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BLACKHAWK! Holsters Receive Seal of Approval from Members of the National Tactical Officers Association

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas  – BLACKHAWK!, an industry leader in tactical products, announced that several items in its holster line have received the prestigious “Member Tested and Recommended” seal of approval from the members of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA).

After extensive testing by law enforcement officials – judged on a scale from 1 to 5 – three holsters scored over 4, which garnered the seal of approval.

“We are pleased that the NTOA members selected and recommended our holsters” said Larry Houck, Senior Product Manager. “We continue to honor the vow for our gear to never quit and this confirms the NTOA’s members trust in our products.”

The TecGrip IWB Holster received a score of 4.15, the A.R.C.Holster received a score of 4.36 and the EPOCH Level 3 Light Bearing Duty Holster received a score of 4.61.

Rigorously tested in the field by law enforcement professionals, products that earn the members of the NTOA’s seal of approval are listed on the association’s comprehensive online database and some will be included in the quarterly journal, The Tactical Edge.

With an extensive line of options to choose from, BLACKHAWK! holsters have something for everyone. The EPOCH Level 3 Light Bearing Duty Holster features a unique Auto Lock thumb release and thumb-activated Pivot Guard and Ejection Port-Lock to ensure maximum safety when carrying. Everyday concealed carry will be more comfortable for the customer with the TecGrip IWB Holster. Designed for both civilian and law enforcement concealed carry, the TecGrip outer shell will hold fast to most any material, eliminating the need for a clip. The A.R.C Holster is designed to be as comfortable as it is functional. The holster body is constructed of a soft, yet durable, injection-molded polymer material for all-day comfort.

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