Ammunition needs to be carried in three basic configurations:
- rifle magazines
- pistol magazines
- shotgun ammuntion
STRIKE has pouches for all three. Additionally, if you need .308 ammo NOT in magazines (for that precision bolt gun you love), STRIKE has folding ammo pouches that allow you to access individual rounds.
Lights, handcuffs, protective (gas) masks, compasses, first-aid supplies, SAW ammo, M60 ammo... STRIKE has them all.
Grenade pouches, OC canister pouches, pop flare and flashbang pouches as well as 40mm grenade pouches... STRIKE's got 'em.
And for those items that no one makes a specific pouch for, STRIKE has large and small utility pouches.
The days of black nylon labeled "magnum" and closing with Velcro are over. Practicality and versatility have become the name of the game. Everywhere you look in the BlackHawk catalog's STRIKE section you see variety and versatility:
Pouches are available in black, tan, OD green, and ARPAT camo. Velcro closure is primarily the means of securing pouch covers, but many of the STRIKE pouches also have elastic bands sewn on the inside to grip whatever is stuck into the pouch.
All in all, the STRIKE pouches and mounting system allow any operator to custom-configure the vest to their specific needs. Pouches to carry virtually any kit are available. When you need to change something, rather than having to buy a whole new vest, you simply purchase the new pouch you need and reconfigure your vest. That means long term costs stay low for you.
As you consider your needs, look at the primary response weapons you have or carry. For law enforcement NOT assigned to SWAT, the need for a vest is fairly limited to Active Shooter scenarios. I recommend extra magazines for your pistol and plenty of extra ammo for your long gun. Make sure the hydration and identification systems are in place. In emergency response situations you won't have time to fill the hydration bladder and you really can't just leave it filled all the time. But, having it there allows you to get fluid once a situation is stabilized and you're preparing for longer term operations.
For more info, check out BlackHawk online.