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Police Product Test: Boyt Tactical Hard/Soft Case

Provide your long gun with double protection and a sturdy waterproof shell.

December 21, 2010  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author


Your handgun has a holster to keep it secure, but what about your patrol rifle or your precision rifle? Does it simply get tossed into the trunk of your cruiser? Is this the way to protect a piece of equipment? I should say not. Expensive equipment needs to be protected while giving you quick access to your rifle. Enter Boyt Tactical's Hard Sided/Soft Case Combo.

This perfect set will protect your firearm in the harshest conditions. Available in a choice of two lengths, it consists of an O-ring-sealed resin hard case with four toggle lockable closures and a removable standalone soft rifle case.

When used as one unit you can literally toss the case off the roof of your house and your rifle with mounted optics will survive and be ready to go. I actually did launch the set off my porch, which is one story high, and the hard case only sustained a few scratches (I'd suggest you use a backup weapon if you must try this).

To see how well the O-ring seals seal the case, I soaked the whole thing with the yard hose. Not a drop of water leaked inside. Boyt's hard case kept the contents dry and safe.

As for the soft case, which is made to fit neatly inside the hard case, it has a large padded front pocket to store extra magazines or other duty gear. Boyt includes two double magazine pouches which secure in this pocket using MOLLE webbing.

The main pouch of the soft case is padded front and rear with large webbing and security straps to secure your long gun. These security straps are easily moved thanks to hook-and-loop closures so you can easily accommodate your weapon.

Double wrap handles and a removable carry strap make the soft case easy to carry. But since the combination of the hard and soft case plus your weapon and its support gear make for a heavy load, the hard case is also wheeled. These large wheels will roll over most surfaces. Boyt Tactical's Hard Sided/Soft Case combination is built to be mobile while protecting your long gun to serve you on duty; check it out.

Propper: Lightweight Tactical Pants

Comfort, affordability, and durability are what we look for in duty, training, and casual clothing. Stylish looks and fit are a bonus. Propper's Lightweight Tactical Pants carry on the company's tradition of exceeding expectations in every regard.

Designed for training, duty, and even uniform wear if authorized, these pants will look great in any situation. An example I noticed immediately are the sleek thigh cargo pockets. They are flat, not bellows pockets. When needed they can still carry extra magazines, notepads, and other gear. Once emptied, they go back to laying flat and looking good.

What I noticed next were the seams. Many pant seams are simply sewn. Propper rolls the material, double sews it, and then double sews the ends. This makes for a very strong seam and prevents the material from fraying. Having had other "tactical" pants seams separate at inopportune times, I will tell you it is good to see attention paid to making them strong.

To ensure you don't rip out the Lightweight Tactical Pants' butt or knees, material is double layered in these areas. The cotton/nylon ripstop is tough on its own, but it's nice to have added insurance to keep the pants from tearing out during training or on duty.

Another nice touch is pockets that are reinforced so your clip knife won't tear the seam. Unlike other manufacturers, Propper uses a thin, tough material for its tactical pants instead of heavy duck material that is bulky and will eventually bend the clip.

Inside the right pocket is a "key" pocket, which is actually large enough to secure a cell phone, reducing the stuff you need to carry on your belt. By the way, Propper includes one of its nylon tactical belts with the pants.

Propper's Lightweight Tactical Pants are designed to give you value and quality. Having worn Propper clothing on duty, I am certain these pants will last you for many years and even look good enough to wear out on a date. That's a tough combination to beat. Give Propper's Lightweight Tactical Pants consideration when you are looking for new trousers.

Tags: Propper, Tru-Spec By Atlanco, Boyt Tactical, iTAC Defense, Product Reviews

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