toe area meets uniform requirements.
AIR MESH LINING
Breathable, moisture-wicking air mesh lining and ventilation technology for comfort in hot weather.
Double rivet speed lacer for secure heel lock with lace-to-toe upper design for adjustable fit.
REMOVABLE OPEN CELL POLYURETHANE FOOTBED
Our polyurethane footbed provides superior shock absorption with an additional layer of open cell construction for improved air circulation.
DANNER® VIBRAM® ALL-TERRAIN (DAT) PLATFORM
This streamlined, lightweight platform features both Vibram midsole and outsole material compounds that were calibrated for shock absorption and comfort. The rubber outsole was engineered for high mileage durability. An omni-directional pentagonal outsole lug pattern gives superior traction from all different angles, double-bevel tread prevents debris from compacting in the outsole and the Arch Tech grip design provides traction and grip used for roping and climbing.
HOW IT FITS
The 851 last is an update to our popular 850 last. This last fits true to size with an athletic and supportive fit while providing ample room in the toe. Offering a specific heel shape that locks the heel in place for better fit and comfort on the back end of the boot, this supportive fit is ideal for those needing high mileage performance from their gear.
Paul breaks down the new Hard Core H3 vest from Armor Express:
Armor Express Hard Core H3
The Hard Core H3 exhibits lightweight, low profile architecture with fully adjustable shoulders and waist.It uses BRAVO cut panels which offer enhanced coverage and a more accurate fit. The H3 features the Dynamic Cummerbund System allowing the user to breathe and move much more efficiently. The shoulder strap geometry offers enhanced ergonomics and communication channeling. The H3 features the Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) system for improved heat management and air circulation. The generous MOLLE design offers superior user customization. The Hard Core H3 accommodates Peraflex System pouches for streamlined loadouts.
Hard Core H3 Standard Features
Top loading exterior accessible front and rear rifle plate pockets
Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) system
Padded Dynamic Cummerbund
Reinforced drag strap
D tag attachment points
Front kangaroo pouch
Advanced shoulder pads
Ambidextrous utility pockets
Upper admin pocket
Hard Core H3 Optional Features
Cummerbund soft armor inserts
Ballistic shoulder pad inserts
Peraflex System Pouches (see Lighthawk catalog for full Peraflex System Pouch listing)
Today we did an interview with Pam Lo from Danner about their new Striker Bolt boots.
New for Fall 2018, the Striker® Bolt takes everything the original Striker boot offered and combines it with an unrivaled comfort package featuring a Vibram® SPE midsole and the all-new Terra Force® NEXT™ platform. Also featuring a durable, polishable leather and nylon upper with waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® lining, the new Striker Bolt combines technical features with ultimate comfort for long hours of wear.
Danner Striker Bolt Features:
• Durable, polishable leather and nylon upper
• GORE-TEX® lining for complete waterproof protection
• TERRA FORCE NEXT platform combines an internal and extermal shank system which helps
to provide arch support and torsion control
• Vibram® SPE midsole increases rebound and comfort without added weight
• Vibram® Striker Bolt outsole is slip-resistant and offers maximum surface contact and grip
on and off pavement
• Available in 4.5”, 6” and 8” heights
• Available in both men and women’s sizing
• MSRP: $179.95 – $219.95
We met with Streamlight today and took a look at their new TLR-7 and TLR-8 weaponslights. High 500 lumen output with a single CR123A battery. It is incredible to have this much light thrown from a single battery. The low profile design minimizes space taken up on the rail. The controls on the TLR-7 and TLR-8 are even easier than with previous models. There is also a good chance that with the smaller design it should fit holsters from previous TLR designs.
Here is an interview we did with Mike Nelson from Streamlight earlier today:
Streamlight had a great idea, and we got a chance to take a look at it today at the 2018 SHOT Show. They created a 18650 battery that is rechargeable by a standard micro USB cable. Standard recharge time is about 5 hours.
In this video we talk to Mike Nelson from Streamlight about this new battery:
We had a chance to talk with Glock today about their new Gen 5 19X and take a couple of shots with it at the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range.
The design changes are welcomed. It feels as though they reworked the trigger to allow for a smoother and quicker reset which results in a great all-around feel. The backstrap change-out is a breeze and the incorporation of the tool to assist with the take-down of the 19X is a great addition.
Here are some more photos we shot of the Glock 19X today at the range:
When you say “Made in the USA”, naturally you get our attention. This was the case when I received one of several media blasts from the 2018 SHOT Show that showcased Gatorz Eyewear. Intrigued, I followed up and requested additional information. The response was swift, even allowing for an opportunity to interview Gatorz Eyewear Brand Manager Andrew Fontes, whom has been with Gatorz for 10 years, having previously served as their outside sales rep, regional manager and global sales and marketing manager.
In the days leading up to the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, I did my due diligence and began to research Gatorz. I quickly found out that they are no stranger to the scene; in fact, they have been around since 1989. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, GATORZ Eyewear is the preferred eyewear of U.S. Military Elite Special Force Groups, law enforcement personnel, skydivers, functional fitness athletes, action sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. This first of its kind, American made aluminum sunglass has become a staple of the communities it serves, with its lightweight, durable frames and superior optics. It all started with an idea to develop the best sunglasses on the planet by using military grade 7075 aluminum. They are then molded around 2.0 mm polycarbonate lenses that offer 100% UV protection.
On this date, Gatorz made the announcement that they are ready to release the new Magnum Z, which is the first sunglass in their line to meet the vaunted ANSI Z87+ rating. Using the very same T-6 grade aircraft aluminum that the US Government uses in their military aircraft Gatorz created a frame which passed the ANSI Z87.1-2010 Impact Resistance Test. Gatorz then paired that frame with a very unique tension mounted lens that not only blocks 100% of the UV rays and is distortion free, it also is capable of withstanding the impact of 12 gauge buckshot fired from a distance of 45 feet! The finishing touch is a nosepiece made out of silicone, so it will not yellow after repeated exposure to the sun. It also contains a thin metal insert, which allows it to be adjusted to fit any nose.
We were afforded an opportunity to spend the day with a set of Gatorz, and boy, did we ever. We anxiously donned our new specs and after the initial awe about how lightweight and how remarkably low-profile they were, we set off to do what we came to do: shoot guns, and lots of them. Now, when I say lightweight, I mean so light that you forget you were wearing them! It was when we arrived at the first of several stops along our route and prepared to head to the line that I realized I had already forgotten they were on. When I wear “eyes” at the range, I usually either have to adjust my shooting glasses around my muffs, or not wear the muffs at all, having to opt for those foam ear plugs that just don’t work as good as my earmuffs. I was pleasantly surprised when I donned the muffs and there was absolutely no adjusting needed! They fit perfectly fine over the Gatorz, allowing for trouble free prep prior to stepping up to the line. Thankfully, we didn’t have to try out the impact resistance, but after a full day’s use, I can confidently say that I could truly trust those Magnums to protect my eyes. That’s probably the best part of this whole story; knowing that we finally have a domestically made line of eyewear that is known and trusted in our industries and that continues to up their game. Did I mention they were made in the USA?
Here is the release from GATORZ:
January 22, 2018 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Today, GATORZ Eyewear is proud to announce the release of its Magnum Z, an American made aluminum sunglass meeting the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87+ rating. GATORZ, the preferred eyewear of U.S. Military Elite Special Force Groups, Law Enforcement personnel, Skydivers, functional fitness athletes, action sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts, underwent intensive testing with the Magnum Z that offers superior optics coupled with high-velocity impact lenses.
“We are excited to have met the Z87+ standard for our Magnum Z sunglasses and providing consumers with the safety and security guaranteed to support an action-packed lifestyle,” said Andrew Fontes, Brand Manager at GATORZ Eyewear. “It all started with the idea of developing the best sunglasses on the planet for military and law enforcement personnel, first-responders and action sports enthusiasts by using the highest-grade materials available. They’ve become a staple the elite seek out for their lightweight and durable frames, superior optics and we are confident in knowing they’ll get the value they searched to find.”
Just what is an Operational duty trouser? We like to think of it as an all purpose go-to pant for use by tactical units or trainers, administrative and communications, patrol, specialty units or just about anyone else in public safety. These versatile pants will match most uniform shirts Blauer makes, whether polo shirts or stitched crease military style, and can be worn comfortably in all climate zones and seasons. They are made using the same durable and easy care blended cotton rip stop we developed for Blauer B.DU’s making them the most comfortable and breathable pants in their class.
Durable ripstop cotton blend fabric weave provides 70% more breathability than competitive products
Straight leg athletic cut for freedom of movement
Comfort stretch waistband in even sizes for perfect fit
9 Pocket design for equipment storage
The look is low profile tactical, feature packed, climbing inspired and gusseted, in a modern athletic cut. Articulated knee and diamond gusseted crotch improve your range of motion. Stretch waistband with silicone shirt grip keeps your Blauer shirt securely tucked. Blauer engineered breathable ripstop fabric keeps you cool in the heat. 10-pocket design [L shaped knife pockets, zippered utility pockets with interior pockets, rear reverse welted pockets and cell phone pocket… if we’re name dropping] keeps you equipped for any type of action.
The fit you get may turn some heads. Blauer OPS pants come in waist sizes by the inch so we stock, 30,31,32,33, 34 and so on all the way to 60. No more S,M,L,XL pants and saggy rear ends if you happen to fall between sizes. Try these hardwearing, comfortable and highly breathable operational pants. The fit and function is all Blauer.
Additional Features of the 8835 Operational Pants
Articulated knee conforms to shape of leg in motion
Blauer L-Pockets with knife slot
Low profile zippered utility side pockets with inside compartments
Welted rear pockets and additional cell phone pocket
Silicone shirt gripper waistband
Snap front with heavy duty self healing delrin zipper
The new Response Parka is PPE in every sense. The pathogen resistant ASTM F 1671 B.Dry membrane will keep you dry and comfortable in all conditions. High contrast X-walk retroreflective striping helps you be visible in low-light conditions. Specialty responder pockets abound, with upper and lower storage to fit all of your gear. The lightweight flexible shell design allows for year round use with multiple 3-in-1 insulated lining options that zip into the shell. Blauer’s new versatile jacket sets the standard in public safety protection.
Dark Navy (9848): Contrasting 3M™ Scotchlite™ X-Walk Retroreflective Striping
Hi Vis (9848V): Meets NEW ASTM 107-2015 Type P Class III Standard for visibility
ASTM F 1671 Pathogen-Resistant B.DRY membrane liner
Waterproof, Windproof, Breathable
Features and pocketing made for public safety
System Outerwear Compatible – Pick a standalone liner or combine
We had a chance to talk to Walther and shoot their new PPQ-45 at the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day.
The PPQ (Police Pistol Quick Defense Trigger) M2 series of handguns represents the pinnacle of Walther centerfire innovation, engineering and technology. This line is our flagship and is used by German Police as well as numerous law enforcement agencies and militaries throughout the world. The pistol features the Carl Walther signature Quick trigger with a pull between 4.8 and 5.6 lbs. Standard and large interchangeable back straps, adjustable sights, polygonal rifled barrel, and fully ambidextrous controls. This combined with a Tenifer™ finish to deliver the best out of the box production polymer pistol available.
Gould & Goodrich: New from G&G is the open top single and double mag cases. From the forward thinking gurus at Tactical Design Labs (the newest acquisition of Gould & Goodrich) comes the new style of open top mag cases. Anyone that knows me also knows that I have never been a real fan of the open top mag case designs simply because I just didn’t trust friction alone to hold magazines in place but I am now a believer. This new and simple design allows open top secure carry by virtue of a retention lever that is easily pushed aside for quick and easy access. Placing mags into the case is a breeze, and the lever grabs the mag plate immediately upon insertion securing them in place until needed. Available in belt loop and paddle for versatile carry and available soon from On Duty Gear.
Building on their new and very well received duty holster design, G&G now offers the same holster style in concealment carry. By adding a belt loop and paddle attachment, it turns the holster that is a favorite for duty carry into a concealment holster that is sure to take it’s turn as a go-to holster for concealed carry. And as if the holster could not have gotten any better, Gould & Goodrich has replaced the foam at the bottom of the holster with a spring, which makes the draw even smoother. It is also equally addicting, and promises to make drawing practice fun (is that even possible?). I found myself continually drawing and then re-seating the blue gun back into the holster as I spoke to the reps on hand at the show. I was impressed by the smooth and addicting nature of drawing and re-holstering the gun in the XCalibur holster. With that, I call this one a winner.