Clark County Sheriff’s Office K9 Loki to get Body Armor

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Clark County Sheriff’s Office K9 Loki will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Loki’s vest is sponsored by Lemieux & Associates, LLC of North Haven, CT and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Lemieux & Associates,” a sheriff’s office news release stated. Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.

The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Read more

US Army Seeks a New Battle Rifle for Piercing Advanced Body Armor

As it continues to work on an all-new standard infantry weapon, the U.S. Army is considering adopting a new “Interim Combat Service Rifle” in the 7.62x51mm caliber. The service is particularly concerned about soldiers’ ability to penetrate advanced body armors with their existing 5.56x45mm M4 carbines.

On Aug. 4, 2017, the Army announced it would buy up to eight different sample rifles as part of the evaluation of the potential future infantry weapon, also known as ICSR. In April 2017, the service reportedly began a project to consider giving such a weapon to a designated marksman in each infantry squad, according to Military.com. This ultimately evolved into the new, broader requirement, sources previously told Soldier Systems. Read more

UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton Officially Announced by Mawashi Science & Technology

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Canadian technology company Mawashi has formally introduced their flagship product: A passive exoskeleton designed to help the soldier carry his heavy load. The exoskeleton is reportedly based on research into how the human body distributes weight, studying obese individuals like the rikishi wrestlers in sumo, to create a solution for the infantryman to carry heavy loads without injury. The company’s name – Mawashi – even comes from the stiff mawashi wrestling belts used in sumo. Read more

How Safe Life Defense is making body armor more affordable for individuals to purchase

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It’s no secret that body armor can save an officer’s life. But many departments lack the funds to provide every officer with a vest, and the price of a vest can make it difficult for an individual to afford one.

New manufacturer Safe Life Defense is on a mission to make it easier for first responders to obtain body armor by providing NIJ-rated multi-threat protection at an affordable price.

The company realizes cost savings by manufacturing its own material and producing vests in set sizes with multiple points of adjustment to fit most body types. The vests also provide protection against multiple threats so that buyers don’t have to choose between knife or bullet defense. Read more

RMA Armament Unveils it’s Newest NIJ .06 Level IV Hard Armor Plate

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CENTERVILLE, IA –-(Ammoland.com)- RMA Armament, Inc., is proud to announce the latest edition to its armor family, the model #1155 level IV hard amor plate. RMA is also happy to announce that this new model has successfully passed all testing at the National Institute of Justice, earning it’s NIJ .06 certification.

The NIJ .06 certified model #1155 hard armor plate is an important addition to the RMA lineup because it not only lives up to RMA’s standard of armor excellence, but also comes at an affordable cost to the end user and boasts a 10-year manufacturers warranty. Now for sale at www.rmadefense.com, the model #1155 is available for purchase at an introductory sale price of $115 per plate. The introductory sale runs from June 22 through June 29. Read more

Body armor for firefighters — East Pierce Fire latest to add protection

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As mass shootings become more common, more fire departments are using body armor so crews can more quickly reach people in dangerous situations.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue is the latest local agency to order ballistic vests to better protect its firefighters and paramedics.

Tacoma Fire has used the vests since the 1990s, and West Pierce Fire & Rescue ordered them in 2013.

“It is an emerging trend,” said Joe Meineke, spokesman for Tacoma Fire. Read more

Warrior Trail Introduces New Lifesaving Ballistic Solutions

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Warrior Trail Consulting, well known for its non-ballistic training body armor, introduces advanced ballistic protection solutions to law enforcement, military bases, security forces and first responders through a partnership with ShotStop Ballistics LLC.

“In the ballistic protection market, the three most important considerations are weight, performance and cost,” said Larry Bronstein, executive director for Warrior Trail. “By teaming up with ShotStop, Warrior Trail now distributes lifesaving ballistic technology that is lighter, stronger and lower cost than what’s currently available.”
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Safariland Selects Honeywell’s Spectra Shield Technology for new Protective Vests Geared

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Safariland, a company specializing in body armor, recently selected Honeywell’s Spectra Shield and Gold Shield ballistic composite materials to produce a thin, lightweight vest specifically designed for female law enforcement officers.

Safariland selected Honeywell’s Spectra Shield 5000 series material for their Armor SX vest family, which is designed to provide optimal comfort while providing protection against a range of soft armor ballistic threat levels for all wearers. Contemporary vest models are typically built for a male or unisex neutral fit.

Dickey’s Donates Enhanced Bulletproof Vests to the Dallas Police Gang Unit

DALLAS — Anytime a cop hits their beat, they never know when someone out there will threaten their life.

Well, Dickey’s “Barbecue Boots and Badges” foundation is out to relieve some of those fears, with their new Invest In A Vest initiative.

“We are dedicated to helping officers, our first responders, and their families,” said the founder of Barbecue, Boots and Badges, Maureen Dickey.

Today, the foundation donated enhanced bulletproof vest plates to the Dallas Police Gang Unit, that are capable of withstanding rifle fire like what they faced in last July’s attack. Read more