The threat of piracy looms every time a ship sets sail in foreign waters.
Many former Special Forces guys are stepping up to meet the challenge and are hired on as security on these ships.
Check out this list of equipment used by shipboard security contractors overseas and in harms way.
When you are working security aboard a ship you must have the very best binoculars to see the enemy from afar. No time for second hand binoculars. Professional contractors use these.
Canon image stabilizing 10x 30 review by David: I have enjoyed looking through some of the finer binos out there and was really taken back by the quality of the Canon 12×36 IS II binos. They feel solid and well made. The controls are well placed and the cups feel good. The IS button is well placed and comfortable to use. I wish it had a lock-on feature so I could move my hands around. Battery life seems reasonable to me. The case lacks padding, but this is a minor issue.
38 Pirates vs 2 snipers
The size of the Canon 12×36 Image Stabilization II Binoculars is a compromise between capability and size. They feel a little bulky, but this is expected with the IS feature. It is very easy to adapt to the feel of these binos and they balance well.
They provide a sharp and crisp image and the IS feature is amazing. It does not compensate for the larger hand movements, but does stabilize all the minor shakes that come from hand holding a 12x bino.
Somalia Pirates – TAUNT & GET SHOT
No excess stuff to tuck in or worry about. An easy one to jump into is the US Air Force Style Military Camouflage flight suit.
These suits have just enough small pockets to put any excess gear that you may need like a cell phone or knife or whatever else you want to add.
We like the SOG Multi-Tool as it is simple and just gets the job done with a good price.
You get the value of having a small knife and many other tools like a screwdriver to help you get your job done.
Security contractors keep it simple again by using a Protec helmet.
You don’t want to fall down and crack your head when you are running across a slick deck on a moving ship.
Same for riding in a smaller boat with big waves – you don’t want to get thrown back and slam your noggin.
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If your going to work on a boat and be hanging off the rails your going to need to have some type of Life Preserver on.
If you fall over in the middle of a skirmish with pirates you may have to wait a few hours for the ship security to neutralize the enemy and get the boat turned around to come and get you.
A good life preserver will come in handy while your waiting in the big blue bath tub.
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The contractors will obviously wear body armor or what they refer to as a Plate Carrier .
Yes; they can be bulky and hot but that is the price you will pay for a little extra padding where you need it during a gun battle.
Get used to it as you will always want to have this on during a top side gun battle with pirates.
These plates provide protection against threats such as 5.56 mm FMJ, .223 remington, .30 carbine FMJ and grenade shrapnel.
These are many different types of plates so you will need to decide what level of protection you need and what price you can spend.
You will want to have one magazine in the chamber of your M4 and have several chest mags – which are just carriers that attach to your plate carrier.
The chest mags ride in front on the lower part of of your chest so that you can access them at any time very easily.
A small bungie cord keeps them from falling out when your running and jumping around the deck looking to blast another pirate boat out of the water.
Dangerous Route: Fighting Back Pirates
Some guys just wear good running shoes as they don’t have to ruck long distance – just run a few hundred yards.
Other contractors opt for a simple low cut boot that drains well like the New Balance Tactical Abyss II 6-Inch Utility Boot.
Yes; Navy SEALs and security contractors do wear Mechanix Wear gloves. You can get a set for $20 or so and they go a long way to help protect your hands in places where you can get scratched, cut and banged up easily.
These gloves also absorb sweat to help you hold on to weapons and ladders better.
This is a small price to pay for something as easy as a good tactical glove.
The Streamlight Sidewinder Military Tactical Flashlight is waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes and water resistant for much longer.
This strobe also has a good flashlight so it is multi-functional.
Security contractors keep it simple with a single point sling to keep their weapons close to them when moving.
You don’t want to slip on an oil patch on the deck of the ship and lose your weapon overboard.
You can fall with the single point sling and still retain your weapon for use.
The GoPro HD Helmet Hero is more than capable of recording all of the work taking place and stays out of your way up top.
Later on you get to kick back with a beer and watch all the great moves and shots you took to knock out the bad guys.
Some stay with the old school iron sights on their M4 rifle while others throw on a EOTech XPS2-0 HOLOgraphic Weapon Sight to keep things fun.
Using a scope is great buy you also need to know how to remove it quickly if the battery dies or it gets crushed after dropping it.
Shooting with iron sights is a great skill to have.
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