Top 10 Tactical Gloves

We get asked all of the time for recommendations on tactical gloves for air soft shooting, CrossFit workouts and just hanging out in the field and shooting with your buddies. Check out this list of gloves so that you can make the best decision.

First off –

Why would you wear tactical gloves?

Tactical gloves serve multiple purposes, making them a practical choice for various situations. Whether engaged in military operations, law enforcement duties, outdoor activities, or even certain professional tasks, wearing tactical gloves can provide valuable hand protection from cuts, abrasions, and impact injuries.

If you are looking for a glove with an enhanced grip and dexterity then you would want to look at the options that tactical gloves have. This type of glove will allow for better control and manipulation of objects, ensuring optimal performance.

The features you will want to look for are thermal insulation, touchscreen compatibility, camouflage options, and defense against environmental elements. We break down each glove and give you the best options to make the best decision on which glove is right for your hand in this situation.

#10 Mechanix Pact

For me, the title says it all–these are awesome gloves. We started using Mechanix Wear gloves in Iraq, because the issue nomex gloves couldn’t stand up to the use & abuse we put them through (we were convoy escort, so we were always working on our vehicles & 50 cals).

At that time, Mechanix Wear geared their gloves to the civilian market, so we had to buy the black gloves, and use sharpie marker to color in the white logos.

#9 Hatch NS430

I have been using the  Hatch NS430 shooting glove with an AR-15 and with a handgun drawing out of a holster. It worked great in both situations.

I was able to load magazines easily and even use my Leatherman tool easily. I highly recommend trying these out. The only risky thing is getting the right size. Since the leather is synthetic, it won’t stretch much if at all, but who knows what a lot of use will do. I’d say pick a size, and just return it to Amazon if you end up needing a smaller/bigger one.

#8 Glove Station Tactical Shooting

These gloves are not too fancy and just the right touch for airsoft or any kind of shooting you may want to do.

We even spotted a pair of the Glove Station gloves recently at Fort Benning during operations.

What I personally like about these gloves is that they are easy to get on and off. You can use the touchscreen on your phone or navigational device. I know that these gloves will help you out on the gun range, off road motorcross, obstacle course. This glove can get it done.

#7 Rothco 3463 Kevlar Tactical Glove

I have used these gloves when I am doing riding my motorcycle and during a recent air soft match against a really good team. I can tell you they stand up to rough conditions. I can state as fact these gloves are great for protecting your knuckles.

I was forced to find out just how good the Rothco 3463 Kevlar Hard Knuckle Tactical gloves was when I had a suspect try to fight me, One hit and he did not want to fight any more and my knuckles were not hurt. These gloves fit tight, so make sure you buy a size up from what you normally would, if you buy large gloves buy XL, and if you get medium go with a Large.

#6 Station Grip by 5.11

I think these are a great pair of gloves. Much more rugged than I thought they would be. I have yet to shoot with them but I think they may be a bit thicker than Nomex. My only complaint is that the large size was not as big as I thought it would be.

Not 5.11 or Amazon’s fault. UPDATE These 5.11 Station Grip gloves are surprisingly easy to shoot with. Fingers fit in the trigger guards of my 1911 and full size Glocks fine. They’re slightly too big for my compact Glocks though. While I still prefer Nomex for shooting, these gloves are much better all around.

#5 Voodoo Tactical “Liberator”

Are you kidding me. How cool is this. Skull logos on a black glove. Perfect for riding your motorcycle or busting down doors on your next SWAT raid.

The Voodoo Tactical Phantom gloves are great gloves for any type of tactical activity. They fit nice and snug, the knuckle guard is right were it needs to be, and they are very comfortable. I highly recommend these gloves to everyone, from military to your average paintball player.

#4 Mission Made Hellfox

This is the 3rd pair I have purchased. The manufacturer, Mission Made, has made a great product. I still am on my first pair. Other pairs are for our preps. I really can’t see spending more money for “the name” when these are available. I have used these to shoot with, climb/rock scramble with, use while cutting and setting our cobblestone patio and everything else.

I have intentionally went out of my way to abuse the Mission Made Hellfox gloves and they still are intact! They are tough and worth every penny. The little tabs on the tips of the fingers for electronic device use have worn off, but I can care less about that since I have bought these for protection and not screwing around with my smart phone screen.

#3 First Tactical

I really liked this glove from the moment I put it on – it fit well. Have used them now several times without issue. You get what you pay for. In this case you get a glove that really fits well. I think that is hs very good dexterity for re-loading your weapon at the firing range. I dont like to keep taking my gloves off.

The First Tactical glove solves that will extra dexterity where you need it. So when you can get a glove that you can wear the whole time that is a bonus. I had actually forget having them on for a while. If durability is an issue I have not seen evidence yet. For the price I could buy two pairs for less then one of the more expensive other brands.


These gloves a Special Operations proven in combat by US Special Operations soldiers who require maximum dexterity for fast & accurate shooting with rifle and handgun. FDT stands for Full Dexterity Tactical. I tried them on recently and it has a bare hand feel. Like you have almost nothing on your hand.

I was able to easily use the touch screen on my phone. I was also able to tie my shoe-laces with the PIG FDT glove and also load 9mm rounds into the magazine of my 9 mil pistol. If you are looking for a high end glove with the best dexterity this is the one.


The Magpul Patrol Tactical Glove is an outstanding choice for individuals seeking a high-performance glove that excels in both comfort and functionality. The glove’s durable construction and premium materials ensure excellent protection and longevity, while the touchscreen compatibility allows for easy smartphone use without removing the glove.

The ergonomic design and adjustable wrist closure provide a snug and secure fit, enhancing dexterity and grip. With its superior durability, versatility, and attention to detail, the Magpul Patrol Tactical Glove is a top-tier option for anyone in need of a reliable and comfortable tactical glove.

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Questions from our readers.

Question: How about PIG gloves vs Mechanix? Both are really good gloves. I own a pair of Mechanix but am looking to try out the PIG Tactical (FDT) Alpha Gloves.

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