From the opening bell of the 2017 SHOT Show attendees packed the aisles and our Safariland staff was prepared to meet the nearly 65,000 industry professionals.
This is our favorite time of year. Safariland staff in each product category got to demo our newest products, highlighting the materials and innovations built into each of them. We also hosted a number of presentations during the show – from our own Team Safariland and heroes involved in law enforcement recognized through The Safariland SAVES Club®, to extraordinary members involved with our brand.
It was an honor to introduce members of our Safariland Group SAVES Club. These were officers who experienced a life-threatening incident in which their Safariland armor or gear contributed to saving their lives. Sergeant Sylvia Young, Captain Kevin Malone and Officer Angel Padilla made an appearance revealing their personal stories of survival.
It was almost forty years ago on February 3rd, 1976, when Dick Sheehan, an officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department, became the very first Safariland SAVE. He was shot twice in the back with a rifle and his Safariland vest stopped both bullets. Dick made sure to come by to meet and greet with our staff and the other Saves Club members and to show off his Living Proof #1 tattoo to Safariland Founder Neale Perkins.
There are now 1968 officers in the SAVES Club®, and their stories fuel our mission: Together, We Save Lives.™
Advancements and innovations in the Safariland line of body armor systems were of special interest at the trade show. In partnership with Hardwire® Armor Systems, Safariland now offers Hardwire® ballistic panels with unprecedented stopping power, yet are so light they can float.
Everyone loves a hands-on demo, and test subjects lined up to try on the Safariland Soteria Armor gloves (launching Summer 2017) for the blow-torch test. After a solid blast of flame, participants found their palms merely warmed and the gloves remained intact. The Soteria Armor glove line not only provides thermal protection in real-world situations of fast roping and swapping hot barrels without the use of an over glove, it also safeguards against lacerations, abrasions and penetration.
Another popular demo was Safariland’s electronic hearing protection/amplification headset. Wearers were able to hear ambient sound including conversation, while being protected from dangerous, high volume noises.
As another year wraps up, we’d like to thank everyone who stopped by at the 2017 SHOT Show, and look forward to seeing you at next year’s 40th anniversary SHOT Show, which will return to the Sands Expo on January 23-26, 2018. Save the date!