The 2012 COP Christmas Gift Guide
Avoid Crowds Shop Online.
No, you don’t have to go fight the crowds of cannibals, killer clowns and zombies at the mall, or be trampled by the wildebeest-like herds of ski-sweater-seekers. All you have to do is take this list, bust out the plastic, get comfy with your PC and a refreshing adult beverage, and finish your Christmas shopping before the 11 o’clock news — or 2300 lineup — whatever. Happy hunting and Merry Christmas!
The sleek profile of the Eagle Ultralight with the strength of the SERE 2000 — that’s the new Eagle Heavy Duty from Al Mar Knives. A rare thing, it’s both a great “presentation” and gift knife, and a tough tactical duty tool. The 4″ Talon blade is AUS-8, held in skeletonized heat-treated 400 series stainless steel liners topped with textured G10 scales, and the pocket clip is reversible. MSRP is $199.95
Smaller, lighter — and $45 less than SOG Knives’ classic PowerLock multitool — the new PD-01 PowerDuo is a neat combination of knife, needle nose pliers with Compound Leverage, and a small assortment of useful tools, all in a polished polycarbonate frame. Both the knife blade and the pliers open with a 1-handed flip! At a list price of $80, get one for yourself too.
rom Kakadu Australia, the Hoover Vest is a well-engineered concealed-carry garment that doesn’t shout, “Shoot me, I’m packin’!” Fast-access interior pockets on both sides contain holsters and elastic loops for magazines, knives or lights, suspended from the shoulders so they don’t sag like a brick in a windbreaker, and further concealed by removable anti-imprint panels. Warm and rugged, it’s constructed of quilted MicroWax Oilskin and lined in brushed cotton. Priced at $112.50, the Hoover makes a great gift.
Tactical black may be fine for you, but if your giftee-cop is a lady, she may prefer a splash of color in her accessories. Cody Range Bags offers “stylish solutions for girls with guns,” and one of them is their quality-made Pistol Clutch, available in several patterns, including bandanna, paisley, floral, polka dots and even dogs … Construction is a cotton duck shell with durable nylon lining and thick foam padding in between, and the dual-slider YKK zipper accommodates a luggage-type padlock for extra security. Yeah, it suggests that you’ve noticed she’s a woman. List price is $49.99, and it will definitely win you some points for good taste.
Streamlight’s tiny Microstream flashlight was already an incredibly useful, easy-carry light, but it’s been made even better with C4 Technology. Only 3.5″ long and weighing just over an ounce, it runs at 28 lumens for 2.25 hours on one AAA battery. A push-button tailcap switch gives momentary or constant-on operation, making it a great backup and off-duty light. At $15 to $20 from various online sources, you can give one, keep one — and buy spares.
Here’s a perfect gift for any patrol cop: Bushnell’s compact, foldable 8x25mm H2O Binoculars. Waterproof, rubber-armored, equipped with crystal-clear BaK-4 prisms and multicoated optics for superior light transmission, they feature long eye relief and a large center-focus knob for fast, even gloved-hand adjustments. Shop around online, because you can find ‘em for under 50 bucks!
Gear. Junk. Stuff. Whatever you call it, cops have lots of it, and never seem to have the right container to securely, handily stow and carry it in. MTM Case-Gard calls this a Concealed Carry Case for low-profile transport and range use. Double-latched and set up for two padlocks, it will do that and a lot more. A bit larger than a .50-caliber ammo can, it has a lift-out tray lined with convoluted foam, lots of room underneath and a big, comfortable carry handle. It’s tough, but the price isn’t: $21.95
For your pal who stuffs credit cards, cash and ID into what looks like a bloated, well-chewed leather burrito, Pelican offers the crushproof, water and dust resistant 0955 Sport Wallet. It has an easy open but very secure latch, a lanyard, two mesh pocket organizers inside, and room in its .85″x3.37″x5.5″ for car keys and other goodies too. It carries an MSRP of $29.95 and a lifetime guarantee.
For your pal who keeps borrowing — and sometimes returning — your cleaning gear in the locker room five minutes before a sidearm inspection, the Professional Pistol Cleaning System by Otis Technology is the ticket — and a not-so-subtle hint. Everything needed to clean and maintain handguns from 9mm to .45 ACP including Memory-Flex rods, brushes, patches and solutions plus other tools are packed neatly into a 2.25″x4″x4″ zippered case. This gets you a Best Gift-Giver-Ever award, listing for $54.99.
Action Target has built thousands of shooting ranges in the US and 25 other nations since 1986. Best known for their steel targets costing hundreds of dollars, the Spinning Jack is their newest, and their first steel target under 50 bucks! Just drive the hardened steel spike base into the ground, drop the spinner head into the top end, step back and blast away! This is a gift you can give and enjoy together with your shooting buddy — and it costs only $35.
By John Connor