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    I just started working for my local Sheriffs Department.

    I am looking for a good way to carry handcuffs while off duty. I only want actual metal handcuffs, so no zip-ties.

    My question is, for those of you who do, how do you carry handcuffs while off duty? Since its cold weather where I live I have been stuffing then in a back pocket, but I'm looking for some new options. I thought about the bikini type holders, but I'm concerned they might be to easy to see if I bend over.

    How do other folks carry cuffs while off duty?

    Maybe someone needs to make a ankle holster for a set of handcuffs!

  • #2
    Why do you need to carry off duty? Couldn't you just keep a pair (or more) in your POV?

    As an explorer, I don't have much issued stuff, though I'm trained (just barely) and allowed to carry cuffs. Sometimes I'll stash them in a pocket, because I'm tired of spending money on LE stuff and I'm not even a LEO. Actually, my handcuffs were hand me downs from a former explorer. I bought a $95 TDU uniform for my school's police agency, but then our duties were transferred to the explorer post I'm already a part of and of which I was issued a class A uniform for.
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    • #4
      my opinion.. if you carry a gun in your area of employment, the area you will be indemnified in, carry cuffs.

      i carry my off-duty gun strongside attached to a belt in a pancake holster. cuffs are right behind the gun, strongside rear. outside of area of employment... i do not carry cuffs, as i would not get involved unless threat of serious PI or death. i travel via train, subway and bus a lot, and have walked into some bizarre situations within my geographical area of employment.

      steel cuff, small ballistic nylon case, attached to belt, strongside behind gun. can reach with either hand.

      previous interaction with johnny genius off duty made my mind up for me.
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      • #5
        Why carry cuffs off duty? If I have to pull my gun when off duty, I am not going to be cuffing the dude. He'll be proned out until a marked unit gets on scene.
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        • #6
          Why carry cuffs off duty? If I have to pull my gun when off duty, I am not going to be cuffing the dude. He'll be proned out until a marked unit gets on scene.
          been there.
          spent an eternity in a bad environment waiting for units to show. non compliant perp, big crowd and a bad neighborhood. my past experience dictates for me to carry cuffs.

          like i said.
          my $.02
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          • #7
            A great alternative would be to carry these:

            http://www.tuff-tie.com/

            They are made of a nylon braid and are disposable. You can get a single pair for less than two bucks. I guess if you plan on handcuffing someone everyday that this would not be economical, however, these are great to have around with you if you are OD as they fit very easily into your pocket.

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            • #8
              Get the ASP aluminum cuffs. They are very lightweight and will do the job until the marked units get there and switch over.

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              • #9
                I have a pair I keep in my personal vehicle, but I would never consider carrying them around on me when I'm off-duty.

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                • #10
                  In another thread someone observed that while both bad guys and good guys carry guns, only the good guys carry handcuffs. If cuffs help identify us as good guys in a bad situation that alone should justify carrying them.

                  Wonder why no one makes titanium cuffs?

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                  • #11
                    Our SOP states that if we carry off duty, we must have cuffs. I just put them in my back pocket.
                    In God we trust, all others are run MILES and NCIC.

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                    • #12
                      Get a concealment carrier if you are going to carry them, you can attach it to your belt, out of site, and they will be accessible when you need them quickly.
                      http://www.lineofdutygear.com/mm5/me...tegory_Code=PO

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                      • #13
                        I always carry handcuffs off-duty. I wear a belt and use one belt keeper to to secure them to it.

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                        • #14
                          cuffs

                          I too recommend the tuff-tie for off duty carry, light weight and concealable.
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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Seventy2002 View Post

                            Wonder why no one makes titanium cuffs?

                            Cost, probably.
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