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Firearms and Less-Than-Lethal

Colt’s Manufacturing/Colt Defense, LLC

The originator of the .45 caliber, Model 1911 pistol introduced a stainless steel version of its XSE Government Series pistol called the Rail Gun. A 1913 Picatinny rail allows the use of tactical lights and lasers for holstered police duty carry. The XSE series features front and rear slide serrations, extended ambidextrous thumb safety, low profile combat sights, an enhanced hammer, beavertail grip safety, skeleton aluminum trigger, enhanced tolerances and double diamond checkered rosewood handles. A black finished stainless Rail Gun prototype was also on display, but its release date was not announced.


This was CZ-USA’s first time at the IACP Conference. The company displayed its numerous CZ-75 style pistols, but CZ presented its new CZ P-07 9mm for police duty. The 16+1 capacity, polymer frame, double action pistol features an adjustable 3-dot rear sight, a 3.75-inch barrel and a matte black finish.

Two versions are available: one with a standard decocking lever and another with a manual safety. The latter pistol offers the option of holstered carry in condition one (cocked and locked). The ergonomic CZ grip design, extended grip tang and inverted slide rails all combine for low felt recoil and quick shot recovery.

Double Star Corp.

Known for its high quality AR style Star-15 rifles, Kentucky’s Double Star Corp. presented its new 1911, tactical rail equipped, .45 caliber pistol at its IACP booth. The 70 series handgun utilizes a forged steel frame and comes standard with all American made parts. The full-size duty gun features grip checkering, extended safeties, match trigger, match barrel and tight tolerances for superb accuracy.

Metal Storm Ltd.

The Multi-Shot Accessory Underbarrel Launcher (MAUL) is a 12 gauge system that attaches under the barrel of AR-15 style Modular Weapon Systems (MWS). The system loads and fires five shots of lethal, non-lethal or door breaching 12 gauge rounds. It offers the ability to carry a single shoulder fired weapon and is powered by a lithium ion battery. The MAUL features a non-cycling operation which eliminates feeding and ejection jams for improved reliability. There is also a stand alone configuration in place of the under barrel model.

Kahr Arms

The PM9 is Kahr’s thin and compact 9mm backup and off-duty pistol. To make the gun compliant with Massachusetts requirements, Kahr added a thumb safety and a pop-up loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide. The striker fired handgun features a light double-action-only trigger and excellent sights.

Para USA

The Get Innovations Expert (GI Expert) 1911 is new from Para USA and offers a matte black, full sized, 8-round single stack, .45 caliber duty pistol with dovetailed front and rear high visibility sights, skeletonized hammer and trigger, and a premium stainless steel barrel. Para is marketing this pistol as a factory-ready duty gun that shoots like an armorer worked it over for you. Price is kept low by not including extraneous additions, and instead leaving those options up to individual officers.


The JPX Jet Protector is a pistol style OC delivery system that utilizes a two-shot detachable top magazine. The non-aerosol propulsion technology is effective up to 23 feet. The JPX fires farther and with more precision than canister pepper spray. Piexon introduced a new clear gel OC in response to law enforcement input that further limits airborne contamination beyond the intended subject.

Similar to gel style shaving cream, the OC sticks to the subject and minimizes effects on others in close proximity. The JPX delivery system eliminates a canister’s need to be shaken, loss of pressure and subjectivity to crosswind.


The Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR) will be released in early 2010. It is the product of Remington, MagPul and Bushmaster sharing a common vision for an American made, mission-configurable rifle. The ACR can switch calibers from 5.56mm to 6.8mm to 6.5mm, and it features user level interchangeable barrel lengths, stocks and accessories. A single gun can be used with a short barrel for tactical close quarter battle or quickly changed to a longer barreled patrol rifle.

The gas piston operating system features a completely ambidextrous AR style thumb safety, magazine release, bolt release and bolt handle for left handed officers. The 6-position adjustable stock folds for compactness, has a rubber butt-pad and watertight internal storage. The rifle’s lower receiver is a high impact composite that uses standard AR-15 magazines. A monolithic, free floating quad accessory rail and Troy folding battle sights are standard, and the rifle will be available in full- or semi-automatic versions.

Sig Sauer

On hand from Sig Sauer was its new P238 Special Edition Two-tone with Blackwood grips. This handsome .380 ACP, single action compact features a magazine capacity of 6 rounds. It has full-size SIGLITE night sights, a stainless steel slide with Nitron finish, black anodized aluminum frame and darkened rosewood grips. The tiny gun weighs just 15.2 ounces and operates similarly to Sig’s full-sized 1911 style pistols.

Smith & Wesson

The new M&P15-22 is a polymer framed, AR-15 style, semi-automatic, straight blowback rifle chambered for the rimfire .22 Long Rifle cartridge. The rifle looks, feels, disassembles and operates like any other AR-15. Its 25-round magazine feeds inexpensive .22 caliber ammo and the lightweight rifle shoots it accurately. S&W touted the rifle as a training option for departments already using AR-15s for patrol and tactical operations.

Conversion kits have always been a compromise. The .22 Long Rifle’s diameter is actually .222, and it does not deliver its reputation for accuracy in the .223 bore. Most conversion kits allow the bullet to travel a few inches in an unrifled tube before engaging the barrel’s rifling, and the .22 Long Rifle’s optimum 1:16 twist ratio is sorely lacking in AR-15s with 1:7 or 1:9 rifling ratios.

Sub-caliber training provides cost savings while teaching movement, cover, reloads and many other police-oriented firearms training. The new M&P15-22 is made in the U.S. by Smith & Wesson and can mount a department’s optics and accessories as easily as their standard AR rifles.

Published in Law and Order, Feb 2010

Rating : 10.0

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