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SHOT Show – Armor Express

Monday, January 26th, 2015


As I meandered through the halls of SHOT Show 2015, the aesthetic of the Raven carrier from Armor Express caught my eye. The refer to the PALS compatible triangle-shaped laser cuts as Trilogrid. It also features a built-in kangaroo pocket as well as ambidextrous horizontal knife sleeve. The padded shoulders are nonskid and incorporate utility ports for comms. Additionally, the best is lined with 3d spacer mesh.

SHOT Show – Tactical Assault Gear

Saturday, January 24th, 2015


Available with either skeletal (licensed from Crye Precision) or standard cummerbund, the Vanguard Plate Carrier features a built-in multi-caliber three mag carrier mounted to the flap. Additionally, it incorporates low profile padded shoulder straps as well as added padding for comfort and breathability throughout the interior. Made from 500D Cordura, its a replacement for the Banshee carrier. Offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.



Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Over at Beyond SHOT, MATBOCK gave us a look at their upcoming plate carrier.


SHOT Show – Point Blank Enterprises / Paraclete

Friday, January 23rd, 2015


The Trifecta is the latest shield from Point Blank Enterprises under the Paraclete line. It offers NIJ Level III protection, as well as protection against M855 green tip ammo. The Trifecta’s unique two layer ballistic system consists of a hybrid composite ballistic material with an air pocket in-between the two layers. This pocket allows projectiles to tumble and yaw before hitting the second layer of armor, reducing their penetrative capability. Either side of the shield features the three Weapon Mount System, which offers a platform to stabilize either a handgun or long gun. The rear features a stationary handle, foam pad, and Velcro forearm strap attachment system. The total weight with the optional viewport and 450 lumen LED light kit is only 35 lbs.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – New FS Strandhögg Front Panels

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

In this week’s FirstSpear Friday Focus we are going to take a look at the new replacement front panels for the popular Strandhögg Plate Carrier which make it even more customizable than before. It’s important to mention right up front that there are two variants of the Strandhögg Plate Carrier; MBAV cut and SAPI cut. There are two new Front Panels so it’s important that you not only specify which style of Front Panel you want but also which type of armor you are using.


In addition to attaching via patented Tubes connectors, both styles continue to offer the same padding and ventilation features of the standard Strandhögg Plate Carrier. The photo below gives you a side view.


AK Front Panel

The first Front Panel for the Strandhögg Plate Carrier is the the AK Purpose Built model. Additionally, it will fit the FS AAC Plate Carrier. Built with the same padding and ventilation features found in its modular brother this front panel features sewn on pockets accommodating 3 single 30 round magazines for the AK47 or 74 series rifles, secured with elastic cord and FS Speed Tabs. A 6/12 modular pocket attachment field is found above the magazines for utilizing 6/12, 6/9 or MOLLE style pockets. This panel will be available for purchase 1 February 2015 for SPEAR/SAPI Cut Plates in sizes M, L & XL as well as the popular MBAV Cut in sizes S/M, L/XL & XXL in MultiCam, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Black.

Modular Wing Front Panel

The second Front Panel incorporates Modular Wings which give you some additional real estate for pouches on your vest. The panel incorporates a left and right wing with a 6/12 Pocket Attachment Field that allows you to select how you want to use the space back behind your Tubes/Cummerbund. Like the AK Panel, this version also integrates the padding and ventilation of the FS Strandhögg Plate Carrier. This panel will be available for purchase 1 February 2015 for SPEAR/SAPI Cut Plates in sizes S, M, L & XL as well as the popular MBAV Cut in sizes S/M, L/XL & XXL in MultiCam, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Black.

Sneak Peek – LBX 0300

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


The LBX 0300 armor carrier will launch at SHOT Show along with a whole slew of other new products. LBT has quite a bit in the way as well so make sure you stop by their booth.

BulletSafe – Bulletproof Baseball Cap On Kickstarter

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

BulletSafe Cap

BulletSafe has recently launched a Kickstarter page for a bulletproof baseball cap, designed to function as a more ‘grey’ alternative to traditional ballistic helmets for Law Enforcement and civilians. The cap is a Flexfit, six-panel cap which includes a BulletSafe ballistic panel. Prototypes of the cap have been tested up to NIJ Level IIA standard, having stopped .40, 9mm, .22 LR, and .38 caliber rounds, and BulletSafe expects the full production model will meet those same standards.

Point Blank Enterprises Uses DSM Dyneema for US Army Gen II Soldier Plate Carrier System

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014


Point Blank Enterprises uses DSM Dyneema material innovation to develop Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System armor designed to maximize mobility and provide superior protection

Stanley, N.C., Dec. 16, 2014 – DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema, and a world leader in life protection materials and high performance fibers, announced today that the U.S. Army has chosen a new body armor system that incorporates Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology to deliver unparalleled ballistics protection combined with unprecedented weight reduction.

Point Blank Enterprises, the worldwide leader in the production of soft body armor, designed the advanced ballistics package incorporated in the new system – the Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System (SPCS).

Using revolutionary Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology, Point Blank developed the core ballistics package for the SPCS to create the lightest soft armor system ever to be fielded to the U.S. Army. The lighter weight ballistics package meets the Army’s requirement for the SPCS to provide protection equal to the current Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), but in a standalone capacity that reduces the soldier’s load and provides optimum mobility.

“Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology helps armor manufacturers achieve the goal of combining the best protective performance with the lightest possible weight,” said Shitij Chabba, Global Segment Director, Life Protection, DSM Dyneema. “We are very pleased that our latest material innovation has achieved qualification for an advanced program like SPCS that must meet modern mission requirements.”

Built on the company’s Radical Innovation Platform and manufactured in Greenville, N.C., Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology combines breakthroughs in polymer science, next-generation UHMwPE fiber technology and unique uni-directional engineering. Compared to body armor made from traditional materials such as aramid, protective vests engineered with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology can reduce weight by up to 30 percent, while enhancing comfort and agility with fewer layers of material.

“Current and near-term predicted threats dictate that service personnel exhibit greater flexibility than ever before and an ability to respond quickly and decisively to changing conditions,” said Sam White, Executive Vice President, Point Blank Enterprises. “The combination of our cutting-edge ballistics package design and DSM Dyneema’s breakthrough Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology has resulted in an unmatched ability to accomplish the critical objectives of SPCS specifications, all while delivering the lightest and highest-performing protection. We’re honored to partner with DSM Dyneema to bring this game-changing system to our service men and women, and remain committed to protecting those who risk their lives every day to safeguard ours.”

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Overlap Cummerbund

Friday, December 12th, 2014

For this week’s FirstSpear Friday, we take a look at a brand new product: the Overlap Cummerbund.


Developed at the request of a FS Professional User, the Overlap Cummerbund is designed to provide additional overlapping soft armor at the front side of the plate carrier where the Tubes closure system meets. The additional soft armor tucks in behind the Tubes allowing full opening and closing of the vest.

The Overlap Cummerbund has been modified so that the body side allows for the attachment of Ragnar Pockets. This means that magazines and other items can be held in close to the body, providing a more streamlined silhouette, a benefit to users who are working in or from a vehicle, conducting tubular assaults, or who simply wish to carry more magazines than a traditional front loading carrier would allow.


Main Features:

  • Soft armor inserts extend behind the tube and overlap the body of the plate carrier, while still allowing full functionality of the Tube system.
  • Body side of cummerbund now has loop allowing you to attach pockets from the Ragnar Pocket Suite (our full Velcro backed pockets)
  • The back bungee cord has been replaced with Velcro and stretch material.
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    The Overlap Cummerbund is going to be offered immediately as an upgrade to existing FirstSpear carriers, such as the Strandhögg, and will offered in limited colors and quantities.

    Saab Barracuda – Soft Armor System

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

    Saab Group based in Sweden has developed a Modular Soft Armor protection system. It is modular in that it consists of hollow panels which can easily be joined together with standard tools before being filled with the anti-ballistic ceramic cores. These panels can also easily be integrated into any new military or civilian vehicles and infrastructure, or existing vehicles and infrastructure. The system weighs only 180 kg/m² with a thickness of 120 mm which can be compared to concrete at 500 kg/m² and RHA at 200 kg/m². Perhaps most importantly, it has been tested to offer ballistic protection of up to NATO 7.62 AP ammo, STANAG level III.

    Thanks to ‘Jim’ for the tip!