Monthly Archives: June 2018
Get Prepared, Build a Go-Bag, Stay Ready—Just in Case
You’ve all heard of the guys building bunkers and stuffing their basement with canned food. As if in the event of a natural disaster or economic collapse they’ll be fine for a couple years eating creamed corn and sucking puddle water through a purifying straw. And maybe those guys are right. Maybe when the world comes near its end we’ll all be kicking ourselves for not stockpiling plastic silverware and astronaut ice cream and whatever else those dudes got in their bunker. Maybe when nuclear war breaks out we will envy the paranoid family who hoarded hot dogs and saw it all coming.
Of course those preppers we joke about are the extreme. They are the people who wake up each day waiting for an asteroid to hit. But there is something to be said for realistically preparing for an emergency. You can get some supplies in order for a hurricane or temporary loss of power or medical event and not go as far as digging a hole beneath the swimming pool.
Here we’ve collected a handful of our products that can fit in a go-bag and be on standby in the event of an emergency. This list of products isn’t designed to keep you safe in the event of the next civil war (we’re working on that list), but rather to give you a few handy options if your family does ever fall on scarce times.
Start with a Good Tactical Bag
We’ve got your deployment bags, your 3-day assault packs, some with integrated hydration, and your advanced medical packs—but for our purposes here we probably just need a simple backpack. Our Everyday Pack is compact, lightweight and has a large, single compartment for all the preparedness supplies we’ve listed below. (It also has a nice little front pouch if you need something for class. But first disasters…)
Next, Choose a Good Flashlight
The Streamlight ProTac 2L Tactical Flashlight will do. Designed with professionals in mind, Streamlight is a law enforcement favorite. It delivers super bright light in a compact package and comes with a number of settings. The LED technology is also easier on batteries.
You’ll Want a Medical Kit
Emergency food is great, but you’d be surprised how many people prepare for a disaster like it’s a picnic. What you want is a good medical kit. The Red Cross (should our theoretical disaster hit) will be busy and you want to be sure you have supplies on hand to care for your family members.
Our Quick Detach Medical Pouch was built alongside G-Code®. It fits on a tactical belt and is made for fast access. The double zipper allows you to simply pull and the pouch unfolds to grant access to the first aid supplies inside.
Our Quick Detach Medical Pouch is made in the USA and Berry Compliant for those who serve. But it’s also a great, compact addition to any disaster preparedness setup.
[video callout] Learn more about our customizable medical kits.
If things get really bad you want to have important documents in your emergency supplies. You want all the important proof-of-life documents you might need to restart. This might require a fireproof box or something more substantial than a bug out bag. But for now, we’re not talking about the exact end of the world, not the Revelation. More just a hiccup in the order or things. A simple vast economic collapse where you need things like a few Petzl Carabiners, a Leatherman Surge, and some good rope. Maybe a couple ballistic helmets for the kiddos…
We’re being a little facetious, of course. We hear of so many people preparing for the End Times we got to wondering if it’s survival supplies we’re going to need or a bulk supply of 5.56. Should we fill our basement full of 5-gallon water jugs? (Experts recommend 1 gallon of water per person per day you’re hunkered down. FYI.) Or if the bad times come and the world goes nuts is it ammunition we’ll need?
Those are sad thoughts for another day. For now let’s keep our disaster prep lighter. Let’s picture a disaster where everything slows down for a spell, the cellphones all die in one great, awesome zap, and we’re left with our canned beans and the people we hold dear to lay out under the stars, all the lights across town dead, no longer infecting the sky, and we were the ones wise enough to snag a few Softie Snugpaks when they were online at Tactical Assault Gear —while supplies last...
The Best High-Performance Tactical Pants for Law Enforcement
If you’re a law enforcement professional, you need gear that will keep up. You have too much to worry about to lose focus because your uniform is uncomfortable or something breaks because it wasn’t up to the task at hand. That’s why we’ve made it a point to stock quality tactical pants for operators of all stripes, be it cops on the street, operators overseas, EMS professionals, or weekend warriors who protect and want to hit the woods for some quality time away from the world when they take a rare break from service. Below is a round-up of the tactical pants we offer. We’ve included some professional opinions to help you make a choice that’s right for your mission, so you can get what you need and get back to your job.
What are the best tactical pants on the market?
You’ve probably heard of the 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants, maybe Oakley Standard Issue or prAna Stretch Zion. Each of those brands makes a quality tactical pant that professionals trust. We’ve worn them and believe in them. But we carry a couple other products that we thought did the same job as those pants at different price points.
The first is a line of tactical products from First Tactical. First Tactical is a brand designed by and for operators, law enforcement professionals and EMS personnel. Their entire mission is to speak with people who wear the products every day and constantly improve the fabrics, fits and functionality to ensure the perfect mission-specific products.
[video callout] We spoke with First Tactical’s team at SHOT Show.
First Tactical makes a number of different tactical pants.
First Tactical Velocity Tactical BDU Pant
First Tactical took their Specialist Pants and feedback from the field to bring this new product to market. The key innovation in the Velocity Tactical Pant is a new lightweight design.
The Velocity Tactical Pant has double micro ripstop polyester and cotton blend fabric. It’d be pretty hard to break this stuff regardless, but then they added a Teflon Shield stain repellent finish and a mechanical two-way stretch. The stretch is there for public safety workers who needs to be agile, move quickly, and also be comfortable for long periods of time. These are high-performance pants that you can move in athletically, yet they are durable and will stand up against any mission. You can trust triple needle seams at all critical points to keep your pants together no matter how hard you push them.
These pants have side cargo pockets, internal knee pad access, a comfort stretch waistband and breathable, mesh pockets. It’s like these guys thought of everything, down to the buttonholes and pant leg bungee to secure your uniform to your boot.
Available in black, khaki, navy blue and olive green, the Velocity Tactical Pant helps you complete your battle dress uniform in comfort, function and style.
First Tactical Defender Pant
While the Velocity BDU pant is an affordable, quality option, the next level up in the First Tactical line of professional clothing is the Defender Pant. At a higher price point, this pant is built to perform and offer a professional look some departments demand of their personnel on patrol.
The Defender Pant has 28 specialty pockets that allow for customized setups and expand for oversized gear, magazines and equipment. Storage is one thing, but the real victory the Defender Pant brings to professionals is increased comfort and mobility. It used to be for durability you sacrificed movement, your more rugged products were rigid. That’s no longer the case. With articulated knees, running gussets and venting in all the pockets, the Defender Pant promotes movement and keeps you cool on the go. These are perfect for our friends down South who constantly battle the heat or for anyone doing a tour in warm weather settings.
[video callout] Check out First Tactical CEO Dan Costa talk about their approach to apparel design.
But I’m a Crye Guy...
Some folks want a complete kit that fits perfectly together. They like one brand and they want everything to match. For few brands are people as loyal as they are with Crye Precision. People say, “5.11 is cool, First Tactical sounds great, but I’m a Crye guy.” We know what they mean.
That’s why we carry a couple Crye Precision tactical apparel options so you can match your Jumpable Plate Carrier (JPC), Combat Shirt and AVS 1000 Pack to your tactical pants. Because look good, shoot straight, right?
Crye Precision Combat Pant G3
If you’re a loyal Crye customer, you know their Combat Pant comes at a higher price point than most other products on the market. But you’re paying for quality that was made here in America.
The Crye Precision Combat Pants come in a couple different Multicam colorways and your standard black. They are designed to be the highest quality assault uniform pant on the market with a padded waistband and hi-mobility stretch panels at your knees and back for optimum performance. Knee pads are sold separately, but these pants have spots for them. They also have dedicated pockets for your knife and flashlight. Rear zip pockets and large thigh pockets offer professionals and operators options to completely customize their patrol setup.
Crye Precision is dedicated to making quality products for our country’s fighting forces, so you know their signature tactical pants are built to stand up to any test and the harshest environments. As a proud retailer of Crye products, we’re happy to offer some of the lowest prices on Crye gear anywhere on the web—all to help those who serve stay ready.
Choosing the Right Tactical Pant
We only carry quality tactical pants. We don’t carry a discount option. That means choosing the right pant for you often comes down to fit, function and price. Take an in-depth look at the pockets, think through the gear you’ll run, then get a pair home and try them on. We want to help you find the right gear you need to complete your mission, so let us know if we can be of any help.