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FirstSpear Offering Carrier + Ballistic Plate Sets

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Due to recent demand for armor carriers complete with plates, FirstSpear has launched a new Military/Law Enforcement-only section that currently features First On and Strandhögg armored carriers paired with FirstSpear Ballistic Plates.

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I am a big fan of the First On which was developed as a low cost carrier for Active Shooter Response. These days, every law enforcement officer wears soft armor. The First On carries your hard plates as well as rudimentary gear such as ammunition and first aid items. During an Active shooter call or when entering a known hostile environment the First On can be rapidly thrown over your duty soft armor. It incorporates FS TUBES as closures which facilitate rapid donning and doffing. Finally, the First On features Velcro fields for identification.

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The new First Ons are currently available in Black and Coyote. By popular demand, FS is now offering the First On with a Med Pouch and your choice of a FirstSpear standalone Level III or IV ballistic plates (set of two).

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For those looking for a more feature rich carrier, I’d suggest you check out the Strandhögg which incorporates comfort padding and 6/12 mounting technology. It is compatible with both legacy MOLLE pouches as well as the FS line of 6/12 pouches which allows you to have more control of load configuration. Strandhöggs are available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Multicam.

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FirstSpear Ballistic Plate Offerings with First On and Strandhögg

Blitz: Level IV Standalone – NIJ Standard 0101.06
- light AP protection (5.56x45mm-M855)
- advanced ceramic/composite design
- multi shot rated
-9lbs per plate

Patrol: Level III Standalone – NIJ Standard 0101.06
-100% polyethylene
-Neutrally buoyant
-multi shot rated
-3.5lbs

Available immediately to Government, Law Enforcement, and Military only.

www.first-spear.com

PowerArmor Solar Panels From IDG Europe Are First To Provide Ballistic Protection, With Dyneema High Strength Fibers

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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The Netherlands, 17 November 2014 - A new solar panel system for Defense Forces provides ballistic protection and is lighter and more portable than systems currently available. The PowerArmor™ unit from IDG Europe has low-reflectance solar panels protected by an anti-ballistic surface made in an exceptionally strong unidirectional fiber-reinforced composite.

The composite is based on an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber (UHMWPE) produced by DSM Dyneema and branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. It replaces the aluminum normally used for portable solar panels, which provides no ballistic protection. IDG says this is the first time that solar panels have been given such a high level of ballistic protection. Panels made in Dyneema® also weigh around 20% less than aluminum panels of the same thickness.

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DSM Dyneema and IDG Europe cooperated closely in IDG’s development of the dual-purpose system, intended to power electrical and electronic equipment used by armed forces in the field. The combination of ultra-light, low profile (anti-glare) solar panels and anti-ballistic panels with Dyneema® results in a system capable of providing energy and protection ranging from fragmentation to high-power rifle ammunition.

IDG Europe says that the switch from aluminum for the general-purpose stand-alone solar panels also meets calls from the market for lightweight units with high environmental resistance.

“As Defense Forces continue to carry more and more electronic systems into dangerous, inhospitable and isolated places, the need to keep portable electronic devices operable at all times in hostile environments is essential,” says Göran Johnson, CEO at IDG Europe. “With PowerArmor™, we think that we have a winning combination of solar panels that supply power and provide protection. We believe its chances are very good, especially as the two individual products were already being independently considered—and in some cases used in practice—by various Special Forces around the world.”

“Dyneema® offers the lightest armor protection materials in the market,” says David Cordova, Vice President Business Development for DSM Dyneema – Life Protection. “The combination of Dyneema® with the innovative low-glare IDG solar panels provides a unique value proposition to military personnel.”

IDG Europe introduced the PowerArmor™ concept at IESMA 2014, the conference and exhibition on Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Applications that took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on November 12-14. IEASMA 2014 is organized by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, and the DELTA State Military Scientific Technical Center of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

www.dyneema.com/americas

Victory Tactical Gear Banshee Soft Armor Package Now Available Through Black Ops Shop

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Victory Tactical Gear has developed a Soft Armor Package for Shellback Tactical’s popular Banshee Plate Carrier, which is now being offered by Black Ops Shop. The VTG IIIA Banshee soft armor system is certified to NIJ 06 standards for both ballistic and edged blade threats. Designed specifically for the Banshee, the system can be used stand-alone, or as plate backers for ESAPI/SAPI hard armor. The material composition is Brookwood 200D with laminated polyurethane, with a Sonobond Ultrasonic Bond protective seal.

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Available in 3 different packages:

  • Complete System – Torso and Cummerbund Inserts
  • Torso package
  • Cummerbund inserts
  • www.blackopsshop.com/products/banshee-iiia-soft-armor-inserts-package-by-victory-tactical-gear

    Beez Combat Systems – SPT Special Pistol Threat Low Profile Plate Carrier

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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    Beez Combat Systems’ SPT Low Profile Plate Carrier is made from 500D Cordura nylon, and is designed for use with the new Special Pistol Threat plates currently available on the market. It features reduced signature shoulder straps, as well as optional front and rear cummerbund flaps. The SPT Plate Carrier can also support most 10×12 AR500 steel plates, making it, according to Beez, the lowest profile plate carrier for steel currently available on the market.

    Available in the following colorways: Black, Coyote, Khaki, MultiCam, Olive Drab, and Ranger Green.

    www.beezcombatsystems.com/SPT-Special-Pistol-Threat-Low-Profile-Carrier-BCS-SPT-LPC.htm

    Velocity Systems Scarab Light in Action with HTC

    Thursday, October 30th, 2014

    High Threat Concealment recently put the Velocity Systems Scarab Light through its paces.

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    Reports are it was great and worked well with the HTC belt rig.

    AUSA – Sneak Peek – Mystery Ranch MR PC

    Monday, October 13th, 2014

    This is the first public look at the MR PC. It’s releasable and uses the already existing BASE frame (Body Armor Support Equipment).

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    Look for more details soon.

    www.MysteryRanch.com

    Tactical-Life.com – 12 Top Bulletproof Body Armor For LEOs And Military

    Friday, October 10th, 2014

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    Tactical-Life.com has compiled a list of 12 individual plate carriers and tactical vests for use with Law Enforcement and Military, from manufacturers such as SKD Tactical and TYR Tactical.

    You can read the full article at www.tactical-life.com/gear/12-top-bulletproof-body-armor-for-leos-and-military/5

    Velocity Systems – SCARAB Light Plate Carrier

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

    SCARAB Front

    The SCARAB Light is a newly released plate carrier from Velocity Systems. According to Velocity Systems, the SCARAB Light was designed to meet unique user needs and solve industry-wide armor carrier issues. It features a color matching Velcro loop Admin Panel on the upper chest, a front kangaroo pouch, and integrated SwiftClip buckles for rapid don/doff of auxiliary chest worn equipment.

    SCARAB Shoulder

    The shoulder straps are designed to alleviate common fit issues seen with traditional sewn fixed angle shoulder straps. They are made from ULTRAcomp, with an articulate D-ring which allows them to swivel to sit correctly and comfortably on any user. I’ve used a developmental version of the vest and I can attest to the design. The straps are adjustable for length and have a padded sleeve, which can also be used to route cables.

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    The SCARAB Light is initially configured for standard front flap opening. It can also be set up by the user for dual or single quarter flap opening. The flaps can be easily and quickly reconfigured if one style of opening works better for a particular mission.

    SCARAB Rear

    The upper back features color matching Velcro loop for identification. The rear is also equipped to accept Zip-On Back Panels of various configurations.

    Currently available in Coyote Brown and Multicam; Black and Ranger Green will soon follow. Made in the USA.

    www.velsyst.com/store/261/167/SCARAB%E2%84%A2-Light.html

    Paraclete Special Operations Hard Plate Carrier – SKD Spec

    Monday, September 29th, 2014

    An SKD exclusive, the Paraclete SOHPC-SKD (Special Operations Hard Plate Carrier – SKD Spec) is an update to the venerable design, making it both lighter as well as more functional. For example, PALS field is entirely ¾” webbing for added weight savings. Additionally, the exterior of the SOHPC-SKD is made from 500D Cordura and the interior is lined with 420D Nylon.

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    As with the original SOHPC, the tall cummerbund and front flap remain a distinguishing feature, allowing for donning and doffing without removing magazines mounted on the front. The cummerbund on the SOHP-SKD has now been updated to hold Side Plates up to 7″x8” in size.

    SKD has also incorporated 1.5” loop Velcro strips to match up with their PIG (Patrol Incident Gear) AFC (Airflow and Comfort) Pontoons which users swear by as they claim it increases comfort and breathability. They’ve also padded the shoulder straps. Front and back Loop Velcro fields allow for ID and Morale patches up to 3” x 6” in size. The rear carrier also includes an integral drag handle.

    This bit is important. The Paraclete SOHPC-SKD comes in 2 chassis sizes. The S/M/10×12 will fit both Small and Medium ESAPI and 10” x 12” commercial plates and soft armor backers, and secure the plate to the top of the carrier. The L/XL will fit Large and XL ESAPI plates or similar. Cummerbunds come in 4 different sizes: Small, Medium, Large and XL. (Note, the chassis size S/M/10×12 is labeled “M”, and the L/XL is labeled “L”). Make sure you work out the proper sizing based on your plates and girth.

    The Paraclete SOHPC-SKD is available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam. As with all SKD-Spec Paraclete products, the SOHPC-SKD is proudly Made in the USA!

    www.skdtac.com

    FirstSpear Friday Focus – The Slick

    Friday, September 26th, 2014

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    The Slick is an Ultra Lightweight Plate Carrier designed to be worn beneath over garments such as jackets or even Tommy Bahama shirts as well as other kit. FirstSpear has just updated the carrier by transitioning the fabric to Tweave Durastretch 520E which is a durable four-way stretch. It’s quiet and comfortable. FirstSpear also updated the cummerbund.

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    Cut to fit either “Swimmer” or SPEAR cut ballistic plates, it is a simple design with no integral load carriage capacity and not really appropriate as an outervest. However, the 520E is more than up tot the task. Shoulder straps are adjustable overlapping flaps and secured via Velcro.

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    Offered in Coyote, order by plate type and size.

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    www.first-spear.com