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Mutant guns need large storage options

Mutant AK-47s, long guns, take center stage at SHOT Show

By Allison Barrie

Published January 22, 2015

(Screenshot of CMMG's Mk47 Mutant from YouTube)
(Screenshot of CMMG’s Mk47 Mutant from YouTube)

Rifles always feature big at SHOT, the world’s largest gun show, and this year is no exception.

Nearly 70,000 people have convened in Las Vegas for the 37th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), with more than 1,600 exhibitors from all 50 states showcasing their latest and greatest products.
Lots of new long guns were introduced at SHOT, with companies taking the opportunity to do big reveals.

The new long guns this year represent quite a range — some companies have introduced beautiful new classics, while others have released their newest tactical carbines.

And some companies have introduced not just one new long gun, but a whole new series.

So what’s new? Here are three of the reveals that are already crowd favorites at SHOT – Mutants, Patriots, and IC-A5s.

CMMG Mk47 Mutant rifle

What happens when you marry two Cold War rivals?

At SHOT Show, you get a mutant rifle that’s smart and as simple to use as a modern sporting rifle.

CMMG introduced its newest AR-15-style rifles: the Mk47 Mutant T, Mutant AKM, and Mutant AKM2. The company touts the new Mutant arrivals as a smart blend of the AK’s ammunition and magazines with the accuracy and compatibility of components of the AR.

The Mutant was drawing a lot of crowds interested in the accuracy of an AR combined with the take down power of the 7.62×39 mm cartridge.

The MK-47 gas-operated semi-auto rifle is removable box magazine fed. It features a 16.1-inch free-floated barrel fitted with an AR carbine length direct-impingement gas system operating the AR-style bolt assembly. It has a slim receiver enhancing its sleek looks.

The two-position safety lever works like an AR safety and is positioned on the left side just above the grip.

Many of the Mk47’s components are interchangeable with military-spec AR-15 and CMMG Mk3 components, including the threaded muzzle, gas tube and block, grip and shoulder stock.

The Mutant T base model is chambered for the 7.62×39 cartridge and there’s a special receiver for AK-47 magazines. The weight is 7.2 pounds and the overall length is 33.5 inches with the stock collapsed.

The Mutant T will be available for about $1,499, the Mutant AKM is $1,649, and the AKM2 is $1,849.

Mossberg Patriots

Mossberg is replacing both the ATR and 4×4 lines with a single new line of bolt-action rifles called the Patriot. More than 50 models of the Mossberg Patriot line, including 11 hunting caliber rifles and some youth editions with shorter barrels, were released.

Walnut, black synthetic and laminate barrels are available. The standard calibers have five-round magazines and the magnum calibers have four rounds. The short-action options are the Winchester .308 and the Remington 22-205, .24, and 7mm-08.

For the long-action, the caliber choices include .375 Ruger, .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 7mm Remington Magnum as well as the Winchester .300 and .338 magnums.

All the rifles feature an LBA adjustable trigger from two to seven pounds. With 50 models, there are lots of options. Some bolts are spiral-fluted, some have rifle sights and some have weather-resistant Marincote finishes — lots and lots of variations. There are nine different scoped rifle packages with 22-inch fluted barrels.

The standard rifles and scoped packages will be available for a price range between $386 and $584.


Leftie? Then LWRCI may have a solution for you. LWRCI introduced its IC-A5 into the company’s individual carbine rifle family. It draws upon the rifles developed to meet the U.S. Army Individual Carbine Program.

This rifle uses the standard 5.56 NATO cartridge and their self-regulating short-stroke gas piston system. The front rail design gives easy access to the low profile two-position adjustable gas block with normal and suppressed settings.

For improved durability and resistance against corrosion, as well as wear and tear, it has a nickel boron coated bolt carrier.

Good news for lefties — the lower receiver is fully ambidextrous and there are dual controls for bolt catch and release, magazine release, and fire control so it functions just as effortlessly for those not right handed.

The 14-inch barrel will be available for $2,599 and $2,749 for a 16-inch barrel.

Find Portable and Under Seat storage options for these and all your mutant long guns at

Let’s just call it the IACP show.

We just finished attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police Expo (let’s just call it the IACP show) here in Florida. Why would police departments have their own product show, you ask?  Just consider some of the normal and oddball stuff a department needs to use on a regular basis:

  • cameras
  • sirens
  • scuba gear
  • Segway scooters
  • weapons lockboxes :-)

I truly have no idea what this is all about, but apparently you can also find dinosaurs here too …

Since there’s not exactly stores like these on every street corner, that’s why we’re here.  We give agencies a single place to see it all and compare us all side by side like a line-up to give them the best bang for their buck … or is it OUR buck?

One of the issues in discussion this year was the use of body-worn cameras and the value of the story they tell during an incident. Another was the increase in officer deaths via ambush. I give all of them kudos for doing what they do every day.

I spoke with a chief who confided to me that despite the crazy things he’s seen, what makes him angriest is finding out that one of the citizens he’s charged with protecting attempts to do a quick grab for the guns in a patrol vehicle. Obviously, he was at the right booth!


I can’t say whether he’ll become a Tuffy customer or not, but I’m confident that when the need arises, he’ll give us a call.

Police secure guns and gear with lock boxes

Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line everyday to ensure citizens are safe. However, when it comes to keeping their own gear and weapons out of the wrong hands, using a lockbox is often the best solution?

While it’s a rare occurrence, sometimes police gear can be stolen from patrol cars or law enforcement warehouses. That means officers have to be extra cautious when storing police tactical gear and weapons.

Lock boxes keep guns safe
Police officers looking to improve security for their belongings, whether it’s at home or on the job, should look into lock boxes. These products are essential to giving a police officer peace of mind when their gun is not on their hip.

When it comes to what brand to choose, there is nothing like Tuffy Security Products. Their lock boxes are the ideal solution to storing and transporting firearms. Their lock boxes can be mounted into a patrol car, keeping a gun secure. However, while it’s close to impossible for a criminal to access the contents of a lockbox, for a cop it’s quick and easy to open with the optional pushbutton combination lock. Within an instant a police officer will be able to open a lock box and gain access to their gun. Made entirely of steel, these lock boxes are built to last.

In addition to putting them in a patrol car, police officers are also encouraged to use a lock box at home. With a lock box in a patrol car and inside a house, there isn’t a time where a gun won’t be safe and sound. Police officers won’t have to worry about criminals getting their hand gun on the job or have to worry about kids getting into a lock box at home.

Other security products for officers
A small lock box is critical in keeping a gun safe at home and on the job, but what about police tactical gear? A security box is the answer. These products are critical in maximizing the amount secure space.

security box can seamlessly fit into a vehicle, ensuring a police officer’s tactical gear is safe. They are typically made from steel, but aluminum boxes are available for a lightweight option. In addition, dividers inside of a box will keep items organized.

Tuffy is a leading manufacturer of security products, featuring a wide array of lock boxes and security boxes that are sure to meet the needs of police officers.

Extra security gives cops peace of mind

Police officers put their lives on the line to keep citizens safe. However, when it comes to keeping their gear out of the wrong hands, many cops might not know where to turn.

The equipment police officers use is supposed to be for the good of the people, but too often criminals target law enforcement officials because they know where to find weapons. While the promise of a harsh sentence should be enough to keep a criminal out of a police cruiser, some people just don’t get the message.

There are a variety of products specially made for police officers looking to keep their gear and weapons safe. If anything, having a secure place to put a gun gives an officer peace of mind while on and off the job. A lock box will keep a gun out of the wrong hands – it’s products like these every officer should have.

Security boxes provide ample storage space
Another ideal solution for cops looking for more secure storage is a security box. For police officers in need of a lot of storage space, the security box is essential for keeping gear safe, while still ensuring it is accessible for an officer. And when it comes to which brands to choose, there are no products like those made by Tuffy Security.

“Each drawer features Tuffy’s patented Pry-Guard II locking system which incorporates a 1/4″ thick steel security latch,” reads the company’s website. “Unlike other cabinet type drawers on the market that use retrofitted cabinet or house locks, the Tuffy drawer incorporates a patented pushbutton latching mechanism similar to typical OEM automotive door latches for security and to prevent rattles and squeaking. This type of latching system secures the drawer shut while operating the vehicle without the need to lock and unlock the drawer every time access is needed.”

Police tactical gear has never been easier to store than with a security drawer. The options Tuffy provides are nearly endless, as police officers can customize drawers to fit the specifications of their vehicle. Whether they want single, side-by-side or stacked drawers, Tuffy can accommodate their needs.

When it comes to keeping gear and guns out of the wrong hands, not to mention giving a cop peace of mind while in the line of duty, Tuffy has the solution.

Keeping your patrol car organized

As a police officer, you may spend hundreds of hours each month in your patrol car. Just like your personal vehicle, it’s easy to let the mess take over, but a few of these tips will help make sure your car is kept tidy while equipment, paperwork and firearms are secured:

Lock down firearms
The importance of keeping your firearm secure cannot be overstated. Police gear needs to be both well-fortified and easily accessible in case you have to access it quickly. In order to accomplish this, consider installing a gun rack. When picking one, however, make sure you get one that is specifically designed for your firearm. For example, a patrol rifle will not fit properly into a shotgun rack, leaving you vulnerable to theft and making it more difficult to access in an emergency. There are a few different options when it comes to laying out your firearms, so choose the one you are most comfortable with. These can include mounting guns between the seats vertically or horizontally – depending on whether you have a cage or shield – or vertically near the dash.

Aside from your cab, there is plenty of police tactical gear that has to be stored in your trunk, but more on that later.

Clean out your cab
When you spend 8-plus hours each day in your car, it’s easy to make it feel a bit like home. You may leave personal effects around or some paperwork here or there. These days, keeping your cab organized is more important than ever due to all of the gadgets that modern patrol cars have – mobile digital terminals, laptops, radios, video systems or radars, just to name a few. You may find that, once you get your car organized and give everything a proper place, your daily tasks can become easier. Invest in organizers – there are some that attach to the passenger seat for easy access. They will have slots for report forms, ticket books, reference materials, blank and completed citations, and writing utensils. There are also carriers available that can hold a flashlight, extra ammunition, maps and anything else you need during your day-to-day duties.

Tackle the trunk
There are few places in a car that can collect junk as quickly as the trunk of a car can. For personal vehicles, this can just be a minor inconvenience. However, for patrol cars, a disorganized trunk can lead to lost or damaged equipment and slow response to emergencies. Depending on the make and model of your patrol car, you have a few options when organizing your trunk. The famous Ford Crown Victoria, for example, manufactured a trunk organizer to make it a bit easier for officers, but not all cars have that option. There are plenty of trunk organizers available on the market, so consider your needs while picking one. A lockable storage box or security drawer will ensure that the weapons are kept secure, and well-designed locks still allow for quick access in an emergency.