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Tactical Pens and TSA
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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 17:24

As of today there are a handful of tactical pens that range from menacing to subtle appearances. There are some that have twist bodies, twist caps, or retractable. I personally prefer retractable because there are no worries of losing a cap and it requires one-hand operation. Just recently I noticed that my favorite flashlight company Surefire made a tactical pen.

Tactical pens are subject to criticism because of their intended nature. Why own a large "scary" looking pen with the company's brand plastered on it? It only lets others know your situation. Another criticism is that the tactical pens are not cheap ranging from $25 to $130. Sadly, there's not many options for ink color and point size either.

I myself have considered the sure fire EWP-02 because it is light-weight, averaged size, less-menacing, retractable, robust, and not overly expensive for a quality pen from a quality company. It's also an attractive looking writing instrument. However, the options for using an extra fine point is pending Surefire's customer support response. Unfortunately, I foresee that the smaller pen tip will rattle when writing because of the large pen hole used for medium point cartridges.

Surefire Pen 2

It certainly is a beautiful piece but the cost simply does not justify the purchase of the pen especially since the fear of losing it outweights the cost of a regular aluminum pen and the TSA is subject to confiscate the item. It's definitely something to consider especially if the original idea was to protect yourself on/off the plane where you can't carry any other defensive tool.

 

     

Workforce Stories

When is a pen not just a pen? The answer is when it doubles as a potential weapon.

A TSO at Palm Beach International (Fla.) was working the X-ray machine when he came across an anomaly on the screen and called for a search of a passenger’s backpack. Inside, the responding Officer discovered a tactical pen, used commonly by law enforcement as a defense tool with its sharp aluminum-based point on one end and blunt portion on the other.

A Supervisory TSO confirmed that item was a prohibited item. The police responded and issued the passenger a criminal summons to appear in court – under the state statute – for carrying a concealed weapon. He was cleared for travel and there were no flight delays.

     

Source: http://www.tsa.gov/who_we_are/workforce/workforce_stories/catch_100110.shtm

 


 

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0 # RE: Tactical Pens and TSARobert201 2013-11-28 17:04
Well since you bring up that point then you can get a tactical pen does not look tactical.You can check out crkt tactical pen by James williams.If you want a cheaper tactical pen you can check out the uzi tactical pen line.They have cheap pens at 15$.If you want to check out more tactical pens you can check out.
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0 # RE: RE: Tactical Pens and TSANam Nguyen 2013-11-28 19:51
Thanks for the heads up. I appreciate your comment.
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