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JAN 2019

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22 POLICE JANUARY 2019 cal Front Carrier also lists for $49. Bullet- safe says if customers buy the company's NIJ Level IIIA vest and they receive the concealable carrier, then they can add the Uniform Vest Front Carrier and Tac- tical Front Carrier to have three different wear options for $397. Bulletsafe President Tom Nardone says the company hopes to attract new customers by adding the Uniform and Tactical vest carriers. "We expect that both of these groups of people will be happy with our new changes. Both our company and our dealer network of over 200 stores look forward to keeping all of them safe," Nardonne adds. https://BulletSafe.com POINT BLANK T he rapidly growing Point Blank En- terprises plans to showcase two of its tactical product lines—Paraclete and Special Ops Bunker (SOB)—at SHOT. Paraclete is introducing the Special Response Vest (SRV) and the Omega hard armor plates for 2019. e SRV is ergonomically designed for maneuver- ability and can be adapted for a variety of tactical missions. Paraclete says the vest can be configured with a collection of additional protective accessories and pouches to make it suitable for a number of different law enforcement operations. e vest is easy to put on and take off, ac- cording to the company. Features of the SRV include: two-point adjustable shoul- der straps, MOLLE compatible webbing, three-magazine retention inserts in the front flap and the back panel, and front and back hard armor plate pockets. Speaking of hard armor plates, Para- clete is introducing a line of hard armor designed for use with soft armor during critical incidents. e company says its new Omega armor is lightweight and thin and offers NIJ Level III (rifle) protec- tion when worn with Level IIIA or Level II soft armor. Omega plates are available in male and female cuts. Weight for the plates ranges from less than a pound to 2.1 pounds based on size. SOB's new Tac-Wall is a modular shield system that offers NIJ Level III+ protection. e shields can be used individually or linked to form a free- standing wall. No additional hardware is required to link the shields. SOB says the concept behind the Tac-Wall is that officers can carry one shield each in their patrol vehicles and combine them if needed during a critical incident such as an active shooter attack. Single shield dimensions are 22x48 inches with a total armor area of 7.3 square feet per shield. www.pointblankenterprises.com PROPPER T he latest armor product from Prop- per International is the Arc tactical ballistic carrier. Propper says the Arc's easy-on-easy-off quick releases on both sides were designed for fast donning and doffing of the armor during criti- cal incidents, including active shooter response. Other features include: laser cut MOLLE all around, four panels of protection (instead of the usual two), expandable drag handle, Aspetto clips, and pockets for hard and soft ballistic plates. www.propper.com U.S. ARMOR O one of the top-of-the-line ballis- tic packages from U.S. Armor is the Enforcer 6000, which the company says weighs in at less than a pound per square foot for the Level IIIA, making it one of the lightest NIJ .06-certified vests. Flexibility was built into the panels with new types of aramid materials, and the panels' ballistic capabilities were created through layering of Honeywell Gold Shield and Spectra Shield and two different types of DuPont Kevlar. U.S. Armor has mated the Enforcer 6000 with two optional carrier upgrades: the CuTec Copper and the Outlast Heat Management. e CuTec Copper carri- er actually has copper thread sewn into the interior fabric that lies closest to the officer's skin to help prevent heat rash. e Outlast Heat Management uses a material found in NASA space suits to cool the wearer or warm the wearer, de- pending on conditions. www.usarmor.com LAST YEAR the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a draft of its proposed 0101.07 standard for public and industry comment, and it's likely that standard will be approved this year. If the proposed 07 standard passes, the terminology used to discuss the pro- tective level of armor worn by law enforcement will be much simpler and easier to understand. There will now be two levels of soft armor called Handgun 1 (HG1) and Handgun 2 (HG2); and three levels of hard armor called Rifle 1 (RF1), Rifle 2 (RF2), and Rifle 3 (RF3). HG1 is the equivalent of the current Level II protection and HG2 is the equiv- alent of Level IIIA with a slight change in the threats used to test the armor. Level IIIA vests are currently tested with the .44 Magnum and the .357 SIG; HG2 armor will be tested with the .44 Magnum and a 9mm FMJ with a velocity of 1,470 feet per second. There is no equivalent of Level IIA armor under the proposed 07 standard. Under the proposed standard, hard armor plates will be categorized as: RF1, equivalent to current NIJ Level III; RF2, essentially the unofficial Level III+, RF3, equivalent to current Level IV. THE NEW ARMOR STANDARD BULLET SAFE POINT BLANK Police Protective Gear 2019

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