Police officers and law enforcement administrators interested in new NIJ 06 compliant body armor will have the opportunity to do some excellent research this week at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, where SHOT Show 2011 kicks off today. It’s been a little while since we’ve seen new NIJ 06 compliant body armor products come to market, but according to several PoliceOne sources, companies including Safariland, Point Blank Solutions, and GH Armor Systems are set to showcase NIJ 06 compliant body armor designed to help save the lives of our nation’s law enforcers. Here’s some of what we know about those new products, even as the doors to the exhibit hall are just now being thrown open to attendees.
Safariland Adds Kevlar XP Ballistic Technology to NIJ 06 Compliant Body Armor
DuPont Kevlar XP has been adopted by Safariland for its Second Chance Summit Series body armor. The company said in its announcement that its new body armor — MN01 Type IIIA — adds to the existing family of Type IIA and II and is “thin, flexible design that features a hybrid of all DuPont Kevlar advanced fiber ballistic materials. The combination of these materials, including DuPont Kevlar XP, provides enhanced ballistic performance against special threats like the 5.7 FN hollow-point bullets and reinforces the new brand partnership between Second Chance and DuPont Kevlar.”
According to Safariland, the new MN01 Type IIIA nij 06 compliant body armor features advanced perimeter and X-stitching to reinforce the armor panels, while reducing blunt trauma.
Safariland also announced that on Wednesday, January 19 from 1500 hours to 1600 hours, The company — a BAE Systems line of business — will host a special event to honor one of the very first members of the Safariland Saves Club as well as two more recent saves. Dick Sheehan of the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Police Department, Britt Sweeney of Seattle (Wash.) Police Department, and Al Fong of the Saginaw (Mich.) Police Department will each spend a few moments telling their stories of survival. The ceremony takes place at booth #12762.
Point Blank Solutions Adds to NIJ .06-compliant Line of Products for Law Enforcement
Point Blank Body Armor and Protective Apparel Corporation of America (PACA) continues to expand their NIJ .06 offerings with the release this week of the SABRE and Assault-One Plus tactical vests, as well as KXPIIIA Front Opening ballistic package. A Point Blank company announcement indicates that KXPIIIA is “the only one of its kind currently available to the law enforcement market,” although we at PoliceOne have been able to independently verify that claim. Regardless, we can reliably believe the company’s statement that the KXPIIIA is Cconstructed of 100 percent DuPont Kevlar woven fabric technology, and that the front-opening capability allows for rapid donning and doffing of the gear.