If your job description includes covert ops, handling knives, guns, or heavy equipment (and possibly knocking down doors to gain entry), you probably already know how important it is to have a high-quality pair of tactical gloves.
962 and 963 Mechanics "Tactical" Gloves
Not only can Mechanics “Tactical” Gloves protect your hands from extreme environments, but they can also help you get a better grip on your gear and protect your knuckles and hands from injury. From lightweight, high-performance shooting gloves to gloves designed to withstand the nitty-gritty on a job site, MCR Safety’s line of tactical gloves deliver comfort that’s on par with the outstanding protection they provide. Not all tactical gloves are equal, and you don’t want to realize that the gloves you’re wearing are too bulky for the job once you’re out in the field.
We cover everything you need to know about tactical gloves below, along with highlighting some of our top-selling tactical gloves.
What Is a Tactical Glove?
Ideally, tactical gloves are designed to provide universal coverage and substantial protection without compromising tactility or dexterity and should be as durable as they are effective. These gloves have to be comfortable, but also allow for a range of movement and fine motor control. Inexpensive gloves made with lower-grade materials won’t last and they certainly won’t provide the level of function or protection users require. Tactical gloves are not the gloves you purchase when you’re trying to cut costs. Tactical gloves are made of premium-grade materials, boasting some of the best features you’ll find on the market. The best tactical gloves should have a snug, stretchable fit designed for multiple tasks, should be made at least partially from synthetic material, and, if possible, should be touchscreen friendly.
Because dexterity is so important, tactical gloves should be lightweight — bulky or all-leather gloves aren’t well suited for the types of jobs that require tactical gloves. Because they are often used by military and law enforcement personnel, tactical gloves tend to be offered in muted colors, including black, dark gray, “military 499” tan, dark green, or military-approved camouflage patterns.
Tactical Glove Features
Here is a recap of the core features of tactical gloves:
• Excellent hand movement
• High tactility and dexterity
• Muted colors
• Stretchable material
• Snug fit
Super Stretch Material
MCR Safety Mechanics Gloves made with Hyperfit material feature a super-stretch knuckle region for greater flexibility. This material easily conforms to a person’s hand, providing wearers with excellent hand movement and superior comfort!
Who Wears Tactical Gloves?
Tactical gloves can serve any number of purposes, but in general, these gloves are designed to safeguard military, law enforcement, and sports enthusiasts’ hands from injury and provide protection in a variety of environments and conditions.
Military soldiers require close-fitting gloves
In addition to military and law enforcement applications, tactical gloves are used in a wide variety of other professions and for varying interests because they are versatile, durable, sturdy, well-constructed, and provide exceptional grip.
Here are some industrial applications where premium tactical gloves are commonly worn:
• Automotive: automotive workers in repair shops and service centers wear tactical gloves when working on cars and trucks.Equipment maintenance: workers who keep machines and equipment up and running need a close-fitting glove when working on machinery with moving parts.Construction: construction workers who are digging holes and gripping tools need tactical gloves for safety and protection.
• Utilities: utility workers need tactical gloves to frame poles. Search and Rescue: the heavy equipment used in search and rescue operations require tactical gloves to protect rescue workers’ hands.
In addition, recreational shooters and even mountain bike enthusiasts can benefit from wearing tactical gloves.
Police officers and members of tactical SWAT teams wear tactical gloves because, among other things, they protect against the small cuts and abrasions that can come with the job. While these types of injuries wouldn’t normally present a huge problem, in extreme environments that don’t allow for immediate attention, cuts and abrasions can easily become infected.
Police and SWAT teams wearing tactical gloves.
In a combat situation, using inadequate or non-tactical gloves can literally mean the difference between life and death. Soldiers who use weapons in extreme environments risk hand injuries if they do not use tactical gloves. And when delivering life-saving treatment in an emergency situation, tactical gloves can protect against blood-borne diseases, which is another reason they are an absolute necessity.
MCR Safety's Available Options
Each of MCR Safety’s tactical glove series is designed for the greatest protection, tactility, and dexterity with the highly specialized needs of a wide variety of professionals in mind. The two gloves showcased in this section are known for distinct features that separate each as one-of-a-kind gloves.
962 - Reinforced Steel Cable / Rope Channel
The MCR Safety 962 incorporates a “Hyperfit” shell, similar to the 963 mentioned next, providing wearers with all-day comfort. However, the 962’s claim to fame resides in the palm.
962 - Unique reinforced grip, offered only by MCR Safety.
Something you’ll hear many workers say is they can wear out the palm of glove in a day or two of work... no exaggeration! With the 962, we incorporated cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art safety elements. It features a unique steel cable/rope channel reinforced with rough DuPont™ Kevlar®. We didn’t stop there, though. Its reinforced thumb crotch allows for greater protection in an extremely high-stress area. How about some additional layering? A silicone tire-tread pattern in the palm covers the Kevlar® and MAXGRID™ fingertips allow for industry-leading grip.
962 scores the highest abrasion-resistance achievable.
Lastly, we’ve made both the 962 and 963 gloves with a pull-loop, great for easy carrying. It also prevents the glove from getting stretched when pulled for fitting. The cuff puller also provides for quick donning and doffing.
963 - Military Tan and D3O® Padded Palm
For durability, style, comfort, and safety, MCR’s new 963 Mechanics "Tactical" Gloves is an excellent tactical glove choice. It comes in a military tan and is designed with a “TaskFit” feature, a hook and loop cuff, to fit the needs of any job. The super-stretch knuckle region provides greater flexibility for fine motor tasks, and a synthetic leather palm makes these gloves touchscreen-friendly.
963, Synthetic Leather D3O® Padded Palm
The 963 mechanics "tactical" glove is also unique in its palm padding and boasts 54% better back-of-hand impact dissipation and protection than other non-tactical gloves. Our design provides a unique grip pattern on the index finger and thumb, resulting in greater protection and versatility. Additionally, the index finger area and thumb crotch site are reinforced to deliver greater durability in these high-stress areas.
Black Mechanics Impact Gloves
MCR’s highly durable Predator Knit PD2950 tactical impact gloves are an excellent choice that’ll withstand the everyday grit-n-grind of working on a job site or out in the field. These gloves have a unique thermo plastic resin (TPR) tire tread pattern onthe back of the glove, just like your 35” mudslinging truck tires. With this back-of-hand coverage, these gloves will provide unparalleled protection from job site or field hazards.
By incorporating impact protection onto a black nylon shell, wearers experience ultimate comfort, flexibility, and durability. And an ID panel on the wrist allows for personalized identification so you never lose your gloves on a job again.
Black Mechanics Gloves
The next couple of gloves discussed are made with the same qualities as tactical gloves, only are not classified as "Tactical" due to reflective logos and red colors. MCR Safety 950 and 960 Mechanics Gloves are the industry standard for non-impact tactical gloves. Both gloves feature “Hyperfit” super-stretch material, along with the dark, muted colors law enforcement personnel prefer wearing. Plus, both styles are reinforced in key wear out areas and both provide touchscreen functionality. The last thing you want is a glove that quickly shows holes after use. Reinforcements guarantee you get a well-constructed glove. Touchscreen functionality ensures you never expose your hands to the elements while using digital equipment or phones.
950, Slip-On 960, Hook and Loop
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Keep in mind, many of our gloves are borderline tactical gloves, including our Shadow Grass® Blades® Impact Styles. So, don’t leave this article thinking the above styles are the only ones we have to offer.
Tan TPR: MO100 & Insulated and Waterproof: MO200
Both the MO100 and MO200 offer a D3O® padded palm.
MCR Shooting Eyewear - Safety Glasses
Just as important as hand protection, eyewear that protects your vision is an absolute necessity whether on the job or out in the field. Most individuals wearing tactical gloves should also be wearing safety glasses. Our Dominator 3 eyewear is engineered with an Italian fashion, sport-focused design. These safety glasses offer wire core independently adjustable nose pads and soft wire core adjustable temples.
MCR Safety offers a wide array of amber lens eyewear, so be sure to check out all the safety glass styles we offer.
Protecting People with Stylish Tactical Gloves
Are you ready to put our tactical gloves to the test? Whether you’re in a combat zone, at a crime scene, working at a job site, or are a sports enthusiast, we’ve got you covered.
We are committed to protecting people and can provide all the safety equipment you need. No matter your industry or profession, for over 45 years, MCR Safety has proven to be a world-leader in gloves, glasses, and garments. Whether it’s on the shop floor, an oil rig, or a construction site, we are there providing solutions to workplace hazards. It’s all part of our commitment to protect people.
MCR Safety is an industry leader in gloves, glasses, and garments.
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