Black was cool in the 80s. You had black clad SWAT teams and the boom of low-budget ninja films. SWAT teams adopted camo uniforms and military equipment in the post-9/11 world so there has been quite a backlash againt the “militarization” of police forces. Therefore, gray was chosen as a neutral unassuming color that fits into concrete’s urban landscapes.
London Metropolitan Police introduced in 2015 the Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officer as a new speciality within the Specialist Firearms Command to deal with the terrorist threat in the current European context of urban armed attacks. There was a public presentation of their weapons and equipment on 3 August 2016.