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Chase Tactical – Warrior Wednesday – Warrior Assault Systems DCS Plate Carrier Officially Approved by LAPD

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Warrior Assault Systems is proud to announce the DCS Plate Carrier in Black has been officially approved by the Los Angeles Police Department and added to the Official LAPD Approved gear list. By receiving the LAPD Approved certification, this now allows officers in the LAPD to individually purchase and use the DCS Plate Carrier during duty.

Warrior Assault Systems DCS LAPD

The Warrior Assault Systems DCS Plate Carrier was approved after a substantial evaluation period.

The DCS (Dynamic Combat System) is a lightweight armor carrier, with removable sides. Can hold Soft Armor Front and Back and in adjustable side pouches, is also capable of holding large ballistic plates front and back, and 6 x 8 side plates.

The DCS is fully adjustable for height and width, comes with 3D Spacer mesh lining for cooling and comfort.

The Warrior Assault Systems DCS Plate Carrier is currently available in Black, MultiCam, Coyote, OD Green, Ranger Green, A-TACS-FG, and A-TACS-AU

All Warrior Assault Systems products are made from genuine U.S. Mil Spec materials and hardware.

Extreme Outfitters Taking Preorders for Garmont T8 LE Boot

Friday, July 31st, 2015

2015 CT SWAT Challenge Preview

Monday, July 20th, 2015

It’s less than a month from the 2015 Connecticut SWAT Challenge, August 18-20.

2015 CT Swat Challenge Preview from Anthony Miele on Vimeo.

Tactical Pro Shop – Blue Lives Matter Patch

Monday, July 20th, 2015


The Blue Lives Matter patch, designed by and available exclusively from Tactical Pro Shop, is made of PVC with a Velcro hook backing. The patch features a design honoring all Law Enforcement Officers. Half of the profit from these patches is being donated to COPS – Concerns of Police Survivors, a highly-rated 501(c) charity.


TenCate Advanced Armor – Plate Up, America! Initiative

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Plate Up, America

The Dalton Agency, on behalf of TenCate Advanced Armor, has started up the Plate Up, America! initiative. Plate Up, America! is an effort to raise awareness for the use of hard body-armor with Law Enforcement. The initiative targets LEOs and their families, with the goal of having them add their voices to the effort of making funding available for agencies to purchase hard body armor.

Plate Up, America! has its own website, in addition to efforts through social-media channels including Facebook and Twitter, through which they communicate statistics-based facts found on Government research websites such as those of the FBI and U.S. Bureau of Justice.

Although this effort is spearheaded by TenCate Advanced Armor, a commercial, for-profit entity, the hope is for more body armor companies to join in the effort. They are also making active efforts in demonstrating that the main goal of Plate Up, America! is to protect officers from violent criminals, and not the disarming of responsible citizens.

Instituting Soft Power in Equipping Police – A Challenge to Industry

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Last week President Obama announced changes to the 1033 program that transfers surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. These new rules do not end this valuable program but rather restrict the transfer of certain technologies. Concurrently, there was a call for police to soften their image.

To be sure, law enforcement is an inherently dangerous profession. Consequently, body armor is a critical piece of equipment. According to the National Institute of Justice, over 3,000 lives have been saved by body armor since they were introduced in the 1970s. But the adoption of armor isn’t the only thing that’s been going on.  The very image of many Police has transformed.

Over the past 20 years or so, LEOs have begun to wear more comfortable clothing than the standard long sleeve shirt, tie and low quarters commonly associated with policing. Who can blame them? Not many people wear a suit and tie to work anymore.  Increased comfort equates to increased situational awareness and productivity. The requirement is valid and it’s as much a product of supply as it is demand. As one of my friends in LE pointed out, they are getting gear that was originally designed for the military. We may know some of the reasons behind this.

During that same period, the creation of tactical teams literally exploded and officers assigned to those organizations adopted military style clothing and equipment which is quite appropriate for the mission. Eventually, as crime in America transformed, the lines between specialized units and patrol cops began to blur and along with it, the adoption of tactical-style uniforms and equipment by patrolmen. Regardless of whether the gear is actually required by everyone, many are using it, and it is saving lives and improving the quality of life for LEOs. Some of it may be imdustry pushing the “easy” button and offering LE the same designs it created for the military but a lot of it is officers wanting to look the part.

Lately, there has been a great deal of criticism directed at the Law Enforcement profession, accusing them of “militarization”. For some, dressing in tactical clothing is used for the purpose of intimidation. Others want the latest and greatest kit, emulating what they see SWAT wear and the military use on the battlefield. Unfortunately, as good intentioned as they may be, both of these groups play right into the hands of their very vocal detractors who would prefer a return to the days of “Officer Friendly” with his tie and bus driver cap.

The answer isn’t outfitting our Police in “Adam 12″-style uniforms, but wearing camouflage or even Black versions of military uniforms isn’t sustainable either. Not in this climate. Instead, I’d like to offer an alternative. 

I am challenging the tactical industry to create new clothing and equipment for Law Enforcement. I recommend new styles of armor and uniforms that integrate even more effective life protecting features. In fact, as they are purpose built for policing, they could be even better than what they have available today. Much of this will be camouflage, but not the kind you’re thinking of. It’s about making features blend in. The trick is to identify LE in a positive way, yet instill a feeling of trust in the public; to soften the edges of a hard target. Some of the answers may well lie in the adoption of new color schemes. Others may be in how armor and belt mounted gear are integrated. Particularly, new camera technologies as well as GPS and communications. Additionally, there may well be ways to protect the head without looking like a military helmet.

In the same breath, I call upon the Department of Justice to offer research grants for industry to incentivize them to create these new items. I’d also like to see grants to local agencies who wish to adopt new equipment. It’s time for industry to introduce soft power alternatives for equipping law enforcement officers but they must provide the same or better comfort and protection for our police. Functionality is key, but there’s nothing wrong with looking good while you’re doing your job.


Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

An oldie but a goodie from the Joan London show featuring FBI HRT.

Thanks Matt

An SSD Reader Speaks Out In Support Of Law Enforcement

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

I received this from a long-time SSD reader who is just as frustrated with this situation as I am.

Over time I have become more and more disturbed by the rise of virtually de rigueur anti-police and anti-government rhetoric in the comments section on this site and others.  I have also come to recognize that a lack of civility and an every growing appetite for “Conspiracy Theater” seem to be the hallmark of the internet and our times.  And exhibiting simple common courtesy is now often perceived as a sign of weakness.  I may have no choice but to live with all of that; but I don’t have to suffer it in silence.  I realize that the following commentary will likely offend a few and perhaps enflame some others who may be emotionally vested in some contrary positions.  Admittedly I don’t expect to change many minds with my words.  But I am also confident that a lot more of the people that visit this site will be more in agreement with me, at least in principle, rather than with the wide eyed conspiracy buffs.  


Like most here I am a strong supporter of free speech.  I’m something of a zealot for the entire Constitution.  So I am fully aware that every American is perfectly free to say almost anything, anywhere and at any time.  That is a fact I would never attempt to dispute.  But I also cannot help but be disgusted when I see examples of commenters choosing, all too nonchalantly, to compare American Government entities with infamous state sponsored terror organizations like the Gestapo.  Just as I would be revolted if a poster earnestly tried to equate the US Military to the NAZI SS.  They are both equally unfounded and distasteful comparisons.  Unfortunately, the tempo of a website comment section is more suited to a rhetorical “slap fight” than it is too a reasoned discussion.  Honestly, as a hunt and peck typist, quite often by the time I can craft an appropriate response to an outrageous remark the conversation has moved on.  So I took my time and wrote this.


While in the Military I lived and worked closely with countless people in the Intelligence Community, Law Enforcement and the Interagency at every level.  Almost without exception they have been hard working dedicated professionals and Americans in the best sense of the word…period.  I know that is the case because I have seen it and personally experienced it over decades, not read it on some website or in a book or because anyone else says that is what I should think.  The people I know in those organizations don’t deserve the indiscriminate vitriol of anonymous internet commandos of any persuasion. And trying to compare bonafide patriots to fascists is simply reprehensible.  Moreover, I’m not even convinced that the self-professed conspiracy fanboys believe the hyperbole of their own bombast.  I think they just enjoy the shock value of the words.  Seriously, if you truly though any US Government Agency was literally akin to the real Gestapo would you bad mouth it on an open forum?


That said I also know that individual abuses of power are real and happen all too often.  And that the government is perpetually in need of strict adult supervision from the citizenry.  I have been around long enough to witness some fairly egregious public scandals and monumental misjudgments by the powerful first hand.  And like everyone else, I know of many more.  But those sad facts of life serve only to confirm one eternal truth. That those we elect and appoint to positions of power are human and will always be fallible, corruptible and imperfect.  But what it doesn’t “prove” is that the entire government is somehow colluding in a vast conspiracy to take away our firearms or our other rights. The more important issue – to me anyway – is that there always has been and always will be real threats to civil liberties.  Losing sight of that fact in order to chase shadowy “conspirators” down rabbit holes is the definition of Red Herring.  It is a waste of time and does a grave disservice to the cause of Liberty. 


I have always been a strong supporter of the 2ndAmendment as well.  I know there are indeed some people who are absolutely intent on banning firearms or even ultimately repealing the 2A.  And that very vocal and visible minority has publically identified themselves and their intentions.  No secret about that.  No hidden agenda.  No conspiracy necessary.  But here is the really hard part for some people to understand or accept.  Like it or not, “those people” have the right to their opinions and the privilege as Americans to work within the legislative process to further their stated goals.  The exact same rights that those of us who passionately oppose them enjoy.  So as an unapologetic believer in the tenets of the Constitution, and in order to guarantee the continuation of my own freedom I am obliged to accept all of those points.   I have too and I do.


Nevertheless, in the context of their stated intentions, I do see them as a direct menace to arguably the key civil liberty that sustains all the rest.  The 2nd Amendment. But they are not the kind of imminent peril that might compel me to retreat to my redoubt and await Armageddon. Rather they represent the kind of danger that demands that I make my voice heard, join like-minded organizations like the NRA and fight them appropriately where the struggle is actually being waged.  In the local City Councils, State Legislatures, Congress and the Courts across this country. That is how victory will eventually be achieved.  And I don’t need to link this very tangible threat to some amorphous conspiracy in order to motivate myself to fight for my beliefs. 


Furthermore, while I am concerned, I for one am not afraid of the anti-gun people. Their augments for additional restrictions and bans inevitably rest on the shifting sands of (mis)perception or emotion and not the firm foundation of reality and facts.  One clear and simple example is that while the number of civilian owned firearms of all types in America is exponentially greater than it was 30-40 years ago, violent crimes are at historic or near historic lows in every measured category.  So it is impossible to justify a claim that “more guns equal more crime” or even results in more deaths.  Or claim that the availability of certain kinds of modern firearms or types of magazines has somehow increased public risk.  Conversely, while there are admittedly some other factors at play, it is obviously more rational and verifiable to say that more guns in the hands of responsible citizens has positively contributed to the reduction in crime.  


It is facts like that which provide the real “ammunition” essential to winning this endless cycle of 2A arguments.  Let our opponents shoot the unsupportable emotional “blanks” instead of us.  It would be a major mistake to fall into the trap of arguing the relative merits of our “feelings” versus their “feelings” on the subject.  Making a tactical blunder or unforced error like that could actually make it much harder to successfully present, defend and win the case with the American people and our elected representatives. Unfortunately, all too frequently individual sensitivities and preconceived bias substitutes for rational discourse with some very vocal people on both fringes of the argument. Those people also have a right to be heard but not to hijack or dominate the discussion.   


Moreover, I for one remain convinced that most Americans, when presented with fact based arguments, will choose reason over “feelings” and freedom over fear.  I reject the emotionally charged but baseless premise perpetuated relentlessly by far too many people of all political persuasions that the bulk of the American People are “sheeple”.  Or any other derogatory term someone may want to use to insult or vilify our fellow citizens.  If the average American citizen was as easily deceived or led-by-the-nose by those in power as that term would suggest then any outstanding 2A questions would have been settled with little fanfare long ago.   


I would submit that the truth is a great many Americans simply don’t pay attention to any issue until it reaches enough of a “crisis level” to intrude on their personal lives.  I was like that myself as a younger man even after I joined the Army.  I felt pride in serving my country in uniform and I dare say I was a pretty fair soldier most of the time.  But drinking to excess and chasing ladies or the not so lady-like took up all my free time, money, energy and focus.  The truth is I wasn’t nearly as good a citizen as I should have been or thought I was.  I didn’t watch any news, didn’t know anything about political issues and didn’t vote until I was married and in my late 20s.  But if someone had told me at the time I had the wrong attitude and was shirking many of my civic duties there would have been a serious fight.  Eventually I grew up a little and I know better now.


Most Americans have always been more like that then not.  We all know that only a portion of the population actively supported the Revolution in the first place.  Another significant minority supported the status quo and the Crown.  A great many didn’t give a damn about politics one way or another.  They simply tried to get on with their lives and stay out of the way of the fighting.  So we were sharply divided then and we remain no less polarized today.  Clearly, having wildly divergent views on any and all subjects is neither “Un-American” nor “Un-Patriotic” but is actually as American as it gets.  The citizens of our Nation are preoccupied certainly, disinterested perhaps, self-centered maybe but still fundamentally well grounded and good people.  Understanding that, the challenge is to effectively engage, inform and energize enough of the uncommitted to join the 2A fight on our side.  Knowing the other side is constantly trying to do the same.  But the task is made much harder if our side is seen as contemptuous or dismissive of those not already actively advocating in favor of our position.  


The Founding Fathers, imperfect men all, started something extraordinary some 239 years ago.  They voiced their aspirations for our Republic and the central role of the citizen in the Declaration of Independence. Then they wrote the Constitution to enable their dream to become a functional reality.  They crafted an innovative power sharing arrangement of checks and balances that distributed the responsibilities of governance between the three Branches of the Federal Government, the individual States and the citizens. They wisely included mechanisms to preclude dominance and tyranny by either the majority or by any minority while guaranteeing the maximum amount of freedom for all.  And the Founders gave us the tools we need within the Constitution to make ourselves heard, institute any changes that we collectively see fit and fix whatever the citizenry decides needs to be fixed.  To that end, every citizen has a duty to read the Constitution and re-read it from time to time.  And that means the whole document not just the Bill of Rights.  It is all still relevant and understanding it matters.


Because, like a military unit leader, citizens are ultimately responsible for everything this Republic does of fails to do in our names.  We are the final authority.  So most assuredly, aggressive monitoring and probing and questioning and critiquing and criticizing the activities of any agency of the government is the right of every citizen.  Indeed it is a sacred duty.  A healthy dose of skepticism, even reasoned cynicism and eternal vigilance is fair and warranted. But citizenship demands that the individual do more than just energetically hold the government to task.  The citizen is expected to fully participate in the hard work of governance and hold themselves accountable as well.  If all someone has done for this country is sit on the sidelines and criticize, maybe it is past time to consider doing more?  Perhaps determine to contribute something constructive?  Or step up and shoulder “your share of the burden and then some” to paraphrase the Ranger Creed? 


Our Founders initiated the most unique and audacious experiment in freedom the world had ever seen. Where the benefits and the burdens of securing liberty would be borne by the citizens themselves. Some people would have us believe that the experiment has already failed or that it is doomed to failure because individual men can often be irredeemably flawed.  The Founders did not bequeath us a “perfect union” and they knew it.  Instead they have given each new generation in turn the opportunity to continue the work towards a “more perfect union”.  They didn’t guarantee us perpetual liberty without effort or freedom without sacrifice.  Those things are for us to secure for ourselves or risk losing through inaction.  And that is the same legacy I for one pledge to pass down to future generations of Americans.



Then there are those people who choose not to talk in stark terms of failure but rather of decline.  This group of naysayers would have you believe that this country was nearly perfect at its inception but has been decaying rather than advancing almost since the beginning.  They speak of somehow propelling the Nation backwards to the “unspoiled” time of the Founders.  Frankly, that notion reminds me of the rhetoric of ISIL fanatics that want to drive the entire world back to their version of utopia circa 700 AD.  I say no.  Our best years are not behind us.  I deeply admire the Founders.  They were brilliant men and they achieved true greatness and changed history for the better and for all time.  But even the Founders recognized that they hadn’t gotten everything right.  They didn’t view the Constitution as immutable but rather as a living document. A road map to a brighter future not a destination in itself.  Their writings of the day speak eloquently to the significant unfinished business of Liberty that was also part of their legacy to us.  They entrusted that ongoing and never ending work to those that followed them. Right now it happens to be our turn.


Far too many people today seem to revel in cataloging and regurgitating the already acknowledged shortcomings of our Nation.  I have observed this trend becoming more and more fashionable during my lifetime.  I surmise that it has gained in popularity because all the “cool kids” like Michael Moore love doing it.  Gleefully capturing and hoarding: every instance of human pettiness, every official fiasco, individual greediness, professional corruption, personal scandals and public crimes.  These distrustful archivists do their work diligently and with gusto.  Tirelessly fixated on proving the existence of intertwined conspiracy trees while conveniently ignoring an immense forest of non-conspiratorial facts that do not fit their constipated world view.  So they assiduously obsess over their coveted list of offenses to their sensibilities and share their “findings” at every opportunity.  And then, with a certain smug satisfaction, those perpetually pessimistic souls solemnly declare our Nation or at least our Government to be evil and hopeless and unsalvageable.  


Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on anyone’s self-licking ice cream cone of wrongdoings to independently come to a more complete and accurate and very different conclusion.  History gives us a vast amount of contrary evidence to counter their cynical narrative and make a more informed judgment for ourselves. There is no real contest.  Our Nation’s long and storied history of positive accomplishments and admirable attributes dwarfs and far outweighs any negatives real or imagined.  The whole truth is that for every ignoble failure there are countless examples of shining success.  For every injustice, there are innumerable examples of justice served. And most telling of all, for every time that one person or a group of people have miscarried the public trust someone else has immediately stepped forward to shoulder the burden. That is the much more honest full measure of this Great Nation.


I’m convinced, and history seems to bear me out, that our Nation today remains as strong and resilient and gloriously imperfect as it has ever been.  We continue to struggle with internal frictions and external challenges that are formidable and daunting.  But no more numerous or onerous or perilous than those our Nation has faced and overcome in the past.  I think of it this way, if my Uncle could be resolute when he faced the Imperial Japanese Army in the Pacific, then I can certainly stand my watch and wrestle with newer threats like the Taliban or Al Qaeda.  I will close with this one last splendid fact.  No single Nation in all of history has done more for humanity and the cause of Liberty than the United States.  And that was just in the first 239 years.  If we can resist the temptation to attack each other’s character or fashion hats from tinfoil every time we are unsatisfied or frustrated by our government, just imagine what we can accomplish in the next 200 years.  


Obviously some of what I have said above is entirely factual especially as it relates to the Constitution and can be authenticated by anyone that cares to take the time to do the research.  Where I have stated my opinions they are based and shaped entirely by my direct observations and life experiences.  Consequently they are also obviously less objectively verifiable and are therefore presented only for what they are worth.  Readers are of course free to believe whatever they want to believe and can reject or accept any or all of this commentary.  I fully support your right to do so.  I also vow not to take any cheap shots at your patriotism, your pedigree, your sincerity or your intelligence no matter how much I disagree (or agree) with whatever you may say in response.  Acknowledging up front that I am an imperfect man and may, under duress, let my emotions over ride my better intentions.  I will also remain equally committed to defending good people who I judge are being unfairly maligned and aren’t necessarily in a position to defend themselves.  I will now retreat to my redoubt and await Armageddon. 

De Opresso Liber.

-LTC Terry Baldwin, US Army (RET) served on active duty from 1975-2011 in various Infantry and Special Forces assignments.


Kingfisher Medical – ROVER Active Shooter/Hostile Threat Response Kit

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The Rapid Onset Violence Emergency Response kit, or ROVER, provides first responders with a deployment-ready, suitcase-sized toolkit to efficiently coordinate information, rapidly treat life-threatening injuries and quickly remove the injured. It also fosters increased cooperation between LE and EMS.

“We’ve seen hundreds of active shooter incidents where EMS/fire and law enforcement each set up separate command posts, essentially working in different silos,” says Kingfisher Medical Vice President Bob Otter, a 20-year veteran of the fire service himself. “This scenario can create dramatic and unnecessary delays in getting to these critically injured patients.”

The toolkit lid opens to the whiteboard with pre-printed cues for command staff, as well as information gathering. This keeps all emergency responders on the same page with the number of victims, victim location and other vital treatment information.


It also includes a number of IFAK trauma kits with rapid intervention supplies to treat those most seriously injured. The compact kits are PALS compatible and pre-stocked with life-saving devices, or can be custom configured to the agency’s needs or protocols.


Additionally, ROVER includes the military grade Xtract, a lightweight device that cocoons victims for a faster and safer extraction from the scene. The Xtract folds to the size of a bread loaf, yet is strong enough to lift or drag victims away from the scene with fewer emergency personnel. The Xtract reduces first responder exposure because victims can be rapidly removed from dangerous areas.


SOTech Announces Debut of Speed Clip Thigh Rig Quick Attachment System

Monday, January 19th, 2015

SOTech is proud to announce the debut of it’s Speed Clip Thigh Rig Quick Attachment System (Generation 2)(US patented). We are also proud to announce our development of a Taser Holster and Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) pouch with LAPD and LASD. The “Los Angeles Speed Clip” development resulted in agency-wide purchases by LAPD and LASD of Taser holsters and IFAK pouches across Los Angeles.


-Both agencies worked together in an effort to standardize their gear according to common requirements.
-Additional pouches including rifle magazine pouches are in use by these departments on the same platform.
-What is unique about SOTech’s Speed Clip configuration is that it can be quickly mounted on a thigh, duty belt, or MOLLE-compatible vest. SOTech recognizes the need for patrol officers to be light and nimble, while quickly Speed Clipping-on situation-dependent gear, like Tasers, rifle magazines and IFAKs.
-SOTech is also developing a third level of “Suit Up Gear” including vests and packs for deliberate preparation events such as civil disobedience control and warrant service.
-SOTech designed these pouches to be professional looking and compact keeping in mind they are in the public’s view.
-SOTech also has Speed Clip rigs for plain clothes agents and detectives, fire suppression, riot control, terrorism response, radios, and gas masks.
-SOTech began development of it’s Speed Clip line in 1997 as one of it’s first products. After decades of refinement on the streets of Los Angeles, we are proud to have been approached by two of the world’s most progressive law enforcement departments to create Generation II.


SOTech will be debuting Speed Clip Generation II at SHOT Show in Booth #20113. Learn more at or by contacting us at info@specopstech.