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VIEVU, a Subsidiary of Safariland, to be Acquired by Axon Enterprise, Inc

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Combination Brings Together Two Leading Public Safety Camera and

Digital Evidence Management Solutions Providers

Safariland to Become the Preferred Holster Provider for Axon’s

TASER Conducted Electric Weapons

ONTARIO, California – The Safariland Group (“Safariland” or “Company”) the parent company of VIEVU®, a leader in body-worn camera and video evidence management, today announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement with Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) (“Axon”) under which Axon will acquire VIEVU. As part of the agreement, Safariland and Axon entered into a 10-year agreement under which Safariland will become the preferred holster provider for Axon’s TASER Conducted Electric Weapons (CEW).

“Today marks an important milestone in Safariland’s 54-year history of innovation and quality as we continue to deliver on our pledge to support first responders and the communities they serve,” said Warren Kanders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safariland. “The integration of VIEVU’s digital evidence management solutions with Axon’s suite of products and services will create an even stronger portfolio of best-in-class products to better serve customers and safeguard those who dedicate their lives to protecting others.”

Kanders continued, “We are pleased that Axon shares Safariland’s commitment to innovation and to delivering leading products for public safety professionals, and very excited to leverage our expertise in holsters and duty gear into becoming the preferred holster provider for TASER CEWs. This transaction enables Safariland to focus our resources where they will deliver the greatest value to all our stakeholders. Safariland remains committed to continuing to develop innovative, technologically advanced products across our premier group of brands to save lives and keep our communities safe.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Safariland, a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, acquired VIEVU in 2015.

The Safariland Group Hosts Robust Schedule of Booth Events at 2017 SHOT Show, January 17-19 in Las Vegas

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Honor SAVES Club members, meet professional shooters and Medal of Valor Recipients, and see newest product introductions

ONTARIO, California – The Safariland Group, a leading global provider of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, invites SHOT Show attendees to participate in its robust schedule of daily events Tuesday, January 17, through Friday, January 20 in Las Vegas taking place at booth #12762. This year’s schedule is highlighted by the SAVES Club® tribute on January 18 at 3 p.m., during which The Safariland Group recognizes officers, who, in the line of duty, experienced a life-threatening incident in which their Safariland Group armor or gear contributed to saving their lives.

Daily, visitors to the Safariland booth may meet the Safariland Team of professional shooters, witness product demonstrations, and see more than 20 new product introductions, including:

CAS™ Camera Auto-activation System – the world’s first system that activates a body worn camera by drawing a weapon from a Safariland holster from Safariland®/VIEVU®
LE5 LITE™ Body Worn Camera – VIEVU’s newest offering, the industry’s first cost-sensitive integrated body worn camera and digital evidence management system for agencies of all sizes.
Safariland duty and tactical holsters for firearms with Red Dot-Optics
-Safariland Commercial Hearing Protection line – the first entry into this category with three offerings addressing a variety of shooting and industrial needs
HARDWIRE® ballistic panels – the thinnest, lightest Level IIIA soft armor in the industry
PROTECH® Tactical vests with FirstSpear® Tubes™ and 6/12™ technologies

Team Safariland Product Demonstrations

Tuesday, Jan. 17 – Thursday, Jan. 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon

Team Safariland will be signing team posters, hats, and giving away promotional products. Safariland factory representatives and category managers will be available to discuss dealer and distributor programs.

The SAVES Club Tribute

Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, January 18 at 3 p.m., attendees are invited to join in honoring Angel Padilla, SAVE #1964; Kevin Malone, SAVE #1905; and Sylvia Young, SAVE #1968. Safariland welcomes these heroes who are advocates for the law enforcement community and who serve as living proof of The Safariland Group creed: Together, We Save Lives.™

Medal of Valor Book Signings

Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Thursday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m.

Tom Norris, Navy SEAL (Ret.) Medal of Honor in Naval Special Warfare recipient, and Mike Thornton, Navy SEAL (Ret.) Medal of Honor in Naval Special Warfare recipient, will be at the Safariland booth to sign copies of “By Honor Bound: Two Navy SEALs, the Medal of Honor, and a Story of Extraordinary Courage” by Dick Couch, a former Navy SEAL and CIA case officer, a story about their experience surrounding events in 1972 leading to their Medal of Honors.

Famed Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Gary O’Neal will be at the Safariland booth to sign copies of his book, “American Warrior: The True Story of a Legendary Ranger.”

Happy Hour

Tuesday Jan. 17 through Thursday Jan. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Join Team Safariland for a daily happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. for beer, wine and refreshments.

Protech Tactical Debuts First Tactical Carrier With FirstSpear Technology

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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Popular Shift 360 Plate Rack System now available with expanded options

Jacksonville, Fla. – Safariland, a recognized leader in the tactical armor market, today announced the release of the PROTECH® Tactical Shift 360™ Scalable Plate Rack System as its first platform to encompass the FirstSpear® Tubes™ closure system.

Utilizing advanced technologies from industry-leading armor brands, PROTECH Tactical and FirstSpear, the Shift 360 plate rack is a high-speed carrier system representing PROTECH Tactical’s fastest and most dynamic scalable plate rack offering. The system starts as a basic plate rack carrier with the ability to transition into a fully loaded tactical system for a multitude of mission specifications.

FirstSpear Tubes modernize the armor carrier closure system, enhancing the ease of donning and doffing the Shift 360 carrier with a quick up or down single hand function. The simple motion for attaching or detaching the system capitalizes on the user’s muscle memory, ideal for stressful or high-speed scenarios. This lightweight closure system ensures the cummerbund is always positioned in the same location, which is vital for proper ballistic coverage, and mitigates the risk of misalignment and incorrect attachment.

“The Shift 360 meets the requirements of patrol and tactical law enforcement officers who need to transition from routine activities to high-threat situations in a matter of seconds,” said Director of Tactical Armor Brian Santimauro. “Facing increased occurrences of scenarios evolving into active shooter, hostage or terrorist situations, law enforcement officers can have confidence that the Shift 360 will outfit them for any situation.”

“The Shift 360 system was put to the test with a variety of law enforcement teams, providing PROTECH Tactical with vital feedback to make it one of the most sought after scalable plate racks on the market,” added Santimauro. Beyond the FirstSpear technology, the Shift 360 plate rack incorporates other recently updated design elements, which elevate the functionality of the system, such as a cummerbund attachment, ballistics insertions and reinforced support. The Shift 360 AWS is available with all three closure system options – FirstSpear Tubes, single-point Quick-Release, and Velcro® closure.

“Protective technology is in our name,” said Todd Mackler, vice president of Armor. “This isn’t restricted to the ballistics and hard armor components that are inserted into our carriers. It also pertains to the carriers themselves with efficient designs and detailed components that we test, evaluate and integrate into our systems.”

Safariland introduced a new a-la-carte ordering system for 2016, which allows teams and individual users to configure the Shift 360 plate rack to meet their specific needs, including a full array of ballistic and non-ballistic accessory garments. The PROTECH Tactical Shift 360 is available for ordering with Type II and IIIA ballistic packages, as well as color options based on the load-bearing configuration. Integrated FirstSpear 6/12™ Platform & Pocket Technologies and Traditional Modular Webbing are due out at the end of 2016. More information on the Shift 360 Scalable Plate Rack system is available here:

www.safariland.com/products/body-armor/tactical-body-armor-and-gear/tactical-carriers/plate-racks/shift-360-advanced-webless-system-%E2%80%93-firstspear-tubes-SHIFT_360_FS_M_V

Mustang Survival Debuts First U.S. Coast Guard-Approved Racing Personal Flotation Device

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The new EP38 Inflatable PFD will be on display at the Annapolis Boat Show

Bellingham, WA – Mustang Survival, the North American manufacturer of innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, proudly unveils the all new EP38 Inflatable PFD at this week’s Annapolis Boat Show (Booth B57). As the only U.S. Coast Guard-approved race-compliant PFD, the EP38 Inflatable is the latest addition to Mustang Survival’s EP Ocean Racing Series.

With M.I.T. Membrane Inflatable Technology™ materials inside, the innovative construction of the EP38 Inflatable PFD makes it better-fitting, incredibly pliable and easier to repack. The low profile back-of-neck, vest-style design and improved weight balance, combine to remove pressure from the back of the neck – a chief complaint of the traditional horseshoe PFD design.

“With fifty years of experience engineering products for the most demanding users, Mustang Survival continues to innovate and bring gear that delivers the ultimate experience on the water,” states Jason Leggatt, vice president and general manager for Mustang Survival. “The feedback from the elite sailors who have been wearing the new EP38 has been overwhelmingly positive. Comments about its lightweight feel and ease-of-donning, thanks to the two side adjusters, means the crew can easily get on deck in a hurry in case of an emergency. It’s being called a ‘game changer’.”

Features of the EP38 Inflatable PFD (MSRP: $350):

· Hydrostatic Inflator Technology (HIT™) will only inflate when submerged and not in rain, spray or high humidity

· 360° Motion – low profile chassis designed for maximum range of motion during high output grinding and sail changes

· Membrane Inflatable Technology™ materials inside reduces weight and increases flexibility

· Back mounted storable spray hood

· Internal storage for AIS, PLBs, strobes and other electronics

· Integrated sailing harness with soft tie-in

· Removable crotch straps

· Marine grade retro-reflective materials

· Marine grade whistle

· Lifting loop

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Designed for the most serious ocean racers, EP Ocean Racing Series apparel utilizes military grade fabrics that are being offered to consumers for the very first time and are built to withstand the most demanding conditions. Available now, the EP Ocean Racing Collection, including the new EP38 Inflatable PFD, can be found at specialty retailers in North America. Visit www.mustangsurvival.com/epoceanracing for more information.

Team Comanche Debuts Mustang Survival’s New Ocean Racing Outerwear At Rolex Sydney Hobart 2015

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Training session on Sydney harbour for American boat Comanche owned by Jim Clarke and his wife Kristie Hinze-Clarke 23/12/2015 ph. Andrea Francolini

Training session on Sydney harbour for American boat Comanche owned by Jim Clarke and his wife Kristie Hinze-Clarke
23/12/2015
ph. Andrea Francolini

Bellingham, Wash. – Mustang Survival announced today that Team Comanche will wear Mustang Survival’s new range of performance waterproof, breathable outwear at the Rolex Sydney Hobart race beginning December 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

“Mustang Survival has been building leading dry solutions for the military, coast guard and water rescue professionals for decades,” said Jason Leggatt, VP commercial products. “This expertise, along with our access to ultra-premium ingredient technologies like military-grade GORE-TEX fabrics, has allowed us to build what we, and Team Comanche, feel is the world’s driest, toughest performance outerwear.”

A 100 ft. Supermaxi yacht, Comanche, was built with one thing in mind; compete in the world’s great ocean races and break open-ocean racing records. Everything counts in these demanding multi-day races and poor performing gear can rapidly deteriorate the athlete’s advantage. Team Comanche, skippered by Ken Read, will be fully outfitted in Mustang Survival’s new range of outerwear, which includes a dry suit, pro smock, spray smock and salopettes, and base layers.

“Working with Mustang Survival to develop the EP series of ocean racing gear led to what will be the new benchmark for serious sailors. When we put the gear on in our fit trials, we knew we had something special. Testing it over the run up to the race, we were very impressed by the performance of the gear,” said Tony Mutter, watch captain and twice-winner of the Volvo Ocean Race.

In addition to the technical outerwear debuting at Sydney Hobart 2015, Mustang Survival will be releasing additional products in the fall of 2016. These will integrate seamlessly with the EP Ocean Racing Series, including a new Fusion Merino base layer, ocean racing gloves and more. By designing and developing the range together, Mustang Survival engineered what will be the only series of ocean racing products built to work as a system.

Jared Rhind, head of design comments, “By ensuring our products integrate seamlessly with one another through fit, material selection, and function, the result is a sum greater than its parts; a system benefit that no other can offer.”

Mustang Survival’s EP Ocean Racing Series will launch in June 2016 at retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

www.mustangsurvival.com

Safariland Group – ABA Debuts New Xtreme Family Of Body Armor Solutions

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

ABA Debuts New Xtreme Family of Body Armor Solutions

The industry leading product line adds key design features focused on comfort and performance

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ONTARIO, Calif. – The Safariland Group, the leader in advanced body armor responsible for nearly two-thirds of all saves over the last three decades, today announced the release of an all-new line of ABA Xtreme body armor solutions for law enforcement. The result of an intensive collaborative effort with best-in-class partners, the new Xtreme ballistic panels deliver a new benchmark for designs combining fit, protection and exceptional value.

Teaming with DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), SAATI and TexTech, The Safariland Group armor team designed the Xtreme panels blending fabric using DuPont Kevlar KM2 Plus fibers incorporating a proprietary weaving process co-created with DuPont, along with a proprietary manufacturing material called Core Matrix Technology, creating this breakthrough family of ballistic panels.

The new Xtreme ballistic panels feature gender specific, biomorphic designs that mimic the shape of the body and enhance comfort. The layering and unique blend of materials amplify comfort, keeping the panel light, thin and flexible.

This unique design combination also drives the Xtreme’s outstanding performance. The proprietary weave acts like high tensile webbing that decelerates the bullet. Working in concert with the proprietary weave, the Core Matrix Technology comprised of 3D-fused fibers, acts as a backstop, dampening impact and stopping the bullet. The final layer of DuPont Kevlar disperses the energy and helps diminish trauma.

“When we’re able to design our ballistics packages in a way that allows for greater ease of movement and superior performance, it’s a win. Our ultimate goal is always to keep officers safe, and our engineers work to improve wearability and comfort so the officer can be more effective in the field,” said Todd Mackler, Vice President Armor, for The Safariland Group.

The Xtreme ballistic panels are finished using a thin, heat-sealed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) membrane to ensure that the panels are protected. These panels are then encased in a soft nylon shell to withstand the elements while enabling enhanced comfort during wear.

Added Mackler, “We build our products so that officers can focus on their job and not think about their armor. We are proud of the almost 2000 officers who are living proof of why we do what we do.”

Visit The Safariland Group website to hear stories of several Safariland Group SAVES who fought the battle and lived to tell the story of their courageous efforts, and take a deeper view into the Xtreme technology that made it possible at www.safariland.com/ballistic-technology.

Available starting this month to all Safariland Group armor customers, the new Xtreme models are offered in threat protection levels II and IIIA and feature male and female structured and female unstructured designs.

Hatch Releases Task Specific Glove Line

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Hatch launches a new task specific glove line providing key innovation features for law enforcement and military personnel

ONTARIO, California – Hatch announced today that it has released its new Task Specific glove line, comprised of nine distinctive models with an emphasis on functionality for a variety of specific uses. The five innovative features on each model are the hallmarks of the line, including the Hatch Ergo-Cut™ Floating Thumb and patented Cut-Ring, which are signature innovations of the renowned Hatch brand. The Task Specific line is designed to meet the demands of law enforcement, military, shooting enthusiasts, and industrial uses alike.

“While gloves may not receive top billing in terms of gear attention, their ability to either help or hinder an officer makes a significant difference in the field,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment. “We factored all those subtle nuances into each glove – from how the glove interacts with an officer’s watch, to more complex features like the Ergo-Cut pattern. Every detail matters and we could not be more excited about bringing this line to market.”

Rather than a general-purpose police glove, this new line provides nine task-specific models each designed to address the specific nuances of an officer’s tactic in the field. Additionally, every glove in the line contains Hatch’s Five Points of Innovation:

  • Touchscreen-compatible knuckle to use with electronics in an effort to help keep an officer’s touchscreen uncontaminated from interactions in the field.
  • All-soft compression cuff is lightweight, comfortable and allows the glove to flex around a watch
  • Patented trigger finger Cut-Ring that provides for optional removal of index finger without unraveling the remaining edge of the glove
  • Signature Ergo-Cut Floating Thumb allows the glove to conform to the natural curvature of the hand and offers greater dexterity and freedom of movement than traditional designs
  • The articulated strap offers personalized adjustability as it is angled away from the wrist to accommodate a larger watch
  • The nine new models listed below – ranging from traffic, patrol, and special teams’ task – are available now and range in MSRP, based on model, from $29.99 to $79.99.

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    www.safariland.com/more…/hatch

    Safariland Has Announced Their Acquisition Of VIEVU

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

    Safariland Acquires VIEVU, a Leader in Body Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers

    Highly Complementary Addition to Safariland’s Suite of World-Class Safety and Survivability Product Brands

    ONTARIO, California – June 29, 2015 – The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today announced that it has acquired VIEVU, a leader in body worn video and data management solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    VIEVU, founded in 2007, is an industry leader in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of wearable video cameras and data management software for law enforcement and private security professionals. VIEVU body worn video cameras are already used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies in 17 countries, including the United States. VIEVU was founded by its President, Steve Ward, who drew upon his 13-year career in the Seattle Police Department, including six years on the SWAT team, to build VIEVU into a leading body worn camera and data management solutions provider. Law enforcement agencies are increasingly equipping officers with body worn cameras, and the acquisition of VIEVU by Safariland will ensure that VIEVU has additional scale, financial and human resources and distribution capabilities to meet rapidly rising demand.

    “We are excited to add VIEVU to the Safariland family in order to help VIEVU to unlock its full potential and capitalize on the significant and growing demand for body worn video,” said Warren B. Kanders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Safariland Group. “After thoroughly studying the sector and its participants, it is clear that VIEVU’s industry-leading platform is superior and ideally suited to meet the needs of Safariland’s law enforcement customer base. Moreover, from a cultural perspective, Safariland and VIEVU are well aligned, as both companies are built around creating products that save lives and keep law enforcement officers safe. I am thrilled to welcome Steve, an industry-veteran, and the rest of his team to Safariland, and we look forward to a bright future together.”

    Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group, commented, “VIEVU – with its outstanding technology platform and track record of growth – is an ideal fit within Safariland’s suite of leading brands. We are committed to meaningfully investing in VIEVU to help the company achieve its full potential. Additionally, VIEVU will have access to Safariland’s robust distribution network and extensive relationships with police departments. This transaction will accelerate VIEVU’s growth and the adoption of its technology, and I am confident that it will also further solidify Safariland’s leadership position in the industry and extend our offering of safety and survivability products for the law enforcement community.”

    Steve Ward, Founder and President of VIEVU commented, “I am extremely pleased about this partnership and excited to join the Safariland family. Over the last eight years, our team has worked tirelessly to develop reliable, high-quality, wearable video cameras and software. As a result of our hard work, VIEVU is a leading body worn camera manufacturer for law enforcement. As VIEVU enters its next phase of growth, particularly as demand for body worn cameras continues to increase, this strategic partnership with Safariland will provide us with the resources and deep industry experience to support the expansion of our platform. I have long admired Safariland’s leadership in the safety and survivability market and look forward to working with our new partners to capture the significant opportunity in front of us.”

    VIEVU will remain headquartered in Seattle, Washington under the leadership of Steve Ward and the current management team. VIEVU will continue to operate as a standalone company within Safariland’s suite of brands and will have access to Safariland’s extensive distribution network and relationships to expand its sales, marketing and customer support activities.

    www.safariland.com