Members of Coffee County (Alabama) Sheriff's Department apprehend “suspect” during active-shooter exercise conducted at Lucas Stagefield. In active-shooter or terrorist event, EMS won’t render aid until scene has been secured. Photo: U.S. Army by Nathan Pfau

AGAINST ALL ODDS Dark Angel Medical Ankle Trauma Kit

S.W.A.T. Magazine is all about preparedness and individual responsibility. Preparedness requires the proper mindset, training, and tools. It doesn’t just happen. It’s a way of life and takes some effort. And it’s about preparing for possibilities, not just probabilities. Everyone should carry a med kit. If you have made the choice to responsibly carry a…

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Tactician is powered by pair of 3-volt 123A lithium batteries. Author recommends SureFire 123A batteries, which are designed for high-drain applications and can be bought in bulk to save money.

OFFBEAT: SureFire Tactician Flashlight

The SureFire® Tactician™ handheld flashlight is an outstanding new addition to the SureFire lineup. Designed for everyday carry (EDC), the versatile Tactician has a unique combination of features that make it an ideal flashlight for personal defense. Size and weight do matter when it comes to EDC. At five inches in length with a one-inch…

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Follow-Up has 2.6-inch drop-point blade and ergonomic skeletonized handle. Knife feels good in the hand.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Benchmade 101BK Follow-Up

The 101BK Follow-Up is one of the newest members of Benchmade® Knife Company’s Black Class of professional-use knives. The Follow-Up is a compact fixed-blade knife designed for back-up, self-defense, and utility applications. Designed for discreet carry, the Follow-Up has an overall length of 5.99 inches. It has a black Cerakote® coated 2.6-inch long, 0.14-inch thick…

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TOPS Knives Hammer Hawk and Backup. Hammer Hawk is a new heavy-duty tomahawk-style axe that combines function and style. TOPS Backup fixed-blade knife was designed specifically to be carried with the Hammer Hawk.

THE CUTTING EDGE: TOPS Hammer Hawk & Backup Fixed-Blade Combo

TOPS Knives recently provided me with its much-awaited Hammer Hawk tomahawk and Backup fixed-blade knife combo for evaluation. It’s a very impressive combo that will meet the field requirements of many readers. Designed by TOPS Knives president Leo Espinoza, the Hammer Hawk and Backup combo is a versatile paired-blade system for the outdoors that’s capable…

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Williams Tactical Key is designed to be held between the fingers with the handle in the palm of the hand like a push dagger.

OFFBEAT: Tactical Keys

No weapon is any good if you don’t have it with you when you need it. One thing that people always have with them is their keys. They’re allowed everywhere. A popular idea is that one can use their keys as a personal-defense weapon when other weapons are unavailable. A technique touted by many is…

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Matriarch 2 is a purpose-designed personal-protection tool that’s based on the Spyderco Civilian, which was designed for federal undercover narcotics agents.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Spyderco Matriarch 2 with Emerson Opener

The Spyderco® Matriarch™ 2 folding knife has its origins in the C12 Civilian™—one of Spyderco’s oldest and most unique designs. The Civilian was developed at the request of a U.S. federal law enforcement agency that wanted for its undercover agents an easily concealed knife that could serve as a potent defensive weapon when wielded with…

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Emerson CQC-7BW has its genesis in Emerson’s custom handmade CQC-6. The CQC-7 was originally licensed to Benchmade, which sold it under the model name BM970 or BM975 depending on blade length. Emerson CQC-6 (top) and Benchmade BM970. Photo: Dave Mundell


Ernest Emerson needs no introduction. He’s widely regarded as the father of the modern “tactical folder.” And there’s no more iconic tactical folder than the Emerson CQC-7. It was the genesis of the tactical knife industry and has remained a major influence in tactical knife design. The CQC-7 was designed for one purpose—as a close-quarters…

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Ballistic eye protection is essential for all shooters and anyone who may go into harm‘s way. Liquid Eyewear Gasket with hingeless frame made from aircraft aluminum. Liquid also makes a hinged frame model, called the T-Flex, with patent-pending rubber hinge. Liquid Eyewear is veteran-owned and made in the USA.


Sunglasses are an essential item of personal protective equipment. Selecting the right sunglasses is essential. They not only need to protect your eyes from the sun but from unexpected eye hazards as well. Wearing the proper eyewear could prevent more than 90% of all eye injuries. Non-prescription sunglasses sold in the U.S. are regulated by…

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OFFBEAT: ReadiMask Respirator and Eye Shield

I recently became aware of an innovative product called the ReadiMask that is being exclusively distributed to the global law enforcement and corrections markets by Security Equipment Corporation, best known for its SABRE® OC (pepper) spray. The ReadiMask is manufactured by Global Safety First, which will continue to handle distribution and sales to the general…

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Offbeat: Blue Force Gear Marking Light Stick Dispenser

Anyone who has ever had to deal with multiple chemical light stick deployments in a tactical operation knows how time consuming and what a pain in the you-know-what that can be. Blue Force Gear® (BFG) changed all that with its innovative and very cool new Marking and Recognition Chemstick Dispenser (MARCO™) marking light stick dispenser.…

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