Welcome back to Tactical Tuesday! Today I'll be going over a brief review of a set of gloves I purchased recently, and have had the opportunity to use a few times in the field.Blackhawk Hellstorm - Aviator Fire Resistant Flight Ops Gloves w/Nomexhttp://www.blackhawk.com/product/Aviator-Fire-Resistant-Flight-Ops-Gloves-wNomex,1033,1359.htm
While these look like you standard Aviator Flight Gloves, there are a few improvements that set them above the rest in my book. The cowhide leather is the perfect thickness to provide both protection, but also allow for a distinct tactile response when operating fine controls of pistols and rifles. Cuts and knicks that would have otherwise tore up my hand didn't compromise the glove at all. The web of hand also is covered with leather which would prevent slide bite from pistols. Moving on, another great feature is that both the inside and outside of the wrist has elastic on it. Most flight gloves only have elastic on the outside of the wrist. The double placement ensures the glove keeps a snug fit on your hand. The tail of the glove while normally extend to protect part of the forearm, can also be folded back over itself easy. Not to mention, the genuine DuPont NOMEX provides flame/flash protection up to 800ºF (427ºC), as per Blackhawk's site. While that is a minor consideration to most, anyone who's been burned by a hot barrel, it's no joke.
With all of that said, these gloves get my Tactical Tuesday stamp of approval.