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Midland AVPH3 Transparent Security Headsets with PTT/VOX - Pair
Midland AVPH3 Transparent Security Headsets with PTT/VOX - Pair
Price: $18.15
168 used & new from $16.13

4.0 out of 5 stars Great deal for the price! Add and aftermarket ear bud and you are good to go for duty use!, December 19, 2014
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Works great for LE/Security work. Clips are durable, as is the mic button. Fits most modern Midland GMRS handsets with the dual plug. Only problem with this kit is the ear bud... made out of soft plastic, it has two prominent mold seams at oposite sides of the bud running the leath of the bud; the mold seams are very irritating to the ear over time. I managed to trim down these seams with a fresh exacto knife blade, which significantly reduced the problem, but I'm still taking off one start for not shipping a seamless ear bud, as is used by the more expensive kits sold down at my local cop shop. Pickup an Earmold for this kit ( http://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Medium-Earmold-Earbud-Two-Way/dp/B004EGESN6 ) or a ten-pack of ear bud replacements from TAPualk ( http://www.amazon.com/TAPaulk-Replacement-Mushroom-Acoustic-Earpieces/dp/B00A2U1Z2U/ref=pd_sim_sg_25?ie=UTF8&refRID=0W4Q3KEWAT2JA41DZNH7 ) and you will be good to go with this kit!


Aero Armor Protective Case for LG Tribute - Green
Aero Armor Protective Case for LG Tribute - Green
Offered by HandHelditems
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Case for the LG Tribute, December 19, 2014
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A GREAT HD Case for the LG Tribute. Very durable and functional. Well worth the investment for this phone. It does increase the width to almost 3" (and 5/8" deep), which fits my XL-glove hands just fine, but it may be bit wide for smaller handed users. I couldn't be happier with this case!


Aimo Wireless MOTXT907PCPA002 Hybrid Armor Cheeze Case for Motorola Droid RAZR M XT907 - Retail Packaging - Black/Blue
Aimo Wireless MOTXT907PCPA002 Hybrid Armor Cheeze Case for Motorola Droid RAZR M XT907 - Retail Packaging - Black/Blue
Price: $7.99
2 used & new from $4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Fail: Very poor fit on my new Mot Luge (XT907) from Verizon Pre-pay: See Photo, December 12, 2014
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I just got this in an hour ago.This does not properly fit my new Motorola LUGE from Verizon Pre-pay. It appears to be a inherent design or manufacturing flaw, as the top of the hard-shell portion does not have any locking features into the rubber shell below it (unlike the bottom), resulting it the top front edge of the colored plastic hanging up like it had been pried back: looks like crap and will no doubt be catching stuff all day long in my bags and packs (see photo... that is an approximate 1/8th in gap there... plenty of room to catch on everything it touches!).This also results in the upper back portion of the hard plastic portion being popped up, out of the form fit channels molded in the black rubber cover beneath it. Bent? Manufacturing error? Design flaw? Whatever, this thing is nearly unusable as it is, and if I had the time to return a low cost item like this, I would!

Now I'm off to look for either an Aero Armor or Incipio case for it (both of which I have in front of me on different phones and they are both great!),which I should have done from the start!
Cheers!

OTHER OPTIONS: here are a couple of alternative cases for the MOT LUGE/RAZR M/XT907: The Trident AGEIS: http://www.amazon.com/Trident-Case-AG-MOT-XT907-BLU-Series-Motorola/dp/B00A2HGP2S/ref=cm_wl_huc_item

and a lower cost but durable looking eqivilent to the Aero Armor product: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DD4E9SE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have the lower cost cover on order: Ill post an update around the new year to let you know how it's working.

Cheers!

Sure, it's $20, but look at the design quality and protection I'm IN!!


Prescription Medication Bag Standard Lock Travel Case
Prescription Medication Bag Standard Lock Travel Case
Offered by Cardinal Bag Supplies
Price: $28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great solution for a significant volume of Rx and MMJ ..., November 29, 2014
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A great solution for a significant volume of Rx and MMJ Medicinal storage and inventory. Nice padded walls keep everything safe. Plenty of room to customize the storage area using adhesive backed Velcro strips (Walmart) on the inside walls and storage containers of all sizes.
For MMJ use, it can't be beat... locking container excludes Law Enforcement probable cause search in most jurisdictions, and will show damage if broken open be law enforcement... same legal status as having meds in the trunk, as there is no immediate driver/passenger access to this bag, even if it is sitting on the front seat.

This locking case is large and heavy due to the bank-bag quality lock; If you are looking for a similar locking case feature but in a much smaller and lighter solution, check out the small locking 5x8 medicine pouch by vaultz.net (Walmart, $6, in black and zebra), or checkout the website directly to see some of their more stylish designs.... I carry both... this larger case as an inventory storage bag, and the smaller Vaultz pouch as an EDC solution inside of my Maxpedition shoulder bag.


Dickies Men's Regular Fit Twill Work Pant, Black, 40x30
Dickies Men's Regular Fit Twill Work Pant, Black, 40x30
Offered by East Coast Jeeps
Price: $17.69
7 used & new from $17.69

5.0 out of 5 stars 874 Classic with a thigh pocket; great for uniformed work., November 29, 2014
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The 874 Classic looked better than any other Dickies pant for armed uniform work, but they are missing the handing "Cell Phone" pocket of the Loose Fit pants, which is very handing for smaller UHF radios and a Taser C2. Problem solved with this pant! It has the tight fit of the 874 Classic, and a hidden cell phone pocket. Best of all worlds for low cost uniform pants.

Keep in mind that if you are wearing a heavy pistol belt, you will be cranking down tight on the pants liner belt to get everything to hold correctly above the hips... don't order a larger than normal size waist, or you will end up with a bunch of extra pant waistband, which will result in the pants un-buttoning (un-latching) at the front.

Oh... you will find the hidden thigh pocket VERY handy when in uniform, as all the usual pockets are way tight to get into/out of due to bulky belt gear... its invisible, till you need to use it... no BDU thigh pocket look!


Cold Steel Rajah III Folding Knife
Cold Steel Rajah III Folding Knife
Price: $38.99
60 used & new from $38.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It had to have a blade good for close range cutting and slicing, October 26, 2014
I carry a weak-sided uniform-duty pocket knife to be used for weapon retention and backup deadly force. It has to be light enough and small enough to be almost unnoticeable in my pocket during a 12 hour shift. It had to be quick and reliable to one-hand deploy. It had to have a blade good for close range cutting and slicing, and wide enough to do significant damage when stabbing. It has to have a good sized handle that can be gripped tightly and not stripped out in a fight, and the entire knife has to be strong enough to handle real-life physical conflict.

I had been carrying a Kersaw Blur for this purpose for the last few years; a good knife, but the thumb opening, even with the lighting-fast Speed-Safe assisted-opening, required a few extra hand movements/loose grips to get it open and then get into a good grip, which cost both time and a possible weapon loss during a struggle (especially from the weak-side). As a side note, my prefered stand-alone defensive folder is the Cold Steel Espada XL in G10, with it's wave-opening feature, but it is was way too big to carry in uniform.

This Rajah III has the same fast-to-open wave feature as the Espada, but is in a much easier to carry format, along with a more ideal blade shape for close-range, low power slicing (ideal for LEO weapon retention strikes). I am able to carry this in my weak-side pocket, but get it out and deployed lightning-fast without any compromise in grip or speed like I was experiencing with the Kershaw Blur. The locking mechanism is strong, the blade and lock and thick, and the contoured grip is big enough to comfortably fit my XL-hands.

If I was relying upon upon a knife as a primary deadly force weapon, I would look toward a larger, 5"+ bladed knife such as an Espada or Voyager, but as an LEO weak-sided backup/weapon retention knife, this Rajah III is unequaled in the sub-$150 price-point range; considering all of the requirements I have for that use-model.

I don't think this is NIJ tested or reviewede yet for LEO's, but it should be!!!


Iams Healthy Naturals Adult Chicken Plus Barley Recipe Premium Dog Dry Food, 12.5-Pound
Iams Healthy Naturals Adult Chicken Plus Barley Recipe Premium Dog Dry Food, 12.5-Pound
Offered by Companion Caterers
Price: $26.78
6 used & new from $26.78

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! My Dog will eat it dry after a month!, August 1, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Not too bad, but my dog Yogi-Bear preferred the IAMS Grain-Free Chicken and Garden Pea over this one, when feeding him them side by side. I received both of these via the Amazon Vine review program, so I though I would put them to good use over a thirty day test period. My baseline food is the Costco Premium Beef dry food, which my dog won't eat dry.

For thirty days, I fed him both of these IAMS products side by side, varying which one I put down first. In the first week, he would eat either of them in full before I put the other one down. After a week, when I put this one down, he would wait for the Grain-Free. If I put the Grain Free down, he would eat it all, then eat this when I put it down.

So, he liked this better the the Costco Beef Premium, as he would eat it dry, but not as well as the IAMS Grain Free!


Iams Grain Free Naturals Chicken and Garden Pea Dog Dry Food, 9.3-Pound
Iams Grain Free Naturals Chicken and Garden Pea Dog Dry Food, 9.3-Pound
Price: $22.99
3 used & new from $16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My dogs new favorate dry food!, August 1, 2014
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I've been using the premium Costco brands for a while now; mixing with with wet. My 65lb dog won't eat it dry unless he is REALLY hungry. After a month of feeding this to him dry, he still eats it without any wet! So, that would be "Two Paws Up!" from Yogi Bear, and Five Stars from me!


Kenwood TM-281A 144MHz FM Transceiver
Kenwood TM-281A 144MHz FM Transceiver
Offered by CondorD
Price: $175.99
6 used & new from $169.29

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Product of the Year! Simple, Durable, Powerful, Cheap...Winner!, July 1, 2014
If you are new to HAM, and are looking for a Mobile or Home VHF Radio (transceiver), I highly recommend this one. In fact, I recommend this over a handheld as your first radio if you can afford it, even though I know you can get a Chinese 5w handheld for a lot cheaper.

Why the Kenwood?
The benefit of this Kenwood VHF is the simple, easy to use buttons and menu system... to USE BY HAND! Everybody wants a wiz-bang, quad-band, micro-sized handheld transceiver to start with... until they realize that programming them by hand is NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE! (no... really... it IS!) So then you have to buy cables, download difficult to figure out free software, hook it up to a computer, blah blah blah... every single time you want to change something... that is a total failure in my book, especially for a new user trying to get on the air and enjoy access to local repeaters!

Why only a Single Band?
A single-band 2-meter is all you really need for regional communications... very few people work on 440mhz, and every repeater out there has a 2-meter segment and is by far the most used, so why spend twice the money (in the case of a Mobile rig) and twice the complexity on a dual-band mobile radio when you don't need that second frequency range!? If you are buying a handheld, then sure, go dual band... it's almost a free upgrade, but not on mobile, due to higher power requirements.

Mobile and Home Base use:
I have one of these in the truck, which only cost me the addition of a $25 mag-mount antenna/cable... total deal! Install is easy... easier then a car radio, that's for sure... one power wire, two mounting screws, one antenna cable, done. It provides an always available, high power communications solution (for the most part, wherever you are, you have your vehicle... no lost of left behind handsets or drained batteries. And at 65-watts, this will hit repeaters and other mobile users 50+ miles away with a halfway decent mobile antenna.) I have another one of these in the house as my base station, but that is NOT a inexpensive solution ($500): Add: a $100 12v power adapter, $40 in cabling, $120 in antenna, and $70 in tripod base and three-section mast. Though pricey, I really enjoy being able to reach out 120+ miles to adjacent counties, islands and even to Mexico with my home-base 2-meter-only solution from the comfort of my own home. But I digress! To start with, I highly suggest you install one of these in the vehicle for an absolutely reliable, easy to use, always available (when the power goes out, where is your backup battery and generator... it's your car!) emergency communications solution.

Lower Cost Alternative: If you are pinching pennies (and who isn't?), and can't afford one of these and a $20 antenna for it, then you can always go the "cheap Chinese handset" route to get on the air and hit some close, local repeaters (+/- 20 miles) which will get you by on the cheap. Just buy a $35 BaoFeng UV-5R Chinese handheld (with the programming cable... you'll need it!... get the base model UV-5R, not the "A, B, C, D...etc newest, latest", bs version!), then if you can afford it, buy a $25 roll-up Slim Jim /J-pole antenna from Nelson_Antennas on Ebay. This will then give you a usable in-home system for local repeaters, as well as a handheld for hiking, and a somewhat poor but still passable solution for some mobile use (just stick your head out the window with the radio when you transmit! ;-). Sure, it's not as nice as the Japanese equipment, but it works, and it will get you on the air when you are tight on funds!

73's! K6POW
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MeadTrapper Keeper, 1.5 Inches, Sewn Binder, Black (72173)
MeadTrapper Keeper, 1.5 Inches, Sewn Binder, Black (72173)
Price: $15.55
2 used & new from $15.55

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars South Park's Favorate School Binder, 10 years ago!, July 1, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
There are a lot of options for school binders/organizers in this price point. Most of them come from the same company: MEAD. The Trapper-Keeper, Like the Five-Star Products, are from MEAD. The biggest benefit of the Trapper-Keeper is the speed in which you can open and close it. One surprisingly durable snap both opens and closes the flap with very little effort from wherever you grab it. The effort required to open and close the snap was so light, I was a bit concerned regarding it's ability to hold under stress... not to worry! I loaded it up with a few 3-ring binders (160 sheets total) and tossed it up in the air a few times. The snap stayed closed upon impact! It should survive reasonable use by kids, though the internal pages will still be subject to dirt and liquid since the top and bottom is of the binder is open to the elements.

A second lessor benefit of the Trapper-Keeper is the clear sheet-protector on the outside snap/side. I guess it would be useful for a class schedule ... but ah... otherwise, it's probably just going to be utilized for vanity photos by kids, and the only full-sheet sized flap storage area on the binder. I noticed it was streaked by whatever I had on my fingers for lunch, so that clear sheet will probably get pretty nasty quick with the boy-children... just saying!

That is about where the comparative benefits of the Trapper Keeper end, and the reason why you should look toward the other MEAD products begins. Unlike the Trapper-Keeper, The Five-Star products have some significantly beneficial features such as full zipper closures, varying sizes including 1", 1.5" and 2" binding, numerous useful internal and external pockets for storing pens, change, calculators and ID, and even compact handles on the spine for easy vertical carrying.

Honestly, the Trapper-Keeper is and aging product that has been eclipsed soundly by other MEAD products. The only thing the Trapper-Keeper really still has going for it, and always will, is the 4th Season South Park's Episode where Cartman's Trapper-Keeper is actually an advanced alien life-form, "The Dawson's Creek Trapper-Keeper 2000". Funny Stuff! Just saying "Trapper-Keeper" still brings a smile to my face due to that episode, but for my money, I'm going with the Five-Star Products!

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/103945/some-kind-of-genius
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