Tactical Gear

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Increasingly, tactical gear is being worn by security agencies all over the world. In keeping with developments in the field of protective fabric, protective gear for combatants of all kinds is becoming more and more wearable. It is no longer the incredibly bulky, stiff prospect that it was some years back. But there are some very important points to observe if personnel are to ensure that their engagement gear gives them the service they need.

Checking on Tactical Gear

Most producers guarantee products for five years, as with constant wear, any type of protective clothing is going to be affected. But with tactical gear it's not just a matter of looks. Lives can depend on constant levels of protection, so personnel need to be trained to inspect their equipment regularly for defects or shifting of protective panels. This applies whether you're wearing the vest, or the full-body riot version of tactical gear.

In addition to checking that there are no rips or tears, seams should be intact with no popped stitches. Exposure to some chemicals will render this specially constructed gear instantly useless, so if you think that a particular garment has been so affected, it should immediately be replaced.

What many people don't realize is that once a person has been shot or attacked while wearing a particular set of tactical gear, that item is no longer suitable for use. It should also be immediately replaced. The good news is that many producers of tactical protection gear will undertake to replace the product at no charge under such circumstances. Ask your supplier if they offer such arrangements.


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