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ESS' Rollbar Series Eyewear

ESS' Rollbar Series Eyewear

While ESS has produced interchangeable lenses since 2004, the Ketchum, Idaho-based company recently improved its tactical interchangeable-lens eyewear. The improved design is available in the company's new Rollbar Series.

August 9, 2013

Police Product Test: Blue Force Gear Ten-Speed Chest Rig
Police Product Test: Blue Force Gear Hive Satchel

Police Product Test: Blue Force Gear Hive Satchel

Through a partnership with Chris Costa, Blue Force recently introduced the new single-strapped backpack with the sole purpose of allowing officers to discreetly carry everything from knives and magazines to compact submachine guns.

June 26, 2013

Trends In Tactical Headsets

Trends In Tactical Headsets

The evolution of tactical headsets has been a significant one. Within the past couple of years alone, we've seen great improvements in technology that affect some of the most important functions of a good unit: strong sound quality, comfort, and resilience.

March 24, 2013

Micro-Times' Attic Clear Extendable Pole

Micro-Times' Attic Clear Extendable Pole

Attic Clear was developed in response to a customer request. It all began when Micro-Times owner and CEO Tony Leonti got a call from Rich Burdick, a lieutenant with the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office.

January 11, 2013

SIG Sauer 716 Patrol Rifle

SIG Sauer 716 Patrol Rifle

The SIG716 makes a great first impression. It's a ruggedly built 7.62mm carbine with a 16-inch barrel and a free-floating quad rail. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I was opening the box.

January 9, 2013

Tactical Level Lighting

Tactical Level Lighting

Just five years ago, a 200-lumen flashlight was considered amazingly bright. Now, advances in technology have made it possible to increase the power of even small flashlights to emit beyond 500 lumens of light, which is more than enough to illuminate a room and cause temporary blindness in suspects.

December 19, 2012

Police Product Test: Streamlight ProTac HL Flashlight

Police Product Test: Streamlight ProTac HL Flashlight

The number of new product offerings from Streamlight has been impressive, especially among its ProTac line of compact handhelds. I've been using the company's newest, the ProTac HL, and after only a few weeks of testing, I'm sold.

December 19, 2012

Colt LE 901-16S Modular Carbine

Colt LE 901-16S Modular Carbine

The Colt LE901-16S is a very versatile direct impingement gas-operated carbine with a 16.1-inch barrel. It's commonly referred to as a "modular carbine" because users can easily transform it from a 7.62mm NATO caliber carbine to a 5.56mm M4 carbine.

September 20, 2012

Police Product Test: Tactical Electronics LPSS3 Pole Camera

Police Product Test: Tactical Electronics LPSS3 Pole Camera

The LPSS3 really set itself apart from the other pole cams I have tested. Its ability to remain small until deployed at the desired length and its lightweight composite material translate into less burden on the operator.

June 21, 2012

Police Product Test: Shieldspike's Hammerspike Glass-Breaker
Tactical Cameras Are a Force Multiplier

Tactical Cameras Are a Force Multiplier

In recent years technology has come to the aid of tactical police units to help them gain better intel and counter their adversaries' tactical advantages.

March 20, 2012

Police Product Test: Danner DFA Boots

Police Product Test: Danner DFA Boots

For most of us winter means cold, wet, and/or snowy shifts. Mother Nature has a habit of making days as an officer or first responder miserable. Fortunately, Danner can help tame the weather with its DFA boots.

February 17, 2012

Ending a Barricade with Heavy Equipment
Blending Into the Background

Blending Into the Background

"Tactical black" is what springs to mind when thinking about SWAT teams, but it's not the only apparel option for police tactical units. With the advent of the A-TACS pattern from Digital Concealment Systems, many more agencies may be making the switch.

April 27, 2011

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