Blauer 8835 Operational Pants Coming Soon

Just what is an Operational duty trouser? We like to think of it as an all purpose go-to pant for use by tactical units or trainers, administrative and communications, patrol, specialty units or just about anyone else in public safety. These versatile pants will match most uniform shirts Blauer makes, whether polo shirts or stitched crease military style, and can be worn comfortably in all climate zones and seasons. They are made using the same durable and easy care blended cotton rip stop we developed for Blauer B.DU’s making them the most comfortable and breathable pants in their class.
Blauer 8835 Operational Trouser Pants

  • Durable ripstop cotton blend fabric weave provides 70% more breathability than competitive products
  • Straight leg athletic cut for freedom of movement
  • Comfort stretch waistband in even sizes for perfect fit
  • 9 Pocket design for equipment storage

The look is low profile tactical, feature packed, climbing inspired and gusseted, in a modern athletic cut. Articulated knee and diamond gusseted crotch improve your range of motion. Stretch waistband with silicone shirt grip keeps your Blauer shirt securely tucked. Blauer engineered breathable ripstop fabric keeps you cool in the heat. 10-pocket design [L shaped knife pockets, zippered utility pockets with interior pockets, rear reverse welted pockets and cell phone pocket… if we’re name dropping] keeps you equipped for any type of action.

The fit you get may turn some heads. Blauer OPS pants come in waist sizes by the inch so we stock, 30,31,32,33, 34 and so on all the way to 60. No more S,M,L,XL pants and saggy rear ends if you happen to fall between sizes. Try these hardwearing, comfortable and highly breathable operational pants. The fit and function is all Blauer.

Additional Features of the 8835 Operational Pants

  • Articulated knee conforms to shape of leg in motion
  • Blauer L-Pockets with knife slot
  • Low profile zippered utility side pockets with inside compartments
  • Welted rear pockets and additional cell phone pocket
  • Silicone shirt gripper waistband
  • Snap front with heavy duty self healing delrin zipper
  • Double needle stitching
Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge with Armor Express

Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge with Armor Express

Yesterday we shot a video where Matt Davis from Armor Express used a 44 Magnum on himself to demonstrate the trust he puts into the body armor he sells.

He used a 44 magnum with 244 grain Hydra-Shock, wearing an Armor Express body armor plate with a phone book behind it to prevent blunt force trauma.

Here are some more pics from the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge

Blauer’s New 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Response Parka

New from  Blauer! 

The new Response Parka is PPE in every sense. The pathogen resistant ASTM F 1671 B.Dry membrane will keep you dry and comfortable in all conditions. High contrast X-walk retroreflective striping helps you be visible in low-light conditions. Specialty responder pockets abound, with upper and lower storage to fit all of your gear. The lightweight flexible shell design allows for year round use with multiple 3-in-1 insulated lining options that zip into the shell. Blauer’s new versatile jacket sets the standard in public safety protection.

  • Dark Navy (9848): Contrasting 3M™ Scotchlite™ X-Walk Retroreflective Striping
  • Hi Vis (9848V): Meets NEW ASTM 107-2015 Type P Class III Standard for visibility
  • ASTM F 1671 Pathogen-Resistant B.DRY membrane liner
  • Waterproof, Windproof, Breathable
  • Features and pocketing made for public safety
  • System Outerwear Compatible – Pick a standalone liner or combine
Blauer 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Parka
Blauer 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Parka

Walther PPQ 45 range day interview and shoot from the 2017 SHOT Show

We had a chance to talk to Walther and shoot their new PPQ-45 at the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day.

The PPQ (Police Pistol Quick Defense Trigger) M2 series of handguns represents the pinnacle of Walther centerfire innovation, engineering and technology. This line is our flagship and is used by German Police as well as numerous law enforcement agencies and militaries throughout the world. The pistol features the Carl Walther signature Quick trigger with a pull between 4.8 and 5.6 lbs. Standard and large interchangeable back straps, adjustable sights, polygonal rifled barrel, and fully ambidextrous controls. This combined with a Tenifer™ finish to deliver the best out of the box production polymer pistol available.

More PPQ 45 Specs available at Walther’s website

New Gould & Goodrich open top mag cases and XCalibur concealment holster at the 2017 SHOT Show

New Gould & Goodrich open top mag cases and XCalibur concealment holster at the 2017 SHOT Show

Gould & Goodrich:  New from G&G is the open top single and double mag cases.  From the forward thinking gurus at Tactical Design Labs (the newest acquisition of Gould & Goodrich) comes the new style of open top mag cases.  Anyone that knows me also knows that I have never been a real fan of the open top mag case designs simply because I just didn’t trust friction alone to hold magazines in place but I am now a believer.  This new and simple design allows open top secure carry by virtue of a retention lever that is easily pushed aside for quick and easy access.  Placing mags into the case is a breeze, and the lever grabs the mag plate immediately upon insertion securing them in place until needed.  Available in belt loop and paddle for versatile carry and available soon from On Duty Gear.
Building on their new and very well received duty holster design, G&G now offers the same holster style in concealment carry.  By adding a belt loop and paddle attachment, it turns the holster that is a favorite for duty carry into a concealment holster that is sure to take it’s turn as a go-to holster for concealed carry.  And as if the holster could not have gotten any better, Gould & Goodrich has replaced the foam at the bottom of the holster with a spring, which makes the draw even smoother.  It is also equally addicting, and promises to make drawing practice fun (is that even possible?).  I found myself continually drawing and then re-seating the blue gun back into the holster as I spoke to the reps on hand at the show.  I was impressed by the smooth and addicting nature of drawing and re-holstering the gun in the XCalibur holster.  With that, I call this one a winner.

New Streamlight Protac HL USB Headlamp from the 2017 SHOT Show

The HL® Series now has a hands-free, USB rechargeable lighting solution!  When your task requires using both hands and a bright light with a wide, flood beam, the Protac HL is the head lamp of choice. Charge on-the-go using almost any USB source, and since it accepts multiple battery sources as a backup, you’ll always have power when you need it.  Three lighting modes: – High for super-bright light: 1000 lumens which will run for 2 hours – Medium for bright light and longer run time: 400 lumens which will run for 2.75 hours – Low for a less intense beam and extended run time: 65 lumens which will run for 20 hours.

Streamlight Protac HL Headlamp at the 2017 SHOT Show

  • Designed for maximum illumination with a wide beam to light an entire area
  • Features TEN-TAP® programming, which allows the user to select one of three different programs: 1.) high/ medium/low (default program); 2.) high only 3.) low/medium/high
  • Three lighting modes:
    • High for super-bright light: 1,000 lumens; 13,000 candela; 228m beam; runs 2 hours
    • Medium for bright light and longer run time: 400 lumens; 6,000 candela;60m beam; runs 2.75 hours
    • Low for a less intense beam and extended run time: 65 lumens; 900 candela; 60m beam; runs 20 hours
  • Solid State power regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life
  • 90° tilting head reduces neck fatigue
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium ion battery (included); also accepts a Streamlight rechargeable 18650 battery or two CR123 lithium batteries
  • Durable, anodized aluminum construction; gasket-sealed, glass lens
  • IPX4 water-resistant; 1 meter impact resistance tested
  • Includes rubber and elastic head straps, USB cord and lithium ion battery
  • 8.1 oz. (229g)

Armor Express debuts new AMH-2 Helmets, Foam Encapsulated Armor and more at the 2017 SHOT Show

Armor Express: Armor Express once again is ramping up their game; putting pressure on the one company above them that stands in the way to their rightful place at the top of the industry. This year, they launched a brand new line of shields, helmets and plates. In addition, they launched a new color for their overt carriers-Midnight/LAPD Navy along with matching MOLLE Pouches!

I was given an up close introduction to the new AMH-2 helmet, which Armor Express is now producing in partnership with Busch Helmets. In the AMH-2, Armor Express will be offering more head protection than any other manufacturer has ever been able to offer. They have gone out to seek helmet testing above and beyond anything the NIJ can offer; the vaunted VPAM Certification. Not only did they pass the test, they blew it completely out of the water! Along with the helmet, which comes equipped with rails as a standard, there are several available easy-on/easy-off accessories.

Armor Express Helmet shot 27 times-point of impact
Armor Express Helmet shot 27 times-point of impact
Armor Express Helmet shot 27 Times-backface
Armor Express Helmet shot 27 Times-backface

Next up is a major upgrade to the Ara-Shock ICW Plate. Formerly coated with a line-x style coating, Armor Express now uses a foam encapsulation procedure to make an already lightweight plate even lighter! At just 4 ounces, it is easily the lightest level IIIA in-conjunction plate on the market. Plus, as an added bonus, the new procedure puts additional flexibility back into the plate, taking this great piece to a new level of comfort.

Ara-Shock ICW Encapsulated in Foam (on right)
Ara-Shock ICW Encapsulated in Foam (on right)

If there is one area that was in dire need of improvement, it was their shields. Armor Express has mended that by showing that they too can be a major player in the shield market with the launch of the LightHawk line of shields. One thing immediately apparently is the new, expansive viewport, which allows for a much fuller field of view. The new handle/carry system adds a new level of comfort and manageability, which reduces fatigue. All that coupled with the incorporation of the LED light (optional) is simply brilliant. The M1 (Level IIIA with new shape and several size configurations), the S1 (Level IIIA comes in time tested rectangular shape with several available sizes) and the R1 (Level III+ comes in 2 sizes and new shape allows use of handgun or long gun) can cover any need while giving the user the shield manageability they long for. As a bonus, the reverse sides (interiors) are covered with a soft Velcro, which will allow for mounting of mirrors, entry tools and the ability to have additional equipment easily at hand.


Unparalleled protection, which is something we have come to expect from Armor Express. See photos for details, and contact On Duty Gear for more information.

Streamlight’s new TLR6 Weapon Mounted Light at the 2017 SHOT Show

Streamlight’s new TLR6 Weapon Mounted Light at the 2017 SHOT Show

Streamlight TLR6 Weapon Mounted Light

Streamlight has released a new gun-mounted tactical light with an integrated red aiming laser. These are rail mounted. Please contact On Duty Gear to see if this product is compatible with your weapon.

Streamlight TLR-6 Weapon Mounted Light Angle Shot

  • The TLR-6 Universal Kit includes one Light/Laser module and 6 housings for use with 18+ subcompact handgun models
    • Individual TLR-6 models also available – for more information see DOCUMENTATION
  • Features C4® LED illuminator and a 640-660nm red laser
  • 100 lumens; 2,000 candela; 89m beam distance
  • Runs 1 hour (LED only or LED/laser combo); 11 hours (laser only)
  • Parabolic reflector produces a balance of beam and peripheral illumination; optimized electronics provide regulated intensity; red laser provides long-range targeting
  • Light/Laser Module designed for forward and backward compatibility
  • Ambidextrous switching (push-button on both sides) to access three modes: Laser only, Laser/LED combo, LED illumination only
  • All modes feature a 10 minute auto shut-off to conserve batteries
  • Batteries can be replaced while light remains mounted on gun; no need to re-sight laser after battery change
  • Uses two CR1/3N lithium batteries (included)
  • Removable cover for easy attachment/removal
  • Windage and elevation adjustment screws mounted in brass bushing for dependable zero retention of laser
  • Contoured housing securely attaches to trigger guard
  • Durable, impact-resistant polymer construction; IPX4 water-resistant; 1m impact resistance tested
  • Operating temperatures of -20°F to +120°F
  • Serialized for positive identification
  • 2.30” (5.84 cm) – 2.97” (7.54 cm) depending on model
  • 1.12 oz. (32 grams) – 1.27 oz. (36 grams) with batteries; depending on model
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Assembled in USA
  • All Rights Reserved. M&P Shield, GLOCK®, SIG SAUER®, KIMBER®, &  KAHR® are registered trademarks of  Smith & Wesson, Glock, Inc., Sig Sauer,  KIMBER, IP LLC & Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. Streamlight has not sought endorsement of this product from Smith & Wesson®, GLOCK®, SIG SAUER®,  KIMBER®, KAHR® Arms or Saeilo Enterprises, Inc.

Danner’s new Shadow Tech shoe at the 2017 SHOT Show

Seizing upon the opportunity to fill a gaping hole in their footwear line, Danner today unveiled the Shadow-Tech Uniform Shoe.  While built on a tennis shoe platform, Danner Shadow Tech has the aggressive outsole and tread pattern that on-duty wear would demand.  Shadow Tech is a sleek new design that Danner intends to turn into a 6” version as well in the coming months.

Mantis X High Tech Firearms Training System at the 2017 SHOT Show

Mantis X High Tech Firearms Training System at the 2017 SHOT Show

We got a chance to see the new firearms training system by Mantis X at the 2017 SHOT Show.

MantisX is a revolutionary patent-pending handgun attachment system that has a wide-ranging application for firearms enthusiasts, professionals, firearms instructors, Law Enforcement and Military personnel alike to assist you train more efficiently.  Best of all, MantisX works in both live and dry fire settings and is easily configurable via a smartphone application that is available for both IOS and Android platforms.  Adjustments can be made for the aforementioned live and dry fire applications, including a setting for handgun or long-gun.

MantisX attaches via the accessory rail on the weapon.  Next, download and install the smartphone app, then turn on the MantisX and being pairing it with the smartphone using Bluetooth technology.  Finally, begin your live or dry fire session and the Mantis X collects the data, allowing you to evaluate your performance while also identifying areas of improvement.

By using shot tracking technology, MantisX detects each shot made, analyzes firearm movement during trigger pull and assigns a score to each shot which signifies deviation from the aiming position.  Based on those movement patterns, MantisX helps you identify areas of improvement and provides coaching that will help to improve mechanics, score and precision.

On Duty Gear will be doing our own review and analysis in the coming months and will post our findings once complete.  Expect retail for the MantisX is $150 and will be available through a dealer network and on the MantisX website.

Super Seer shows off Police Motorcycle Helmet at the 2017 Shot Show

Super Seer will soon be releasing a new motorcycle helmet which comes equipped with flashing blue and red lights in the rear of the helmet. This will greatly improve
Officer Safety. As the officer brakes, the flashing lights show steady red to indicate the braking of the motorcycle. It appears to work with Bluetooth technology. This helmet will retail at approximately $700 which includes the helmet and light kit. Departments can also get their logos placed on the helmet at an additional cost. This helmet will be available approximately in May 2017. On Duty Gear shares this information with you as we remain committed to improving your office’s safety even though we are unable to provide this product as it will be only available as a direct purchase by the individual department.

Here is a video we shot of the helmet with the lights activated:

The Ravin Crossbow at the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day

The Ravin Crossbow at the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day

Out of the whole day, the very first thing I shot was the thing that impressed me most… a crossbow!!!  Ravin R-15 Crossbow – it is the fastest crossbow and 2nd fastest bow in the world at 425 feet per second!  Trigger pull is 2 stage, 2 lb.  Incredibly smooth and first shot was dead center at 100 yards.  All the guys in the booth were going crazy – great time.  MSRP is $1999 and if I had that kind of extra cash, I would definitely own one!


New Streamlight Strion DS at the 2017 SHOT Show

Streamlight just announced their new dual-switch Strion DS flashlight at the 2017 SHOT Show. This dual switch version of the Strion sports 375 lumens with a 2 hour runtime using a rechargeable Lithium ion battery.

Streamlight Strion DS Flashlight

  • DUAL SWITCH TECHNOLOGY – Access multiple lighting modes via the push-button tail switch or head-mounted switch. Switches operate independently.
  • TEN-TAP® programmable switch allows user to select one of three different programs: 1.) high/medium/low with strobe (factory default); 2.) high only without strobe; 3.) high/medium/low without strobe
  • Three modes and strobe:
    – High for a bright super-bright beam: 375 lumens; 12,000 candela; 219m beam distance; runs 2 hours
    – Medium for bright light and longer run time: 150 lumens; 5,000 candela; 141m beam distance; runs 5 hours
    – Low for a less intense beam and extended run time: 40 lumens; 1,300 candela; 72m beam distance; runs 20 hours
    – Strobe for disorienting or signaling your location: runs 4.5 hours
  • C4® LED technology for extreme brightness
  • Optimized electronics provide regulated intensity
  • Lithium ion battery is rechargeable up to 1,000 times; fully recharges in 3 hours
  • Clamp style charger holder with digital control circuit that prevents over-charge
  • PiggyBack® charger doubles your run time by charging a spare battery (sold separately) so you can keep on working; reduces down time
  • IPX4 water-resistant; 2m impact resistance tested
  • 6000 series anodized machined aircraft aluminum; Borofloat high temperature glass lens
  • Anti-roll head prevents the light from rolling away when you set it down
  • 6.40” (16.26 cm); 5.4 oz (153 grams)
  • Serialized for positive identification
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Shooting the Walther Creed at the 2017 SHOT Show

Paul got a chance to shoot the new Wather Creed at the 2017 SHOT Show.

Walther Creed Features

  • 3 DOT Polymer Sights
    • Rapid aiming and target aquisition
    • Rear sight screw adjustable for windage
    • Low profile – won’t snag clothing
  • Custom Accessory Rail
    • Picatinny rail
    • Mounts optional flashlight or laser
  • Smooth Trigger
    • Constant 6.5 lb trigger pull
    • Smooth for greater accuracy and control
  • Slide Serrations
    • Front and rear slide serrations
    • Non-slip surface to operate the slide
    • Distinctive Walther styling
  • Slide Stop Lever
    • Slide lock back on empty
    • Slide stop extended for easy gloved operation
  • Magazine Release
    • Conveniently positioned for thumb operation
    • Ambidextrous for right or left hand operation
  • Ergonomic Walther Grip
    • Non-slip, cross-directional grip surface
    • Better control
    • Comfortable shape
  • 3 Safeties
    • Two drop safeties
    • Firing pin block for safe carry
  • Tenifer Coating
    • Tenifer coating on slide and barrel
    • Resists corrosion
    • Matte finish


Streamlight’s New Protac HL-X at the 2017 SHOT Show

Streamlight’s New Protac HL-X at the 2017 SHOT Show

Steamlight Protac HL-X

Streamlight is going to be showing off it’s new 1000 lumen Protac HL-X flashlight in a few days at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  The HL-X can run off either 2 lithium CR123A batteries or their rechargeable 18650 battery with 1.25 to 1.5 hours of use at full power.  It also features a 400 lumen and 65 lumen mode with a runtime as high as 23 hours.

Streamlight Protac HL-X Features

  • Features TEN-TAP® Programming – Choose from three user selectable programs: 1.) high/strobe/low; 2.) high only; 3.) low/medium/high
  • C4® LED illumination output and run times:
    • High for maximum illumination: 1,000 lumens; 27,100 candela; 330m beam; runs 1.25 hours (CR123A batteries); runs 1.5 hours (18650 battery)
    • Medium for bright light and longer run time: 400 lumens; 10,000 candela; 200m beam; runs 3 hours (CR123A batteries); runs 3.5 hours (18650 battery)
    • Low for extended run time: 65 lumens; 1,600 candela; 80m beam; runs 20 hours (CR123A batteries); runs 23 hours (18650 battery)
    • Strobe for signaling or disorienting: runs 2.5 hours (CR123A batteries); runs 3.25 hours (18650 battery)
  • Solid State power regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life
  • Dual fuel – uses two CR123A lithium batteries (included); also accepts one Streamlight rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery
  • Durable, anodized aluminum construction; Unbreakable pocket clip
  • IPX7 waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes, 2m impact resistance tested
  • Anti-roll head
  • Includes two CR123A lithium batteries and nylon holster
  • 5.43 in. (13.8 cm); 5.7 oz (162g) with CR123 batteries; 6.2 oz ( 176g) with 18650 rechargeable battery
  • RoHS compliant