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Police Product Test: Voodoo Tactical Matrix Assault Pack

Scott Smith reviews the Voodoo Tactical Matrix Assault Pack, BlackHawk Warrior Wear Shell and Jacket, EMA Tactical Countdown Magazine and Grip, and Danner Striker II GTX boots.

July 30, 2010  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

EMA Tactical: Countdown Magazine and Grip

It seems that the AR-15 accessory market is still growing by leaps and bounds. One of the newest players in the market is EMA Tactical. While it’s a new name, the company’s products are manufactured by some of the finest shops in Israel to outfit the IDF and numerous other military and law enforcement agencies.

The magazine is the heart of any semi-automatic rifle. EMA offers an extremely useful 30-round polymer magazine with a built-in round counter. Actually, it’s a round countdown. The round counter is color coded so you have instant feedback on the number of rounds in the magazine. For 30–20 rounds, you’ll see green—good to go; 19–10 rounds, yellow—reload soon; 9–0 rounds, red—reload now. The EMA Countdown magazines worked well in my DPMS, Delton, and SIG 556.

Another new product from EMA is its MGRIP. This is for shooters who prefer to use the AR’s magazine well as a grip. To use the MGRIP attach it to your rifle’s Picatinny rail and move it to the rear so the magazine well supports the grip. Cutouts on the side of the MGRIP accommodate a pressure pad for your tactical light or laser. Another distinctive feature of this grip is its removable bottom that pulls off to reveal storage for two CR123A batteries.

EMA Tactical offers a wide array of tactical and duty gear. Give them a look-see for gear to enhance your AR. This stuff is great for both your duty and recreational rifles.

Visit EMA Tactical Online

Danner: Striker II GTX

Another manufacturer I have used for nearly 30 years is Danner. I've found its products to be some of the most versatile and durable boots on the market. I have worn one version or another since the Army authorized the Ft. Lewis Boot. The simple fact that Danner’s Gore-Tex booties are truly waterproof is why I wear them in the worst weather.

Danner has offered several six-inch boots over the years. Now the company also offers the 4.5-inch Striker II GTX (GTX stands for Gore-Tex). While some folks might balk at wearing a low boot like this for duty, it is great for bicycle cops, those who are in and out of the office, and those of us who prefer a lighter, cooler boot in the summer or simply more versatility. Built on the Terra Force X Lite platform, this is a duty boot that feels like an athletic shoe.

The Striker II’s short shaft is just high enough to support the ankle and it is cool on a summer day. The carbon fiber arch in the mid/outsole helps to combat foot and leg fatigue on those long days patrolling tourist areas and the various fairs, parks, and carnivals that require many to work long shifts. The TFX Lite outsole is slip- and oil resistant while being flexible and giving you good traction on all but the muddiest of surfaces.

If you are not a fan of short boots, Danner offers the Striker in six-inch boots, zippered six-inch, and eight-inch versions including an EMS model with Crosstech, which is resistant to blood- and fluid-borne pathogens. All of the Striker series are built to keep you comfortable and serve you for many years.

Visit Danner Online

Scott Smith is a former federal police officer for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs who currently serves as a reserve officer and is a contributing editor to POLICE.

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