RIOT CONTROL GEAR
Tactical Gear & Riot Gear
When walking into an extremely violent situation, law enforcement officers must be protected from head to toe. The unknown, heavily armed resistance or even possible projectiles must be considered when preparing for duty and tense situations or possible riot environments. Policemen and women need to have the appropriate body armor, tactical gear and entry tools, if needed, to execute their mission.
Riot gear can and does incorporate different types of body armor and protective pads. Some basic gear that may be worn can include:
Every tactical situation is different, so having the ability to protect our police and citizens is important. Galls offers public safety professionals over 480 types of riot gear to choose from.
Types of Riot Gear
When law enforcement officers are in tense situations when they have to don their riot gear, a key component is a gas mask. Gas masks are used to filter or clean chemical gases out of the air so you can breathe safely. Most gas masks include a respirator and a filter or cartridge/canister. When it comes to choosing riot gas masks, first responders look for a comfortable fit, an unobstructed view and and NTOA tested and approved masks.
A commonly worn gas mask is the MSA Millennium Gas Mask. This flexible, one-piece lens offers a wide field of vision, a drinking tube and it is NIOSH Approved. When it comes to replacing the filter or canister, riot police choose the MSA replacement Carbon Filter for MSA Millennium Gas Masks. This filter provides protection against chemical, biological, radiological and CBRN agents.
When in extreme riot environments, police must keep a safe distance between them and the public or assailants. To do this they utilize riot shields. Riot shields come in a variety of different shapes, ranging from convex, concave and round. Depending on the threat level and environment different shields are used.
A popular police shield is the Paulson Riot Shield. This strong, lightweight plastic riot shield has a dielectric handle to prevent electric shock and only weighs six pounds.
Tactical vests today are worn by more than law enforcement personnel. Law enforcement professionals utilize different types of ballistic vests every day. A tactical vest is also designed to be a plate carrier vest. In addition to carrying plates, tactical vests are normally equipped with a section of webbing to weave in MOLLE accessories. MOLLE tactical vests are now a standard part of military uniforms and law enforcement riot gear.
A popular tactical vest that police wear when they need storage, ease of access to weapons and an ambidextrous adjustable vest, they choose the Blackhawk Elite Vest. Not only does this tactical vest allow a cross draw it allows for storage for M-16 and pistol magazines.
When preparing for a riot situation, having additional gear is key. With the invention of MOLLE webbing, officers are able to wear the required radio pouches, additional mag pouches or a variety of additional duty gear. This MOLLE gear is attached by using webbing that is constructed in rows of heavy-duty nylon stitched onto the tactical vests worn.
Galls is proud to offer over 130 different styles of MOLLE pouches and gear that include radio pouches, taco pouches and more.
Additional Types of Riot & Tactical Gear
Entry shields are a type of ballistic police shield which is used by SWAT teams, patrol officers and military personnel as breaching tools and body protection. These bulletproof shields are highly effective in defensive situations and are successful in stopping projectiles, if fired upon. A favorite police shield is the ProTech Entry 2 Entry Shield. It is a penetration-resistant, energy-dispersing ballistic plate covered by a lightweight, projectile absorbing metal alloy skin. It is Threat Level IIIA tested, measures 24” x 48” and only weighs 24lbs. This shield is available plain or labeled specifically for Police and the Sheriff Department.
Armor Carriers are designed to protect bodies from projectiles and allow for storage of duty gear that police need so that they can do their job to the best of their ability. Armor carriers are available with a variety of features, such as a cummerbund-style stretch waist, moisture-wicking technology, extended shirttails and MOLLE compatibility. One of the most popular plate carriers is the 5.11 Class A uniform outer vest carrier. It allows you to enjoy the comfort and convenience of a police outer vest carrier while providing a seamless, professional look. This carrier is designed with a perfect blend of durability, performance and comfort.
Tactical Goggles protect the eyes and allow for an unimpeded view of the situation at hand. The Smith Optics Boogie Low Profile Goggle offers impact protection that meets the US MIL-DTL-43511D standards. They allow for ventilation, UVA and UVB protection and have scratch resistant coatings on all lenses. These tactical goggles fit like an eye shield but protect like a goggle, perfect for multiple situations.
Tactical Riot Gear & Accessories
Shop Galls’ vast assortment of tactical and riot gear from the most trusted names in the public safety sector. Gear comes in a variety of options, including chest protectors, tactical vests, elbow pads, knee pads, shin guards, riot helmets, tactical hoods, tactical goggles, riot shields, MOLLE gear, gas masks and accessories, rappelling equipment, hydration systems, forced entry tools, night vision, thermal imaging, emergency preparedness, drop leg holsters, rifle slings and accessories. Brands include BLACKHAWK!, 5.11 Tactical, Second Chance, High Speed Gear, Premier Crown and Galls.
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