Don't think we don't pay attention to those Reader Service Cards you circle and send back to us for product information (like, say, the ones in this article). Based on reader requests, this is the list of your top product picks for 2001.
1-Bianchi Accumold Elite
The Accumold Elite line can fool the best of them because it looks so much like leather. But when you put it on, you realize it weighs about half as much as leather. It’s also easier to take care of. It’s abrasion resistant and can be cleaned up with a bit of soap and water. No fancy cleaners needed. Bianchi’s patented Accumold technology crosses the boundaries between leather and nylon holsters and accessories.
2-Glock 34 & 35
The Glock 34 and Glock 35 pack a punch. It’s no wonder these models are the most prized Glocks among tactical officers. The two are virtually identical except that the Glock 34 is 9mm and the 35 is a .40. They’re both extremely lightweight for their size, which makes them easier to handle and means they won’t weigh down your duty belt as much. The 34 and 35 also feature 8.15-inch slides for improved accuracy, high-capacity magazines, extended magazine releases for quick reloads, and fully adjustable rear sights.
These aren’t your everyday plastic rinky-dink disposable flashlights from Wal-Mart. Designed specifically for law enforcement, these suckers are built to last. And they ain’t too shabby in the power department, either.
Each CombatLight is waterproof, has a shock-isolated bezel (so it won’t fall apart on the job), a tactical lanyard system (so you’ll be less likely to drop it in the first place), and a distinctive rubber ring around the body that improves grip when using the flashlight in conjunction with a gun.
4-Jaycor PepperBall System
This PepperBall System shoots balls of Oleoresin Capsicum so you can deploy OC powder with the added impact of, well, impact, at a safe distance from a threat (which also means you don’t have to smell the baddie).
The system comes with everything you need to make a subject tear up and wish he hadn’t messed with you. The launcher arrives preassembled with a soft case, a 13-cubic-inch, high-pressure air bottle, a butt stock, and a maintenance kit.
5-CruiseCam, LLC CruiseCam
The CruiseCam arms you with evidence to nail the bad guys even after you’ve arrested them.
A front-facing, wide-angle and instant-zoom camera captures the action as viewed through your car’s windshield, while a rear-facing infrared camera and covert microphone keep an eye (and an ear) on the guys in the back seat.
The control screen and high-resolution color LCD monitor is fully adjustable on a swivel mounting, making it easy to use.
Take the tape to court and you can prove suspects’ fault as well as your being in the right. Take that, bad guys.
Formerly owned by LEAR Corporation, CruiseCam, LLC., now sells the product.
6-Kahr Arms K40 and MK40
The K40 and MK40 are pocket pistols that really pack a punch. They’re powerful but accurate guns perfect for concealed carry. The K40 is 6.1 inches long and 4.55 inches high. The M(micro)K40 is smaller at 5.35 inches long and only 4.0 inches high. At 24.1 and 23.1 ounces, respectively, they’re heavier than some pocket pistols out there, but considering the power that comes with .40 caliber chambering, you want a bit of weight.
7-Propper Uniform Apparel
Propper tactical uniforms are comfortable and durable.
Since they last for such a long time, it’s a good thing they’re comfortable so you won’t mind wearing them. They’re made to withstand everything from fence climbing to coffee stains, and there are lots of styles to choose from. Propper uniforms are also available in a variety of colors to match your agency’s specifications. They’re even available in a selection of fabrics to meet your needs.
8-Cold Steel Tactical Folders
These knives fold up in your pocket until you need them. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and blades, including styles exclusive to Cold Steel. The company also offers several tactical folders with blades covered in a tough black Teflon finish so they’ll never see you coming. Plus, the black blades look really cool.
All Cold Steel knives undergo rigorous testing, and the company’s tactical folders are no different. They are sturdy, resilient, and flexible. And they’re plenty sharp.
9-Safariland Tube Belt Levitation System
The levitation system is light and secure. Most important, the belt actually contours to your body within minutes of putting it on.
You know how some duty belts can bite into your hip bone and back? Well, they’ve thought of an answer for that, too.
The top and bottom edges are actually small, hollow, nylon tubes that roll away from pressure. And they’ve eliminated all those uncomfortable bumps and edges of conventional accessory belt loops because all accessories, including the holster, mount on the outside of the belt.
The Chevy Camaro has been a very popular product in its 35-year existence. 2002 will be the final year for the B4C Special Service Package Camaro. They’re being phased out at the end of the year, so get ‘em while the getting is good.
11-Crimson Trace Lasergrips
Crimson Trace Lasergrips allow you to aim while keeping both eyes open and on the target, unlike traditional sights that almost require tunnel vision. In fact, these Lasergrips effectively extend your front sight onto the target.
And hey, seeing that red dot on his chest just might cause a person to have second thoughts about giving you trouble.
12-Reliance Armor T4 Soft Armor
OK, so you know you should wear body armor, but there are plenty of different types out there, and a lot of them aren’t all that comfortable to wear. Light and flexible T4 soft armor moves with your body while giving you all that important protection from bullets and blunt trauma.
The T4 line combines the highest grades of Aramid Twaron with Reliance Armor’s exclusive new Nyblok trauma reducing fabric to combine performance and comfort.
Chevrolet designed the front-wheel-drive Impala as a police car. So it was made for you, not just modified from a civilian car.
The Impala is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that puts out 200 horsepower so you can catch that speeder. The engine cradle is also extra sturdy to weather minor front-end collisions and keep going.
14-DaimlerChrysler Dodge Intrepid
The police package Dodge Intrepid is making a big splash. Now you don’t have to outfit retail Intrepids with police equipment. The Intrepid is once again ready made for patrol.
The Intrepid is a front-wheel-drive car powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 242 horsepower. And according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department tests, it offers excellent handling and ease of repair.
15-GG&G “FIRE” System – M-16/AR-15
GG&G offers a wide range of tactical enhancements for the M-16/AR-15 series of rifles and carbines. You can select components to design a custom M-16/AR-15 tactical package to meet your needs.
Some of the options available on the GG&G “FIRE” (Fully Integrated Rifle Enhancement) System include: three different integrated rails, the MAD or A2 Style BUIS flip-up folding rear sights, the Tactical Modular Flip-up Front Sight system, three different sling attachments, two different M3 flashlight mounts, two different Aimpoint mounts, one Trijicon Reflex rail mount, and two different night vision monocular mounts.