Angel Armor Ballistic Door Panels

New 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.

The 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.

 

 

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

 

 

The 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.

We 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.

A 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.

One 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.

Angel 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.

 



Published in Police Fleet Manager, Mar/Apr 2015

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