The 5.11 B.E.A.S.T. August 19, 2013
S.W.A.T. is not a group of guys to joke about. These dedicated policemen and women make it their job to take on the most difficult situations and people. When the going gets tough, out comes the S.W.A.T. team. With skills like the ones S.W.A.T. teams have, they need products to support them and get the job done as well. This is where 5.11 Tactical comes in. 5.11 is the global leader in tactical gear, clothing, and equipment. With a new line of breaching equipment coming out, 5.11 paired up with Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) to build not only a showcase for their new tactical tools, but also a Breach Entry Assault System Trainer, or B.E.A.S.T., to let police and tactical teams try their products out on a real barricaded door. The Background The guys at GAS first had to work with 5.11 to find a suitable truck to use for the base vehicle. A few trucks were mentioned but both settled on the Ford F-450 Super Duty. This truck was chosen for its aggressive stance and towing/hauling capacity, as well as interior space. The truck used is a 2012 Ford F-450 Super Duty with a turbo diesel 6L V8. From the factory, this truck has 325 horsepower and 570 ft/lb of torque. This is the power needed to haul the new equipment as well as the breaching door that weighs in at 600 pounds! Exterior Features Outside, the truck is new from the ground up. First, the frame was reinforced to withstand the additional weight it would be hauling on a regular basis as well as the constant in and out of the breaching door. The front and rear bumpers were replaced with Road Armor ones that were painted flat black to match the rest of the truck. A WARN 10,000 pound winch was installed in the front, with a fully custom water-jet cut diamond plate cover. The front grille insert was painted orange along with the Ford logos to match the 5.11 branding. The bed as well as the bed cover were treated with Rhino Liner to give them a solid, utilitarian look and feel, as well as making sure they don’t wear out with use. The bedsides got hidden compartments installed to house the new 5.11 breaching equipment as well as standard tactical gear like gloves, knives, flashlights, and sunglasses. The bumper wasn’t the only thing to get the water-jet treatment. The side steps got custom inserts cut out with 5.11 and B.E.A.S.T. branding that lights up as well. Speaking of lighting, HID fog lamps from PIAA are installed in the front of the truck, as well as strobe lighting installed front and rear. Rounding out the exterior is a set of custom powder-coated 22-inch American Force Classic Wheels wrapped in TerraGrappler tires from Nitto. Interior Features The interior of this F-450 has been totally re-worked. Custom seats with 5.11 embroidery were used as well as a custom headliner. Both the seats as well as the headliner used 5.11’s Flextac and 1050D clothing materials as their fabric. Custom color-matched dash panels were installed inside the truck as well as custom pockets hidden throughout for flashlights, gloves, and other tactical gear. DVD player screen were installed in both of the front seat headrests for a little relaxation after a day of door breaching and diamond plate floor mats were hand-formed to fit perfectly in the wheel wells to take care of dirty boots and gear. Wrap-Up The 5.11 F-450 B.E.A.S.T. was revealed at the GAS headquarters with help from local S.W.A.T. to show how the trainer works. The truck is touring the lower half of the US, going to police shows and training centers to show not only the tools that 5.11 helped to create, but to show police and tactical teams first-hand how they work on a real barricaded door. This truck definitely is a beast. From its already aggressive stance to its 5.11 logos and branding, to the hidden array of breaching tools just under its skin, the 5.11 Ford F-450 B.E.A.S.T. from GAS is a real beast of a truck. Thanks to TopSpeed for a great write-up on this truck.. Check out other rides by GAS here.