Recap: Enforce Tac and IWA OutdoorClassics 2022

    Enforce Tac and IWA OutdoorClassics 2022

    Enforce Tac and IWA OutdoorClassics 2022

    After almost no traveling for about two years, I was really looking forward to this year’s edition of Enforce Tac and IWA OutdoorClassics 2022 in Nürnberg, Germany. Enforce Tac is a two-day trade fair for security agencies, where only law enforcement and military personnel are allowed. It’s here where you’ll find fully automatic firearms and similar “items”. Compared to IWA, it is a much smaller exhibition, and much more specialized.

    Enforce Tac and IWA OutdoorClassics 2022 @ TFB

    Enforce Tac and IWA OutdoorClassics 2022

    B&T at Enforce Tac 2022

    Surprisingly, Enforce Tac broke the record for exhibitor numbers and countries represented with 377 exhibitors (304 in 2019) from 36 countries (30 in 2019). Enforce Tac was down a little on visitors 4,071 (vs. 4,759 in 2019), but with an ongoing pandemic combined with the ongoing events in Europe, it’s fully understandable.

    In the air again, sunshine over Germany and about to land. Life is good!

    I noticed that the aircraft landing just behind us looked a little different. I wasn’t wrong, it was a Boeing C-17 Globemaster from the U.S. Airforce.

    The weather in Nürnberg was mostly sunny but cold and a little windy. If you have the possibility you should allocate at least half a day to walk around in the Old Town. There are also a lot of classic places for food and drinks.

    The Nuremberg Castle has a small but golden exhibition about (really) old weapons, and how people used to kill each other back in the days.

    Learn about the Middle Ages and “Weapons and Combat” at the Nuremberg Castle.

    Enforce Tac 2022

    Well hello there RM277-R in 6.8 mm. First time (for me) with the Next Generation Squad Weapon.

    The latest edition of the Heckler & Koch HK433 was shown at Enforce Tac, with 11″, 14.5″ and 16.5″ barrels. The HK237 was there as well, but well hidden from the press.

    Below: The Heckler & Koch G95K with 14.5″ barrel.

    Always a joy to see, the Heckler & Koch MP7 A2.

    A-Tec from Norway had their H&K MP7 suppressor on display, as well as a brand new suppressor for PRS-style shooting, with a compensator. TFB is looking to get a closer look at some of A-Tec’s products later this year.

    As usual, there were a lot of exhibitors from the Nordic countries. Here is Snigel from Sweden on display. I’m quite found of their Snigel Squeeze Plate Carrier and their medical gear.

    Electronic Drone Mitigation System, EDM4S from NT Service. Protection from drones is an increasing area on this exhibition for many years. I wonder if this one protects you from nightmares as well?

    Schmidt & Bender exhibited at both exhibitions, showing their newly upgraded classic, the 5-25×56 PMII and their brand new 6-36×56 PMIIs. TFB hopes to be able to review these as soon as they are available (or sooner!). The 6-36x had a lot of interesting features, more than I had expected.

    An exhibition with Machine Guns! The FN Evolys in 7.62 (front) and 5.56 and the FN Minimis in the back.

    Interested in a new pet? Boston Dynamics did some parkour with their robot. Amazing creature!

    3E EOS from Turkey had a lot of thermals and optics on display, which we hope to dig deeper into.

    IEA Mil-Optics GmbH booth is always a delight to visit. Note the desert off-roader with a Dillon MG6 back in the right of the picture.

    Aimpoint had some news in tan. My understanding is that these will only be available for LEAF customers, for a number of reasons.

    The new Aimpoint Duty RDS on a B&T SPC

    A nice range of sniper rifles in the Pol Tec stand.

    There are a lot of special vehicles at Enforce Tac. When you want to fry the car(s) behind you this Jeep SRT might be the tool you need? Or is it Back to The Future?

    VECTED GmbH, based in Fürth, Germany, specializes in optoelectronics, in particular thermal imaging technology and exterior ballistics. This thermal front attachment for Picatinny rails looked really sweet, with a great image quality.

    The Zastava Arms M19 in different configurations.

    Wyssen Defence from Switzerland is always a pleasure to visit. They have suppressors for almost any firearm and a lot of other interesting solutions.

    Wyssen Defence Ruger MK4-SD. .22LR with hush-hush.

    Drop a Tourniquet. One of the companies collected TQs for delivery to Ukraine.

    The kind of art that is in fashion at Enforce Tac.

    An unusual sight: The HS VHS-K2 with 410 mm barrel in 5.56×45 (top) and the VHS-D2 with 500mm barrel length, Wyssen Defence suppressor (NATO), Brolis M3 Laser Light Module and Elcan Specter DR 1-4x.

    That’s all from Enforce Tac this time, and now over to the much bigger civilian exhibition.

    IWA OutdoorClassics 2022

    IWA OutdoorClassics 2022 had 856 exhibitors from 53 countries and 19,500 trade visitors. IWA proved again that it’s the leading International Trade Fair for Hunting, Shooting Sports, Outdoor Activities and Security. In the USA there’s SHOT Show, and for Europe there is IWA.

    There really is no substitute for personal contact and it’s great to see both old and new friends from the business and their products.

    (Note that the visitor, exhibitor and floor space figures for these trade fair events are calculated and certified in accordance with the uniform definitions published by FKM – German Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics, so they should be realistic and trustworthy.)

    Having just entered IWA I stumbled on TFBTV and James Reeves in the BUL Armory stand.

    ADC – Armi Dallera Custom – from Italy with some AR9s for PCC.

    There were some really cool vehicles at IWA as well.

    Here is a version with a mobile hunting tower.

    And the winner of the best bar goes to EAW Mounts. EAW is a company with a long tradition, founded by Ernst Apel Senior in 1919. It is the oldest manufacturer of mounts in the world. We’re going to take a closer look at their 3D-printed mounts in another article. Hopefully, we’ll get to attach a riflescope to one of their mounts as well.

    3D printed and Cerakoted mounts from EAW.

    The Heckler & Koch stand is usually never this empty. At IWA, all of the full-auto firearms are gone.

    Spuhr showed their new S.I.C.S. chassis. TFBTV did an excellent video about it here: [IWA 2022] The Spuhr Ideal Chassis System for Remington and Tikka. Just watch James’ face when Mr. Spuhr talks about forcing a larger male part into a smaller female part…

    One of the coolest airguns I’ve seen in a long while, and I want one. The EDgun Leshiy 2, semi-auto and drum magazine.

    The thermal trend was very strong on this year’s IWA. Pulsar released no less than 13 new thermal products at IWA. I predict that the Pulsar Talion XQ38 thermal sight is going to become very popular. The Pulsar Merger LRF XP50: New Thermal Imaging Binoculars with LRF is probably too dear for most, but the image quality was like a black & white image of reality.

    Happy Hour at Aimpoint.

    Anschutz .22LR biathlon rifle with 3D printed grips.

    Usually, there is a lof of knives, swords and similar objects at IWA, but it seems a lot of the exhibitors chose to stay at home this year due to the pandemic.

    Some traditional food and drinks in Nürnberg, Germany.

    The next Enforce Tac will take place at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 28 February to 1 March 2023. The next IWA OutdoorClassics 2023 is scheduled for 2-5 March 2023.

    This is just a small selection from the exhibitions. Follow TFB and TFB TV Show Time for more news.

    Let us know what you think. Did you find anything exciting among the collection of photos?

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.