How do you carry all your gear? Not just during your shift, but when you're going to the range, when you're driving your personal vehicle around town, and when you're traveling for business or pleasure? For some trips a run-of-the-mill bag will do, but who wants to worry about it tearing at a critical moment?
Most civilian packs aren't up to the task of handling a cop's multitude of weapons, accessories, and random must-have items securely and without falling apart after some rough use. Read on for a selection of storage options that can fit a bunch and take a tumble with no trouble.
For those times you need a more discreet way to carry a handgun and other accessories, 5.11 Tactical's PUSH+R+PACK is a viable option. This pack's numerous pockets and zippered pouches can secure a water bottle, radio, small medical kit, food, etc. The rear zippered pocket is large enough to fit a Velcro holster or various equipment pouches.
The PUSH is a shoulder bag, it can be secured with a waist strap and a belt loop to ensure your gear stays at hand. You can choose the PUSH in a fire version (red with a reflective strip) or LE (with Velcro in lieu of the stripe; available in black, tactical OD, and flat dark earth). Both versions have several MOLLE attachment points and a Velcro ID panel on the strap. The interior of the main pouch has several pockets to organize pens, magazines, small tools, etc.
I chose the fire version because of the reflective stripe and to use in my vehicle as a medical bag. I would choose the red even for discreet summer carry because it would be more "summery" than "tactical" colors, especially when playing tourist.
Armortek's virtually indestructible Double Pistol Case feels substantial despite its light weight. The zipper is solid, the pull tabs lock to the inner hidden metal frame, and the handles are riveted to this frame. This is like having a gun vault in a brief case.
The interior of the case is velour-covered dense memory foam. The foam helps prevent scratching and wraps around your weapon or other item to prevent shifting but returns to its original shape once the item is removed.
The Armortek Double Pistol Case was easy to operate and once I figured out how to thread the cable I realized this was a slick system. It will allow you to secure not only your weapons but also other valuables when you travel or are at home.
There are some items for duty that defy being categorized; the BigFoot Bag is one such item. It serves multiple purposes from being a ground cloth, to hauling gear, to being a weather-resistant rooftop cargo carrier.
The BigFoot Bag is available in sizes small, medium, and large, and in several colors. Made of UV-treated polyester with vinyl coating or reinforced 18-ounce vinyl, the bags are weather resistant or virtually waterproof.
It's easy to load the BigFoot Bag because it unzips flat and can be laid on the ground, on the bed of a truck, or in your department's garage. The bags have two pairs of carry handles and Fastex-close reinforcing straps to keep your heaviest loads in the bag, even if you drop a full BigFoot.
If your agency has odd gear for rappelling, SCUBA, WMD, etc., BigFoot Bags could be the answer to your transportation and storage needs.