Comment(s) will be providing exclusive daily coverage from SHOT Show 2013 all week! As the show begins in earnest today, here’s a look at what some of the latest and greatest new products and advancements in military, law enforcement, personal defense and outdoor sporting equipment—all on display at the industry’s premier annual showcase in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada…

Crimson Trace Defender Series


In an effort to grow the laser sight market among more price-sensitive consumers, Crimson Trace has launched the Defender Series line of red laser sights Featuring MSRP prices between $129 and $149, the initial product offering features units designed to fit Smith & Wesson and Taurus revolvers, as well as Glock, Ruger and XDm semi-autos. Engineered and assembled with quality components at CTC’s Wilsonville, Oregon facility, Defender Series products feature cutting edge designs combined with superior technology and affordability to provide the performance consumers have come to expect from Crimson Trace. Initially, Defender Series (DS) laser sights will be offered with Accu-Grips platforms for the Smith & Wesson J-Frame and Taurus M85 revolvers starting at $149, and Accu-Guard platforms for Ruger LCP, Glock and Springfield XDm pistols. (

CAA Mag-17


The Mag-17 “Clear Action Mag” from CAA provides both a clear window on the side showing the number of rounds remaining in the magazine and a full magazine indicator button on the bottom. (

KelTec 24-inch RFB


Derek Kelgren shows off the new 24-inch barreled RFB from KelTec. RFB stands for Rifle, Forward-ejecting Bullpup. Why forward-ejecting? Because it allows the RFB to be the first truly ambidextrous 7.62 NATO Bullpup ever developed. The patented, dual-extractor system maintains control of the case from the moment it leaves the magazine and upon firing, pulls the fired case from the chamber and lifts them to push them into an ejection chute above the barrel, where they exit. (

Colt Marine M45 CQBP


Colt’s M45 CQBP (close quarters battle pistol) returns the 1911 to the military fold. There’s a reason why USSOCOM’s elite forces use the 1911 in .45 ACP: It works, plain and simple, and it doesn’t matter that the design is over 100 years old. (What’s that expression? If it ain’t broke…?) When the Marines went shopping for a new .45, naturally they gravitated to the 1911 platform. And despite the range of manufacturers offering 1911s today, they chose Colt, the original— call it poetic justice. The Marine M45 CQBP is based on Colt’s Rail Gun, and in the words of retired Lieutenant General William M. Keys, Colt President & CEO, it is a “highly enhanced version of an already excellent combat weapon.” (

Viridian X5L


New from Viridian is the X5L-RS, a laser/light combo, which uses a two-button pressure pad that puts optimum light and laser control easily within reach. A blinding 154-lumen tactical light/strobe evaporates darkness and baffles opponents, while the brilliant Viridian green laser ensures sharp, clear targeting day or night, indoors and out. (

Comp-Tac International Duty


Comp-Tac’s first Level 2 retention holster and provides a leather/snap thumb break for level two retention. In addition to the thumb break, The International Duty features many of the same great options that Comp-Tac holster’s are famous for. Similar to The International, The International Duty has a belt mount, paddle mount, and drop offset to make this the most comfortable, versatile holster on the market. Both mounting options, the belt mount and paddle mount, offer the option to be worn with a 1.5 inch or larger belt. All Comp-Tac holsters are designed with both the right and left hand options available immediately. The International Duty is available in black, red and digital camo for each user’s individual preference. (

Del-Ton DTI Evolution


Contributor Nick Jacobellis checks out the Del-Ton DTI Evolution, featuring a 16-inch CMV chrome-lined, mid-length lightweight barrel and gas system; 1X9 twist; HPT/MPI tested Carpenter 158 bolt; Samson Evolution 12.37-inch free float rail; M4 feed ramps; Samson Quick Flip Dual Aperture rear sight; Samson folding front sight; two-stage, Mil-Spec trigger; Magpul MOE+ grip; Magpul CTR Mil-Spec buttstock; Mil-Spec buffer tube; H-buffer. Weight is 6.5 lbs, with an MSRP of $1,300. (

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