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American COP Nov/Dec 2010 - Page 20

CARRY OPTIONs FROM HOlsTERs TO HAVERsACKs. MARK HANTEN Lock ‘Em and Fool ‘Em I t’s easy to imagine your cop car as an impregnable bank-like vault. “Hey, who’d mess with a cop car?” It’s happened plenty of times — ask the FBI. I think they’re still stinging from having a slew of sub-guns stolen out of an “undercover” SUV. That’ll leave a mark. Carrying can mean many things, and in our line of work, sometimes carrying means “keeping safe when you’re not there.” And, that concern extends to your home too. Keep in mind someone only has to follow you home from your shift one day and presto — they know where you live. And chances are good cops have guns at home. Let’s take a quick look at a couple of ways to help you address this alternative-mode of security. It’s literally a red herring. The Red Herring gun vault looks quite innocuous in the closet behind the American COP wardrobe. Your Cop Car All the while, all the tools you need for “homeland” security lurk inside. C onsole Vault, Inc. makes semicustom lock boxes designed to fit in the consoles of various vehicles. They make a custom vault for over 26 specific vehicle models, as well as a “Universal” vault, which will fit in many other vehicle models (or boats or airplanes for that matter). Console Vault also makes a “Mobile Transporter” vault, which is a secure mobile gun case you can affix to anything from a spare tire to a bed frame with its 21" retractable cable. For those with higher security needs, they even make one called the “High Security Carry Case,” which transcends the realm of “security cabinet” or “lock box” and delves into what I would call a “safe.” This portable safe is a 16-gauge steel, mini-briefcase weighing over 15 pounds with its 36" retractable cable. This thing is tough. y favorite Console Vault product is the “Red Herring.” The Red Herring is a home security cabinet allowing you to keep a handgun ready without concern it’s going to get stolen or tinkered with when you’re out of the house (or not paying attention to your kids, grandkids, or their friends). This vault is designed to be installed flush with the wall and attached to the wall studs. The minor installation project requires a stud finder, drywall saw and a screwdriver. Like many of these types of lock boxes, it’s not a safe and a 250-pound parolee with some tools will eventually get into it if they aren’t concerned with how much noise they make. What the Red Herring lacks in toughness, it makes up for in subterfuge. By using the fine art of deception, the Red Herring appears to be something it isn’t, throwing Continued on page 48 WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 Even the lock mechanism is deceptive. It looks just like a “Voltage Conditioning System,” whatever that is … Subterfuge M 20

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