The original and worlds leading compact, silent vibrating metal detector designed for law enforcement on the market today. Allows the user to pinpoint the physical location of an object and determine its threat level based on the object's shape and size. Made by Torfino. Do not confuse this item with Far Eastern copies!

Police Security Hand Held Metal Detector Metal-TEC 1400

With the present awareness and need for higher security in public places, the fight against knife and gun crime in the UK, Tactical Things has been supplying Police, Schools and important Government buildings with the Metal-tec 1400 hand held metal detector.

April 2014 -

Another UK Police Force supplied with Metal-TEC 1400 to make the streets safer!

January 2014 -

European Security Company supplied with Metal-TEC 1400.

July 2013 -

Thank you to another British Police Force for their order to supply Metal-TEC 1400 metal detectors for detection of weapons, knives and blades in the course of searching suspected offenders.

Dec 2012 -

Pleased to supply Metal-TEC 1400 metal detectors to major UK Security company for detection of weapons, knives and blades in the course of their duties.

June 2012 -

Supply of Metal-TEC 1400 detectors to British Police Forces for the detection of weapons, knives and blades for Olympic Games 2012, London, UK.

March 2012 -

Supply of Metal-TEC 1400 detectors to British Government for the detection of weapons, knives and blades in London, UK.

Nov 2011 -

We are very pleased to have supplied another police force in the UK with the Metal-TEC 1400 for the detection of knives and blades in their fight against knife crime.

April 2011 -

Pleased to have supplied order to Local Government in England of Metal-TEC 1400 for entry to building searches.

Feb 2009 -

We are very pleased to have supplied police forces in the UK with the Metal-TEC 1400 for the detection of knives and blades in their fight against knife crime.

July 2009 -

We are honoured to have supplied UK Government with the Metal-tec 1400 for the security of important Government buildings.


The Metal-TEC was designed to be used as an enhancement of the hand during searches, requiring only one hand for operation • Silent vibration gives the officer a tactical advantage; will not alarm the subject being searched (or others around them) that a weapon has been detected • Alerts the officer to weapons, razor blades, handcuff keys, and even small pieces of metal foil (which may contain drugs) inches away • Will pinpoint the location of a hidden metal object and determine the shape and size of the object to aid the operator in distinguishing between metal objects in clothing vs. concealed weapons • Includes a heavy duty nylon holster and car mounting kit which allows the unit to be either carried on the duty belt or mounted in a patrol vehicle for easy access when needed • Sensitivity is factory preset and will automatically compensate for environmental variables such as humidity and temperature • Simple push on/off switch concealed under rubber grip • Extremely durable, high impact ABS case is also water resistant • Low battery indicator; unit will vibrate constantly to indicate battery is low • 3 year manufacturers warranty • Manufactured in the United States of America

Technical Specifications

Detection: Triaxial Detection field, uniformly detects ferrous & nonferrous metals inches away in all directions regardless of the position relative to the subject
Dimensions: L = 7.9" (20.0 cm) W = 1.75" (4.5 cm) H =1.30" (3.3 cm)
Weight: 8.8 ounces (249.4 grams)
Sensitivity control: Factory set and calibrated
Indicators: Silent Vibration
Controls: Single control (Power On / Off)
Battery: Standard 9 Volt Alkaline (provides 2,000 average 15 second searches)
Operating Temperatures: - 15 F ( - 26 C) to + 130 F ( + 54 C)
Humidity: 98% Non condensing
Case Material: High Impact ABS plastic with a tensile strength of 6,800psi (ASTM D 638)
Operating Frequency: 360 kHz
Regulatory Standards: FCC Part 15 (ID# NJ21200METAL-TEC), meets OSHA CFR-1910.97a2i, IEEE C95.1 - 1992
Protected by US Patents: No. 5,959,451 & Design Patent No. D410,399

The Metal-Tec 1400 has been classified with European Union RoHS for sale in the UK.


 meets Standards: EN 50082-1:1997 harmonized & EN 50081-2:1993 harmonized

Specifications subject to change without notice.

Questions about the Metal-Tec 1400

What is the Metal-TEC 1400?
The Metal-TEC 1400 is the original compact silent weapons detector built for Law Enforcement and Corrections, with advanced detection features which allow the user to distinguish the size, mass and shape of a hidden metal object.

What is "Vibration Signature"?
Vibration Signature is a feature of the Metal-TEC 1400 which can help the user in determining the approximate physical shape and size of a metal object being detected.

How Do I Use Vibration Signature?
After detecting a metal object, take the Metal-TEC and turn it on end, pointing it's narrow probe end toward the object. Now move the Metal-TEC up and down (vertically) and side to side (horizontally) over the object being detected. By observing where, and when the vibration starts and stops while moving the Metal-TEC over the object, the operator can determine its approximate length and width which will help determine the objects physical size, and pinpoint its location.

What is "Density Discrimination"?
Density Discrimination is a feature of the Metal-TEC 1400 which can help you determine the possible threat level of the metal object being detected based upon the amount of metal in the object. The distance at which the Metal-TEC 1400 detects an object can help the user determine the object's mass relative to its volume.

How do I use Density Discrimination?
Larger objects such as handguns can be detected approximately 3 to 4 inches away. Smaller objects such as razor blades can be detected approximately 1 to 2 inches away, and metal foil (which may contain drugs) can be detected approximately 1 /8 inch to 1 inch away based on the size or amount of foil.

Does my Metal TEC 1400 come with a warranty?
Yes, every unit comes from the factory with a 3 year limited warranty against manufacturer's defects.

Is my Metal-TEC 1400 water resistant?
Yes, the Metal-TEC 1400 is water-resistant to a distance of 35 Feet.

How do I turn on my Metal-TEC?
Press the On/Off button located on the center of the unit under the vinyl grip. Press the button once to turn the unit on, and again to turn the unit back off. Do not hold the power button down.

Why does my Metal-TEC 1400 vibrate in the holster?
The unit was designed so that the Metal-TEC would vibrate when in the holster. This is a sort of "self test" to show that the unit is working, and also prevents leaving the unit on after performing a search.

How do I know if my Metal-TEC 1400 has detected metal?
When the Metal-TEC 1400 starts to vibrate it indicates the presence of metal.

Will wearing jewelry affect use of the Metal-TEC 1400?
Yes, wearing jewelry while performing a search is not recommended as it may cause the unit to give false readings.

Do I ever need to calibrate my Metal-TEC 1400?
No, the sensitivity on each unit is factory calibrated and automatically compensates for temperature changes.

Why does my Metal-TEC 1400 vibrate constantly even when no metal is present?
This maybe an indication that your battery is running low. Replace battery with a new 9v Alkaline battery. If problem persists contact Torfino Enterprises Inc. for an RMA#.

How do I replace the battery in my Metal-TEC 1400?
Unscrew the two screws holding the battery door on. Gently remove the battery so as not to damage the unit. Insert a new 9v Alkaline battery with the terminals facing into the unit. The battery is non-polarity sensitive, which means it can be placed either direction so long as the battery is inserted terminals first into the unit. Replace battery cap and screw back on being careful not to overtighten the screws.

How do I remove a battery that is stuck inside the battery compartment?
Turn the unit upside down (With battery compartment facing down) and lightly tap on battery, or move battery from side to side until it comes loose. Never pull on the stuck battery as this may damage the battery terminals which will require factory servicing.

Customer COMMENTS: Metal-Tec

Designed for Police by Police

The only silent vibrating metal/weapons detector designed for Law Enforcement

Used by Police Departments in 50 States in USA and by Police Forces in UK

'The original compact silent metal/weapons detector built for Law Enforcement'

Available from..... 'TACTICAL THINGS':  The Official UK Supplier.....  Police Security Hand Held Metal Detector Metal-TEC 1400

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