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SHOT Show – Point Blank Enterprises / Paraclete

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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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.

www.pointblankenterprises.com

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

SKD Tactical – Paraclete LVBC (Low Vis BALCS Carrier)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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Developed by Paraclete exclusively for SKD Tactical, (yes, this is a NEW Paraclete carrier) the LVBC – Low Vis BALCS Carrier is a lightweight, affordable armor carrier designed to hold standard BALCS. Intended to bring you in at a low price, the LVBC offers standard features such as front and rear Velcro loop panels as well as a stretch fabric cummerbund system. It is also compatible with most ballistic plates that are up to 10″ x 12″ or Med ESAPI shape and size.

Available in Black, Coyote, MultiCam, and Ranger Green.

www.skdtac.com/Paraclete-LVBC-Low-Vis-BALCS-Carrier-SKD-Exclus-p/par.105

Paraclete Closes St Pauls NC Plant

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Last fall, MSA sold armor and individual equipment producer Paraclete to Protective Products Enterprises, Inc. PPE is owned by Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Sun Capital also owns Point Blank Solutions Inc which consists of Point Blank Body Armor and PACA Body Armor and we understand that the Paraclete brand will be moved to Florida and incorporated into Point Blank.

Company spokesman Glenn Wiener said in a statement, “The decision to close our St Pauls facility was not an easy one. However, given the growth in our business and our multiple manufacturing facilities, we will be consolidating our manufacturing footprint to better service our global customers.”

With this closure, effective 1 May, 95 employees will lose their jobs.

Armor Holdings Take 2?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Ok, it’s not the same thing but we do see Sun Capital Partners gobbling up armor companies. In addition to Protective Products Enterprises and Paraclete that we recently wrote about, they have also purchased Point Blank Solutions Inc (in October) which consists of Point Blank Body Armor and PACA Body Armor. That puts several armor companies under one “roof” and when you add in the other companies under the Sun Capital Partners umbrella that operate on the fringes of the tactical industry; Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack, Ultimate Direction and Royal Robbins, you begin to see the possibility of some synergy. Let’s see if they do as well.

Some Interesting Connections Surrounding Sale of Paraclete Armor

Monday, December 19th, 2011

In late October MSA announced the sale of Paraclete Armor to PPE. PPE in turn, is owned by Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

What is pretty interesting about the Paraclete sale is that American Recreation Products which includes such brands as Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack, Ultimate Direction and Royal Robbins, is also owned by Sun Capital. These brands all have an impressive line of military products that we’ve covered in the past here on SSD.

Since ARP’s primarily outdoor focused the vast majority of their products are produced overseas. This can make for rough going if you are interested in military business. Perhaps, thanks to the Sun Capital connection, we will see some production of ARP’s military products by Paraclete. What would be even cooler is if we could see some cross pollination from ARP’s outdoor design expertise to Paraclete’s product offerings.

PPE Purchases Paraclete

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Protective Products Enterprises, Inc. (PPE) has completed the purchase of Paraclete from Mine Safety Appliances (MSA). MSA purchased the company from Tim D’Anunzio in 2006. D’Anunzio himself has recently come back to the industry, launching XPX Armor & Equipment last month.

“This sale of our ballistic vest business is something we have seriously considered for some time,” said Joseph A. Bigler, President of MSA North America in a press release. “The decision to move in this direction came down to two factors: alignment with MSA’s long-term business strategy to focus on those products that provide us with the greatest growth opportunities; and pursuing a course of action that we believe provides Paraclete Armor with the best opportunity for future success.”

It is important to note that the sale does not include MSA’s lucrative helmet business purchased from CGF Gallet in 2001.

MSA Finds Buyer for Paraclete

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Mine Safety Appliances has identified a buyer for their Paraclete business unit.

There are a couple of rumors as to who has offered to purchase the company but none have been as of yet substantiated. It will be interesting to see who is buying them and what plans they have for the brand that was at the forefront of releasable armor systems.

BTW, nice pic TR.