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Hello, I am joining the local sheriff's office police explorer post and need some gear. I'm looking at some duty belts and would prefer all leather. I also will be needing a holster. Any comments, suggestions, etc. are welcomed and appreciated.


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                             Trevor Nelson


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Need more information, what length of duty belt, and plain, basket weave or high gloss.  Holster to fit which gun, there are a lot of different holsters, and different levels for the same gun.  While i have some onld leather belts, they are probably too long for you, and I have some surplus holsters , but need to know what firearm you wish to fit.

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What type of gear are you needing?  What kind of finish?  What gear do you get to carry?  I can only assume that the department does not supply you with this gear.  Did they point you in a direction for obtaining the gear needed?  I know, I know. . . .always questions.


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Sorry for not being so in-depth. I am a 32"-38" belt size. I'm looking at plain leather (nothing to get too scuffed, and cheaper). Any holster I can buy a redgun for, but I would prefer Glock 17 style, Sig P226, or Beretta 92f. I've been looking a lot at the Safariland ALS and SLS series and I REALLY like them; also the BlackHawk Serpa lvl 3. I'm not so sure about the practicality of a level 3 holster for explorers, but I really like the function of them. The S.O. only supplies a very small portion of gear (i.e.: redguns and advisors) so I am buying almost everything.


I have also heard lots of debate on whether or not explorers should wear kevlar vests on ride alongs. Some people even calling this rediculous, but just because you are an explorer on a ride along dosen't mean you are immune to a situation in which a vest is reccomended... thoughts?


Thanks again.


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Cheap doesn't last. Expensive breaks the bank.  Leather regardless of stamping or not gets scratched.  What I like to call pleather is more resistant to scratches, doesn't require polishing or leather treatment to avoid cracking.  Bianchi accumold, safariland laminate are good choices.  I prefer safariland myself.  No matter what you get sooner or later you'll have a box of stuff you don't use anymore.  Try finding retired gear from officer on the dept or checking on the internet.  You can save money that way as long as you don't get burned by the seller.


The least expensive of quailty I have seen is the Fine Tac finish from Safariland.  However you lose the BW leather look.  You can get some stuff for the belt made from kydex from places such as blade tech.  Its like and way more scratch resistant.  A lot of it can carry you thru your explorer duties and well into your LE career if you decide to stay with it


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Sorry for not being so in-depth. I am a 32"-38" belt size. I'm looking at plain leather (nothing to get too scuffed, and cheaper). Any holster I can buy a redgun for, but I would prefer Glock 17 style, Sig P226, or Beretta 92f. I've been looking a lot at the Safariland ALS and SLS series and I REALLY like them; also the BlackHawk Serpa lvl 3. I'm not so sure about the practicality of a level 3 holster for explorers, but I really like the function of them. The S.O. only supplies a very small portion of gear (i.e.: redguns and advisors) so I am buying almost everything.


I have also heard lots of debate on whether or not explorers should wear kevlar vests on ride alongs. Some people even calling this rediculous, but just because you are an explorer on a ride along dosen't mean you are immune to a situation in which a vest is reccomended... thoughts?


Thanks again.



More questions here.  You bring up "red gun". . . .I can only assume this "gear" is for training then.  If this is the case, you may wish to look into webbed "gear" as it will handle the training and won't look all dinged up after tumbling around on the floor with ground fighting drills.  Webbed gear also is a bit less expensive and a company out there called "Uncle Mikes" makes all sorts of gear in webbing.  Not the prettiest, but many find it is functional and definitely less expensive than leather.


As for the vests. . . . .hope you have a number of Benjamins stock piled somewhere.  The cheap end that I have seen (can't remember where that was at the moment) was mid $300's.  Decent vests. . . .around $500 and up.  We had old vests at the post that we had ride alongs wear if they wanted to wear something.  My department restricts the ride along program quite a bit so we didn't have a lot of call for vests.  I would check with the department to see if maybe they have old vests stored away somewhere to use when you ride along.  Unless you just feel up to spending money.  Face it, yes. . .anything can jump up in a heartbeat.  However, any veteran officer won't knowingly allow a ride along to approach a hazardous situation. . . .or they shouldn't anyway.


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Also I am wondering what I should have on my duty belt for explorers. Is a radio case neccessary? How about mag pouches? Things like that.


Trevor


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That depends on the agency you are an explorer for. Some explorers have radios some do not. As far as mag pouches go, probably not necessary since you don't actually carry a firearm. However I suspect you will get range time and they would come in handy for that


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Also I am wondering what I should have on my duty belt for explorers. Is a radio case neccessary? How about mag pouches? Things like that.


Trevor



Trevor, you will probably need a handcuff case and will be permitted to carry handcuffs after you have had hand cuff training, ditto for OC and an OC case, and ditto for a baton and baton case.  A flashlight holder is also useful either a mini one with flashlight, or a ring type for a full sized streamlight or maglight, a glove holder for the rubber/latex gloves is also handy, and is a key holder.

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I am an Explorer with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office, this is a great website for some cheap yet reliable gear (For Explorer use ONLY.)


 


http://www.uniformswarehouse.com


 


I get a lot of my gear from there and it works just fine in Explorer applications.

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I am an Explorer with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office, this is a great website for some cheap yet reliable gear (For Explorer use ONLY.)


 


http://www.uniformswarehouse.com


 


I get a lot of my gear from there and it works just fine in Explorer applications. Remember, as an Explorer you are not permitted to carry any type of weapon that an Officer carries. OC, Tazer, Baton, Knives, etc. cannot be carried by an Explorer. You can always buy mag pouches just for the looks of it if you want to.


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If I were you I would buy a reuseable water bottle, a lunch box, and lots of legal pads to take notes. Dont forget the pens.


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Chapman38 says ...



Chapman38 says ...



I am an Explorer with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office, this is a great website for some cheap yet reliable gear (For Explorer use ONLY.)


 


http://www.uniformswarehouse.com


 


I get a lot of my gear from there and it works just fine in Explorer applications. Remember, as an Explorer you are not permitted to carry any type of weapon that an Officer carries. OC, Tazer, Baton, Knives, etc. cannot be carried by an Explorer. You can always buy mag pouches just for the looks of it if you want to.




Do you know when this changed, I know some explorers used to carry OC and the like.

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I live in Everett, Washington and am looking for a Explorers post. im considering the Federal Way post. What gear am i required to have? what gear can i not buy? i went on the website and we have to by our uniforms, but there were no descriptions that i could find. can i get help?

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It will totally depend on the departments policy.  BSA also has a policy for Explorers.  Our Explorers were allows to wear a duty bely, but were only allowd to have the following items on the belt at all times:


One handcuff case with one set of cuffs.


Small style flashlight


Radio carrier.


Belt keepers


Glove Pouch with gloves.


The Post provided training belts with holster and ammo pouch for training use only.  Explores are NOT allowed to carry any type of weapon to include pepper spray, batons, firearms, ammo, or flashlights that hold more than three batteries.  Very strict rules a cadet must follow.


 


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