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By Paul Laska SHOT Show 2009 Products for the technical investigator The DRIFIRE long- N early 50,000 people thronged the Orange County Convention Center ge sleeve T-shirt protects wearers from flash and fire. in Orlando, Florida, from January 15 to 18, 2009, for the 31st Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show and Conference. This was the largest SHOT Show Th The For Forensics Source has added Photos courtesy of DRIFIRE and Forensics Source yet, with more than 1,800 exhibi- Forensics the CSI Vest, which wearers can tors presenting their wares in many alog Source catalog customize by adding pouches cus associated shooting industry areas. has contin- for specialty tools as needed. A major growth within the show w. ued to grow. is the tactical law enforcement One new set rized, personally owned rized section, which has grown steadily of items that firearms of individual members. since its introduction several years l should appeal to Firearms examiners must be profi- ago. In addition to the firearm e investigator is a line the crime scene in cient in complete disassembly of any exhibits, a variety of products of vests designed for use by CSI. It’s firearm to permit them to determine with technical law enforcement available as a fully equipped vest, or if a firearm submitted to their lab functions were also available. as a base vest to which wearers can is safely functional. While agencies add pouches as needed, a capability are often able to arrange armorer Safariland that has been needed for a long time. training for firearms they purchase After last year’s announce- Forensics Source has also in bulk for inventory, the wide ment of its acquisition of Armor expanded its training materials. A variety of firearms on the market Holdings, this year BAE has wide variety of teaching kits are precludes providing such training for announced the reorganization of its available for use in school and col- all makes and models. Indeed, most law enforcement-related lines under lege programs, academies and spe- armorer training is only aimed at the Safariland banner. Safariland cialized training classes. From fin- common military and law enforce- is a respected name in leather and gerprints to firearms, anthropology, ment guns; the wide variety of fire- holsters; bringing all the lines under serology and more, Forensics Source arms designed for the sporting and its name makes name recognition has materials to assist instructors. personal defense markets are mostly easier and consumer confidence in orphans for such training. the various lines stronger. This does American Gunsmithing Institute The American Gunsmithing not have an effect on the Forensics Advanced training in firearms is Institute is a video-based training Source line; it is still based on important to various law enforce- program for firearms. It offers vid- Lightning Powder, Identicator, NIK ment personnel. The armorer is eos in two different realms; first is Public Safety, ODV, EVI-PAQ and responsible for oversight of an agen- consumer based, aimed at the gun Projectina. cy’s own firearms, as well as autho- owner who wishes to upgrade his 42 Law Enforcement Technology ■ April 2009 ■ www.officer.com
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