8 great tools for critical response
Whether you're a SWAT cop or you're out working patrol, some of these items will help you be successful, and also help keep you safe!
When you mention the phrase “tools for critical response,” to most police officers and SWAT cops, they think first and foremost of the guns, knives, and other tools for dynamic entry. While those are all essential, there are also some subtle tools like the tactical doorway wedges and disposable handcuffs that help make the job easier. Here is a roundup of just a few of the products I’ve seen lately which make tactical work just a little less hazardous.
The Crimson Trace Laser is the most instinctive laser I know. Crimson Trace lasers work by simply squeezing the grip, something a shooter would do naturally. For duty guns like the Glock, the Lasergip product has the switch at the web of the hand. It is a simple thing to paint the target with a tiny red flower.
The new Laserguard models have a laser in the front of the trigger guard. The switch activation is approximately the same.
Of all the things a gun equipped with Crimson Trace can do, the best application is for the officer behind the ballistic shield. This officer can look through the port and direct bullets with a laser. Anyone who has carried the ballistic shield for any length of time can quickly recognize the utility of this product.
Streamlight Sidewinder Compact
BLACKHAWK! CQB Ram
Studying doorways sometimes makes people nervous on a call, besides the fact that most Breaching Officers I know look like they don’t need tools to rip the door off the hinges.
After the exterior door is down, it is handy to have something more maneuverable for those stubborn interior doors. One technique is to sling a smaller ram for interior breaching. The BLACKHAWK! CQB Ram is the way to go. When I played with this tool I found I could stand way clear of the fatal funnel and accurately deliver entryway punishment, without the shock of the devastating blow being transferred to my fingertips. This is the heaviest 23 pounds an officer can swing.
Barrett M82 and Barrett Model 99
It should be clearly understood that the .50 BMG has a special niche in tactical intervention. There are certain situations where the officer must take the shot and shearing winds preclude a lesser bullet. There are other situations where the superior vehicular penetration of this bullet is the only answer.
CRKT M21-04G and McGowan M.A.K 1
The two knives worth mentioning are not just moderately priced; they are downright inexpensive considering their features. The CRKT M21-04G is a little longer than most folders with the new AutoLAWKS feature. This locking mechanism secures the blade as if it was a fixed blade. The M21-04G is a little thicker in the spine. It has a very subtle belly in the blade which gives it a little extra swing weight. I specifically selected this knife because of the G10 scales, which are more temperature extreme friendly and place the balance further into the blade.
The McGowan M.A.K.-1 (Multiple Access Knife) by CRKT sort of looks like a fixed blade, but the steep chisel edge and 90 degree tip give it away. Originally designed for emergency rescue, complete with glass breaking and pry bar options, it is inexpensive enough to be standard issue for each team member.
ESS Profile Turbofan
I hope you guessed: A good pair of running shoes that fit well and a few miles of peaceful trails. If I had a recommendation for long term policing, it would be the power of the workout. Oh, and carry your badge and BUG.
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