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Center for New American Security – “Soldier Protection Today”

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

“Soldier Protection Today” by Center for New American Security researchers Lauren Fish and Paul Scharre examines
the state of soldier protection today – both its value and limitations.

Their findings include:
-Body armor is effective at ballistic protection.
-Such protection comes at a price, and the weight of body armor has increased substantially.
-The conservative nature of body armor standards may mean that armor is overdesigned in several respects. -This means there may be opportunities for weight savings while still addressing the most prevalent threats.
-Body armor does not provide adequate protection from blast-induced brain injury, the signature wound of today’s wars.

Download your copy here.

USAF Security Forces Adopt TYR’s EPIC Male/Female Body Armor

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Last week, the Security Forces issued a memorandum adopting TYR Tactical’s EPIC Body Armor in both male and female variants.


EPIC was submitted as a candidate for the US Army’s Soldier Protection System Torso and Extremity Protection program, but the Army chose a government design instead which has just begun fielding, three years after selection.



Congratulations to the Air Force for adopting a great system and the first body armor designed specifically for females, rather than scaling a male system down in size.

Female EPIC


Friday Focus – FirstSpear Wins ABAV Contract

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Fenton, MO – FirstSpear, industry leading innovator and manufacturer of military and law enforcement load bearing equipment, armor platform technology, and performance technical apparel has been awarded the SOCOM Aviation Body Armor Contract, ABAV.

The FirstSpear ABAV system endured a rigorous selection process that pushed the limits of performance and durability of the modular platforms required by todays best aviators. Evolving the transition from Air, Land, and Maritime Operations the FirstSpear system incorporated all of the features required by the end user in a streamlined package constructed from an all new FirstSpear Fire Retardant laser cut 6/12™ material.

Fully integrated emergency flotation is built right into the cummerbund allowing maximum freedom of movement for the operator while providing up to 73lbs of lift at surface in sea water during an emergency. The FirstSpear instant adjust back panel allows the end user to easily adjust cummerbund size between standard dress and flight suits to CBRNE or Cold weather gear. This functionality also allows the option to switch between land and maritime adaptive cummerbunds in just a few seconds thanks to FirstSpear Tubes™.

The ABAV was designed to enhance the survivability and lethality of the aviator within a single system that can be configured in just moments notice for the full spectrum of operational environments. FirstSpear is proud to support the men and women of our armed forces and will remain dedicated to providing the best possible equipment to those who need it most.

FirstSpear was founded in 2010 by a team of industry professionals and former U.S. servicemen with a mandate to shift industry paradigms and upend the status quo of load bearing technology and personal protective equipment. FirstSpear dedicates their efforts to support those willing to not just sacrifice and preserve our heritage but also secure our future.

PPSS Group’s Latest Body Armour Video The Most Powerful Yet

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

PPSS Group have released their latest body armour demo video today and it is the most powerful and most dynamic to date.

Witnessing a CEO who is willing to be subjected to assaults using knives, expandable batons, machetes, baseball bats and hypodermic needles is a very unique experience. He clearly trusts his products.

Having frequently produced product demo videos over the past few years, their CEO Robert Kaiser wanted to make sure this latest production really highlights his body armour’s true performance:

“Our mission statement is ‘to protect frontline professionals from human threats’ and this new video is once again physical evidence on what our body armour are really capable of.”

“Our objective is to protect and maybe even save the lives of those who protect us and serve their countries, and body armour made by PPSS Group will precisely do that.”

The firm’s stab resistant vests, as featured in the video, have made a worldwide impression due to their unmatched protection from blunt force trauma and unlimited shellfire. They are now being issued to several international homeland security agencies, such as the prison service, border control, immigration and customs, as well as privately owned security and facility management firms.

PPSS Group is headquartered in the UK but its body armours can be purchased via their international licensed distribution partners or their head office in North Yorkshire, England.

PPSS Group is specialised in the development, manufacturing and supply of high performance body armour, offering unrivalled protection from firearms, edged weapons and blunt force trauma. The firm’s social media presence: Face book , LinkedIn , Twitter , Go ogle+ and Instagram .

Armor Express Supports Our Nation’s Law Enforcement, Military and Special Ops Officers in Mission-critical Training at the 2018 Fort Meade Sniper Competition

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

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Central Lake’s Armor Express is proud to be the headlining sponsor of the 2018 Fort Meade Sniper Competition, where police and military counter sniper teams from across the country will come together for five days of educational workshops and exercises focused on strategic training and advancing their skills. The forum, which runs from April 30 – May 4 in Maryland, will also benefit Project Healing Waters, an instrumental veteran’s advocate program.

David Jones, Armor Express’ Director of Federal Sales commented, “We’re excited to join our law enforcement and military officers at Fort Meade this year as they look to gain vital knowledge of the most effective tactics and the latest, innovative tools for sharpening their 21st century skills. We have a great opportunity to engage with the brave men and women on the front lines about the issues they face, their professional development needs, and how we can best support them with the mission-critical equipment and resources they require to perform and be safe. We look forward to a week of immersive and productive workshops that only parallel actual mission deployment.”

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Armor Express is sponsoring the headlining “Long-Range Precision Competition” which will include a maximum of thirty (30) teams representing various elite military and civilian law enforcement and special operations organizations from around the U.S. This event is also co-hosted by members of the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan Area Law Enforcement agencies at the Local, State and Federal levels.

Participants will engage in marksmanship training and will have the opportunity to compete with their peers in various high-powered rifle shooting contests. The Long-Range Precision Competition will provide contestants the chance to exchange ideas around proven techniques and strategies related to counter sniper operations. Further, representative agencies will be able to interact with each other as well as with participating vendors to discuss areas of mutual interest.

During Vendor Day (scheduled for May 3rd), attendees will have an upfront view of Armor Express’ concealable and tactical ballistic systems including the Gen2 Razor™ Level IIIA; hard armor plates for rapid up-armoring such as the Abrams line of rifle plates in Levels III and IV, capable of withstanding today’s rifle round threats; flexible plate carriers; and lightweight Level IIIA ballistic helmets including the VPAM-certified AMP-1 TP from Armor Express and Busch PROtective. The Company’s protective solutions are proudly worn by federal agents in the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as officers at law enforcement agencies nationwide including the Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office and San Francisco Police Dept. and Sheriff’s Office, among others.

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The Fort Meade Sniper Competition tests physical fitness, operational readiness, long distance performance under loud operational conditions, the challenges of engaging long distance moving targets, confidence in dropped or fallen rifles, ability to deal with weather effects encountered during the final firing position, cold bore firing performance, capabilities of built vs. bought rifles, planning and ability assessment during shooting and communicating. Special Patrol Rifle Events, including a 100 Yard Positional Movement Drill, a 100 Yard Moving Targets Drill, an Urban Multi-Position Pursuit Steel Shoot, and the Vendor Display – Shoot Off Tie Breaker will be conducted.

For more info on participation in this and future Fort Meade Sniper Competition events, visit View video coverage on YouTube.

Applied Fiber Concepts and Propper International Awarded New US Navy Body Armor Contract

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

St. Charles, MO – Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. and Propper International have been awarded a contract to manufacture the new Naval Security Forces Vest (NSFV) for the United States Navy.

The NSFV, which was awarded through a solicitation from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) for a new ballistic vest designed to protect sailors, consists of a base vest and modular components for tailoring protection levels to defeat multiple ballistic and fragmentation hazards while performing security and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) duties.

“We’re proud to partner with Applied Fiber Concepts, one of the industry’s most innovative ballistic protection providers,” said Anderson Ward, Senior VP, Global Supply Chain Operations for Propper. “The sailors who wear this armor can perform their missions with confidence.”

Michael Haynes, VP of Business Development for Applied Fiber Concepts, echoed that sentiment. “Providing advanced ballistic protection that can be configured to best fit the mission will allow the brave men and women responsible for keeping us safe to focus on their jobs and feel confident that they are protected.”

Applied Fiber Concepts will produce all the Level IIIA ballistic inserts, yoke, and collar assemblies and Propper will manufacture the outer carriers for the one-year contract that has an option for up to four additional years. All the ballistic material included in the NSFV is fully NIJ-certified and tested to perform up to NIJ 0101.06 standards, the highest standard for ballistic protection. Total contract production is projected to reach over 51,000 units.

Back Bay/USA – Ripper

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

This is the Ripper in Natural and Black. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking the Ripper is made by Honor Point USA, and you’re right. What you may not know is that Honor Point is currently transitioning to become Back Bay/USA.

The Ripper’s full name is the Dyneema Tegris Kit System. You’ll note the use of Tegris Ballistic material which is laser cut to the desired shape and has some body to it, allowing it stand on its own. The material is assembled via a combination of sewing a rivets.

Look for the Ripper soon from

Crye Precision Adds Maritime Series Carrier And Pouches To Website

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Crye Precision just updated their website with the Maritime Series which consists of the Maritime JPC 2.0 (Swimmer Cut), Pouches and accessories. 

The biggest difference is that the items feature mesh construction for drainage in a maritime environment. 

It’s also important to note that the Maritime Series is made-to-order and not part of their standard stocking system. That means a minimum lead time of 12 weeks.