5.11 Tactical® unleashed “The B.E.A.S.T.” in Los Angeles

5.11 and Galpin Auto Sports unveil the Breaching Entry Assault System Trainer 

Modesto, CA (May 2, 2012) – 5.11 Tactical® partnered with Galpin Auto Sports to unveil the Breaching Entry Assault System Trainer on Saturday, April 28th at an invitation only, unveiling party in Van Nuys, California. The leader in tactical gear introduced “The B.E.A.S.T.” at the exclusive event attended by Los Angeles Police Department, law enforcement, media, and honored guests.  LA SWAT team members assisted in the breaching demonstration while guests were able to get an up close look at The B.E.A.S.T. and 5.11’s breaching tools in action.

The B.E.A.S.T. is 5.11 Tactical’s proprietary breaching training vehicle. Known for their appearance on MTV’s Pimp My Ride, Galpin Auto Sports started with a Ford F-450 chassis to create a mobile training center for 5.11’s New Breaching Tool System.  This vehicle will be used to train SWAT, law enforcement, military, fire and first responder teams across the country on effective breaching techniques utilizing 5.11 Tactical’s Expert Entry Tools with the new 5.11 Multipurpose Training Door. 5.11 partnered with Sweden Entry Tools® (S.E.T) to engineer the new line of breaching tools, MultiPurpose Training Door and Expert Entry Training Techniques to redefine the underserved tactical tool market space.

The custom rig is decked out in 5.11’s traditional web platform and trademark scope graphics. A custom lift redefines the height of the vehicle along with custom cut suspension and wheels.  A super-charged turbo diesel engine ensures this training vehicle can withstand the rigors of the tactical environment.  Side panels on the truck open to reveal 5.11’s exclusive breaching tools on one side and innovative tactical accessories such as flashlights, gloves, and sunglasses on the other. The rear doors open to easily access the steel 550-pound, MultiPurpose Training Door that slides out within seconds and, despite the size and weight of the door, is readily available for demonstrations

After the unveiling event, trainers with Sweden Entry Tools (S.E.T.) and 5.11 Tactical began their cross-country training trip from Los Angeles to the East Coast. The B.E.A.S.T. Trek will cover numerous department training sessions in 5 states. Key stops include the NTOA Breacher’s Symposium May 7-10 in Dallas, Texas and SOFIC on May 21 – 25 in Tampa, Florida. The 3-week trek across the country ends with SWAT and law enforcement training on the East Coast.

Follow the B.E.A.S.T. Trek at www.511tactical.com/breaching

For more information on 5.11 Breaching Tools, please visit: www.511tactical.com/SET

About 5.11 Tactical Series®

Headquartered in Modesto, California, 5.11 Tactical® is an innovator of tactical gear that enhances the performance and safety of law enforcement, military, fire and EMS professionals worldwide. Built on a foundation of durability and quality that began with the original 5.11 Pant 30 years ago, 5.11 Tactical’s 300 team members continue to work closely with public safety and military professionals to identify unmet needs and problems that can be addressed through innovation.  Learn more about 5.11’s tactical clothing, uniforms, breaching equipment, station-wear, outerwear, footwear and accessories at www.511tactical.com.

About Sweden Entry Tools (S.E.T.) ®

Two leading team members from a Swedish Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) came together to create S.E.T. after finding that their current tools weren´t up to the task of breaching high-level security doors. Lars Ingesson has been the Lead Breacher and Instructor on the full-time Swedish HRT team since 1998. A respected trainer in all forms of breaching; from mechanical, hydraulic to explosive, Lars has trained many of the best known tactical teams in Europe. Patrik Gustavsson is a former HRT team leader with a engineering background. By combining Patrik´s knowledge as an engineer with Lars experience in breaching techniques, S.E.T. has perfected a faster, safer and more effective mechanical breaching system, available exclusively from 5.11 Tactical.

5.11 Breaching Tool System

The 5.11 Breaching Tool System, sold and registered only to law enforcement, fire, security and rescue personnel, allows breaching of inward and outward opening wooden, steel and security doors. The Expert Entry Tools in the system include the MiniRam, the compact MultiPry, the EdgeBender, the MultiSledge and the full-sized MultiBreacher. Two kit styles offer the versatility of compact carry options: the Active Patrol Breaching Kit for active shooters and HRT response maintained within patrol cars and a Heavy Breaching Kit to carry all the tools for heavy SWAT level response situations. The unique MultiPurpose Training Door allows for multiple variations of training on different types of outward and inward opening of wood, fire, metal and security niche plate mounted doors with both mechanical and hydraulic tools.


Karrie Mitten
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