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AUG 2018

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54 POLICE AUGUST 2018 O ne of the most essential pieces of kit for any first responder is a ballistic vest. Not only do these allow us to go home safely after each shift, but these platforms have evolved into a logical and convenient place to carry a ton of stuff. Even your standard uniformed patrol officer has entered the load bear- ing vest realm in the last few years. Let's face it, we carry a lot more stuff than we did 20 years ago, and the duty belt has reached its limit. To complicate things even more, today's emergency person- nel frequently fill more than one role. Having one vest to carry all the tool used in these roles? Yes, please. Enter the Propper Switch Vest. Prop- per recently got into the body armor market, offering a line of standard con- cealable and tactical vests for a variety of missions. Recognizing the need for a "one vest fits all" configuration they blended the best of both worlds and the Switch was born. e Switch vest is a scalable body armor system designed with the ability to change configura- tions easily to fit a variety of missions. At its core is a ruggedized two-panel soft IIIA vest with MOLLE attach- ments and Velcro panels on the exte- rior and breathable mesh lining the carrier. In this most stripped-down configuration the vest would be eas- ily concealable under a uniform shirt, although the front and back panels don't overlap and the MOLLE carrier definitely adds some heft. For scaling up, the Switch comes with a variety of front and side pan- els to fit any mission. e simplest are two, single strap Fastex buckles join- ing the front and back panels. is is ideal for a stripped-down plate carrier configuration that could be quickly donned over an existing uniform. Add the optional armored cummerbund and the Switch fills the tactical LBV role with plenty of MOLLE for pouches and four integrated M4 magazine pouches on either side for plenty of ammo. Need more? ere's a front panel option with another 5 M4 magazine pouches included. Velcro pan- els front and back provide plenty of space for ID patches and additional Velcro inside the vest allows for attachment of throat protection. row in shoulder pads and a reinforced drag strap and the Switch has just about everything a dedi- cated tactical vest would bring to the table. e best part? All of these attachments and accessories are quickly configu- rable in the field. If you're tasked with many missions but tired of carrying around more than one set of body armor, take a look at the Propper Switch. OPTICAL DYNAMICS OD40 LONG DISTANCE ILLUMINATOR O ver the years I have reviewed more flashlights than I can count. ey're a staple of our profession and the tech- nology is ever changing. at being the case when I received PROPPER SWITCH VEST This modular body armor is designed for both tactical and patrol operations. Police Product Test A.J. GEORGE • Integrated admin pouch with elastic tool retention • Kangaroo pocket on front • 2-point emergency release system • Strategically placed MOLLE Fields • Bottom loaded plate carrier • Non-abrasive interior mesh • Shoulder pads included • 4-way stretch interior cummerbund pockets (cummerbunds sold separately) • Available with different ballistic and spike options • Vest must be individually sized COLORS: Coyote, ranger green, black, navy PRICE: Depends on options selected w w w.propper.com PROPPER • SWITCH VEST For more cop-tested reviews of current products go to www.PoliceMag.com/test

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