I have been using Big
Dot tritium sights and Lever
Rail scope bases from XS Sights for many years, and was
recently shooting at Gunsite Academy in Arizona with David
Biggers of XS Sights when he showed to me a dandy little tool
made specifically for breaking automobile glass windows.
Vehicles use tempered safety glass for the side and rear windows
in the US, as well as most of the world, and they can be very
hard to break with a blunt tool. This new Glass Assault Tool, or
GAT, uses a hardened steel point which is held onto the flash
suppressor or muzzle brake of a fighting rifle, such as an
AR-15/M-16/M4, a Ruger Mini-14/AC-556,
or any other rifle that uses a flash suppressor with the same
The great advantage of the GAT for police
officers who are making a felony vehicle stop and have their
rifle in hands, is that the weapon does not have to be slung or
laid down to get a tool to break the car window in a situation
wherein the suspect will not unlock the vehicle door. With the
GAT attached, the officer does not have to even remove one hand
from the weapon, but just push it forward into the glass,
shattering the glass into thousands of small pieces. Tempered
glass is very tough to break, and using a large flashlight or
rock requires an equally large motion to get enough force to do
the job, and takes the officer’s hand away from his weapon.
With the GAT, just a slight jab forward, and the glass is
broken. The cutting point is attached with a screw, and can be
rotated, should one point be worn or broken, which is unlikely.
The GAT slips over the flash suppressor and clamps down very
securely with the wrench provided.
The GAT is a valuable accessory for an
officer’s fighting rifle, and should be standard equipment on
any police officer’s rifle. It is lightweight, easy to use,
and has no effect upon the ballistic performance or the sighting
zero of the weapon at all.
I had to try the GAT for myself. With so many
cameras in the Wal-Mart parking lot, we decided that it would be
best to do the testing at Craig Clack’s Auto Salvage in
Palmyra, Tennessee. I had never tried out such a tool before,
and was amazed at how easy it was to shatter auto glass with the
GAT. No banging, no delay. Just push it into the glass, and it
is shattered. The video shows it much better than I can
describe. The GAT would work equally well on tempered safety
glass used in residential and commercial doors.
XS offers two different models of the GAT for
rifles; one for mil-spec flash suppressors, and one for the
Ruger and DPMS flash suppressors, currently priced at $80 US
each, retail. In addition, XS now has a GAT to attach to a
handgun weapons light, such as the Surefire 2000. I will have an
update on this new tool as soon as I get one in here.
The CSAT GAT is a simple, handy, reliable
tool for quickly and efficiently removing automobile glass, and
I highly recommend it for any police officer who might need to
forcibly extract a suspect from a vehicle.
Check out the GAT and other XS products
online at www.xssights.com.