Volume 25, Number 4 June/July 2017
 
 


50 law enforcement products that should command the attention of any retailer
Law enforcement related products remain a strong segment of the firearms and accessories industry. With just a shade over one million sworn officers, this would seem to be a niche market, but civilians also crave cop-capable equipment. It would take an encyclopedic volume to highlight all that is new, but here are 50 police-perfect products—including guns, optics, ammunition, and accessories—that are sure to turn the heads of cops and civilians, and put cash in your registers. (Note: Three trends that any retailer should be aware of in this arena are thermal optics, refined MSRs, and rifles in 6.5 Creedmoor.)

Law Enforcement  Firearms

Bergara B14 BMP BMP stands for Bergara Match Precision, and this rifle’s chassis is machined from 7075 T6 aluminum. It incorporates QD swivel attachments and Magpul M-LOK slots. The incredibly smooth action and barrel nut allow the barrel to be changed or replaced, and the magazine well can be used as a support brace. Available in .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor, with a threaded #5 contour barrel, this should be an ideal designated marksman rifle. SRP: $1,699. (bergarausa.com)

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BNTI Arms Battle Rifle This Florida-based manufacturer is the U.S. headquarters for small arms exported to vetted African armed forces and police units. Its new .308 Winchester Battle Rifle features a mil-spec forged lower and upper receiver, with a hard-coat anodized or Cerakote finish, a 16.5-inch match-grade barrel with a 1:10 twist, and a Magpul ACS stock. (bntiarms.com)

CMMG MkW Anvil XBE A new carbine from CMMG, the MkW Anvil XBE is chambered in .458 SOCOM. With CMMG’s unique Powerbolt design, the rifle uses a modified AR10-size bolt for increased durability. The rifle is also built on an AR10-size frame with a custom receiver to minimize weight and increase ergonomics. It has a 16-inch barrel, billet upper and lower receivers, and a single-stage mil-spec trigger. It weighs 7.5 pounds. SRP: $1,849.95. (cmmginc.com)

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Bergara The B14 BMP (Bergara Match Precision) utilizes a smooth action. It should be an ideal designated marksman rifle. available in .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor.

CZ Bren 2 The ever-evolving needs of military forces led to further development of the Bren platform. The Bren 2 has a shorter gas system that allows for barrel lengths down to 8 inches, with settings for normal use, suppressed use, and adverse conditions. It is available for military and law enforcement only via special-order. (cz-usa.com)

CZ 805 Bren S1 Pistol With its 11-inch barrel, the S1 has proven to be a popular SBR candidate for customers wanting to convert it into an NFA firearm. Those who don’t wish to register with the ATF can equip it with CZ’s adapter kit, allowing easy installation of aftermarket arm braces. Chambered in .223 Remington/5.56 NATO, and 300 Blackout, the 805 Bren S1 Pistol retails for between $1,799 and $1,899.
(cz-usa.com)

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CMMG Built on an AR10-Size frame, the MKW Anvil is chambered in .458 SOCOM. it has a 16-inch barrel and a single-stage mil-spec trigger.

CZ P-10 C This is CZ’s newest pistol, and the CZ grip angle avoids that brick-in-the-hand feeling that plagues many striker-fired handguns. Interchangeable backstraps allow it to fit a wide variety of hands, and the P-10’s trigger breaks at a clean 4 to 4.5 pounds, with a short, positive reset. It has a fiber-reinforced polymer frame, a nitride finish, and metal three-dot sights. With a 15 or 17+1 capacity, the CZ P10-C is available in 9mm Luger or .40 S&W. There is also a suppressor-ready variant in 9mm. SRP: $499 to $541. (cz-usa.com)

Dan Wesson Specialist Commander When police departments approached Dan Wesson to build a more reliable and durable 1911, the manufacturer said, “Can do!” The Specialist is available in 9mm or .45 Auto and has a forged stainless–steel slide with a serrated rib and a single tritium dot in the rear and front sights. It also has an integral rail, front strap checkering, an undercut trigger guard, a recessed slide stop, an ambidextrous thumb safety, and an extended magazine release. Available in Commander and full-size. SRP: $1,597. (cz-usa.com)

DPMS GII AP4-OR A new optics-ready carbine built on the revolutionary GII platform, the AP4-OR has a forged monolithic bolt carrier, dual ejectors, an Aermet extractor, a steel feed ramp, and reduced bolt geometry. The upper receiver has been improved for left-handed shooters, and it is available in .308 Winchester. SRP: $1,349. (dpmsinc.com)

FN 15 DMR II A re—engineered version of the DMR, the DMR II uses the all-new FN Proprietary M-LOK Rail System to provide extreme rigidity and less deflection to ensure that mounted accessories do not shift. It has an 18-inch match-grade, cold–hammer-forged barrel with a 1:7 twist, a Surefire Pro Comp muzzle device, a Timney trigger, and a Magpul MOE grip and buttstock. SRP: $1,999. (fnhusa.com)

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FNS Compact
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Striker-Fred American Compact

10 The FN 15 Tactical Carbine Chambered for the 300 Blackout, this carbine is duty-ready out of the box. Equipped with FN’s proprietary rail system, it offers a stronger, more rigid platform for accessories and optics. It features a 16-inch barrel, a carbine-length gas system, a low-profile gas block, a Surefire ProComp muzzle brake, and Magpul MOE furniture. SRP: $1,599. (fnhusa.com)

11 FNS Compact The Compact FNS offers the same features as standard FNS pistols, but comes in a shorter, 3.6-inch barrel. The snag-free design should help better conceal the firearm and deliver a faster draw time. The front sight also has a larger dot for faster target acquisition. The FNS Compact has a 12- or 17-round capacity, depending on the magazine used. It weighs 23.4 ounces and is 6.7 inches long, and should be ideal for plain-clothes officers or detectives. SRP: $599. (fnhusa.com)

12 Nighthawk Sky Hawk Korth The Sky Hawk is a compact six-shot revolver chambered for 9mm Luger, but half- or full-moon clips are not required. Every part is machined from billet steel or aluminum, and it’s available with a 2- or 3-inch barrel. A gold bead front sight, Houge grips, hard-coated frame, TSA-approved travel case, cleaning rod, grip-removal tool, lubricating oil, lanyard, and proprietary speed loader are standard. SRP: $1,699. (nighthawkcustom.com)

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Remington The Model 700 Magpul features an adjustable comb and length of pull to allow for a perfect fit for improved accuracy.

13 Remington Model 700 Magpul The new 700 Magpul features adjustability in the comb and length of pull to allow for a perfect fit. The 22-inch heavy barrel is threaded for a suppressor or other muzzle devices, and the detachable magazine is perfect for tactical applications. It’s available in .308 Winchester and .260 Remington. SRP: $1,175. (remington.com)

14 Remington RP9/RP45 This new polymer handgun is a high-capacity striker-fired pistol with a very slim and adjustable grip profile. It’s available in 9mm or .45, with a respective capacity of 18+1 or 15+1. It weighs only 26.4 ounces, and with a suggested retail price of $489, it should be popular with officers who must purchase their own firearms.(remington.com)

15 Ruger American Compact Ruger’s striker-fired American Compact features a trigger with a short take-up and positive reset. It is performance-tested for sustained +P ammunition use and is equipped with Novak LoMount Carry three-dot sights. The pistol has a modular grip system, can be field-stripped easily, and has an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release. With its 3.35-inch barrel, it measures 6.65 inches and weighs 28.7 ounces. SRP: $579. (ruger.com)

16 Savage MSR 15 The new 15 Patrol and Recon carbines from Savage mark the company’s initial entry into the MSR market. Both rifles have 5R button-rifled, 16-inch barrels with a long-lasting Melonite QPQ finish, and Savage’s trademark zero–tolerance headspace control. These rifles also feature the proven .223 Wylde target chambering and a standard gas system. SRP: $849, Patrol; $999.99, Recon. (savagearms.com)

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Savage MSR 15.

17 Savage MSR 10 Savage has also introduced two AR10 MSR variants. The MSR 10 Hunter and Long Range models address some longstanding shortcomings of MSRs designed for larger cartridges. Both are compact units that feel and handle more like an AR15, and both utilize custom-forged uppers and lowers. Available in .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor, the Hunter has a 16- or 18-inch barrel, and the Long Range has a 20- or 22-inch barrel. SRP: $1,399, Hunter; $2,199, Long Range. (savagearms.com)

18 Stoeger P3000 This is a tactical, pump-action 12-gauge shotgun available with a field or pistol-grip stock and an 18.5-inch barrel. It will accept 2¾ or 3-inch shells and has a fixed Cylinder bore. SRP: $299 to $349. (stoegerindustries.com)

19 Stoeger M3000 The new M3000 Tactical semi-auto is available with either a field or pistol grip and comes with an 18.5-inch barrel. The inertia-driven gun will also accept 2¾- or 3-inch shells, and like the P3000, it has a fixed Cylinder bore. Police department purchasers will undoubtedly love the price. SRP: $599 to $649. (stoegerindustries.com)

20 Weatherby VAC The new Vanguard Adaptive Composite (VAC) rifle from Weatherby is intended for precision work and has a threaded barrel. VAC rifles are guaranteed to deliver sub-MOA three-shot groups at 100 yards, and come with an adjustable two-stage trigger, a three-position safety, and a fully adjustable stock. Vac rifles are available in .223 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Winchester. SRP: $1,269. (weatherby.com)

Law Enforcement  Optics

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GPO Passion HD Binoculars.

21 GPO Passion HD Binoculars Many forget the importance of binoculars for law enforcement. Whether used for surveillance or evaluating a disaster scene from a distance, GPO has five premium models to choose from. Available in 8×42, 10×42, 8.5×50, 10×50, and 12.5×50, these binoculars feature a custom–molded carry case, HD Glass, hydrophobic coatings, and tripod adapters. SRP: starts at $1,000. (gpo-usa.com)

22 Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm This new riflescope seems almost purpose-built for the police marksman, as it offers all the optical qualities that precision and long-range shooters expect. Weighing just 32.5 ounces, the Mark 8 3.5–25x56mm has a powerful 8:1 magnification ratio, which is ideal for target engagement and observation—the two primary roles of a police sniper. Simplified ZeroLock dials are a welcome addition, as is 90 MOA of elevation travel and a generous field of view. The scope is also available with a variety of high–performance reticles. SRP: $3,899.99. (leupold.com)

23 Trijicon REAP IR Small, light, and lethal, the Trijicon Electro Optics REAP IR is a mini-thermal riflescope. The REAP IR features a 12-degree field of view, 2.5X magnification, a stadiametric rangefinder, five reticle patterns, and an 8X digital zoom. For tactical units operating in total darkness, it earns its badge and name, and weighs only 21 ounces. SRP: $7,999. (trijicon.com)

24 Nikon Blackforce 1-4×24 Blackforce is a new category of optics from Nikon, and it offers models engineered for precision long-range and active shooting. Those looking for rapid-action targeting capability with AR/MSR platforms should find the 1–4×24 riflescope ideal. When dialed down to 1X, the reticle’s illuminated double horseshoe center portion serves as a quick reference for fast engagement, as well as to establish moving target leads. SRP: $399.95. (nikonsportoptics.com)

25 Nikon Blackforce 4-16X50 For law enforcement’s precision shooting tasks, this riflescope comes with X-MRAD or X-MOA tactical-style reticles synchronized to elevated windage and elevation turrets. Accurate and repeatable, the adjustments enable precise dialing of elevation come-ups and wind compensation. It is affordably priced at $599.95. (nikonsportoptics.com)

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Mark 8 3.5–25x56mm.
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Blackforce 1–4X24.

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Electro Optics REAP IR

26 Trijicon IR Hunter This compact thermal-imaging rifle sight combines a full 640×480, 12-micron thermal image sensor and fully digital, 60 Hz image processing with digital focus and contrast controls. Four models offer various features and magnification, including 8X Digital Zoom, multiple reticle options, and turret-style adjustment knobs. SRP: $5,999.99. (trijicon.com)

27 Trijicon IR Patrol A versatile, multipurpose, high-performance monocular that provides a clear, sharp image in total darkness, the IR Patrol is available in five models that offer various features and magnification. The LE100 is a handheld model with a 19mm objective lens. The LE100C has the same features as the LE100, plus an image-capture feature. The M250 can be helmet-mounted, and the M250XR features a 4.5X optical zoom, 8X digital zoom, and a stadiametric range finder. The M300W can be mounted to a rifle. SRP: $4,995 to $5,595. (trijicon.com)

28 Trijicon MRO Patrol Trijicon’s MRO has become a favorite carbine sight with tactical operatives. The new MRO Patrol adds the most-requested accessories to a combat-ready, red-dot optic. These include lens covers, an ARD Kill Flash, and a new lightweight, quick-release mount. It weighs 5 ounces and retails for $919. (trijicon.com)

29 Trijicon SNiPE IR This thermal-imaging weapons sight has a full 640×480, 12-micron thermal image sensor and fully digital, 60 Hz image processing. Its advanced VisRelay collimating optic eliminates parallax with partnered day optics. The SNiPE IR mounts in front of an existing day optic and is optimized for use with the 4×32 ACOG. It features No-Shot Zero sight-in, is 7.4 inches long, and weighs 24.6 ounces. SRP: $9,999. (trijicon.com)

Law Enforcement  Ammunition

30 Federal Premium Gold Medal Rifle with Berger Bullets Federal Premium Gold Medal rifle ammunition has always been a top choice for law enforcement designated marksmen. Now, those shooters have even more accurate options, with new Gold Medal Berger loads featuring Berger bullets with high ballistic coefficients. New offerings are available for the .223 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, and .308 Winchester. SRP: $32.95 $34.95. (federalpremium.com)

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Gold Medal Rifle
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.38 Special 135-grain HST

31 GBW Legend Pro A manufacturer based in Venice, Florida, GBW Legend offers a full line of defensive handgun ammunition, which it calls Legend Pro. Loaded with all-copper projectiles, each is designed to provide barrier-defeating performance. GBW also offers centerfire rifle cartridges for common law enforcement chamberings such as the .223 Remington, 300 Blackout, and .308 Winchester. (gbwcartridge.com)

32 Federal Premium .38 Special 135-grain HST The .38 Special has always been a favorite back-up gun for law enforcement officers, and Federal has just made it better with the new 135-grain HST load. The load was engineered to be ideally adapted to the snub-nose revolver and utilizes a 135-grain version of the popular HST bullet. (federalpremium.com)

33 Polycase .357 Magnum ARX Once the darling of police agencies, the .357 Magnum has faded from view. But Polycase’s new .357 Magnum load, which utilizes its copper-polymer injection-molded projectile, should restore some luster by offering .357 Magnum power, but with less recoil. The 86-grain ARX bullet leaves the muzzle at 1,650 fps. SRP: $19.99. (polycaseammo.com)

34 Remington Freedom Buckets For officers in small departments who have to purchase their own training ammunition, Remington has expanded its Range Bucket line to include the .380 Auto, .40 S&W, and .45 Auto. The .380 Range Bucket will contain 500 rounds, the .40 S&W 300 rounds, and the .45 Auto 200 rounds. SRP: $90 to $200. There’s also a new Freedom Bucket containing 180 rounds of 300 Blackout for $33.73. (remington.com)

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Legend Pro
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77-grain Sierra OTM
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Black

35 Sig Sauer .223 Remington 77-grain Match Elite With a muzzle velocity of 2,750 fps, this 77-grain Sierra OTM (open-tipped match) bullet is ideal for designated marksmen or other officers assigned perimeter protection with patrol rifles, carbines in the AR platform, or even precision bolt-action rifles. SRP: $24.25, per box of 20. (sigsauer.com)

36 Sig Sauer Expanding Sonic 300 Blackout Intended as a hunting load for the 300 Blackout, this ammunition is ideally suited to law enforcement because it offers a high degree of terminal performance without an audible signature. With wide expansion and deep penetration, the subsonic Blackout load should be perfect for police snipers and other tactical team applications. SRP: $28.50, per box of 20. (sigsauer.com)

37 Hornady Black Hornady’s newest ammo line, Black, is specifically tailored to firearms generally considered to be within the tactical arena, many of which are commonly used by law enforcement. The packaging is easily identifiable, and the loads are intended to provide high performance for high-volume shooting. Offerings include .223 Remington, 5.56 NATO, 6.8 SPC, 300 Blackout, .308 Winchester, 7.62×39, and 12-gauge. SRP: $15 to $35, per box of 20; 12-gauge, $16.33, per box of 10. (hornady.com)

Law Enforcement Accessories

38 CRKT Homefront Tactical The in-field, no-tool-needed, take-apart capability of the Home-front lets you disassemble it and clean it—anywhere, anytime. It has a tanto blade and is surrounded by ergonomically designed glass-reinforced nylon handles to provide a secure grip in the face of mud, blood, rain, or sand. Open length, 8.125 inches; weight, 4.3 ounces. SRP: $99.99. (crkt.com)

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CRKT The Tanto-Blade Homefront Tactical disassembles for complete cleaning in the field. The glass-reinforced nylon handle provides a secure all-weather grip.

39 CRKT Rune This is a compact—and remarkably lightweight—tactical axe. Infused with the practicality of a modern SWAT tactical tool, but wrapped in ancient Nordic design, it has a practically indestructible 6.7-inch carbon-steel head with a black powder-coat finish. The Rune would make a great addition to any patrol car, because, as every street cop knows, you never really know what you will be faced with. SRP: $150. (crkt.com)

40 Galco Wraith 2 Holster An evolution of Galco’s popular Wraith belt holster, the Wraith 2 combines features from the existing Paddle Lite and BlackGuard models, along with four patent-pending innovations, to create a highly versatile and concealable multipurpose holster. For plainclothes officers or others who do not desire Level 3 security, the Wraith is an easy-on, easy-off, versatile holster. SRP: $49.95. (galcogunleather.com)

41 Hi-Vis Fiber Optic Sight Hi-Viz is now offering a front- and rear-sight set with interchangeable LitePipes and easy-to-adjust rear sight elevation for Smith & Wesson M&P pistols. The new Adjustable Sight Set fits all M&P full-size and Pro pistols in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 Auto. SRP: $95.95. (hivizsights.com)

42 Monadnock AutoLock X3 Baton Monadnock (a Safariland brand) has a new baton with a larger-diameter shaft. The AutoLock X3 HG baton meets the demand for smaller-size batons that can still provide a large surface–contact area. The baton also features an updated cam and stainless-steel ball-bearing design in order to provide reliably consistent locking action and a more solid feel when performing control techniques. Closed length: 8.75 inches. Open length: 19.75 inches. SRP: $196. (safariland.com)

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Wraith 2 Holster
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7TS Holster
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LTO Tracker 

43 Protech Hard Armor Protech Tactical, another brand in the Safariland Group, has introduced several new hard-armor products, including a Boltless Helmet Suspension System (SRP: $675), a Boltless Shield with Ballistic Lens Cap ($5,280), and a Tactical Weapon Trunk Box ($2,592 to $2,670). These are forward-thinking, life-saving, law-enforcement tools. (safariland.com)

44 Safariland 7TS Holster Officers with the Taser X26P and those with a Surefire XC1 light attached to their firearm can now enjoy the benefit of comfortable carry with the highly sought-after 7TS holster. This includes holsters that will fit Surefire XC1–equipped Glock 17, 19, 22, and 23 pistols, as well as 4.25-inch barrel S&M M&P pistols in 9mm and .40 S&W. The 7TS holster is injection-molded and constructed of Safariland’s proprietary SafariSeven material. It is available in plain black, basketweave, and high gloss. SRP: $95. (safariland.com)

45 Safariland Vievu With all the recent focus on body cameras for police officers, Safariland and Vievu have partnered and developed a proprietary camera auto–activation system to automatically activate a Vievu LE4 body camera any time a firearm is drawn from a connected Safariland 7TS holster. An officer in a stressful or potentially life-threatening situation no longer has to make the conscious decision about whether first to turn on the camera or to draw a weapon. (safariland.com)

46 Safariland RDS Holsters Safariland has a new line of holsters designed for handguns with red-dot optics. The majority of these models feature Safariland’s patented Automatic Locking System. The red-dot handgun sight is quickly evolving to become the future of the defensive handgun, and Safariland is evolving to meet that trend. SRP: varies according to model. (safariland.com)

47 Spyderco Stretch II Lightweight With a full-flat grind VG-10 stainless steel blade and an injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon handle, the Stretch II Lightweight is a great everyday-carry knife suitable for the general utility chores faced by today’s patrol officer. Closed length: 4.71 inches. Weight: 3.7 ounces. SRP $134.95. (spyderco.com)

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Opus

48 Spyderco Opus The Opus is a versatile, all-purpose folding knife with a broad blade crafted from CPM S30V. It features a full-flat grind and a four-position hourglass clip supporting left and right side, as well as tip-up and tip-down carry. SRP: $334.95.(spyderco.com)

49 Surefire PR1 Peacekeeper Surefire Peacekeeper flashlights were developed for law enforcement and are powerful, rechargeable illumination tools. The PR1 features high-performance LED and a 600-lumen beam. It can also provide a useful 15-lumen beam, activated via its tail-cap switch. The PR1 is powered by a rechargeable 18650 lithium-ion battery, but it will also run on two disposable 123A lithium batteries. Length, 5.37 inches; weight, 6.2 ounces. SRP: $250. (surefire.com)

50 Leupold LTO Tracker The best new law enforcement product for 2017 has to be the Leupold LTO Tracker. This unbelievably compact thermal-imaging unit weighs only 7.4 ounces and is less than 6 inches long. It provides exceptional image quality, fast 30hz frame rates, and detection of heat sources out to 600 yards. Primarily intended for hunters, this cool device can change the way street cops or law enforcement surveillance teams do their job. It has more than 10 hours of continuous use from a single CR123 lithium battery. It is the pick of this 50-product litter. SRP: $909.99. (leupold.com)

—Richard Mann

 

The LessLethal Option

By Jock Elliott

Protecting lives and property doesnt always have to rely on deadly force 

Earlier this year, in Berkeley, California, some protesters at a conservative speaking event went into full-blown felony riot mode, injuring citizens and causing nearly a half-million dollars in damage to the University of California and local businesses. and In February, a conservative blogger who had his arm broken in three places by an anti-gun activist at an anti–Second Amendment event in 2015 was recently convicted in Portland, Oregon, of unlawful use of a weapon for pointing his semi-auto handgun at a group of protesters who he believed were menacing him.

Events such as these highlight the need for less-lethal options for protecting lives and property by both law enforcement agencies and ordinary citizens. To deal with the need to match the force of the response to the situation, the National Institute of Justice advocates a Use of Force Continuum that includes less lethal options. Many law enforcement agencies follow such protocols, which basically lay out appropriate responses for escalating situations. 

Less-lethal options present an opportunity for gun dealers who want to help citizens protect themselves and law enforcement agencies better do their jobs. Ordinary citizens and law enforcement officers (LEOs), however, have different agendas in using less-lethal options—­citizens want to deter and escape from those who would do them harm, while LEOs generally want options that will assist them in controlling and/or arresting people. Not all options available to law enforcement are available to ordinary citizens, and the options available to citizens, and the training requirements to use them, may vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

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Sudden Impact Projectile launchers come in smoothbore and rifled configurations.

As attractive as they may be for application in the appropriate situation, less-lethal options have their limitations:

Nothing works 100 percent of the time. The less-lethal option that may be effective on one person may not be effective on another.

• All less-lethal options can be lethal or cause injury under the right circumstances. Dave DuBay, vice president of Less Lethal for Safariland, says, “Every use of force has the potential to cause injury, and products can be misused.”

• All less-lethal options should be accompanied by training. Ty Weaver, director of advanced weapons and munitions for Sage Ordnance Systems Group, says, “People need to know what they have and how to use it properly, whichever less-lethal option they choose to deploy.”

• Legality depends on location and policy. Legal use of less-lethal options for personal and home defense is highly dependent on whatever laws apply in the jurisdiction in question. This requires a knowledge of federal, state, and local laws. In addition, the use of less-lethal options for law enforcement depends not only on applicable laws, but also on department policy.

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Riot Control
Pyrotechnic Grenades designed for outdoor use feature a large coverage area.

Soft Touch
This high-speed projectile uses a plastic body and a foam nose. it is fired from 40mm launchers.

The range of less-lethal options is extraordinary:
Batons/canes: These are effective at arm’s length, can be used by civilians (again, where legal) and law enforcement, and offer the potential to hold someone at a distance or to deliver a variety of blows that can cause pain or injury.

Pepper (OC) spray: These offer a maximum range of about 15 feet and are frequently carried by law enforcement. Availability to civilians varies by jurisdiction. Pepper foam and gel are also available to law enforcement.

Tear gas (CN, CS) spray: These dispensers offer a maximum range of about 15 feet and are available to law enforcement. Availability to civilians varies by jurisdiction.

Taser: This tool offers a maximum range of about 15 feet and is frequently carried by law enforcement. Availability to civilians varies by jurisdiction.

Malodorants: These can provide area control across a variety of ranges depending upon how they are deployed. They are available only to law enforcement.

Hand-thrown munitions: These may contain pepper gas, tear gas, smoke, or other options. They are available only to law enforcement.

Pepperball projectile launchers: These are effective out to about 60 feet. They are available to law enforcement and may be available to civilians in some jurisdictions.

Less-lethal ammo for conventional firearms: Such munitions offer an effective range up to 30 feet, depending upon the type. Readily available to law enforcement, their availability to civilians depends on the jurisdiction and the type of projectile.

Specialized projectile launchers (such as 37mm and 40mm launchers): These tools are available to law enforcement only. They can be had in both smoothbore and rifled configurations, and may have a range up to 150 yards, depending on the ammunition. A wide array of munitions are available for these launchers, including impact rounds, soft-impact rounds, ball rounds, multi-ball rounds, powder (OC, CS, and inert) rounds, smoke rounds, and more.

The way in which manufacturers of less-lethal options work with gun dealers varies. For example, Sage Ordnance Systems Group has a distributor and dealer network that stocks products for non-NFA-controlled items. If a dealer sells a controlled item, such as a 37mm launcher and ammo, to an agency, Sage will drop-ship direct. Both the ammo and launchers are regulated. By contrast, Safariland does not stock dealers and will only drop-ship directly to agencies. Both Sage and Safariland offer dealer sales support and training to end users.

The key to selling less-lethal options to law enforcement is finding a match between what the agency needs and what the dealer has to offer. Retailers need to know and understand the applicable laws in their jurisdictions; the need for additional or specialized insurance, if any; the products and how they should be applied; and the strategic needs of the law enforcement agency with which the retailers are working.

Resources
Safariland (safariland.com) offers impact munitions (40mm, 37mm, and 12-gauge); launchers; accessories; chemical-agent devices, including chemical grenades and devices; and tactical devices, training aids, batons, and training for agency personnel.

Sage Ordnance Systems Group (sageinternationalltd.com) offers: launchers; ammunition, including multiple variants of less-lethal ammunition in 37mm smooth bore, 37 SAGE Rifled, 40x46mm NATO, and 12 gauge; and hand-thrown munitions, aerosols, and malodorants. Sage also provides training for agency personnel, including instruction in applicable case law.