Talking with Busch about their VPAM Armor Express Helmet

A few months ago we had a chance to talk to Shammass from Busch Helmets about their new line of helmets with Armor Express.

 

The Busch/Armor Express helmet comes in 3 models:

Armor Express Busch AMP-1TP Level IIIA VPAM Ballistic Helmet

The AMP-1 TP is the First & Lightest Composite Helmet with VPAM Certification in the world. The AMP-1TP is certified to VPAM, which is the Gold Standard of ballistic testing within Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Most Special Police units within Europe, including Germany’s GSG9 and SEK are required to have their ballistic helmets VPAM certified. Police Specialized units around the world deserve a level of protection that includes first-rate specifications (VPAM Standard). This standard, in comparison to the NIJ IIIA, tests certain ballistic aspects that are more relevant/specific to close quarter combat situations. Police special units/SWAT Teams, in comparison to soldiers, are more likely to suffer a ballistic head injury due to the nature of their work (Close Quarter Combat). Whereby, even today most helmets used by police armed response teams are helmets that are manufactured for military operations and may not provide the specific level of protection required by Law Enforcement officers dealing with armed insurgents in close quarters. Our unique rail-system and its Speed Connect System (SCS) gives the user even more tactical and modular protective capability. Our modular protective visors (Impact, Fragmentation, 9mm/44Mag), can be added/removed from the helmet within seconds, without ever having to take off the helmet – always being protected whilst still leaving the picatiny rail free for tactical devices. More recently we have increased the protective modular capabilities with our BAP-1 (AK47 Front plate), BAN-1/CAN-1 (Ballistic/Non-ballistic neck protection) and BAM – 1/CAM-1 (Ballistic/Non-ballistic mandible/Chin guard)

Armor Express Busch Protective AMP-1E Level IIIA Ballistic Helmet

The AMP-1 E specialized aramid shell is independently tested and certified at Chesapeake labs to NIJ IIIA (9mm and 44 Magnum), against fragmentation according to STANAG 2920 with a V50 rating of 2,230ft/s. The standard features include an advanced padding system, wheel-dial system, and unique rail system. These components ensure that comfort, practicality, and capability are provided, giving the user an added degree of confidence. The unique rail-system and its Speed Connect System (SCS) gives the user even more tactical and modular protective capability. Our modular protective visors (Impact, Fragmentation, 9mm/44Mag) can be added/removed from the helmet in seconds without ever having to take off the helmet – always being protected. More recently we have increased the protective modular capabilities with our BAN-1/CAN-1 (Ballistic/Non-ballistic neck protection), BAM – 1/CAM-1 (Ballistic/Non-ballistic mandible/Chin guard and our non-ballistic visors with the rubbers seal.

Armor Express Busch Protective AMH-2 BUMP Helmet

This non-ballistic platform is designed to offer a high level of impact protection, ventilation, and comfort, no matter what the task. The AMH-2 shell is certified to EN 397 for impact attenuation. This combined with our latest Comfort Protection Pad (CPP) suspension system offers both multi-impact & shock protection capability. This impact management system is further designed to offer good ventilation and comfort. The CPP system can be quickly adjusted, making it easy to tailor fit specific head shapes/sizes. Our retention system uses wheel dial technology which is easy to operate and provides a secure and snug fit. The operational capability is further increased with our new multi-function side rail which can accommodate various devices (cameras, strobes, etc) whilst also using visor capability. This unique rail system provides our Speed Connect System (SCS) where modular protective visor capability for varying threats can be added in seconds. The AMH-2 is designed with the user in mind, providing first rate modular protection, ventilation, and comfort for prolonged periods of use. Our most recent modular protective accessories include removable side plates to protect the ears, removable neck protection and blunt impact face shield visor with a rubber seal preventing fluid access. The ability to scale helmet protection up and down for the ever changing threat is now here. Whether you’re dealing with a riot situation/protesters, part of an emergency response team,  extracting prisoners or just riding around in an emergency response ambulance. The Busch PROtective AMH-2 will provide you with the ability scale your protection for the threat and much more!

Looking at the Danner Reckoning Boots from the 2018 SHOT Show

Looking at the Danner Reckoning Boots from the 2018 SHOT Show

We talked with Pam Lo from Danner about their Reckoning boots.

The Danner Reckoning

Danner Reckoning Boots

Danner Reckoning Sole

 

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.

POLISHABLE TOE

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.

HARDWARE

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.

Bates Raide Boots at the 2018 SHOT Show

Bates Raide Boots at the 2018 SHOT Show

With our 2nd interview with Eric, we discussed the new Bates Raide boots:

 

Bates E05143 Raide Mid (Olive Mojave)

Bates E05143 Raide Mid Mojave Boots

  • Oil, Stain and Abrasion Resistant Wolverine Warrior Leather and Performance Nylon Upper
  • Moisture Wicking Lining
  • X40 Ortholite Removable Cushioned Insert
  • Stabilizing Molded TPU Heel Cup
  • Lightweight Cushioned IMEVA Midsole
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • Strobel/Cement Construction

Bates E05146 Raide Mid Black

Bates E05146 Raide Mid Black Boots

  • Durable Leather and Performance Nylon Upper
  • Moisture Wicking Lining
  • X40 Ortholite Removable Cushioned Insert
  • Stabilizing Modled TPU Heel Cup
  • Lightweight Cushioned IMEVA Midsole
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • Strobel/Cement Construction

Bates E05148 Raide Waterproof Side Zip Black Boots

Bates Raide Waterproof Boots

  • Waterproof Full Grain Leather and Performance Nylon Upper
  • Waterproof Membrane
  • X40 Ortholite Removable Cushioned Insert
  • YKK Side Zipper
  • Stabilizing Molded TPU Heel Cup
  • Lightweight Cushioned IMEVA Midsole
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • Strobel/Cement Construction

Bates E05150 Raide Hot Weather Side Zip Boots

Bates E05150 Raide Hot Weather Side Zip Boots

  • Durable Leather and Performance Nylon Upper
  • Moisture Wicking Lining
  • X40 Ortholite Removable Cushioned Insert
  • YKK Side Zipper
  • Stabilizing Molded TPU Heel Cup
  • Lightweight Cushioned IMEVA Midsole
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • Strobel/Cement Construction

Bates Raide Sole

 

Armor Express Hard Core H3 Body Armor Carrier from the 2018 SHOT Show

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.

Armor Express Hard Core H3 Innovative Features

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)
The New Danner Striker Bolt at the 2018 SHOT Show

The New Danner Striker Bolt at the 2018 SHOT Show

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

Danner Striker Bolt

Danner Striker Bolt Outsole

 

 

Streamlight’s TLR-7 and TLR-8 Weaponlights at the 2018 SHOT Show

Streamlight’s TLR-7 and TLR-8 Weaponlights at the 2018 SHOT Show

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 TLR-7 Weaponslight
Streamlight TLR-7 Weaponslight

 

Streamlight TLR-8 Weaponslight
Streamlight TLR-8 Weaponslight
Shooting the Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show

Shooting the Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show

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:

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (1)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (2)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (3)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (4)

GATORZ New Magnum Z Ballistic Rated Eyewear from the 2018 SHOT Show

GATORZ New Magnum Z Ballistic Rated Eyewear from the 2018 SHOT Show

GATORZ Magnum Z Sunglasses

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?

GATORZ Magnum Z

GATORZ Magnum Z 2GATORZ Magnum Z

GATORZ 2018 SHOT Show Booth
GATORZ 2018 SHOT Show Range Day Booth

GATORZ Magnum Z Sunglasses 2

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.”

 

Blauer 8835 Operational Pants Coming Soon

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.
Blauer 8835 Operational Trouser Pants

  • 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
  • Double needle stitching
Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge with Armor Express

Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge with Armor Express

Yesterday we shot a video where Matt Davis from Armor Express used a 44 Magnum on himself to demonstrate the trust he puts into the body armor he sells.

He used a 44 magnum with 244 grain Hydra-Shock, wearing an Armor Express body armor plate with a phone book behind it to prevent blunt force trauma.

Here are some more pics from the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge

Blauer’s New 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Response Parka

New from  Blauer! 

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
Blauer 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Parka
Blauer 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Parka

Walther PPQ 45 range day interview and shoot from the 2017 SHOT Show

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.

More PPQ 45 Specs available at Walther’s website