"250-pound tensile strength, integral double lock"
By: Eugene Nielsen
Polymer restraints are a popular back-up to standard metal
handcuffs. Lightweight and easily carried in large numbers, they are invaluable
in situations in which multiple arrests may be expected. Disposable restraints
eliminate the risk of transmission of pathogens from contaminated handcuffs.
That said, polymer restraints are not without their
downsides. If incorrectly applied, they are more uncomfortable for the subject
being restrained and more likely to lead to injury. Care must be taken to prevent over
tightening. Most models cannot be double locked, increasing the risk.
Polymer restraints are more easily defeated than standard
cuffs. Techniques employed against polymer restraints include breaking the
restraints (the ratchet is weakest spot), shimming, melting, use of a friction
saw, or simply slipping out of them. These techniques are common knowledge on
the street. Manufacturers have attempted to overcome these deficits with
varying degrees of success.
Milspec Plastics Cobra CuffsÒ disposable restraints
are among the best. Of compact tri-fold design, they are easy to carry and use.
Made of specially engineered polymers for strength and UV resistance, they have
an assembled tensile strength of 250 pounds and are virtually unbreakable.
Cobra Cuffs are the only disposable restraints with a
patented double lock that prevents over tightening. The double lock reduces
liability, provides added security, and makes the cuffs impossible to shim. You
simply push in the integral double-locking clip to double lock the cuffs.
Cobra Cuffs feature riveted straps that are designed to
give tactical leverage, allowing for more control and distance than standard metal
cuffs. The straps are 0.56-inch wide to prevent them from cutting into a
suspect’s wrist. Cobra Cuffs come fully assembled and folded. Folded, the cuffs
measure 7.5 inches in overall length and have an overall width of 1.5 inches
and an overall depth of 0.97inches.
Cobra Cuffs fit easily in carrying pouches. Milspec
Plastics offers modular restraint pouches to carry 3, 6 or 10 Cobra Cuffs. The
pouches are available separately or preloaded with Cobra Cuffs and attached
Lifesaver/Cutter. The pouches are equipped with universal straps to attach to a
belt or MOLLE/PALS. Three folded Cobra Cuffs will fit in a standard 30-round
5.56mm magazine pouch. They can also be stored open on standard PALS webbing
for rapid deployment.
Cobra Cuffs are available in eight colors: white, black,
yellow, orange, red, pink, olive drab, and desert sand. Different colors may be
employed as a color-coding system to classify prisoners based on gang
membership, offenses committed, transport code, etc.
Milspec Plastics makes reusable blue training restraints
that allow officers to use Cobra Cuffs for training in proper techniques and
procedures, without the cost of wasting actual Cobra Cuffs. The training restraints
lack the double lock. The straps simply pull free with minor resistance.
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