— A new 5.11 retail store, which sells tactical apparel and gear, held its grand opening on Saturday,

July 29, 2017, across from Springfield Town Center next to Best Buy on Frontier Drive in Springfield.

A crowd was waiting to get into the 10 a.m. opening. More than a dozen people camped out overnight on the sidewalk to receive 5.11 Gift Cards. David and Mia Whiteman of Clinton, Md., arrived on Friday at 9 a.m., and for being first in line, they received a 5.11 gift card worth $511. The first 70 people in line received complimentary 5.11 gift cards.

The event began with a special door breaching commencement and recognition ceremony for both the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the USO of Metropolitan D.C.

The backbone of the business is selling pants and shorts for men and women, from $39 to $79. They offer Stryke, Tac-tech, and Ridgeline pants brands — with a total of nine styles for men and five for women. But they also sell uniforms, tops, outerwear, fitness clothing, sunglasses, watches, knives, hats, slings, gun holsters, footwear and socks. There's also a nylon section with backpacks and bags that make up 20 percent of the inventory.

KNOWN AS 5.11 TACTICAL, the company opened in 2003 and has 19 stores nationwide. It sells in 90 countries, equipping all top military and police units around the world.

"Our mission is to create innovative gear for the most demanding missions starting with police, fire, and military and others who need very rough, tough gear to get their job done," said Tom Davin, CEO of 5.11 Full Article