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Police Product Test: Streamlight TLR-3 Weapons Light

August 7, 2009

Overall I found the TLR-3 to be a fine light. With its interchangeable locking plates it is one of the most versatile weapon-mounted lights on the market.

If the Glove Fits

July 22, 2009

Gloves have become part of a cop's daily uniform as much as a badge or belt. The reason for this is simple: A pair of gloves protects your hands from the elements, abrasions, cuts, and punctures from needles or other sharp objects.

Effective Eyewear

July 22, 2009

The first thing I consider when looking at glasses is whether they will effectively protect my eyes. Don't buy eyewear where you buy your morning coffee. It is not going to protect you.

Police Product Test: DeSantis Cozy Partner Holster

July 21, 2009

DeSantis' Cozy Partner is a strong side, inside the waistband holster with a tension screw at the rear of the trigger guard. The tension screw and your belt riding over the outboard side of the holster will keep your pistol in place.

Matching Optics to Your Mission

June 1, 2009

When it comes to gear and gadgets for duty applications, many of us are drawn to the coolest, most expensive items. That's true of weapons and it's true of weapon accessories such as optics. But do we really have to have the priciest gear to achieve our mission? Maybe. Maybe not.

Police Product Test: 10 Zero 9mm Utility Glove

June 1, 2009

These 10 Zero gloves kept my coworkers' hands warm in cold conditions did not overheat or make their hands sweat in warmer conditions.

Duty Flashlights

May 1, 2009

So what makes a good duty light? It all depends on what you want to use it for. Obviously, you want it to illuminate an area or areas, but there are other considerations.

Police Product Test: Rocky S2V Boots

May 1, 2009

The S2Vs did not disappoint me. They were comfortable on the mixed hard surfaces I wore them on. And since we were in the freeze thaw of February, I was able to see how slip resistant the soles were.

SIG Sauer 556 SWAT Rifle

April 1, 2009

Ever since it arrived months ago for testing, I've been putting the 556 SWAT SIG through its paces. The rifle has been everything I hoped for.

Police Product Test: Streamlight TLR-1

March 1, 2009

I have found the lights from Streamlight to be easy to operate, durable, and innovative, as well as affordably priced. The company's TLR-1 is no exception.

Police Product Test: The Force Special Ops Cargo Pants

February 1, 2009

Today, agencies are transitioning to uniforms that serve more than one function. The Force Special Ops Cargo pants are a fine example of pants that can multi-task.

Police Product Test: Blackhawk Hawkhook

January 1, 2009

With all of the gear we carry on our duty belts, what we don't need is yet another bulky tool to add more weight and take up more space. The Hawkhook is one piece of gear that is small but mighty.

Police Product Test: The Force Enforcer Jacket

December 1, 2008

As we head toward the shortest day of the year, the sun is setting lower, bringing colder weather. This means it's a good time to look for a warm, comfortable, and versatile duty jacket. The Force's Enforcer Jacket fits the bill.

A Holiday Wish Book for Cops

December 1, 2008

This holiday season, the editors of POLICE decided to put together a gift-buying guide for people who want to buy gifts for cops. There's something for everyone in here, and there's nothing over $250 in our list. Have fun. 

FN Herstal FNP-45 Duty Pistol

November 1, 2008

For a couple of years now, Belgium's FN Herstal has been working to secure a significant slice of the American market for law enforcement duty pistols. The Belgian company, which makes the legendary Browning Hi-Power pistol, launched its first polymer police handgun, the FNP-9 (9mm), back in 2006. The FNP is now available in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .45 ACP.

What's the Latest in Police Flashlights

November 1, 2008

There are lights for every job. There are lights to mount on your long gun, your handgun, lights that can mount on either, handheld lights that click on or twist on, and those that mount on a helmet--you name it.

Police Product Test: ELITE Survival Systems Four Gun Pistol Case

November 1, 2008

I am one of those folks who tends to carry a lot of stuff when I go to the range. Hence, I am always looking for ways to compactly take three or four pistols and their accompanying magazines with me without using a separate case for each one. Elite Survival Systems' Four Gun Pistol Case seems to fit that bill.

Police Product Test: Under Armour Generation II Tactical Pants

October 1, 2008

In the last few years UA has introduced product lines in such diverse areas as hunting, working out, and casual wear. Now Under Armour also has a line of tactical wear, which includes the Generation II Tactical Pants.

Duty Boots: 2008

September 1, 2008

While they may not be the sexiest or most written about piece of equipment that we use daily, good boots can make a day more bearable and easier to deal with than bargain priced footwear from a discount store. Your boots support you, as well as all of the additional weight from your load of duty gear.

Police Product Test: Insight Tech-Gear Arcturus Light

September 1, 2008

The Arcturus carries on the legacy that Insight Tech-Gear has built over the last few years. I like the light and carry it daily; I can't give it a higher endorsement than that.

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