for 2015, Angel Armor has introduced their quick-install ballistic door panels.
The Angel Armor ballistic door panel inserts use a proprietary blend of two
different ballistic fibers. In doing so, the ballistic panels have the best
characteristics of both these two materials, widely used in soft body armor.
ballistic panels are NIJ Threat Level IIIA. They are rated to stop virtually
all handgun loads including 9mm 124 grain NATO FMJ and 44 Magnum 240-grain lead
semi-wadcutter. The panels are rated for multiple impact protection.
Angel Armor ballistic panels are not rated for Level III bullets, i.e., the 308
Win rifle bullets, and lower energy rifle bullets like .223 Rem and 7.62x39mm. From
the FBI Uniform Crime Report, 73 percent of law enforcement officers
feloniously killed in the line of duty are killed with a handgun and 18 percent
of officers feloniously killed in the line of duty are killed while conducting
traffic pursuits/stops. Those are some of the reasons Angel Armor is focusing
on Level IIIA ballistic solutions.
Angel Armor Threat Level IIIA panels are lighter than Level III panels. Weighing
just 8 to 10 pounds, they put comparatively little strain on the door hinges
and do not require additional brackets to be added to the door to secure or
support the heavier Level III panels. The Angel Armor Level IIIA panels are
also less expensive than Level III panels.
Angel Armor Ballistic Door Panels have the fastest installation in the
industry. They take just 5 to 15 minutes per door to install, and can be
installed by virtually any auto technician, decreasing upfitting labor and
costs. In most cases, none of the inner door panels, door handles, or inside
trim need to be removed.
Angel Armor door panels slip between the glass side window and the outer door
skin. The panels rest at the bottom of the door, where the inner and outer door
are welded together. The panels are secured under the outside trim piece that
runs along the top of the door. The ballistic panels are sealed against
moisture, heat and humidity. They have passed vibration and abrasion tests appropriate
for automotive applications.
went hands-on with Angel Armor Ballistic Door Panels and a Ford Police
Interceptor Utility door. Sure enough, the panels slid past the window glass,
seated at the bottom of the door and did not interfere with the window riser.
short flap of ballistic panel carrier, hidden under the top trim strip, also
allows the panel to be grasped and easily removed. The panels can be quickly
and easily transferred from the vehicle being taken out of service to the same
or similar new vehicle being upfitted. The five-year warranty is not dependent
on the vehicle. Door panels from out-of-commission vehicles can easily be
transferred to a new compatible vehicle.
major police department removes the ballistic panels from out-of-commission
vehicles and gives them to the department’s shooting range for officers to
shoot when they qualify with their duty guns. Ballistic panels being taken from
vehicles going out of service, but still stopping bullets they are rated to
stop builds officer confidence in ballistic door panels. This is also a clear
reminder to officers that their vehicles are equipped with ballistic panels. The
panels are out of sight, but with this sort of shooting range experience, not
out of mind.
Armor Ballistic Door Panels are currently available for the Ford Police
Interceptor Utility and Police Interceptor Sedan, Dodge Charger Pursuit, Chevy
Tahoe PPV, and Caprice PPV. Additional vehicle models are compatible, and Angel
Armor will provide the complete listing upon request.