Enhance your multi-agency training with Pat-Down Props

There are non-functioning replicas of crack pipes, needles, brass knuckles and even handguns


By Lindsey J. Bertomen, C1 Contributor

The second day of SHOT Show started out with a “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment when I discovered a very simple product: Pat-Down Props.

This is a collection of molded plastic replicas of weapons and everyday items. These bright yellow replicas are designed to create and maintain training standards without using the dirty or hazardous stuff from the property room. 

These bright yellow replicas are designed to create and maintain training standards without using the dirty or hazardous stuff. (Photo courtesy Pat-Downprops)
These bright yellow replicas are designed to create and maintain training standards without using the dirty or hazardous stuff. (Photo courtesy Pat-Downprops)

There are non-functioning replicas of crack pipes, needles, brass knuckles and even handguns. 

These bright yellow replicas are designed to create and maintain training standards without using the dirty or hazardous stuff. (Photo courtesy Pat-Downprops)

Stick these things in the waistband, sock or in a pocket for a more realistic search. Not only is this ideal for an academy tool, they can be used by scenario actors for in-service training. These simple plastic things could greatly enhance a multi-agency training in shooter response where there are non-threat players at the scene. 

Pat-Down Props can be purchased in a single, double, or Academy Pack. A single pack includes 16 props, including metallic tape to enhance metal detector training and a carrying bag.

MSRP is $179 for a single pack, $339 for a double, and $645 for the academy pack. 

For more information visit Patdownprops.com.

About the author
Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer and retired military small arms trainer. He teaches criminal justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He has a BS in Criminal Justice and an MS in Online Teaching and Learning. Lindsey has taught shooting techniques for over a decade. His articles on firearms tactics have appeared in print for over a decade. Lindsey enjoys competing in shooting sports, running, and cycling events. 

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