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American Body Armor/DSM Dyneema Fuzion 61

American Body Armor™ and DSM Dyneema introduced the Fuzion 61—the most advanced hybrid ballistic design from ABA ever. The vest uses the stopping power of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber. DSM’s new SB61 offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and protection. The Fuzion 61 meets NIJ Levels II and IIIA. It has an antimicrobial interior, internal ballistic-panel suspension to keep panels from sagging, a four- and six-point removable strap system with high-profile Velcro® closures, and bottom-loading ballistic insertion. The vest has pockets for 5x8-inch and 7x9-inch trauma plates.

Armor Express BULLDOG

The BULLDOG™ modular assault jacket offers a fully equipped tactical ballistic system with removable shoulder and neck protection. The versatile Bulldog can transform in a matter of seconds for maximum mobility. Featuring an EZ-on / EZ-off ballistic collar system for added shoulder and neck protection and continuous smooth front and side entry. Adjustable 8-inch-wide elastic side straps are secured with strong Velcro®, and a belly-band secures The Bulldog to the body. Additional options include a pull-down groin guard, a pull-down rear/tail guard, upper arm ballistic sleeves, a ballistic throat protector, and snap and Velcro or MOLLE webbing system with a variety of pockets.

First Choice Armor & Equipment Inc. Synergy Concealable Vest

First Choice Armor Inc. introduces its new Synergy™ concealable vest. Features include six-point adjustable straps, a patent-pending ballistic weave, which is very lightweight and has a built-in Evercool™ internal cooling system. The carrier is a combination of both Artec® and Goldflex®, creating state-of-the-art ballistic materials. Its back-face signature is as low as 23 mm shot with a 9mm and as low as 30mm shot with .357 magnum. It is available in both Level II and IIIA.

Paraclete Armor and Equipment Inc./MSA ForceField Bravo Concealable Vest

The ForceField™ Bravo Concealable Carrier Assembly is one choice for traditional styling, low-profile comfort and protection. The ForceField Bravo incorporates MSA’s unique Flex Panel Sizing for optimal coverage and full panel convertibility with the MSA Alpha Vest. It features a poly/cotton outer shell for durability, and has four- or six-point flexible adjustment. It is made from AkwaDyne Nylon to provide the officer with comfort and moisture management over a wide range of temperatures.

Point Blank Body Armor Inc. Rapid Deployment Armor Bag

With Point Blank precision, the Rapid Deployment Armor Bag™ instantly converts from a multipurpose weapon carrying case to a tactical body armor vest with up to NIJ Level IV protection. No other product in the market allows for the concealed carry of a long-gun with instant ballistic protection within a matter of seconds. The Universal Plate Carrier Technology accommodates 10x12-inch hard armor plates, while the bag’s front and back panels contain soft body armor that provides protection for the torso, back and abdomen area. This patent-pending product provides first responders with immediate access to a rifle, extra rifle ammunition, pistol magazines, flex-cuffs, flashlight, identification, and MOLLE-compatible attachment points to hold a protective gas mask. Constructed from 1,000 denier MIL-spec ballistic nylon, the bag comes in two styles, the first of which can hold up to a 24-inch weapon. The second style accommodates a 28-inch weapon and expands up to 45-inch via attachment shrouds.

Protective Products Urban Assault Systems

Protective Products International (PPI), introduces the Urban Assault Systems, a series of tactical vests representing a combination of function, mobility and ballistic protection. The ability to get in and out of the crisis site without snag or malfunction is critical to a successful operation, so Protective Products eliminated all the rough edges typical of ordinary tactical armor. PPI used its proven ballistic packages in combination with the sleek and fluid functionality of Urban Assault Systems to help increase survivability in a crisis. Originally designed for U.S.M.C. special operations units, the Operator—part of the Urban Assault Systems—is ideal for snipers. It has a two-point emergency release system, and shoulder cuts allow proper stock weld. Besides the basic coverage, the modular system accommodates additional collar, throat, biceps, side gap, groin and lower back armor protection. The Operator has a cool mesh inner surface and an emergency extraction drag strap.

RBR Tactical Armor Inc. 100 Series Concealable Vest System

The RBR 100 Series Concealable Vest System was originally designed by RBR to provide law enforcement professionals with concealed protection in clandestine and light-duty environments. RBR manufactures laminated aramid hybrid armor systems, giving excellent performance against multiple bullet strikes as well as unparalleled fragmentation performance. The vest is NIJ certified and features a front 5x8-inch soft trauma plate, optional shirt tails, six points of attachments and removable ballistics panels. The poly-cotton carrier is fully washable and is available in all standard sizes and colors.

Second Chance Armor Monarch Summit

Second Chance Armor presents its latest generation of Monarch Summit® body armor featuring ARAFLEX® VI, a patented technology constructed with 100% TWARON® Microfilament Fibers. The sixth generation Monarch Summit provides lightweight comfort with all-aramid protection. Each concealable vest is covered with Millennium GOLD GORE-TEX COMFORT COOL® and is supplied with a moisture-wicking Apex™ carrier or concealable knit Climatron-EMS® Deep Cover® T-shirt-style carrier and a 5x8-inch Monarch II Armor Pac.

Sentry Armor Systems Tactical Outer Carrier

The TACTICAL OUTER CARRIER has the quality construction of other Sentry concealable products and also provides load-bearing capabilities for magazines, handcuffs, radio, flashlight, distraction device, etc... The Sigma Six™/Delta Five™ ballistic panels for the Tactical Outer Carrier are interchangeable with all other Sigma Six/Delta Five carriers, providing a variety of options for protection and appearance in a range of scenarios. It uses Sentry’s exclusive ProFit™ Sizing Program, which ensures an accurate fit, proper coverage and maximum comfort. It features Cordura® Fabric, multiple pockets, medium utility pouches, and adjustable, low-profile Velcro® side and shoulder closure points to provide a comfortable fit without compromising protection.

Survival Armor

A new company, Survival Armor introduces the PHOENIX™ line of ballistic protection. This top of the line armor features patent-pending visiBALLISTICS™ technology. Made of 100% Teijin Twaron fibers, this vest was designed with both comfort and maximum protection in mind. NIJ certified, the PHOENIX line is available in both concealable and tactical carriers including Survival Armor’s top of the line VERTEX™ concealable carrier.

U.S. Armor Corp. Enforcer XLT Series

U.S. Armor Corp. announces its new Enforcer™ XLT Series using KEVLAR® Comfort XLT, the latest ballistic technology from DuPont™. Starting with proven Kevlar fibers and then applying advanced state-of-the-art yarn spinning and weaving techniques, the end result fabric becomes DuPont Kevlar. TheXLT system is at least 25% lighter and more flexible than current all-aramid fabric armor designs and still delivers V-50 ratings.

Published in Law and Order, Jan 2007

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