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The big trend at this year's SHOT Show was flashlights so bright that they can probably take X-rays. Police staff members accidentally got blasted a few times with these 700-lumen light sabers, and they are more less-lethal weapons than illumination tools.
SHOT Show 2013 plenty of new duty gear with a backdrop of the gun-violence debate in Washington, D.C. The show drew more than 62,000 attendees to Las Vegas, and POLICE editors focused on gear rather than politics. View our gallery and read additional coverage in "Best of Show" and Video: SHOT Show 2013 Highlights. Photos by Mark W. Clark and Paul Clinton.
Last month, we gave you a look at some of the items from SHOT that immediately caught our attention. This month, we're going to open up the briefcase, and the boxes, load the CDs and the jump drives, and give you our Best of Show report.
It used to be you had to wear the bulky jacket your agency mandated for duty wear. But now there are many different options for duty, training, and other details. And even those formerly bulky jackets are more streamlined, comfortable, and effective at keeping the weather at bay. Here's a look at some of this next-generation outerwear.
These nine suppliers offer tactical pants that provide comfort and utility for male and female officers.
POLICE Magazine reviews the Smith Optics Aegis Eye Shields, Brite-Strike Traffic and Cycle LED Gloves, Magnum Spider Urban Boots, and 5.11 Tactical's Tac Dry Rain Shell.
Here's a primer on the types of apparel offered by uniform companies for law enforcement officers.
Prepare yourself for cold weather with these jackets for duty.
Polo shirts and tac pants can take you to the range and beyond in style and comfort.
You might not be Cinderella or even Prince Charming, but you deserve a pair of boots that meets your finicky standards. Good looks are only part of the criteria that need to be met. Your boots should provide proper fit, comfort, and durability, in addition to any other personal preferences. New footwear styles for patrol include such features as side zippers, new waterproofing technologies, and improved shock absorption, not to mention good-looking designs.
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.
Find the right black boots for your shift. Read our product roundup that includes 5.11 Tactical, BlackHawk, Bates, Danner, Haix, Lowa, Magnum, Original S.W.A.T., OTB Footwear, Ridge Footwaer, Timberland Pro, and Thorogood.
Read about the newest BDUs, tacpants, and jumpsuits for law enforcement.
For 2008 Spyderco Knives introduces the Tenacious. With a foundation of 8Cr13Mov stainless steel, this knife is designed to be durable and dependable.
To help give you some insight into what you'll actually need on the street, the editors of POLICE Magazine contacted a number of veteran officers and asked them to give you some advice. Here's what they had to say.