Turtle Skin Tactical Gloves: Withstands 28 Gauge Needle

Turtle Skin are manufacturing a tactical glove they claim is the only glove tested for the ability to withstand 28 gauge needed. 28 Gauge needles, popular among drug addicts, are just 0.3mm in diameter, approximately the width of a human hair. The Turtle Skin Search TUS-002 glove can withstand 1.1 ft-lbs from a 28g needle before it failing. The glove is marketed to law enforcement and corrections staff.

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Sure, a 16th century steel gauntlet can also withstand a needle, but it is neither flexible nor comfortable. Turtle Skin manufacture other glove models that trade protection for lighter weight and greater comfort so customers can select a level of protection that suits their needs.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Anonymoose

    I have a turtle, and I can tell you his skin really isn’t that hard.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I won’t ask how you know this.

      • Anonymoose

        lol I meant his skin (not his scales) is pretty soft, not that I’ve stuck him with something.

      • neoconfection

        Let’s just say his turtle has a heroin problem.

  • Sam

    1.1 foot pounds? Aren’t foot pounds a unit of energy?

    • flyingburgers

      And a unit of torque. But yes, it can absorb that much energy from a needle: assume the needle was traveling towards the glove with that much kinetic energy.

      • iksnilol

        Osn’t 1.1 foot pounds a small amount of torque?

        • flyingburgers

          1.1 ft lbs = 1.5 J. Kinetic energy = 1/2 m v^2. Assume the syringe weighs 10 grams, this you can see it needs to be traveling at 17 m/s = 38 MPH to penetrate the glove.

          • NikonMikon


          • noob

            House of Flying Needles

      • Ken

        It’s not meant to protect against a needle traveling toward the glove, it’s meant to protect against the glove traveling toward the needle reaching into a suspect’s pocket. Remember, the weight of your hand/arm will come into play here.

  • DV

    Great — but whats with the rhinestones?

    • Blake

      I have some cycling gloves with “grip enhancers” or some such similar materiel on the palms. They’re a bit reflective but black when not in direct light.

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  • Mahhn

    and with those padded knuckles, the beatings can continue as normal on those civilian scum (sarcasm). They do come is 6 sizes, that’s cool.

    • gunslinger

      pick up that can!

  • Iblis

    It is isn’t a stab proof glove but it sure beats having to get the special “cocktail” from the hospital if you get poked with a dirty needle. Of course, I would rather hit someone with a metal gauntlet glove….just saying.

  • Blake

    Also perfect for picking brambles & sandspurs & such out of your dog’s fur!
    And shucking oysters!
    Daddy likes &ltgrin&gt