5.11 Tactical's Zone Assault Pack.
The 5.11 Tactical Zone Assault Pack (ZAP) found its way to me a few weeks ago and shortly thereafter alleviated many of the gripes I had with previous tactical daypacks. First off, the construction is top notch. The seams, zippers, pouches, and materials are very durable and have yet to show even a hint of wear. The back of the main compartment and shoulder strap are well padded and ventilated so the pack stays cool and comfortable. 5.11 got the ergonomics and weight distribution right, too, as even when fully loaded the pack stayed put and didn't fatigue my shoulders.
Inside there are several pockets for just about everything you'd need to carry, including a hook-and-loop panel for 5.11's Back-Up Belt system, which allows the user to add a variety of pouches and holsters to fit his or her needs. I carried a full-size pistol and two magazines with ease. Everything from pens and flashlights to PDAs, water bottles, and sunglasses have a specific place. Want to add a ballistic plate or large ID patch? There's a place for those, too.
As great as the interior of 5.11's Zone Assault Pack is, the best part is the exterior design. Most others on the market only come in military colors and/or covered in MOLLE loops. This pack is cool black and gray and doesn't advertise to the world you might be carrying a weapon, which is the last thing you want to do if you're working undercover or are at the mall with your family. All in all, if you're looking for the perfect everyday, go-everywhere pack, pick one up. You won't regret it.—A.J. George
SureFire: Mini Sound Suppressor
SureFire's Mini Sound Supressor. Photo: Scott Smith.
Several years ago I attended a conference at SureFire's headquarters where we covered everything from the science of lighting to new products. At the time, sound suppressors were some of the newest products in the SureFire line. The company gave we gunscribes an opportunity to shoot an AR-15 with one of their "cans," or suppressors, at the sheriff's indoor range, and as advertised it did markedly reduce sound output.