NTOA Member Testing Criteria

What is the Member Tested and Recommended Program?

This program allows manufacturers to have their products tested in the field by the law enforcement community. Results are published on our website and in our quarterly journal, The Tactical Edge. Products receiving a rating of 3.0 or higher will receive NTOA Field Tester Recommended Status and be allowed to affix the NTOA Member Tested & Recommended logo to the product materials. Products that score lower than 3.0 will not receive approval.

Products are tested and scored in 13 possible categories on a scale of 0 to 5.

  1. Design
  2. Performance
  3. Ease of Use
  4. Size
  5. Quality
  6. Durability
  7. Storage
  8. Versatility
  9. Convenience
  10. Application for Law Enforcement
  11. Comfort
  12. Cleaning/Maintenance
  13. Accuracy

5 – Excellent:
Defined as a product that performs at a level above advertised specifications and demonstrates its usefulness and quality of workmanship every time it is used and can be used for other purposes.

4 – Very Good:
Defined as a product that exceeds advertised specifications on a regular basis and outperforms others in usefulness and quality of workmanship.

3 – Average:
Defined as a product that meets minimum advertised specifications, has practical use, but does not go above or beyond the scope of quality or usefulness that is expected.

2 – Fair:
Defined as a product that has occasional applications and in some situations meets advertised specifications, but overall is not effective.

0-1 – Poor:
Defined as a product that does not meet minimum advertised specifications needed to make the product useful, product does not meet any of its practical purposes.

Please note that this is not a product endorsement from the NTOA, it is a recommendation by a field tester for the law enforcement community. The NTOA Member Tested and Recommended program is designed as a service to assist the association's membership in selecting the best products available to the tactical community. NTOA does not provide a warranty, expressed or implied, or guarantee any of the products that have been tested and approved. NTOA assumes no liability for the use or misuse of any of the featured products.