The Member Tested and Recommended Program

What is the Member Tested and Recommended Program?

Since 2003, NTOA members have tested more than 2,000 products in real world situations through the NTOA’s Member Tested and Recommended Program (MTRP). Results of these tests are shared with the law enforcement community in our magazine, The Tactical Edge, our online database, our eNewsletters and the product manufacturers themselves.

The MTRP logo is widely displayed on product packaging, ads and websites, and is regarded by many LE agencies as paramount to their product purchasing decisions.

Why Submit Products to the MTRP?

  • Unparalleled exposure to the law enforcement community.
  • Opportunity to receive valuable feedback about tactical operators’ product use in real-world situations.
  • Assists law enforcement agencies with product purchasing decisions.

Reviews and Scoring

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

Design Performance Ease of Use Size Quality
Durability Storage Versatility Convenience Application for LE
Cleaning/ Maintenance  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 the 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 meet any of its practical purposes.

How do I submit a product?

A manufacturer will provide the NTOA with 2-4 samples of a product. The testing fee is $250 per product. Ship products to the NTOA using the Product Submission Print Form click here.


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.