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Smith & Wesson Model 100 M&P Handcuffs

Smith & Wesson’s Model 100 handcuff is carried by more law enforcement and correctional officers than any other handcuff.

S&W offers high quality handcuffs at a reasonable price. So, how do you improve on the benchmark? The new Smith & Wesson Model 100 M&P Lever Lock handcuffs are standard Model 100 handcuffs with a new, patented finger-activated double locking system. No key-tool is required to double lock the handcuff.

Handcuffs obviously should always be double locked after they have been applied, both for the safety of the officer and the suspect. That said, double locking standard cuffs can prove to be a difficult task with an uncooperative suspect. Two hands are often necessary to hold the handcuff key, find the small double lock push pin or slot, and then maneuver the back pin on the handcuff key to depress the push pin or insert it into the slot to move the lock spring.

Handcuffs that can be easily and quickly engaged by an officer by hand without the need for a key would obviously be advantageous. However, there have been problems with finger-actuated double locks in the past. With previous finger-actuated double locks, it has been all too easy to accidentally engage the double-locks when attempting to apply the cuffs to suspects.

If this occurs, the only options are to use a key to unlock the cuff or to employ a second handcuff. This issue has outweighed any convenience provided by the finger actuation. The restraining and handcuffing of a suspect is one of the most dangerous and difficult processes faced by officers.

On its new Model 100 M&P Lever Lock handcuff, S&W utilizes levers that move away from the direction in which you’re cuffing to prevent the lever from being accidentally engaged. I won’t say that it cannot happen, but I can say that it’s very unlikely. As such, I am comfortable with the design of the S&W M&P Lever Lock. It’s the first finger-actuated double lock that I can say that about. To engage the double lock on the S&W Model 100 M&P Lever Lock handcuff, you fully lift the lever on the cuff and then allow it to return. The double lock is now set. Lifting the lever causes the lock spring to move into a position that locks the handcuff pawl (bolt) in an engaged position with the ratchet, preventing the cuff from being further tightened. The handcuff is unlocked in the same manner as all handcuffs, using a standard handcuff key.

The S&W Model 100 M&P Lever Lock handcuff is available in either satin nickel or Melonite?. Melonite is a salt-bath ferritic nitro-carburizing case hardening process that provides a durable, matte-black corrosion- and scratch-resistant finish. The S&W Model 100 M&P Lever Lock handcuff is fabricated from high-carbon steel. As is the case with all Smith & Wesson handcuffs, the lockworks are heat treated for increased toughness and wear resistance. The S&W Model 100 handcuff has a reputation for smooth, easy ratcheting. The new S&W Model 100 M&P Lever Lock handcuff is no exception.

The S&W Model 100 M&P Lever Lock Nickel Handcuff has an MSRP of $36.43. The S&W Model 100 M&P Lever Lock Melonite Handcuff has an MSRP of $38.87. Each handcuff comes with two keys. All S&W handcuffs meet or exceed the NIJ tests for workmanship, strength, corrosion and tamper resistance. The S&W Model 100 M&P Lever Lock Nickel Handcuff meets the NIJ Standard for Metallic Handcuffs (NIJ Standard-0307.01). S&W handcuffs are made in the USA.

Eugene Nielsen provides investigative and tactical consulting services and is a former officer. He may be reached at

Published in Law and Order, Oct 2011

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