There are plenty of quality handcuffs available these days, but I thought the easy double lock system on the M&P series was worth showing around.

For the most part these are standard S&W Model 100 handcuffs which makes them nicely compatible with the classic handcuff keys and pouches, however they have these great finger activated double lock levers to make the double lock process a lot faster. Typically to double lock one has to use the back pin side of a handcuff key to poke in the side of cuffs or slide a slot over. That doesn't sound like much at first, but makes it odd one then needs a key just to properly apply the cuffs to someone. For those new to handcuffs, double locking means the cuffs won't open or tighten while normally they just won't open without a key, but can tighten. This can be a bit of an issue where say someone is struggling then accidentally starts to tighten the cuffs on themselves causing a problem that then needs to be addressed. Some might be thinking heh that is what they deserve, but super tight metal can be a real deal bloodflow and pain issue.

 

It can be a little hard to tell from the photos, but to activate the double lock levers, one pushes them away from the chain connection point. You will feel a solid click to confirm they are activated and then they no longer have the click resistance. Since low profile and take a decent amount of force to engage, I've never had an issue accidentally engaging them so far. As a heads up one should note double locking creates another process to unlock. One must disengage the double lock first before unlocking. For key usage I'd like to be able to say clockwise or counterclockwise, but it depends on which cuff you are unlocking. For an attempt to simplify it, think of the slot part of the key as the pointer which starts pointing away from the chain. Rotate the key the long way to pointing at the chain connection swivel to release a double lock and rotate the short way to do a normal unlock.

    

The key supplied has a thicker than usual ring with Smith and Wesson text which looks cool, but makes it a little harder to get on a keychain. Overall well built with tight tolerances, although possible to shim it is a pain in the ass. Only con I can think of is I wish they had keyholes on both sides of the cuffs like the ASP cuffs. Be sure and check out these M&P series cuffs for a way to secure your sassy bottoms quickly without letting them hurt themselves.

 

Recommended place of purchase:

http://www.handcuffwarehouse.com/smwempleloha.html

 

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