Many legacies begin with a single person’s aspirations or dreams. From a famous chef all the way to the President of the United States; everyone starts out relatively small. Even the most famous brand names can have humble beginnings.
The 5.11 brand, for example, was famously started by mountain climber Royal Robins looking to make a better pair of climbing pants for himself. The name “5.11” comes from a climbing difficulty level, designed by Robins himself, which is inspiringly defined as
“After thorough inspection, you conclude this move is obviously impossible; however, occasionally someone actually accomplishes it.”
There are many other stories of popular brand names with unique origin stories, and here we’ve collected a small sample. Continue reading The Stories Behind Famous Brands→
Whether it’s for a night patrol, checking a dark room for threats or keeping someone disoriented in self-defense, a flashlight is a key tool for any modern day hero to get the job done. However, it’s important to make sure that, like any tool, your flashlight is best suited for your individual needs. Here are five features to look out for when purchasing a new tactical flashlight, as well as a few recommendations that stand out.
Most flashlights can do a fine job of illuminating a room, but it’s important to keep in mind that tactical flashlights need a bit more power behind them than the average flashlight gives off. For a flashlight to be an effective self-defense tool, it needs to be bright enough to disorient attackers, so look for lights with more than 120 lumens. Lower than that and you lose the disorientation the light provides in a tactical scenarios. Many tactical lights also come with multiple light output modes, which you can use depending on your particular need for the flashlight at the moment. These settings usually include varying lumens output modes of High, Medium, and Low with an additional strobe setting, with some High modes reaching over 1000 lumens.
Check out this video below for more information about the various light beams tactical flashlights are capable of:
Your flashlight will likely see a lot of action, so you’ll want one that will withstand a lot of use. If you’re using a metal flashlight make sure it’s made from hard anodized aluminum. The metal is light, but also tough enough to handle the typical drops, bumps, and bruises that happen on the job. Additionally look for one that’s waterproof. Your flashlight needs to be operational in all weather conditions, including rain or wet areas.
Flashlights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but from a tactical perspective it’s important to go small. A smaller flashlight gives you the ability to carry it in your pocket or duty belt every day. Ideally, you’ll want your flashlight to be no bigger than the size of your palm. Additionally smaller lights weigh less and are much more versatile to handle with a firearm, so make sure your flashlight is light enough in weight that it doesn’t get in the way.
The lifespan on your flashlight depends on both the type of bulb and battery used. High power LED bulbs are the definite choice in comparison to other bulbs. LED bulbs offer longer battery life and are up to five times brighter than the older xenon bulbs which replaced the older standard filament bulb. Additionally, LED bulbs will not break due to the shot recoil of a firearm in the way that older bulbs would. A lithium battery can be a bit more expensive than a traditional battery, but will provide you with longer illumination. If you’re willing to spend a bit more upfront you can save money in the long term by choosing rechargeable batteries, as well.
The best way to make sure your flashlight has a good grip is to check if it’s textured so that it’s easy to grip with grooves, bumps, and indents on the handle of the flashlight. If your flashlight is made of plastic, then it may contain a rubber layer on the handle that will also act as a grip.
Obviously your own flashlight should be purchased to fit your own particular needs, but hopefully this brief guide gave some insight into the features to keep in mind while making that purchase. Here are a few recommendations that can be found at Galls.com:
This flashlight is made of aircraft aluminum and is water resistant. Its anti-roll head prevents the light from rolling away if dropped, multi-mode tail switch for one handed operation of High, Low and Strobe modes, with the high mode producing up to 600 lumens! It runs on two CR123 lithium batteries for more powerful lumens output, making this an excellent tactical flashlight.
Made of a aircraft aluminum body and is weather and shock resistant. Uses a High powered CREE LED with a 100,000 lifespan. Similar to the Streamlight ProTac above, it contains three light intensity modes and a strobe function as well.
Whether you’re a law enforcement officer, firefighter, soldier or just ready for a challenge – mud races and obstacles courses are an exciting way to stay physically fit during spring and summertime. Show off your toned spring body with these workout tips and gear to help you go the extra mile.
Something as simple as finding the right shoe will give you the head start you need on your next race. “You want a shoe with aggressive traction and a thin upper, so that it won’t absorb a lot of water,” says Spartan Race champion Hobie Call. A good shoe must be tough, versatile, and able to withstand everything race organizers throw at them. They also better feel good on your feet.
During longer races, water stations can be few and far between, so it’s important to carry a slim hydration pack filled with water or some sort of electrolyte/energy drink. Although it might be tempting to move faster when hitting an obstacle, you should resist. Keep a steady pace and keep your intensity levels even. It’s easy to get ramped up for the obstacles but that can hurt you in the long run.
Weather has the power to change your game entirely, and it is important to be prepared for anything. For windy days, wear a light pullover windbreaker. Don’t wear a jacket with a zipper as zippers can get caught or clogged with mud.
Welcome to police work! You’ve made it through the rigorous physical training and stressful testing. Now it is time to prepare for your first day on duty, and to purchase the proper equipment for your duty belt. Each piece of your equipment will be a huge part of your entire career.
Know your duty belt like the back of your hand. You should be able to reach down and grab anything you need with ease, at any given moment. The goal of proper placement of duty belt equipment is to assure you that everything can be located and ascertained as second nature – like an extension of your own body. This way, in a situation, you can grab and return each piece of equipment without taking your eyes off the suspect or what you are doing.
Here are a few necessary items to run through and some pointers for each piece of equipment.
Starting from the front center and moving towards your strong side, the first item from the center point is your handcuff case. This is placed here so that it can be accessed from either hand. Many officers make the mistake of carrying the handcuffs behind their firearm. If your weapon was out, covering a subject, and you need to retrieve the handcuffs, you have to either holster the weapon or use your strong hand to obtain the cuffs.
Handcuffs have the power to act as a defensive weapon if needed during a physical altercation and since this is the perfect location, there is no reaching around to locate.
On either side of the holster should be a belt keeper. This will help secure the holster to your body. With the proper handgun retention, and a triple secure holster, the weapon will be protected.
Keep nothing behind the holster. There have been reports of police equipment moving on the duty belt and sliding behind the holster. Depending on the type of holster, this item prevented the weapon from being drawn.
Moving to the non-firearm side of your belt, the first item is your magazine pouches. The magazines are facing forward and nothing is blocking the quick removable and reloading of these important tools. Look for a magazine holder that has hidden snap closings to protect your gear, if needed.
With the ear piece secured by a small strap around the ear and under the ear lobe, this will become a critical safety tool for you. Only you will be able to hear what is being transmitted. It’s light-weight and out-of-the-way.
A high-quality knife is the sign of a good officer. A folding knife can be an excellent backup weapon when nothing else is around. Most officers carry at least one folding knife on them while on duty. There’s a lot that you should consider before buying your knife.
Not too big, not too small, but just right.
“Hold it in your hand with your eyes open and then close your eyes,” advises Bill Raczkowski, category manager for Gerber. “If you have to use this knife in an emergency, you may have to do so without looking at it. Make sure it feels like part of your own body.” For officers who wear gloves on duty, Raczkowski adds that they should also test the hand feel while wearing the gloves. Your knife should simply feel like an organic extension of your own hand. This can be measured by size, weight, grip, and handle design.
The real damage: the blade.
At the end of the day, the blade is what’s going to do the real damage. What is the design? What material is it made from? What is the length? Folding blades usually have two kinds of tips: Tanto and Drop Point. A Tanto blade maintains its thickness until the very tip, then it angles to a very sharp point. It also makes the blade an excellent puncture and chopping tool. A fixed Tanto blade is even a very powerful prying tool (however folding knives should never be used as prying tools). Drop Point blades are the traditional rounded blade like a kitchen knife. They are great for slicing things and for skinning animals. These blades thin out toward the tip, which makes this design the preferred tool for making fine cuts.
Serrated or straight edge?
Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Serrated blades are great for ripping through webbing, rope, and other materials. They also don’t need to be kept quite as sharp as straight edges to be effective, which is convenient. There are several options for sharpening a straight edge; the only good way to sharpen a serrated edge is with a round file.
Get a grip!
Folding knives are manufactured with several different types of grips, including plastic, polymer, aluminum, titanium, and many more. Knife collectors and aficionados tend to prefer expensive metal grips, but for the average user, the main thing about grips is feel. If you don’t like the grip, then it’s not the right grip for you.
Smith & Wesson: These knives are high-quality and often multi-featured. The Smith and Wesson’s Extreme Ops knife includes a half-serrated tanto-style blade, seatbelt cutter and a glass breaker. Perfect for everyday carry.
Coast: These tactical knives are often lightweight, tactical and tough. The Coast DX330 Rescue Knife will power through the toughest cutting job with ease. It includes a glass breaker, integrated seatbelt cutter for maximum versatility, and a double lock.
Last Saturday, giant clouds of smoke rose from a 7-alarm fire that destroyed a warehouse and floated across Brooklyn and into Manhattan. Over 50 units, almost 300 firefighters and help from the marine unit were called in to extinguish the flames in Williamsburg.
The single-digit temperatures and strong winds made this fire particularly difficult for fighters to contain. No injuries were reported, and no dangerous toxins appear to have come from the flames.
By Sunday, everything in firehose shot of the warehouse — a motorcycle, cars parked on the street, and even firefighters’ helmets and suits — were crystallized in a frosty coating and adorned with icicles. Here are some chilling photos of the events that took place.
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Countries throughout the world train special operation forces within their military. All special ops forces train to be the the best of the best, and to take the impossible task and make it possible. None are tougher than the US Military Forces. Here are five of the many military forces that continue to impress us, day after day, year after year.
1. US Army Delta Force
This covert special operations unit is so top secret, even the U.S. government doesn’t officially acknowledge its existence. The US Army’s Delta Force is the only official US counter-terrorism unit that focuses on hostage rescues, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism. Delta Force members come from the most elite of all military branches, as they train and prepare for a multitude of dangerous scenarios.
2. Navy SEALs
These guys are the super-soldiers of the US Military Force. Think you’re tough? Try training with the Navy SEALs during “Hell Week,” in which soldiers must endure the MOST grueling six days of intensive training on four hours sleep!
3. Green Berets
Officially known as the Army Special Forces, these soldiers handle unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, and counter-terrorism. No biggy. If you’ve ever wondered whether you have what it takes to become a Green Beret, here’s just some of what’s required to make it through the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course: Swim 50 meters while wearing uniform and boots, calisthenics, land navigation, log carrying, ice crossing and much more.
4. Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance
As their motto goes, “We are warriors, one and all. Born to defend, built to conquer. The steel we wear is the steel within ourselves, forged by the hot fires of discipline and training. We are fierce in a way no others can be. We are Marines.” If you enjoy missions on land and sea, and even in the air, and place values and honor above yourself, you may be Marine material.
5. Night Stalkers
The name alone sounds tough! This is the unit responsible for flying the helicopters that get special forces personnel to the destination. A highly elite group, the Night Stalkers are trained how to move at incredibly high speeds and low altitudes. Their primary mission is to engage the enemy in close combat and direct-fire battles. “Rangers Lead the Way” isn’t just a motto, it’s a fact.
Looking for a few extra gizmos to give to Dad this year? We’ve got a few ideas for you. No need to spend a fortune! Galls has a wide variety of cost-effective gifts that Dad is sure to appreciate. If your Dad falls under one of these 5 categories, you’re in luck.
This gizmo is perfect for the Military Dad. Why get him one flashlight when you can get him 20? This flashlight offers 20 different flashlight settings including four levels of output settings, white C4 LED, IR LEDs, dimming capabilities and much more.
This gadget is sure to knock his socks off! The Res-Q-Rench has five life-saving tools in one. Features include a gas shutoff tool, pry tool, seat belt cutter, spanner wrench, and a carbide tip window punch. Surely, this will become his favorite tool in his bunker pants.
Fast, smooth, safe and simple. What more could you ask for in a pocket knife? Patented Max-Lock technology secures the blade closed when not in use and double locks the Liner-Lock when open, even if the Liner Lock is inadvertently dis-engaged.
This is the best knick knack kit around. What’s better, all the instruments in this set are colored, making it easy to determine which instruments belong to you. They will fit well in your duty belt and the colors will make them easy to access when you need them the most.
Still in training? Not a problem – we’ve got plenty of gizmos and gadgets for this Dad. These training cuffs open just by rotating wrists, making it easier to practice your technique again and again. This product features a Double-lock for advanced training.
The Nike SF Boot is what first responders expect from a tactical boot!
It combines the comfort and flexibility of athletic footwear with the toughness and durability that first responders expect from a tactical boot.
Believing that law enforcement and rescue personnel move like athletes when they are on duty, Nike engineers specifically designed the Nike Special Field Boot to be extremely lightweight, flexible and dependable.
Nike SF Boot – Built for First Responders
These boots were built to be comfortable right out of the box!
Synthetic leather overlays and a sturdy outer shell offer a tough yet flexible boot shape that allows for a full range of motion while still maintaining support. This is important to first responders who are stepping, jogging and running on all types of ground conditions.
The sole of the SF Boot provides complete protection for your foot. Parts of the forefoot are puncture and laceration resistant which is vital when walking on dirt and concrete surfaces covered with glass, metal and other debris. The midsole is super-cushioned and the slightly raised heel offers more grip on unsturdy or downhill surfaces.
The overall customized fit of the boot is comfortable for extended everyday wear.
Interested in the Nike SF Boot? Here’s more info:
Quick-drying synthetic leather overlays
For durability and support – these tactical boots are designed to keep you going for extended periods – you want a boot you can rely on.
Multiple ventilation zones
Allows the boot to breathe and drain quickly. Dry boots mean dry feet and that means less stinky boots! Less moisture makes everything more comfortable (condensation in a boot can be irritating and destructive to your boot and your feet). Properly ventilated boots also help keep feet from chafing.
Genuine leather footbed
Durability, flexibility and comfort – a perfect combination. When you’re on duty, comfort is key. Comfort is not something you necessarily think about, but it is something you certainly appreciate when your shift is over!
Special lock-lace system
Helps keep your foot in place to maintain a comfortable, customized fit during extended wear. That’s what tactical gear is all about – it does it’s job so you don’t have to worry and you can do your job.
Nike Free inspired outsole
Designed for traction on all terrains- better gripping ability, better overall stability and better sure-footedness when you need it most.
Weighs 15.9 oz
The boot is about two-thirds the weight of traditional boots. That means there is less weight to carry around and that means fresher legs. It also means less weight to lug around in your gear bag!
The new Special Field Boot from Nike was specially designed and engineered for first responders.According to Nike, it’s “the lightest, fastest-drying, highest mobility performance boot we’ve ever made!”
A modern, athletic boot engineered to meet the expectations of world class heroes!
Want to buy the Nike Special Field Boot? Consider these benefits:
Combination of comfort, support and athletic flexibility
Genuine leather footbed is durable, flexible and comfortable
Designed for exceptional traction and natural range of motion
Ventilated to keep feet cool and allow the boot to breathe
Quick drying materials that work to wick away sweat and moisture