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TacWedge is a solution for securing a door in either the closed or open position. There are two methods of installation, one is extremely aggressive and semi-permanent (with some mildly adverse side effects, like having to smash the device to remove it) while the other is softly placed and easily removable. For obvious reasons, we prefer the more drastic method, but hey, pays your money, takes your choice. For maximum security, jamming TacWedge under a door positively locks the door with its patent-pending dual leaf-spring tension effect digging four hardened steel spikes into the floor surface. No other door stop can gain purchase on slick surfaces like linoleum, marble or polished concrete, but TacWedge is so aggressive that it bites into the floor, actually leaving divots in concrete. Once shoved, kicked or stomped into place, the only way to quickly remove TacWedge is to to break off the Spike Foot to relieve the tension. Alternatively, TacWedge can be quickly inserted into the crack of an open door with its patent-pending Hinge Wedge thats shaped precisely to fit and hold the door open. TacWedge wont fall out if the door is bumped or jarred thanks to our ambidextrous Hinge Locks.
Door jamming is not complicated. If you can kick or stomp, you can operate TacWedge. If you can pull a cord, you can work TacCinch. Theres only a couple of things to bear in mind when securing doors:
TacWedge provides Tactical Access Control by positively securing a door in either a closed or open position. Depending on the tactical situation, you may wish to jam a door closed to inhibit entry by unknown parties or to prevent access to a rooms contents. Alternatively, you may need to make sure an open door remains open.
Depending on the case, you can employ TacWedge to jam shut an inward-swinging door (the hinges are visible to you) or to hold an open door open. If an away-swinging door (the hinges are on the other side and cant be seen) needs to be secured in the closed position, then you need to employ TacCinch. Mechanically, there is no way to wedge shut an away-swinging, so for that situation we offer TacCinch. However, for all other Tactical Access Control situations, TacWedge solves the problem.
For this reason, we consider TacWedge as a permanent press solution. It is designed for one-time use. Most operators leave it behind after an operation. If you want to fight with getting it out, bring a buddy named Axe or Saw.
Simply insert TacWedge into the crack of an open door blade-first and press the U-shaped Hinge Lock over a hinge. Our patent=pending wedge-shaped main body of TacWedge allows the device to precisely fit in the crack of an open door crack and prevent the door from closing. The patent-pending Hinge Lock cut-outs on either side of the device prevent TacWedge from being accidentally jarred loose. To remove, simply lift out.
Alternatively, you can jam TacWedge under an open door as described for a closed door.
Blue Training Model w/No Spikes The good news about TacWedge is that its four steel spikes are so damn aggressive that they dig holes in concrete while the saw-tooth blade mauls the bottom of a door to shreds. On a tactical or rescue operation with lives at stake, youll trade a bit of structural damage for increased safety. But in a training environment, you cant very well be gouging the floor, hacking up doors and then sawing or chopping a stuck-tight TacWedge in half just to get it out.
Accordingly, we offer a Training Model of TacWedge with the same exact function, but without the hardened steel spikes that cause most of the damage. Its easily distinguished from the black-side Operational Model by its trendy Bluegun Blue color.