Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

TFT New Folding Pistol Grip Saves Valuable Storage Space

Task Force Tips’ new folding pistol grip cuts three inches off storage space, deploys and locks on demand, and retracts with the push of a button.

“Like it or not, space has become an issue for every firefighter out there,” explained Rod Carringer, TFT vice president of marketing. “The folding pistol grip can make a difference for something as simple as stuffing the hose into the bail handle for quick deployment. It saves room on high rise bundles. It fits easily into cross lays.  That’s because its new unique design allows it to fold down and store right up against the hose, always ready to snap into place for immediate deployment.”

Like more than 75% of TFT’s product modifications and designs, the folding pistol grip was a direct answer to customer’s requests. A little over six months in design and product testing, the new folding pistol grip adds a little less than half a pound to the nozzle’s total weight. 

“Just to clarify here, once this grip is locked into place, it takes a little bit of force to push that button in if you want to detract it,” Carringer continued. “It’s easy to use, even if you’re wearing gloves, but you’re going to have to push with intention to fold the handle down, which just makes design sense. This was built with a firefighter’s needs in mind.  And don’t forget that the reaction force will be pushing it, keeping it in the locked open position.  Basically, it’s the same old pistol grip all of us have come to love and trust.  It’s just that this one is a heck of a lot easier to store.”

The folding pistol grip kit, HM792-KIT, is in stock and available.  The kit will fit everything that TFT’s made since 1995 in handheld nozzles. For more information, visit www.tft.com or call TFT at (800) 348-2686.