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Ballistic Shields

Ballistic Shields

Ballistic Shields

Whether you need a small Ballistic Shield for Active Shooter incidents or a true Level IV Rolling Bunker, we have it.

There are various types of ballistic shields, modified for specific tasks. Lightweight and portable "High Mobility, Low Profile" shields are primarily used by SWAT officers when approaching high powered handgun, shotgun or sub-machinegun threats. These modern, extremely lightweight and protective shields allow the user to operate more freely with certified protection. There are smaller “First Responder” shields that patrol officers responding to a school or workplace Active-Shooter  would deploy. There are also the heavyweights that ride on special trolleys due to their weight.

Generally rectangular in shape, these protective shields have, until recently, been used to provide ballistic protection to law enforcement SWAT tactical team members during dynamic entry situations and approaches towards potentially armed individuals. While SWAT officers already wear armor heavier than what patrol officers wear, it must be noted that their protection usually only covers their head, chest, and other vitals, leaving their arms and legs exposed. Even with this heavy body armor, the bullet’s impact can be debilitating and could prevent the struck officer from continuing the assault. The ballistic shield is most necessary in situations where the SWAT team has little or no cover.

A person wielding a " High Mobility, Low Profile " ballistic shield typically carries the shield in one hand, holding onto a handle on the interior surface of the shield, and a handgun in their other hand. Most SWAT teams have additional officers following the shield bearer in what is called the "stack". The first following officer in the stack often carries a long gun, so accurate delivery of deadly force can be applied, if necessary, by the long gun wielding team member firing over the head and shoulder of the shield bearer (sometimes referred to as the Bunker Man).

Modern ballistic shields are examined against the U.S. government ballistic protection rating standard, NIJ-Std 0108.01. They typically rate Threat Level Type IIIA protection which can stop most handguns (9mm and .45), however some manufacturers' shields cover IIIA, III (Rifles) and IV (Rifle), which stops armor-piercing rifle rounds. This rigorous ballistic test impacts the armor in the free standing position, requiring multiple ballistic impacts when tested to simulate being carried in front of the officer without any backing material in direct contact with the rear surface of the ballistic shield.

In the light of recent concerns about suicidal attackers, ballistic shields are quickly becoming standard equipment for law enforcement first responders to use when approaching any potentially armed individual in a publicly accessed area. Protocols are such that the first officers on the scene of such an incident MUST engage the shooter(s) as fast as possible to divert their attention from the path they had chosen. It is the responding SWAT officers jobs to bring about the final solution.

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