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American COP March 2013 Digital Edition - Page 13

DiamoND GriP WiNter tractioN soles icetrekkers DiamondGripsarethefirsticecleatswe’vefoundthatactuallyliveup totheiradvertising.The“slings”areheavy-dutyrubber,toughanddurable, whichstayflexibleeveninsub-freezingtemps.Casehardened6-pointed metal“diamondbeads”arestrungonsteelaircraftcable,puttingdozens ofbitingedgesundertheheelandballofthefoot.Wetriedthemonsheet iceoverconcrete,blackiceonasphaltandhard-packedsnow,andthey providedexcellenttraction.Asadvertised,they’realsoself-clearingand don’tcloguptothepointofdefeatingthediamondbeads. Ittakesalittlepracticetostretchthemonandoffsmoothlyand quicklyovertheheelsandtoesofyourboots,butitcanbedonefast enoughsoyoushouldn’tbetemptedtoleavethembehindwhenyouexit yourcruiser.Onceon,theystayonsnuglyanddon’ttendtopeeloffif youhavetotraversecarpetorstairswhilewearingthem.Whenwesay theybite,that’sagoodthing.MSRPis$41.95perpair.Formoreinfo: (866)925-8729, www.americancopmagazine.com/ icetrekkers Fury tactical FlashliGht sUrefire ForyouSureFire fanslookingforasuper bright,single-function, nomuss,nofusstactical light,looknofurther thantheFuryTactical ultra-high/single-output LEDflashlight.TheFury Tacticaloffersapaintblistering500-lumenbeamofwhitelightfromtwoSureFire123Alithium batteries—allhousedina5.4"hard-anodizedaluminumbody.Itweighs just5.7ounceswithbatteries,andhasaruntimeof1.5hours. Tooperateit,simplypressthetailcapswitchformomentary-on,or twistthetailcapforconstant-on.It’sano-brainer.MSRP:$155.Formore info:(800)828-8809, www.americancopmagazine.com/surefire iWb aPPeNDix holster For s&W shielD Blade-tech Smith&Wesson’snew Shieldisrapidlybeingrecognizedasatopchoicefor off-dutyandplainclothes investigationswork.Andif you’vecarriedasnubnoserevolverinsidethe waistbandintheappendixposition,you knowit’scomfortable,fastandsurprisinglysecure.TheShield’sdimensionsfit intheappendixpositionverywell,and Blade-Tech’snewstreamlinedskeletonized appendixcarryholsterismadeforit. Itismoldedwithathinnerthermal plastictoreducebulkandweightwhile retainingenoughrigiditysoasmoothdrawisn’tinhibited,soitwon’t collapseandthetopwillstayopenforeasyre-holstering.Itsnewlydesignedinjection-moldedbeltclipissizedtofitthicker,heavierbeltsand hasahookedlowerendtopreventtheslippagecommonwithmetalclips. WefoundtheIWBAppendixholsterverycomfortable.TheShieldslips inandclicksintoplacepositively,andreleasescleanlyonthedrawstroke. TheheightoftheShieldabovebeltlineisn’texcessive,yetitallowsagood grip.Overall,thisisanoutstandingmatchofweaponandholster.MSRP: $39.99Formoreinfo:(877)331-5793,www.americancopmagazine.com/ blade-tech 13 x3 NsP4604 heaDlamP Nightstick Incommentsfromcopsworkingthroughourrashofrecent naturaldisasters—hurricanes, tornadoesandseverestorms —oneofthethingstheymost frequentlysaidtheywishedthey’d hadisalightweight,inexpensive, waterproofheadlamp;onewhich wouldstayputwornoverthe head,ahood,helmetorhardhat.That’satallorderforlow-cost,butthe NSP4604HeadlampfromNightStickmightdoitforyou.It’swaterproofed toIP-X7standard,weighsonly3.7ounces,runsonthreeAAAbatteries, andsellsfor$20orlessthroughseveralonlinesources. Theinnersurfaceoftheadjustableelasticizedheadbandhasthree tacky“gripstrips”tohelpkeepitsecurelyinplace.Thelampassembly tiltsdownfromitsbaseover90degreessoyoucanaimit,andapushbuttonon/offswitchontopcyclesyouthroughatight55-lumenspotlight, abroad40-lumenflood,andan80-lumencombinationspot-and-flood beam.Runtimeon80lumensis5hours. TheNSP4604isn’tcertifiedforuseinexplosiveenvironments,but forgeneraldisaster-responsedutyit’sabargain.Formoreinfo:(800) 233-2155,www.americancopmagazine.com/nightstick WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM

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