Category | Tactical

KA-BAR Becker TacTool

Posted on 17 April 2014

The KA-BAR Becker TacTool (BK3) wasn’t designed JUST as a knife. In fact, although it will function as a knife I’m not sure it was designed with that express purpose in mind. Research shows that the knife was designed in consultation with John Benner, a 20-year field commander of the Hamilton County Ohio Police Association SWAT Team.

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Kahr CW4543 .45ACP Pistol Review

Posted on 17 April 2014

This review was originally published in January 2009. Since then, this handgun has had over 2,500 rounds put through it. There has been no measurable loss of accuracy nor any noticeable change in the finish. We repost this review as the weapon continues to perform as expected.

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Del-Ton .223 Rifle

Posted on 17 April 2014

I hadn’t previously ever heard of Del-Ton Inc. or the rifles they manufacture. Within a couple weeks I had a test rifle and here I am several weeks later reporting on how a rifle I’d never heard of performed. I wasn’t disappointed with the new name.

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Buck Knives’ Vantage

Posted on 16 April 2014

If the knife is used for tactical purposes then it is, by definition, a tactical knife. That said, the Buck Knives Vantage doesn’t have that military / cop look about it. It looks more like the knife you’d expect your grandpa to have in his pocket to pull out for general utility use. Taking that into consideration I did the only thing I could as I tested it: treated it like every other knife and beat the hell out of it.

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Off-Duty and Plainclothes Retention Holsters

Posted on 16 April 2014

In the past week, I’ve received a couple of emails requesting information about retention holsters for off-duty or plainclothes use. In an ideal world, a holster with equal retention features to our duty holsters, but easily hidden and immensely comfortable would be easy to find. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world.

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Smith & Wesson Range Jacket: Field Review

Posted on 16 April 2014

The new line of clothing for S&W includes performance shells and pants, as well as more stylish gear for concealed carry and plain-clothes assignments, for both men and women. I’ll be reviewing the men’s Range Jacket here (which is very similar to the more military-styled Shooting Jacket). But first: just what should a jacket optimized for concealed carry do?

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RED Swivel (Rapid Emergency Detachment) from Blue Force Gear

Posted on 15 April 2014

To analogize: In the tactical world, you release the slide on your pistol by grasping the slide, pulling it fully to the rear, and letting it go. That would be a gross motor skill. Using your thumb to depress the slide stop lever would be considered a fine motor skill. What Blue Force Gear has done with the RED Swivel has, in essence, put an emergency rip cord on your sling swivel.

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Trunk-Kept Go Bag

Posted on 15 April 2014

Since the advent of Active Shooter Response Training there has been an identified need to have a bag, pack, vest or SOMETHING in your patrol vehicle trunk that you can grab and go (with your gun) and be ready for the event at hand. Forward thinking administrators – and motivated patrol guys – have recognized that this need extends past active shooter events and have developed the concept of a “trunk go bag.”

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Favorite Fixed Blades – Tactical

Posted on 15 April 2014

Much like guns, knives are an intensely personal choice and there are a multitude of designs available to choose from. From cost effective to expensive, you can get a variety of fixed blade knives tailored for your use in the military or law enforcement arena. This week we’re going to take a look at some that I’ve tested and how they’ve held up across time.

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Oakley Prizm Protective Eyewear

Posted on 14 April 2014

If visual data is 4/5 of our decision making process and seeing is 1/3 of shooting accurately, I think it’s safe to say that protecting our vision and enhancing it in any way while in a potential conflict are both good things. Enter the Oakley Prizm.

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