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How effective is the ballistic helmet?

How effective is the ballistic helmet?
I’m not terribly old. In fact, I feel, at best middle aged. But I am old enough to remember a time when SWAT teams did not always use Ballistic Hel...

Can you trust security robots? Here's how smart they get

security robots
While it still might seem strange to most people, robots that are used for security are becoming more popular in a number of companies and private ...

Your Ideal Fall Camping Gear

safe fall camping
Fall can be an ideal time to camp -- fewer crowds, nice weather, and stunning fall foliage -- but it takes a different mindset and gear kit than su...

Public Safety can be Gear Intensive: Meet the Tools that Keep You Safe

public safety
As most people go about their daily lives, they are content to assume they are generally safe from harm or intrusion. People feel this way because ...

Safe Gun Handling Tip from Law Enforcement: Clearing Barrels

clearing barrel
If you work in an environment that uses, or handles firearms, you probably need a clearing barrel. What is a clearing barrel? A clearing barrel is ...

6 Facts About Metal Detectors That You Didn’t Know

metal detector
What do airports, amusement parks, and my local county fair have in common? If you guessed overpriced, unhealthy foods (like chocolate covered baco...

What are jammers and why do you need one?

What are jammers and why do you need one?
Some time back a Special Forces soldier was accused of illegally killing an Afghanistan civilian. The soldier in question had seen the civilian wit...

Pepper spray needs to be part of your everyday carry

Pepper spray needs to be part of your everyday carry
When I first started in police work we were issued a small can of mace, with the idea that we could use it to defend ourselves from a violent attac...

Good gear is helpful, good training is essential

Good gear is helpful, good training is essential
Many who come to this blog are looking for recommendations for gear that will enhance their safety and help meet mission requirements. And that’s a...

What is a real tactical backpack and why do you need one?

ballistic backpack
Someone once opined that the word tactical is like sex appeal. It can be used to sell anything.  These days it seems like there may be some truth t...

Armored Cars, the Often-Overlooked Aspect of Personal Security

armored vehicles
Having grown up in Southern California I had the opportunity to embrace the car culture during my formative years. I was obsessed with all types of...

Concealable Body Armor and Why You Should Consider It

Concealable Body Armor and Why You Should Consider It
It always surprised me to find that some of the cops I worked with did not wear body armor, aka bullet proof vests, while on duty. One of my good f...