5.11 Unveils New Spring and Fall Products at SHOT 2018

January 19th, 2018

Irvine, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2018)5.11 Tactical, the global innovator of tactical apparel and gear, will showcase its largest line of new products in the brand’s 15-year history at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 23-26, 2018. In addition to debuting collections of new packs and bags, professional uniforms, tactical apparel, boots and accessories to help both on and off-duty consumers “Always Be Ready®”, 5.11 will also be announcing several new innovation partners and 2018 brand initiatives.

Inspired by 5.11’s battle-tested backpacks, the new Rapid Origin Pack is an ideal mission-ready pack. Lightweight and medium-sized, the Rapid Origin features multiple quick-release and adjustable straps to customize the fit. A web platform on the front allows pouches or gear to be added, and there is a secure CCW compartment and an internal admin panel. Built with a large, drop-front inverted U opening, the interior is easy to access and includes a padded laptop compartment. ($84.99)

The new Aerial Shirt is made using dissolving yarn technology, resulting in a highly breathable, moisture-wicking garment that features breathe-through ventilation and excellent air flow. The Aerial includes 5.11’s proprietary RAPIDraw™ placket for easy access to a concealed carry weapon. ($49.99) The Have a Knife Day Shirt is a button-down, built with a RAPIDraw™ placket for easy access to a concealed carry weapon. It features a subtle knife print pattern in its lightweight cotton/polyester fabric. Small bellows under the neck yoke offer easier movement for everyday wear. ($49.99)

5.11’s new Cupron® Socks make the most of copper’s natural anti-microbial properties. Cupron®’s anti-fungal fibers prevent the growth of, while also killing 99.9% of T mentagrophytes, athlete’s foot fungus. The socks feature moisture-wicking polyester with a Cupron® copper heel and toe, as well as compression zones designed for fit and all-day comfort. ($24.99/3 pack)

5.11 will introduce a new color way (dark coyote/dark brown) in two of its most popular and technologically advanced footwear styles. The Apex Waterproof 8” Boot features a resoleable Vibram® Megagrip outsole, a D30® Lite midsole, a D30 support footbed, an eVent™ breathable blood borne pathogen waterproof membrane lining, and a Kevlar® reinforced heel. ($249.99) The XPRT® 3.0 Waterproof 6” Boot features the Vibram® Megagrip outsole to help grip on dry and wet terrains, along with an OrthoLite® Imperial footbed for higher energy return and less fatigue. It also features a Kevlar® heel, side ankle abrasion protection and an eVent® waterproof breathable and BBP resistant membrane lining. ($209.99)

In Fall 2018, 5.11 will be the first apparel brand to introduce its exclusive GEO7™ Camo providing users with advanced concealment technology founded by using mathematical principles. Developed in an exclusive partnership with Veil Camo, the line includes Tactical Duty Uniform Shirts, Pants, Jackets, Hats, a Plate Carrier and additional gear. Each piece features a combination of macro and micro visual disruption and color palettes that work in tandem across light conditions and environments to give users a tactical time advantage in remaining concealed. Offered in two colors, GEO7™ Terrain and GEO7™ Night, GEO7™ is a revolutionary technology designed using both fractal and chaos mathematical principles. These principles fuel the visual biases found in the natural world. This approach lends to the color and visual disruption which makes GEO7™ so effective.

Additionally, 5.11 is partnering with The Woolmark Company to create a Class-A Flex-Tac® Poly/Wool professional collection, which includes men’s and women’s short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts and pants in a professional fabric containing natural stretch and recovery. 5.11’s uniform line is consistently known for providing a professional look, fade-resistant Teflon® finish, and home laundry-friendly qualities. The addition of the Flex-Tac® Poly/Wool technology elevates the uniforms’ functionality, comfort and durability by resisting soiling and staining, while also absorbing moisture vapor, controlling odor naturally, and delivering natural thermoregulation and UV protection.

In Fall 2018, 5.11’s best-selling Defender-Flex Jeans will be offered for women in a boot cut and slim fit, as well as in dark, medium and light color washes. Built with advanced fabrics and classic jean styling, these innovative pants features stretch and recovery technology woven into comfortable denim, along with seven versatile pockets – including two specifically sized to fit magazines – to carry all necessities while on and off the range. ($69.99)

5.11 will also introduce the mission-ready AMP™ collection of packs, plate carrier and mission-specific gear sets. AMP packs include 5.11’s patented HEXGRID® Gear Set™ attachment which enables multi-directional mounting of web/MOLLE pouches, along with hook and loop attachments. Capabilities can be expanded and mission-prepped with various gear sets designed to be switched or transferred between bags and mounted externally and/or internally. The collection includes the AMP12™ backpack, AMP24™ backpack, AMP72™ backpack, the All Missions Plate Carrier and 2 Banger Gear Set™, HEXGRID® 9×9 Gear Set™, HEXGRID® 12×9 Gear Set™, Admin Gear Set™, Med Pouch Gear Set™, Double Deploy Gear Set™.

Lastly, 5.11 will unveil a full overhaul on its line of tactical lighting. The comprehensive line of flashlights includes over 25 different styles, all geared to provide lighting solutions for the most demanding missions by offering more power, extended runtime and farther viewing distance.

“5.11 is renowned for its award-winning products among law enforcement, military, fire and EMS professionals worldwide, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our consumer line as well,” said Jan-Willem Driessen, Vice President of Global Marketing at 5.11. “We look forward to debuting this new collection, and continuing to provide our customers with the products they need to Always Be Ready®.” Driessen furthers, “We have many exciting brand partnerships continuing into 2018, including a continued partnership with The CrossFit® Games and Service Open, an extended Ubisoft partnership with 5.11 apparel and gear appearing in the upcoming Far Cry® 5 video game, as well as an expansion of 5.11’s Quiet Warrior program.”

“We at 5.11 are product innovators in every sense of the word,” said 5.11’s President, Francisco Morales. “Throughout 5.11’s Spring and Fall 2018 product lines you’ll see innovative designs, collaborations, and technologies that no one else is utilizing.” Morales continues, “We’re incredibly proud of our purpose-built products and our partnerships with the end-users, service professionals and operators, whose feedback helps us design the best the industry has to offer.”

“SHOT Show 2018 will be the most exciting and productive in the history of our company,” said Tom Davin, CEO of 5.11. “With this combination of innovative 5.11 products, tactical professionals from around the world, and the 5.11 executive team, new ideas, synergies and opportunities are sure to result.”

New styles will be featured at 5.11’s booth (#13162) at SHOT Show 2018 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gentex / Ops-Core at SHOT Show

January 19th, 2018


MMI Textiles To Exhibit At SHOT Show Supplier Showcase

January 19th, 2018

MMI Textiles will be exhibiting at the SHOT Supplier Showcase, January 22nd-23rd at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Theirbooth number is S1705, a corner booth right by the entrance – you can’t miss them!

This year they are bringing some old favorites (Printed Narrow Fabrics/Performance Knits) as well as a few new product lines, recently to their repertoire (Black LiteLok, New MultiCam® Patterns, CORDURA® Brand Solution-Dyed Wolf Gray Fabrics/Webbing/Binding/Elastic).

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Samson Manufacturing introduces the Pocket Comp for S&W’s 9mm Shield

January 19th, 2018

Samson Manufacturing, a leader in AR-15 handguards and accessories, recently expanded their product line to include accessories for the M&P Shield.


Samson’s latest offering is the Pocket Comp. Designed to fit ½ X 28 threaded barrels and use the factory recoil spring, the revolutionary two-part system uses a proprietary barrel nut as an attachment point. The Pocket Comp then slides over the barrel nut and is attached using hex head screws. This system allows for a rock-solid interface with no chance of marring the barrel threads. When not using the Comp, the barrel nut can remain on the barrel acting as a thread protector.

“Not only is the Comp small enough for pocket carry, the attachment system is unlike anything currently in use on a handgun” said Samson spokesperson Dave Biggers. Contoured to match the slide and with minimal gap between the slide and comp, it looks like an extension of the barrel rather than an add on. The Pocket Comp is machined from aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum and mil-std hard coat anodized for durability.

For more information you can visit their website

Armor Express to Demonstrate its Ground-Breaking Protective Solutions at SHOT Show 2018

January 19th, 2018

Company will unveil its new Lighthawk™ Tactical brand, with comprehensive, state-of-the-art
ballistic systems, carriers and accessory offerings for the modern-day tactical officer

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, January 18, 2018 — Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is excited to unveil its latest advancements in ballistic packages, carrier designs, hard armor, and duty gear for the Domestic and Federal law enforcement, defense and security markets at the 2018 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). Armor Express will also formally launch its new brand, Lighthawk™ Tactical, demonstrating the hottest innovations in head to toe protective wear for the 21st century tactical officer at Booth #31103. The conference, which is organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, will run from January 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“SHOT Show provides an incredible opportunity for us to fully engage with our customers and partners on what’s most important: saving lives,” said Matt Davis, Founder and President of Armor Express. “We look forward to highlighting the most cutting-edge tactical and concealable solutions the industry has seen, all reflective of our commitment to putting the safety of the men and women who protect our freedoms above all else. We continue to expand our footprint, most notably growing our tactical LE business with the launch of Lighthawk Tactical, which will bring a host of new innovations and greater industry collaboration. As we push advancements in ballistics and carrier designs, there is no better time than now to be front and center with those who rely on our solutions. We look ahead to a productive conference.”

Lighthawk Tactical Takes Technology-Driven Body Armor Designs to the Next Level
Expected to be one of the biggest highlights of the show, Armor Express will debut its new Lighthawk Tactical solutions developed with real-world user input and dedicated to the progressive tactical officer. Under the Lighthawk Tactical brand, Domestic and Federal law enforcement officers will benefit tremendously from the latest mission-critical ballistic systems, carriers, hard armor and accessory tools, including the:

Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier: This streamlined, lightweight and modular tactical plate carrier comes in Laser Cut and MOLLE configurations and features the Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) and optional/swappable Cummerbund Wraps (Armor Wrap, M4 Wrap, Utility Wrap).


Laser Cut Plate Carrier (LCPC): Fits most hard armor plates (certified ICW or Lo Vis special threat) and soft ballistic plate backers. The LCPC meets most needs for patrol, task force, or close protection detail. This lightweight carrier is made with today’s newest and strongest materials.

Hard Armor Shoulder Plate (HASP) Carrier: This advanced, lightweight, ballistic (Level IIIA, III, or III+) shoulder protection plate and carrier is exclusive to Lighthawk. The HASP carrier was engineered with the latest laser cut material resulting in a durable, low-profile and reduced-weight product.


Agile Canine Vest (ACV): With ground-breaking features like the hidden dynamic cummerbund, shoulder fit adjustments and covered zipper closure, the ACV is a streamlined package allowing the K-9 to move freely with minimal snag points, while offering the best options in ballistic/stab protection.


Quick Release Dynamic Cummerbund Upgrades: Using cutting-edge technology, Lighthawk Tactical is proud to deliver three cummerbund options for the most discerning operator – the Cobra® Dynamic Cummerbund, Ares® Dynamic Cummerbund, and FirstSpear® Tubes® Dynamic Cummerbund.

Special Response Team (SRT) Belt: The SRT Belt offers an effective and comfortable platform for today’s officer needs. Available in MOLLE and laser cut styles, it comes standard with a padded insert or can be upgraded with a custom ballistic insert. Sizes run from XS-4X.


NOD’s Garage: This padded case for a helmet-mounted night vision device or related accessories, utilizes the interior space and protection of the operator’s helmet, making the most out of limited loadout space. It includes ID badge and name tape attachment points, along with a removable divider.


View the innovative Lighthawk Tactical solutions at

In addition to these latest offerings, the Company will exhibit under the Lighthawk umbrella, its ‘tried-and-true’ XT 2.0 tactical vest; Tactical Operations Response Carrier (TORC); Busch ballistic helmets certified to VPAM; M1, R1 (rifle-rated) and S1 ballistic shields; and Peraflex System Pouches.

“Lighthawk Tactical is committed to creating and delivering solutions which support the needs of the modern-day tactical professional,” stated Rick Rardon, Director of Carrier Research and Development. “We’re excited to introduce at SHOT Show some of the industry’s firsts and strongest innovations for tactical LE. This is an ideal forum to actively engage with our end-users. Their feedback is instrumental to our product evolution process and we pride ourselves on the Lighthawk brand being mission-ready and second-to-none because we put our customers’ needs at the forefront.”

Within the broader Armor Express portfolio, attendees can look forward to seeing the Company’s latest capability enhancements, including its:

Seraph Gen3 Soft Armor: An incredible armor system that’s thin, light and pliable as a result of the ideal blend of Teijin® Twaron® and Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology.

American Revolution Concealable Carrier: A superior design, while offering maximum comfort, breathe-ability and durability. Low profile shoulder padding adds comfort and weight disbursement.

Hardcore H3 Overt Patrol Carrier: Features a lightweight, low profile architecture with fully adjustable shoulders and waist. It uses BRAVO cut panels for enhanced coverage and a more accurate fit.

Hard Core FE: This is the first Fire and EMS-specific carrier to safely address a one-size-fits-most application with consideration of comfort, movement and ballistic protection.

OCS UVIR: This lightweight, external body armor is designed to go over a uniform shirt. It protects the Fire/EMS personnel from handgun threats as part of a Unified Violent Incident Response (UVIR) team.

Tactical Outer Garment (TOG): This scalable, tactical armor system offers advanced features, including National Molding® Back Release System, developed specifically for Dept. of Homeland Security agents.

Other industry-proven products such as the Halo, Razor, Vortex, FMS, Gemini, and Taurus soft armor packages; the Revolution concealable carrier; and Traverse overt patrol carrier with latest Dress configuration will also be on display at the Armor Express booth.


In conjunction with the Lighthawk Tactical premiere, Armor Express is honored to support the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) foundation in a fundraising drive throughout the week at the Company’s Booth #31103. As a ‘thank you’ to donors, the AE team will be gifting top quality swag items highlighting the Lighthawk Tactical brand. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the booth – while supplies last – and support an amazing cause and organization. Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help survivors rebuild their shattered lives. For more information, please visit

Mr. Davis continued, “2018 ushers in a new beginning as Armor Express merged with KDH Defense Systems, combining forces to create one of the largest body armor and protective solution providers in the world. Together the companies will proudly serve our Domestic and Federal law enforcement agencies and U.S. Armed Forces, leveraging best practices and creating a winning formula for our protectors and partners. We are excited by what the future holds and look forward to building long-lasting alliances for years to come.”

Announcing the Agent 2 from Nighthawk Custom

January 19th, 2018

January 19th Berryville AR, Nighthawk Custom, in partnership with Agency Arms, Railscales, Cerakote, & Hillbilly 223, releases the Agent 2.


The Nighthawk Agent 2 is the next evolution of collaboration between Nighthawk Custom, Agency Arms, Railscales, and Hillbilly 223. This continued partnership has given rise to the sleek, tough, expertly engineered and styled Agent 2; the successor of the highly coveted Agent 1 released at the NRAAM in 2017.

Every element of this gun is meticulously designed with emphasis on function and aesthetics. Modeled after the popular Agency Arms Urban Combat slide, the Agent 2 combines the functionality of Agency Arms and the artistry of Nighthawk Custom to include the following features:
• Faceted Slide to Reduce Weight
• “DNA Collector” Front & Rear Cocking Serrations
• Side Windows
• Revised Fiber Optic Sights
• Heinie Ledge Rear Sight
• Available in 9mm & 45acp


It’s all about the details! The faceted design carries down into the frame creating a consistent sleek style throughout. A lightened and stylized rail incorporates the agency accelerator cut while still allowing for mounting of standard lights and lasers, making this a fully functional modern firearm made to run hard and fast.

The one-piece magwell, barrel bushing, grip safety, thumb safety, and slide stop, all continue the faceted flat edged profile and aggressive serrations with an incredible level of detail for both look and more importantly enhanced grip.


Railscales newly released grips are made from G10 material specifically for this pistol. These grips are ultra slim for reduced printing and shooters with smaller hands. The press check serration design has been incorporated into the grip panels to maximize grip texture without being overly aggressive or rough. An enhanced thumb scoop near the magazine catch offers maximum relief and makes releasing the magazine without breaking your shooting grip easier.

The trigger has also been updated to a variation on the Agency Arms Flat Faced Trigger with an enhanced toe. While the Agency Arms trigger has been popular in making pivot-based triggers like the Glock feel more like a 1911 trigger, the new 1911 version of this trigger is an experience that needs to be felt.

Media, dealers, and attendees of SHOT Show can come to booth #12579 to see the gun on display starting Tuesday morning. We are taking orders for this gun starting today with shipments leaving Nighthawk Custom early February with an MSRP of $4495.

Raine Bridger Split-Front Chest Rig Preview

January 19th, 2018

Raine is developing a Split-Front Chest Rig that integrates everything we have accomplished with the Bridger™ Cover from our Kickstarter. Link:

We are currently looking for companies that would be interested in partnering with Raine to integrate our Patent Pending Bridger™ designs into their product lines, and have us sew their products at Raine’s factory.

Come see the Bridger™ Split-Front Chest Rig at Shot Show (Booth # 20132 and Booth #S1440).

Bridger™ Split-Front Chest Rig Features:

Multi-purpose split-front chest rig with H-Harness and seamless MOLLE Grid.

Adds back the MOLLE real-estate lost from using FirstSpear® Tubes™ (Bridges the Gap)

Covers and protects FirstSpear® Tubes™ hardware

Increases service life of Tubes™ hardware

Increased protection from accidental quick release opening of Tubes™ hardware

Built-in Tubes™ Buckles

Extended Quick Release Pull Cord for ease of donning and doffing with mounted dual stacked ammo, radio, and gear pouches

Weight: 1.1 lbs


Made in the USA

Patent Pending


Come see samples at SHOT Show, we have two booth locations.


• Shot Show Main Floor, Booth # 20132 (Tues – Fri)

• Shot Show Supplier Show Case, Booth # S1440 (Mon – Tues)

Email us at to schedule a meeting (We are looking for Dealers and Distributors of the Bridger™ Cover).

The Bridger™ Cover that attaches to Firstspear® Tubes™ cummerbunds is available at our Kickstarter campaign page.

Help back the campaign and bring the product to market!

Shoot us a message on Kickstarter and let us know your with Soldier Systems and we’ll add a patch as an extra reward.


FirstSpear®, Tubes™, 6/12™ and 6/9™ are trademarks of FirstSpear, LLC. Products shown with these trademarks are built with FirstSpear Technology™.

FN SCAR-SC Now Available to U.S. Law Enforcement Customers

January 19th, 2018

(McLean, VA – January 17, 2018) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the FN SCAR®-SC carbine, available to U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The 5.56x45mm-caliber FN SCAR-SC builds on the FN SCAR heritage with an extremely compact design that’s ideal for special response teams and SWAT. The new FN SCAR-SC will be on display at FN’s booth (#13662) at 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22 – 26, 2018.


Specifically adapted for mobility and flexibility, the FN SCAR-SC is offered in the U.S. as select-fire only with a non-reciprocating charging handle and telescoping buttstock. Existing users of FN SCAR® will already be familiar with how to operate this rifle, minimizing training time.

Technical data (with telescoping buttstock):
? Length: 21.10 inches collapsed; 25.71 inches fully extended
? Weight: 6.94 pounds
? Barrel length: 7.5 inches
? Magazine capacity: 30 rounds
? Cyclic rate of fire: 550-650 rounds per minute

Other rifles in the FN SCAR family include the FN SCAR 16 and FN SCAR 17 rifles, the under barrel or standalone FN40GL® grenade launcher and the FN® MK 20 SSR precision rifle.

To learn more about the FN SCAR-SC and other FN products, please visit or visit the FN Booth (#13662) at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 23-26, 2018, at The Sands Expo and Convention Center.