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The ProTech Shift 360 Scalable Armor System is a sleek and innovative plate rack design that offers the operator ultimate scalability based on mission-specific requirements. It can be worn in its most basic form as a plate rack system with the ability to build protection by adding optional accessories to transform into a fully loaded tactical carrier. Featuring the new Advanced Webless System (AWS) Honeywell Spectra Composite, this material combined with carrier design reduces overall weight by approximately 30% compared to standard modular webbing versions.

Tactical Armor 2015

Take a look at this armor and consider taking it with you on your next SWAT callout.

Beretta says its new Pico is the thinnest .380 auto made. The snag-free Pico's slide and frame are a true 18 millimeters at their widest point. The grip frame, sights, and caliber (go from a .380 to a .32ACP by changing the barrel) are all simple to modify. The chassis can accommodate a Lasermax Laser frame and be customized with a selection of colored frames.

SHOT Show 2014

We sent Police Magazine contributing editor Mark W. Clark to the SHOT Show in January and he came back with these shots of guns and gear from Media Day at the Range and from the show floor.

The 1911 is still a favorite of soldiers, law enforcement officers, and armed professionals around the world.

S&W's Performance 1911s

Smith & Wesson's Performance Center SW1911 and Round Butt SW1911 merge classic 1911 design with contemporary engineering to create a full-size pistol with a lighter-weight frame. Read Paul Scarlata's full "Arsenal" review of the pistols. Photos courtesy of Paul Budde.

The TPT R7 NiMH Rechargable Full-Size Duty Flashlight from 5.11 Tactical features an intelligent switch that allows you to pick one of three modes: high, low, and strobe. On high, it puts out 504 lumens and 17,467 candela for 5.5 hours. On low, the TPT R7 has an output of 182 lumens, and the strobe mode puts out the full 504 lumens. Tested to ANSI FL1 standard, the light features a polymer PC/ABS body, NiMH (full D) rechargeable batteries, Cree XM-L LED technology, and a regulated circuit for maximum output. It comes complete with a three D battery pack, charging cradle, and both AC and DC connectors. List Price is $169.99.

Powerful Flashlights

Law enforcement officers can now choose from a variety of high-lumen flashlights to help illuminate dark alleys, vehicles, or rooms. These lights can improve officer safety by revealing threats, and assist in searches for trace evidence in low-light scenarios. Photos courtesy of vendors.

This officer's "Bad Boy" tattoo references Inner Circle's "Cops" theme song.

Blue Ink: Reader Police Tattoos

We asked you to show us your "blue ink," and many of you responded with images of your law enforcement tattoos that carry a personal significance regarding a fallen partner, inspirational Biblical reference, or special accomplishment. Photos courtesy of PoliceMag.com readers.

A pair of handcuffs intertwined with a vine and blue flowers graces this officer's arm just above the wrist.

Blue Ink: Police Tattoos

Tattoos have become very popular in the law enforcement and military communities. Officers who get inked often choose a tattoo of something that has great meaning to them, such as family, their faith, or a close friend. View a few examples of tattoos. Photos courtesy of Steve Winterstein of Five-O Tattoo in Elburn, Ill.

The Battleware Active Shooter Assault Bag gives the first responder a means to carry the gear needed in response to an active shooter call, and then the bag itself becomes the cover needed to take the fight straight to the shooter. It measures 20 x 36 inches when open, and is manufactured with an NIJ 0101.06 certified armor package to NIJ Level IIIA. The Battleware Active Shooter Assault Bag features a MOLLE webbing grid for pocket attachment, two nylon webbing handles and a neck retention strap, and an external pocket to hold a 10 x 12-inch rifle protective plate.

Bags and Cases

From guns to gear to shields and even a specialized litter, you'll find ways to bring everything you need to the fight with this photo gallery of carry-alls. Photos courtesy of manufacturers.

Alpine Armoring's Pit-bull VX SWAT Truck is built on a Ford F-550 chassis and offers armor protection to stop 7.62 and 5.56 rifle rounds.

Armored Specialty Vehicles

Armored vehicles provide officers with tactical advantages in barricade situations and other incidents involving individuals armed with high-caliber rounds. In addition to NIJ Level IV protection, they can be customized with all manner of equipment, including gear to help evacuate civilians and downed officers. Read our August feature to find out how to secure funding for these useful tools. Photos provided by manufacturers.

The Rook Critical Incident Vehicle's Grapple Claw attachment. 

The Rook Critical Incident Vehicle

Ring Power's The Rook offers law enforcement agencies a versatile, tracked tactical vehicle with ballistic armoring rated to stop Level IV threats including armor-piercing rifle rounds. The Rook includes an armored deployment platform, hydrailic breaching ram, vehicle extraction tool, grapple claw, and 25-foot gooseneck trailer. The vehicle retails for $250,000. Photos courtesy of Ring Power.

BlackHawk's new patent pending S.O.L.A.G. H.D. series expands on the S.O.L.A.G. (Special Operations Light Assault Glove) glove program. H.D. gloves provide hard-knuckle protection and a thicker cowhide leather palm and fingertips for increased protection and wear. Kevlar and Nomex versions are available: The Kevlar version protects against flame, flash, and cuts; the Nomex version protects against flame and flash. Both versions are adjustable at the wrist and back of the hand for a custom fit, and have a nylon loop on the wrist for easy donning and attaching to carabiners. Available in sizes Small to XXL. 

Gloves: 2012

Keep your hands protected from the big and small hazards of duty. View eight currently available choices from leading law enforcement suppliers in this photo gallery.

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