7 Cool Tactical Products From Day Two of the 2022 SHOT Show

Here are seven cool tactical products we saw while walking the aisles of the 2022 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show on day two.

7 Cool Tactical Products From Day Two of the 2022 SHOT Show

Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XP50

With SHOT Show in full swing, there’s plenty to see on the floor, from cool options to some innovations in ammo, security and more. Check out this list of seven products that caught our eye on the floor on day two. (And if you missed it, you can read about day one's products here.)

1. Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XP50

Shooters looking for quality thermal optics should enjoy Pulsar’s Thermion 2 LRF XP50 riflescope (pictured above). It features 17 micron pixel pitch, a 640x480 25 mK sensor, a 2,000-yard detection range, and a built-in laser rangefinder that will range targets out to 900 yards with +/- 1 yard accuracy — even in zero light. The rangefinder also features a handy scan mode that shooters will find especially useful on hog hunts when they’re engaging multiple targets. Start-up is quick, so you can get into the shooting action without delay. Built-in video and wifi make recording and sharing easy, and Pulsar has increased the battery life by 30%, giving shooters up to a seven- or eight-hour runtime. There’s even a picture-in-picture mode you can use to maintain your field of view while being able to magnify your target at the same time. MSRP on the Thermion 2 LRF XP50 is about $6,500.

The top wound channel is from a .380 Auto. Center wound channel is from the 30 Super Carry. The bottom wound channel is from a 9mm Luger.
The top wound channel is from a .380 Auto. Center wound channel is from the 30 Super Carry. The bottom wound channel is from a 9mm Luger.

2. Federal 30 Super Carry

The 9mm is the undisputed king of concealed carry cartridges these days, but shooters who want something a little smaller typically go down to a .380 — which is a pretty significant (many would say unacceptable) compromise in velocity and penetration. To bridge that gap, Federal has introduced the 30 Super Carry. It’s got a .312-inch-diameter projectile with more velocity than a 9mm to make up for the decrease in size. Federal says the performance of a 100-grain 30 Super Carry bullet is comparable to that of a 125-grain 9mm projectile. It has the same muzzle energy as a 9mm and actually penetrates about an inch deeper than a 9mm in the Heavy Clothing ballistics gel test. The size allows you to fit in two more rounds than you could in a comparable-sized 9mm magazine. You’ll find 30 Super Carry ammo made by Federal Premium, Blazer, Speer and Remington Ammunition, and Smith & Wesson and Nighthawk Custom are already selling guns chambered in 30 Super Carry, with more manufacturers on the way.

3. Sentry Gunnar Series

Your customers can keep everything they want to carry at their fingertips exactly where they want it on their belt with the Sentry Gunnar Series of tactical nylon belts and pouches. They’re compatible with MOLLE but can also be belt-mounted, meaning you can save space (and SKUs) in your store by not having to stock a variety of options that only work with one method or the other. The belts feature 1.75-inch high-strength nylon webbing, quick-release Cobra buckle, high-strength laminate 1082 MOLLE mounting platform, horizontal as well as vertical mounting slots and more. The laminate is fully sewn onto the belt to safely hold the desired pouch configuration. A wide variety of pouches and accessories are available so your customers can trick out their duty rig or carry belt exactly the way they like it. Several colors are available. MSRP for the belt is $139.

4. SnapSafe Glide Vault

SnapSafe, a Hornady company, introduces the secure-in-plain-sight Glide Vault. It’s a relatively inexpensive, unassuming-looking 16-gauge steel vault that will hold several handguns or whatever else your customers want to keep handy but secure. Its light-gray powdercoat and tempered glass touchpad help it blend into your décor, so it doesn’t scream “there’s a gun in here!” to unauthorized persons. It’s battery-operated, so there’s no power cord, with a barrel key and a micro-USB port for backup access if the battery dies. A pry-resistant door hides the spring-assisted slide-out drawer. The Glide Vault can be anchored to stationary objects with an included five-foot cable or permanently installed using the pre-drilled housing. It meets ASTM standards for security and weighs 26 pounds, measuring 15.9x12.2x4.4 inches, so it’s small and discreet enough to go unnoticed in your customer’s home. MSRP is $291.99.

5. Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS3

This new riflescope in Bushnell’s high-end Elite Tactical line, the XRS3, is a first-focal-plane scope and is now offered in 6-36x56. It’s built for maximum light transmission and fast, efficient precision. A versatile, multi-position Throwhammer is easy to use, and a generous eyebox allows for fast acquisition and shooting. It’s built on a 34mm tube that’s machined from a single piece of billet aluminum and features a rock-solid zero stop, EXO Barrier protection, easy-to-read turret markings and a locking diopter. The 56mm ED (extra-low dispersion) Prime objective lens cuts down on color fringing and allows for sharp imaging. A new reticle, the ELQ, offers loads of info for those long-range shooters who can’t get enough data and precision. The XRS3 6-36x56 retails for $1,699.99.

6. FirstSpear Strandhogg v3

If you’re not familiar with FirstSpear, it’s because many of their products aren’t available to civilians. Their Strandhogg v3 Plate Carrier, the choice of the U.S. Marshals' SOG unit, is available for purchase by civilians, and it’s worth a look. It maximizes lightweight 6/12 technology and rapid closure systems (provided by the company’s innovative Tubes fasteners, an alternative to hook-and-loop) to make it easy to put on and take off. The front panel features an internal zippered pocket and a 4x9-inch loop field for identifiers. An Instant Access back panel allows for easier access to adjust the wearer’s cummerbund, and this carrier can be used with a variety of FirstSpear cummerbunds. The front and back of the carrier feature interior-facing channels for foam to add comfort and ventilation, although the foam is removable if a more streamlined look and feel is desired. The front and back will hold soft armor and plates that are the same size and cut as the carrier.

7. North Star Arms NS-15

North Star Arms is making a splash, bursting onto the civilian firearms scene with the North Star NS-15, available in 5.56 NATO, 350 Legend and 300 Blackout. It’s a full-featured MSR built with quality in mind. The gun works as a system, not just a collection of parts, with every part sourced or developed to premium specs. It meets or exceeds NIJ Patrol Rifle standards, because many of the company’s execs have military or law enforcement backgrounds and truly understand the needs of the demanding buyer. Each North Star gun has a sub-MOA guarantee, achieved in part thanks to the ALG Defense mil-spec trigger, high-pressure-tested and full-auto-rated bolt carrier group, and Ballistic Advantage 16-inch HBAR contour chome-moly Vanadium steel barrel. It wears a Hogue overmolded six-position stock and a Hogue pistol grip and measures 33 inches collapsed and 36 inches extended, weighing in at 6.5 pounds unloaded. North Star has packed a lot of quality control and premium components into this gun and is still managing to retail it for $1,099. A 10.5-inch-barreled pistol version is also available.


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