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Posted over 3 years ago

 

Dear all policelink members:


My name is James Burleson and saturday (May 7th) is my first day of academy through my college. Recently I went to a police store to get prices on gear for my belt. My question to everyone is: are pouches such as handcuff cases, flashlight cases, ammo pouches, and anything else better with velcro or snap buttons? What do you prefer and why?


Also I was wondering if the Smith and Wesson SD40 (gun) is any good? I am aware that is is a self defense gun designed for homeowners but am thinking of getting one for academy since I must provide my own weapon.


I greatly welcome any advice anyone has for me.


Thank you in advance;


James Burleson

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I would look at the Glock 22.  Easier to maintain.  As for snaps or velcro, its whatever you prefer.  Both make noise.   


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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

Stay AWAY from velcro. It doesn't last and isn't as secure. I agree with PETE114, go with Glock 22.

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No velcro. Hidden snaps on keepers. Glock 22. Check ebay for good gear and prices. I have had excellent luck on ebay

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As far as gear goes, it depends on what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend. I use Galls to buy smaller accessories. It's all about looking around to where you can find a good deal. I just bought a Safariland 6360 Level 3 Basketweave TLR-1 for $155  from optics planet. It shipped in two days and it's worth every penny.  Other guys prefer to go the cheap route. Its all up to you. Each officer develops their own taste as far as equipment goes.


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Also, I'm guessing that since you have to provide your own gun, you have to provide the ammo as well? If so I would look at the glock 17. It will fit into the same holster as a GL 22. The ammo is cheaper. When you get hired they will provide you with your own gun anyway, so why have two glock 22's...?


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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

Thank you all so much. I will definately look into glock 22's then.


I figured velcro would wear out but wasnt sure what route to go.


Thank you everyone for your opinions and make sure to stay safe.

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It pretty much doesnt matter what you get now.  You will end up getting something different later.  Something better (or just new and tacticool) will come out, what you got turns out not working as well for you as it does for someone else, it will wear out or break.  The only thing I am still using that I got when I started 13 yrs ago are the S&W handcuffs. 


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Just wondering why you waited to the 11th hour of the final day to start worrying about gear that you should have had ready to go about a month ago?  My academy required all of the gear for one cadet to conform with all other cadets, the exception being the choice of firearm.  Other than that, it was all leather / basket weave with chrome snaps and chrome belt buckles on both duty belt and under-belt.  Check with the requirements of your academy (if you still have time) so that you don't come in sticking out like a sore thumb........ that is unless you like the extra attention the tac-staff will give you.  You better get on it sooner rather than later because there are no excuses for not being prepared by day zero.