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What brand of handcuffs do you prefer for functionality and reliability?

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Do you have to use issued cuffs, or can you buy your own? We were issued cheap Peerless cuffs that functioned ok (for the little amount of use they saw). I didn't care for them much, but the idea was to have uniformed cuffs and keys in case there were situations where we had to use each other's equipment in the field. I guess the universal cuff keys never dawned on them. My personal cuffs are all S&W.


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We are issued S&W's and can purchase whatever ones we want.  I prefer the S&W's.

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I have S&W and a couple pairs of Hiatts they all do fine.  I don't like the hinged cuffs.


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I started out with S&W cuffs... switched to Peerless.... then to Hiatts....


I prefer the Hiatts due to their back-load feature.... I used to carry 2 sets, 1 chain & 1 hinged....


I have read good things about the newer ASP brand, but haven't had any 1sthand experiences with 'em yet.


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hospitalcop says ...



I started out with S&W cuffs... switched to Peerless.... then to Hiatts....


I prefer the Hiatts due to their back-load feature.... I used to carry 2 sets, 1 chain & 1 hinged....


I have read good things about the newer ASP brand, but haven't had any 1sthand experiences with 'em yet.



I haven't heard anything about the Asp cuffs either.  There is a Deputy in our county that carries a pink set.  I think it's just to keep a little of her femaninaty (spelling is hard).  Every time I see her 10-15 with some one she has them in a regular set of nickles.



Pink cuffs = good to use on gangbangers :P


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SEO "g"s homies and votoes all look good in pink.  Ask Sheriff Joe.  LOL



LMAO


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I carry a set of hinged Hiatts, love them. Key holes on one side push pin lock. Turn the key holes up and the hinges are rigided and so perps can't pick them ( we have a lot od good ole boys that carry handcuff keys) and 99% of perps can't jump the cuffs to the front. I don't like carrying chrome cuffs but they where a gift when I first started. I also carry 8 pairs of the black S&W chain and 2 pairs of leg cuffs and a pair of thumb cuffs.

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I have S&W chain cuffs, Peerless hinged and S&W Leg Irons, besides Flex Cuffs, I have Duct Tape in case of emegencies.


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I carry a set of hinged Hiatts, love them. Key holes on one side push pin lock. Turn the key holes up and the hinges are rigided and so perps can't pick them ( we have a lot od good ole boys that carry handcuff keys) and 99% of perps can't jump the cuffs to the front. I don't like carrying chrome cuffs but they where a gift when I first started. I also carry 8 pairs of the black S&W chain and 2 pairs of leg cuffs and a pair of thumb cuffs.



Damnation! Eight? You must get into some serious biz on a regular basis, lol. Never used hinged cuffs. Only black S&W chain cuffs for me. Love 'em. I never carried more than 3 at a time though


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I like the Peerless (Model 1801) hinge cuffs and also carry the ASP tactical chain link cuffs. The hinge cuffs are great for speed cuffing!



How are the ASP cuffs?


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...I have Duct Tape in case of emegencies.



Now THAT is awesome, rotfl! Inexpensive and fun as hell to remove :P


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We have a small college next to us and also the sagger&dragger and hoody crowd like to rent motel ,hotel  rooms and have large powder and smoke parties. The managers love to call us when it gets stoked up. And its dang embarassing when you run out of cuffs and you have to make them all hold hands! LOL!

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I had to get my own pair when I worked in Loss Prevention...  I have the S&W .. They are reliable..


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....... a pair of thumb cuffs.



Thumb Cuffs?  I hope that it's a "secondary" for some squirrelly type trying to slip the 'cuffs off.... I seem to recall reading a report many years back advising AGAINST thumbcuffs because just about everyone can wriggle out of 'em at a "normal" lock level and in order to keep folks from wriggling free they'd have to be so tight as to cause injury..... I recommend caution there....


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I carry Asp brand chain handcuffs i have 2 on my duty belt and man they are idiot proof (must have been made for the Army hahahaha) my 1st set i carried and learned on were peerless and they were ok but with the Asp all you have to do is throw them on, no need to worry about the key hole because they have a keyhole on each side(hence the idiot proof comment. Also mine are not issued we have to purchase are own cuffs.

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S&W M-100. Privately owned.

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Not sure if they make these anymore...but I still carry a set of Bianchi model 505 (chained) after 20 years of use!!  They are still great.  Ok,ok, since I made Lt., I dont use 'em much (wink) but if anyone wanted to know how to get their monies worth - they're the best. 

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I use nothing but peerless, Primary are hinged, secondary and spares are chain.. Never had a problem with them.


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I've never had a problem with my peerless and believe me, they have been used, and used, and used for many years. ALWAYS carry at least two sets of steel cuffs on you at all times. A pair of leg chains and another pair of handcuffs in the unit is not that bad of an idea and not very much for the extra peace of mind. Also always have a number of flex-cuffs with you in the unit as well.

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I was issued Peerless chain link.  I used them all through field training, until I got my S & W hinge cuffs approved.  I have an extra set of S & W chain links...and I tossed the peerless ones in my bag.

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hospitalcop says ...



mshort says ...



....... a pair of thumb cuffs.



Thumb Cuffs?  I hope that it's a "secondary" for some squirrelly type trying to slip the 'cuffs off.... I seem to recall reading a report many years back advising AGAINST thumbcuffs because just about everyone can wriggle out of 'em at a "normal" lock level and in order to keep folks from wriggling free they'd have to be so tight as to cause injury..... I recommend caution there....



I only use in a extreme cases. I've used them only once in 14yrs, female keep slipping cuffs off her wrists.

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Ive used peerless cuffs for years but I really like the ASP cuffs too for their convienence

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The issued S&W's in the car on the brake pedal as extras.  They are OK, but I prefer Peeless and carry those as primaries.


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Hiatts are the best cuffs, hands down. Pearless used to make some really good cuffs until they started stamping them...now they're just as good as everyone esle. If I had to rank the namebrand cuffs I would put them in this order...


Hiatts

Pearless

ASP

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Have to supply our own. I use S&W chain as well as hinged.

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I have 3 pairs all S&W, 1 is dept issued the other 2 I purchased.  I was recently introduced to the ASP and like the idea of the keyhold on both sides so I am considering purchasing a pair of those also. 


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Only S&W.  I used Peerless when I first started until they got stuck on a prisoner and I had to take him to the firehouse to cut the cuffs off because they wouldn't unlock!


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I've had the same S & W cuffs for nearly 19 years.  Used hundreds of times and never any problems.  No first hand knowledge, but I've heard of issues with the ASP cuffs flexing enough to bind during speed cuffing or in situations where your trying to get them on someone that is not cooperating.

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S&W work easier and smoother right out of the box.


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