TACTICAL GEAR: Thumbcuffs

Thumbcuffs
Thumbcuffs

Thumbcuffs – Great for Contractors and S&M Dominatrixes!

I have been a fan of Thumbcuffs ever since I was a kid, the first time I saw them on TV (back in the 80's) I wanted a pair. Once I got a bit older (and had the need to carry restraints) I always kept a pair handy.

Thumbcuffs have never really gained popularity with Law Enforcement, probably due to liability issues and their practical usefulness. But for civilians and some security contractors Thumbcuffs can be good temporary and compact restraint device if used under the right circumstances.

Note I said “Temporary” – due to the issues with manufacturing quality and blood circulation Thumbcuffs are only good for securing people that will be constantly supervised, or as a way to temporally secure someone in place (like to a car handle or fence) that will not be taken into custody.

Thumbcuffs are about 1/4th the weight and size of full sized Handcuffs making them a great option for guys that only have the occasional need for restraint devices but still want to carry a pair of cuffs.

Thumbcuffs used with Handcuffs and Shackles
Thumbcuffs used with Handcuffs and Shackles

Thumbcuffs used with Handcuffs and Shackles

In Iraq I always kept a pair in the admin pouch on my rig, and when operating in other countries I keep a pair in my work man-bag. Probably the most common thing I used them for in Iraq was to secure my rifle to my belt loop whenever I slept on the floor (or occasionally the flight deck) wile waiting for a chopper or Rhino ride.

If you do use them for restraining someone you have to be very careful not to put them on too tight, or the poor sap you are using them on will have to scratch out “thumbs” as a future nickname option.

Thumbcuffs toe
Thumbcuffs toe

Try running now asshole

Again, Thumbcuffs should only be used to temporally secure someone who will be under constant supervision or for cuffing someone to a fence wile you run away. They are NOT a long term restraint device or a replacement for Handcuffs by any means.

Thumbcuffs5 to 10 Bucks (USD)

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~James G Founder - Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.