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Tactical, Predator, and Self Defense Gear

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Whether you’re a Tier 1 operator or a tacti-cool weekend warrior, this round up is for you. Featuring gear that crosses over from the military world to the civilian world and back again, these trusted items deliver rugged design and reliability. So, gear up for your next mission with these selections. 

Garmont T8 Bifida Boot, $154.99, garmonttactical.com

Designed to provide the best in durability and comfort throughout hard use while on duty and constructed with an upper composed of split-grain leather and heavy duty DD grid materials, these boots are designed to be abrasion resistant while still allowing your feet to breathe comfortably. To ensure that these world-class boots can be worn by individuals who serve in the United States military, these boots are authorized for wear with OCP uniforms for Army and USAF members and multicam uniforms for Army members.

Benchmade 365 OUTLAST, $255.00, benchmade.com

This revolutionary multi-purpose knife will ensure that you have all the bases covered in an emergency situation. It features the OPTION Lock which allows you to use either the drop point blade or the serrated blade. A rescue hook/strap cutter is integrated into the handle, as well as a carbide-tipped glass breaker.

5.11 Range Master Backpack Set 33L, $169.99, 511tactical.com

Stay organized and ready with all your shooting gear safety stored, yet easily accessible. This pack gives you multiple ways to organize your rounds, pistols, mags, holster, belt, and other gear. It’s dimensioned to fit an included Single Pistol Case and the included small and medium Range Master pouches. 

5.11 Weapen Tool AR, $59.99, 511tactical.com

Inspired by the distinctive look of an AR15, this pen was designed by retired US Army Ranger Justin Gingrich and is built to make quick adjustments and fixes to your AR whilst functioning as a Phillips screwdriver, writing pen, defensive weapon, and four-and-five-prong front sight adjustment tool. 

5.11 Hard Times Glove, $59.99, 511tactical.com

This glove provides operators strong, reliable knuckle protection. And the touchscreen leather palm means you’ll never feel disconnected. Even in the harshest mission environments, this glove goes the extra mile to keep your hands safe and responsive.

5.11 Field Watch, $169.99, 511tactical.com

Inspired by military watches worn by forces around the world, this watch is built to last, no matter where you find yourself. It’s water resistant to 330 feet and features a unidirectional ratcheting bezel. Phosphorescent hands keep civilian time on the main dial, with military time displayed on the inner dial. Perfect for active weekends or easy nights out, it rolls with a clean, classic military look you can wear every day.

5.11 Apex 6″ Wedge Boot, $149.99, 511tactical.com

This boot is built with a D30 support footbed for revolutionary shock absorption, all day comfort, and lasting heel and arch support. Its lightweight Vibram Christy re-soleable outsole gives all-day stability and comfort. The outsole also features Vibram Newflex to maximize your grip and enhance your energy. 

On the Prowl

There is just something indescribable about predator hunting. You are stepping into a world of darkness alive with animals that are on the search an easy meal. It is an almost eerie feeling at times as you call into the blackness in hopes to bring one in just close enough for a quick shot. This round up features gear designed to give you the edge on your prey. 

Pulsar Axion Key XM22, $1,699.00, pulsar-nv.com

This monocular delivers big on thermal imaging performance but is compact enough to fit in your pocket. Built with reliability in mind, the unit features an all-metal housing and is submersible in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Additional features include a 900-yard detection range, full-color micro-display, and 2-8x magnification. 

FOXPRO Eye Scan Light, $349.99 basspro.com 

This state-of-the-art hunting light is designed by professional hunters. With the press of a button, you choose from red, green, amber, or white LED light. A brightness control and focus ring provide versatility for shooting in varied conditions from close range and brushy to long range and open. 

FOXPRO Hammer Jack Electronic Game Call System, $299.99 basspro.com

This call comes standard with 100 high-quality FOXPRO sounds and has the ability to hold up to 300 sounds. It features dual amplified speakers: one front horn speaker that puts out high volume coyote vocalizations and common distress sounds; and 1 rear cone speaker that makes low frequency sounds such as bear growls, owl hoots, and even mountain lion purrs. 

Hot Hands Super Warmers, $1.99 – $7.99, basspro.com

These warmers are rectangular shaped single-use air-activated heat packs that are larger and last longer than standard heat packs. They provide up to 18 hours of continuous warmth for the hands and body.

Kopfjäger K700 AMT Tripod with Reaper Grip, $399.97, kopfjagerindustries.com

Designed with precision and stability in mind by two Special Ops Dallas SWAT Officers, this tripod and grip kit is purposely built to meet the demanding needs of LEO, military personnel, hunters, and professional long-range shooters. The tripod is crafted of a sturdy aluminum material and features 3-level leg extensions with locking levers. The grip is adjustable to accommodate both tapered and straight stocks and chassis without allowing recoil movement and provides 360° pan and a tilt range of 109° (21° up and 87° down).

Men’s Fieldblazer Classic Muck Boot, $150.00 basspro.com

This boot is waterproof and keeps feet dry while out in the field. The construction offers the fit and performance hunters have come to love. The Mossy Oak Country camouflage pattern provides concealment, while, for additional safety, roll-down Blaze Orange linings provide visibility while traversing the woods. 

Women’s Hale Boot, $135.00 basspro.com

Light weight with breathable mesh lining and a self-cleaning ribbed outsole makes this boot a must have. Always 100% waterproof, it features a 5mm Neoprene bootie and an easy on and off pull tab.

Got Your Six

The world is a dangerous place now-a-days, and you are the only one responsible for your own safety. As the old adage goes: “When seconds count, help is minutes away.” Ladies and gentlemen, become a hard target with this round up of lethal and non-lethal self-defense tools. Better prepared than sorry. 

Alexo Signature Leggings, $99 www.alexoathletica.com

Loaded with nine total pockets (seven in the waistband and one on each leg) as well as reflective details to keep you safe in low-lit areas, these technical leggings boast three designated areas to store a personal protection tool such as a pepper blaster, taser, stun gun, firearm, or anything else you want to carry. There are also special pockets to hold phones, keys, credit cards, and more. 

Kimber Pepper Blaster, $34.95, kimberamerica.com

This non-lethal alternative features a revolutionary non-aerosol pyrotechnic delivery system plus an ergonomic grip and sights for increased accuracy. A superior ingredient formulation combines a powerful solution of 10% OC (2.4% capsaicinoid content) with benzyl alcohol for viscosity. Delivery speed of 112 MPH keeps blasts on target, reducing the risk of blowback or drift. 

Taser PULSE+, $449.99, buy.taser.com

This taser brings safety in today’s connected world. Using the same less-lethal technology as law enforcement, the Pulse+ integrates with your mobile phone via the Noonlight mobile app to contact emergency dispatch when fired. No fumbling for the phone or freezing up in fear. Pull the trigger and help is on the way. Weighing in at just 8 ounces, this high-tech, intuitively designed device is revolutionizing the self-defense market. You’re fast-paced and connected—your self-defense tool should be too.

Benchmade SOCP Dagger, $115.00, benchmade.com

The optimal tool for self-defense, this fixed-blade knife allows the user to maintain dexterity and manipulate other objects without putting it down. The specialized sheath design also integrates into gear and webbing while keeping a low profile. 

Taser Strikelight, $129.99, buy.taser.com

Combining the usefulness of a high-intensity flashlight with the protection of a stun gun, the StrikeLight is a useful device for everyday civilian self-defense. The stun flashlight makes the perfect addition to your glovebox or as a discrete self-protection tool on late-night hikes and neighborhood dog walks. The light’s high-voltage stun both startles and repels attackers, providing you with added comfort and safety.

Sig Sauer SAS Pistol, sigsauer.com

This gun was designed for the serious CCW user who truly understands the value of smoother draws, faster sight acquisition, and more effective engagements at realistic distances. This pistol does just that by taking the concept of the SIG Anti Snag (SAS) treatment to a whole new level. With the incorporation of the FT Bullseye sight embedded into the slide, the P365SAS does away with the need of a primary snag hazard of all pistols…the front sight. With the assistance of fiber optics during the day and tritium in low light, the user can now obtain a crystal clear high-visibility bullseye sight picture at real-word engagement distances faster than ever before. The ported barrel and slide results in up to 30 percent less muzzle flip and zero front sight fouling, since there isn’t one. The flush slide catch and takedown levers ensure absolute smoothness and zero snag risk.  

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