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25 Best Tactical Gloves

The Best Tactical Gloves

If you’re an amateur or professional marksman, you’ll know that a good pair of tactical gloves can make all the difference when spending an hour or two on the range. Whether they’re equipped with palm padding, rigid knuckle guards, or synthetic grips, they can give you the edge you need in both competitive and casual settings. And even for those who don’t use them for shooting, tactical gloves can make a great ally in heavy-duty work settings, cold environments, or even just out in the yard.

Here, you’ll find a range of the best tactical gloves on offer, including various designs suited to shooting, work, and cold weather use. There’s something here for everyone, and when you find your perfect pair, they’ll fit you, well, you guessed it – like a glove!

OUR TACTICAL GLOVE RECOMMENDATIONS

BEST TACTICAL GLOVES FOR SHOOTING

If you’re looking for a pair of tactical gloves to use primarily on the shooting range, then you won’t do much better than the 5.11 Men’s Competition Shooting Gloves. These full-fingered gloves have a slimline design perfect for wielding pistols, shotguns, and rifles, all without skimping on padding. The webbing pull loops on the bottom of each glove allow you to get a really tight grip, making them ideal for those who like to feel the resistance of the trigger before they pull it.

BEST TACTICAL GLOVES FOR WINTER AND COLD WEATHER

Working in the cold doesn’t mean you have to let your hands take a beating. The Mechanix Wear ColdWork M-Pact Gloves can keep them comfortable and toasty, all thanks to their Thinsulate lining and thermoplastic rubber exterior. With excellent insulation and thick knuckle padding, these are heavy-duty gloves ideal for rough manual labour in the deep of winter, and the thick padding on their palms is sure to prevent scrapes and abrasions.

BEST LEATHER TACTICAL GLOVES

The Magpul Patrol Glove 2.0 aren’t just some of the best leather gloves on this list; they’re also some of the most stylish. It’s rare to find such well-made gloves that can be worn with regular outfits rather than workwear, but Magpul’s Patrol Glove manages to keep a sleek exterior profile, even with sturdy foam padding beneath the surface. They’re comfortable to wear, too, all thanks to their articulated stretch palms, making them ideal mixed-use driving and shooting gloves.

BEST TACTICAL GLOVES FOR MILITARY

For those interested in military-style tactical gloves, the Mechanix Wear M-Pact Wolf is an excellent choice. With hard-wearing rubber knuckle guards and thick palm padding, they offer excellent overall protection when using firearms. This doesn’t mean they have to be bulky to achieve this; they actually manage to keep a relatively light overall profile, with a boxy, protective feel. 

BEST TACTICAL GLOVES FOR POLICE

The best tactical gloves for police would have to be the Tactical 5.11 Men’s Screen Ops Gloves, specifically designed by 5.11 for mixed tactical situational usage. This means they have excellent flexibility and full dexterity, with heavy knuckle guards swapped out for more streamlined leather padding and reinforced fingertips. Their strong hook and loop closure also ensure they’ll stay on even when pulled, making for a super-secure pair of gloves.

BEST FINGERLESS TACTICAL GLOVES

Fingerless tactical gloves are often the best for shooting thanks to that special ‘trigger feel’ of metal on skin, and if you’re looking for the best ones out there, then the Mechanix Wear M-Pact Covert Fingerless gloves are a pretty good place to start. These fingerless gloves have all the features of heavier full-fingered tactical gloves, but they’ve been trimmed down and equipped with a pull-tag to allow you to achieve the best possible grip a glove can give. 

1. Tactical 5.11 Men’s Screen Ops Gloves

These black tactical gloves from 5.11 are designed for precision usage situations, including sharpshooting and-hand to-hand combat. Built from the ground up for military and police use, these gloves offer both supreme palm protection and touchscreen compatibility. With a strong hook and loop closure, they won’t come undone even under intense stress.

Key Features

  • Two colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Padded palm
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Cotton, Polyester

2. P.I.G. Full Dexterity Tactical Alpha Gloves

A pair of tactical shooting gloves designed for maximum flexibility, the P.I.G. Full Dexterity Tactical Alpha gloves are ultrathin and super flexible, all thanks to a smart Nylon fabric weave. Available in sizes S – XXL, these gloves are also touchscreen-friendly and come in a range of colours from black to ranger green.

Key Features

  • Four colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Barehand shooting feel

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Nylon

3. Mechanix Wear Winter Work Gloves

Mechanix Wear’s Winter Work gloves are a pair of tactical winter gloves made for cold weather conditions. Equipped with thick micro-fleece insulation, these gloves have great heat retention without sacrificing flexibility. They’re also touchscreen-friendly, thanks to their carbon-infused fabric finish.

Key Features

  • Black colorway
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Micro-fleece insulation
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: M – XXL
  • Materials: Carbon-infused fabric

4. Mechanix Wear M-Pact 3

These cut-resistant tactical gloves from Mechanix Wear offer a nice blend of flexibility and strength, with soft-moulded thermoplastic rubber knuckles and stretchable Nylon construction. The rubber knuckle guard can stand up to a fair few scrapes, while the hook and loop wrist provides a secure fit during intense usage on the range or in the wild.

Key Features

  • Two colorways available
  • Rubber knuckle guard
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Thermo Plastic Rubber, Nylon

5. Ironsight Sensor Gloves

Outdoor Research’s Ironsight Sensor Gloves are a sturdy pair of affordable high-tech tactical gloves. They come equipped with touchscreen-friendly fingertips and anti-slip silicone palm pads designed to give you a firm grip on any tool or firearm. Available in black or green, these low-profile, lightweight gloves are perfect for stealthy excursions.

Key Features

  • Two colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Anti-slip silicone palm pads

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Polyester, Spandex, Nylon, Polyurethane

6. Mechanix Wear M-Pact Wolf

These military hard knuckle tactical gloves from Mechanix are ideal for tactical use on shooting ranges or while hunting, with touchscreen-friendly fingers and padded palms designed to relieve your hands from the shock of gunfire. Rubber knuckle guards give them a rigid, protective feel, and a hook and loop closure ensures maximum grip strength.

Key Features

  • Five colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Padded palm
  • Rubber knuckle guard

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Thermoplastic Rubber, Nylon

7. WTACTFUL Motorcycle Gloves

Built from a blend of microfiber fabric and synthetic rubber studs, the WCTACTFUL motorcycle gloves are a pair of multipurpose tactical gloves designed for use in all manner of scenarios. With anti-slip palms perfect for gripping a motorcycle’s throttle, they’re perfect for use on the road – though they’ll perform just as well on the shooting range too.

Key Features

  • Four colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Anti-slip palms

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XL
  • Materials: Microfiber, Synthetic rubber

8. P.I.G. Full Dexterity Tactical Delta Gloves

Another pair of full dexterity gloves from PIG, the Deltas, are some of the best tactical shooting gloves in the slimline bracket. With a pull-on closure and touchscreen-friendly fingers, these gloves are super convenient to use and can be pulled on and off easily without ever becoming loose, making them a great choice for frequent use.

Key Features

  • Five colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Slimline design
  • Pull-on closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Nylon

9. Glove Station The Combat Gloves

This pair of cut-resistant tactical gloves from Glove Station strike a nice balance between flexibility and strength, with semi-rigid rubber knuckles and padded palms designed to give you as much protection as possible without reducing your range of motion. They’re touchscreen-friendly too, and once again, use a hook and loop closure to stay securely fastened.

Key Features

  • Four colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Padded knuckle and palm
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Rubber, Polyester

10. Blackhawk Men’s S.O.L.A.G. Gloves

Blackhawk Men’s S.O.L.A.G. gloves may look a little rough around the edges, but they’re a high-quality pair of tactical shooting gloves with an efficient overall design. Blackhawk uses goatskin leather instead of your more typical rubber padding, making for an extremely versatile, flexible glove that won’t wear down in a hurry. This allows for dual-layer palm padding with excellent waterproofing and abrasion resistance, all without the gloves getting too bulky.

Key Features

  • Black colorway
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Leather fingertips and palm
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XL
  • Materials: Goatskin Leather, Nylon

11. F.R.E.E.T.O.O. Knuckle Tactical Gloves

These tactical leather gloves from F.R.E.E.T.O.O. do away with hard-shell knuckles for a softer approach, combining rubber patches with leather elements for a hard-wearing shooting glove designed for use on the range. Available in black or desert colorways, these are a comfortable pair of military tactical gloves perfect for frequent use.

Key Features

  • Three colorways available
  • Rubber knuckle
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: M – XXL
  • Materials: Leather, Rubber, Polyvinylchloride

12. 5.11 Caldus Insulated Gloves

5.11’s cold weather tactical gloves take notes from their competitors and come up with something altogether unique, combining goatskin padded palms with Thinsulate insulation for a glove that’s both warm and hard-wearing. Available in sizes S – L, these slip-on gloves are perfect for pulling on in a hurry and look great too.

Key Features

  • Black colorway
  • Thinsulate insulation
  • Goatskin padded palm

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – L
  • Materials: Goatskin leather, Thinsulate

13. Under Armour Men’s Tac Blackout Glove 2.0

Under Armour’s Men’s Tac Blackout gloves are some of the best tactical gloves for breathability. They do away with some of the bulk of traditional tactical gloves for the sake of a lightweight, streamlined design, allowing for a much greater range of motion than some heavier gloves. These are intended more for casual wearers, and their polyester build reflects that; you won’t get much padding here, but you do have a more comfortable glove as a result.

Key Features

  • Black colorway
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Synthetic leather palm
  • Pull-on closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Polyester, Synthetic Leather

14. 5.11 High Abrasion Tac Glove

On the other end of the spectrum, we have 5.11’s High Abrasion Tac glove, which sacrifices some flexibility for a hard-wearing padded palm. There are some nice additional features here, too, including microfiber finger grips for a super-fitted grip and webbing pull tabs made to keep the glove tight once on. These are available in black, kangaroo, and ranger green colorways.

 

Key Features

  • Three colorways available
  • Webbing pull tabs
  • Microfiber finger grips
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Polyester Spandex, Lycra

15. 5.11 Men’s Competition Shooting Gloves

Another pair of tactical shooting gloves from 5.11 and some of the best tactical shooting gloves out there overall, the Competition Shooting gloves use a soft design crafted from synthetic suede and Nylon Spandex for a perfect blend of flexibility and padding. Webbing pull tabs allow for a tight grip, and a hook and loop closure prevents them from slipping off or bunching – making for a great competition glove that lets you feel the trigger before you shoot.

Key Features

  • Two colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Webbing pull tabs
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Synthetic suede, Nylon Spandex

16. Mechanix Wear Tactical Specialty Breacher Gloves

Mechanix Wear’s premium offering comes in the form of these tactical leather gloves, which blend sturdy palm padding with a goatskin leather construction for a hardy, mixed-use offering. A soft-moulded thermoplastic rubber knuckle completes the design, giving these gloves plenty of strength without spoiling their supple overall feel.

Key Features

  • Black colorway
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Palm padding
  • Thermoplastic rubber knuckle

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Goatskin Leather, Rubber

17. TitanOPS Full Finger Knuckle Gloves

A jack-of-all-trades if ever there was one, TitanOPS full-finger hard knuckle gloves are a good choice for any tac glove activities ranging from army training to motorcycle riding. They have a small hard-moulded knuckle and an otherwise soft Nylon construction, with microfiber lining in the fingers for a tight grip and a hook and loop closure to prevent slippage. At a budget price, they’re a very respectable all-rounder.

Key Features

  • Three colorways available
  • Hard-moulded plastic knuckle
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: M – XXL
  • Materials: Microfiber, Leather Lycra, Nylon

18. 5.11 Tactical Station Grip Glove

A pair of tactical gloves designed more for use in work environments, the 5.11 Station Grip Glove is perfect for those who work with heavy machinery or in car repair shops. This is thanks to their fast-drying, shape-retaining material that can stand up to oil and water alike. They also have great flash and slash protection, thanks to leather padding on the palm and the finger joints, making them a great choice for keeping your hands out of harm’s way.

Key Features

  • Storm colorway
  • 4-way stretch back panel
  • Elasticized wrist
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Nylon, Leather

19. Oakley Men’s Factory Pilot Glove

Another tactical glove designed for use in various scenarios, Oakley Men’s Factory Pilot glove is crafted from premium leather and durable synthetics that combine for a strong, flexible overall build. Textured pull tabs allow you to adjust your grip easily, while padded palm surfaces give you plenty of protection from scrapes and scuffs.

Key Features

  • Two colorways available
  • Unobtanium palms
  • Textured pull-tab

Specifications

  • Sizes: XS – L
  • Materials: Nylon, Polyester, Elastane, Neoprene, Polyurethane

20. Mechanix Wear M-Pact Covert Fingerless Gloves

These tactical fingerless gloves from Mechanix Wear are a great pick for those who need maximum flexibility along with strong palm protection. The fingerless design allows for supreme dexterity, while the synthetic leather and foam padding on the palms and knuckles gives you a well-protected glove with a strong grip. These are perfect for use on the shooting range or in warm-weather environments.

Key Features

  • Covert grey colorway
  • Fingerless design
  • Synthetic leather knuckle
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: M – XL
  • Materials: Synthetic Leather, Rubber, Nylon, Foam padding

21. Vertx Men’s F.R. Breacher Gloves

Vertx’s Men’s F.R. Breacher gloves have a unique goatskin suede construction and a low-profile rubber upper that make for a great pair of hard knuckle tactical gloves. The F.R. Breachers have the silhouette of a streamlined glove with all the strength of a thick tactical option, and they’re touchscreen-friendly to boot, making them a great pick for mixed purpose usage.

Key Features

  • Two colorways available
  • Touchscreen friendly
  • Padded rubber knuckle
  • Hook and loop closure

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Goatskin suede, Rubber

22. Mechanix Wear Recon Gloves

A thick pair of black tactical gloves, Mechanix Wear’s Recons are layered with sheep leather in the palm area for maximum shock absorption. Thermoplastic rubber is applied sparingly to the hook and loop closure and finger joints, allowing for a rigid, steady grip, while Spandex is worked into the glove’s body to retain flexibility regardless of its extra protective features.

Key Features

  • Black colorway
  • Thermoplastic rubber closure
  • Sheep leather palm

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Sheep leather, Rubber, Spandex

23. Mechanix Wear M-Pact Covert Work Gloves

Available in five colorways ranging from black to woodland camo, these M-Pact workwear variants from Mechanix Wear are ideal for heavy-duty work and hunting trips. With thermoplastic rubber knuckle guards and a lightweight nylon build that won’t strain your hands even after a full day’s wear. D30 palm padding has been used to provide great shock absorption, so they’re perfect for use on the range too.

Key Features

  • Five colorways available
  • Thermoplastic rubber knuckle
  • Hook and loop closure
  • D30 palm padding

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Thermoplastic rubber, Nylon

24. Magpul Patrol Glove 2.0

These well-made gloves from Magpul are a little more refined than some of the other options on this list. They come in black or coyote colorways, both of which are rather streamlined despite the goatskin leather and foam padding hidden inside the glove’s body. Articulated stretch palms allow for a full range of motion, and touchscreen-friendly thumbs mean they’re completely hassle-free.

Key Features

  • Coyote colorway
  • Touchscreen friendly thumbs
  • Articulated stretch palm
  • Goatskin palm

Specifications

  • Sizes: S – XXL
  • Materials: Goatskin leather, Nylon, Foam padding

25. TitanOPS Fingerless Hard Knuckle Glove

TitanOps’ tactical fingerless gloves variant of their hard knuckle glove is much the same as its full-fingered brother, save for a fingerless design that allows for greater agility. The hard-moulded knuckle is still here, along with microfibre linings in the fingers, plus additional leather palm padding for shock absorption. On top of this, a military-grade Velcro closure ensures zero slippage, even when handling powerful firearms.

Key Features

  • Three colorways available
  • Fingerless design
  • Hard plastic knuckle

Specifications

  • Sizes: M – XL
  • Materials: Microfiber, Lycra, Nylon, Leather

COMPARE THE BEST TACTICAL GLOVES

Use this table to sort all the tactical gloves featured on this list and order them by size, materials, touchscreen friendliness, weight, and colour options.

TACTICAL GLOVESSIZESMATERIALSTOUCHSCREEN?WEIGHTCOLOURS
Tactical 5.11 Men’s Screen Ops Tactical GlovesS-XXLCotton, PolyesterYES2.4 oz2
P.I.G. Full Dexterity Tactical Alpha GlovesS-XXLNylonYES2.4 oz4
Mechanix Wear Winter Work GlovesM-XXLMicro-fleeceYES4 oz1
Mechanix Wear M-Pact 3S-XXLThermal Plastic Rubber, TrekDryNO5 oz2
Ironsight Sensor GlovesS-XXLPolyester, Spandex, Nylon, PolyurethaneYESUnknown2
Mechanix Wear M-Pact WolfS-XXLThermoplastic Rubber, NylonYES4.8 oz5
WTACTFUL Motorcycle GlovesS-XLMicrofiber, Synthetic rubberYES5.08 oz4
P.I.G. Full Dexterity Tactical Delta GlovesS-XXLNylonYES0.32 oz6
Glove Station The Combat GlovesS-XXLPolyesterYES4.83 oz4
Blackhawk Men’s S.O.L.A.G. GlovesS-XLGoatskin Leather, NylonYES4.94 oz1
F.R.E.E.T.O.O. Knuckle Tactical GlovesM-XXLLeather, Rubber, Polyvinyl ChlorideNO4.97 oz3
5.11 Caldus Insulated GlovesS-LThinsulate, GoatskinNOUnknown1
Under Armour Men’s Tac Blackout Glove 2.0S-XXLPolyester, Synthetic LeatherYES10.99 oz1
5.11 High Abrasion Tac GloveS-XXLPolyester Spandex, LycraNO2.86 oz3
5.11 Men’s Competition Shooting GlovesS-XXLSynthetic suede, Nylon SpandexYES2.68 oz2
Mechanix Wear Tactical Specialty Breacher GlovesS-XXLSynthetic suede, Nylon SpandexYES6.4 oz1
TitanOPS Full Finger Knuckle GlovesM-XXLMicrofiber, Leather Lycra, NylonNO5.61 oz3
5.11 Tactical Station Grip GloveS-XXLNylon, LeatherNO4 oz1
Oakley Men’s Factory Pilot GloveXS-LNylon, Polyester, Elastane, Neoprene, PolyurethaneNOUnknown2
Mechanix Wear M-Pact Covert Fingerless GlovesM-XLSynthetic Leather, Rubber, Nylon, Foam paddingYES3.2 oz1
Vertx Men’s F.R. Breacher GlovesS-XXLGoatskin suede, RubberYES4.59 oz2
Mechanix Wear Recon GlovesS-XXLSheep leather, Rubber, SpandexNO0.32 oz1
Mechanix Wear M-Pact Covert Work GlovesS-XXLThermoplastic rubber, NylonNO4.9 oz5
Magpul Patrol Glove 2.0S-XXLGoatskin leather, Nylon, Foam paddingYESUnknown2
TitanOPS Fingerless Hard Knuckle GloveM-XLMicrofiber, Lycra, Nylon, LeatherYES4.8 oz3