POLICE Magazine

JAN 2019

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T 20 POLICE JANUARY 2019 THERE WAS A TIME when companies that produce law enforcement armor would announce their newest products throughout the calendar year or at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Show held each fall. Now most armor products are launched in January at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas. SHOT has become the primary police show for products carried by of- ficers or worn on their bodies. Here's a look at the armor products that are expected to make their debut or be highlighted by the companies that make them at this year's SHOT Show held this month. ARMOR EXPRESS M ichigan-based Armor Express plans to introduce two new prod- ucts at the SHOT Show this month. Armor Express' new Traverse Dress Vest overt patrol vest is configured in the company's Bravo cut. e company says the vest meets many departments' requirements with two dress pockets with faux button-down flap and pen slot, front zip-side opening design, and rear adjustable cummerbund with comfort stretch. e Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier now features Armor Ex- press' COBRA quick release technol- ogy. Armor Express says the SAU was developed with input from customers and after extensive field testing. e goal was to create a tactical vest that is streamlined, lightweight, and modular, the company says. Features include a David Griffith removable cummerbund with accesso- ry wrap, concealed side release buckle system, MOLLE or laser cut attach- ment systems, Quad Ventilation Liner system, drag strap, sling catch, front kangaroo pouch, and optional Peraflex Pouch Integration. www.armorexpress.com ATS ARMOR I n recent years, hard armor has been getting lighter and more efficient. e latest shields from ATS Armor are examples of this trend. e company's IIIA Patrol Shield weighs in at just six pounds and stops pistol rounds up to .44 Magnum. Its Type III Tactical Shield can stop a variety of popular rifle rounds and weighs just 15 pounds. Both feature ATS Armor's proprietary handle system for easy maneuverability and ergonom- ic designs that maximize protection. www.atsarmor.com BULLETSAFE F ive years ago BulletSafe introduced a $299 NIJ Level IIIA vest. Original- ly, these vests were designed to be as concealable as possible. In 2019 Bullet- Safe is releasing a uniform-style exter- nal vest carrier. e BulletSafe Uniform Vest Front Carrier lists for $49. Bullet- safe says the vest carrier offers cus- tomers a professional appearance with darts, buttons, and pockets. BulletSafe also offers a Tactical Style Front Carrier that features a MOLLE sys- tem for attaching accessories. e Tacti- ARMOR EXPRESS PROPPER Police Protective Gear 2019 Manufacturers are bringing to market a number of innovative armor products this year.

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