The truth is, you do need good gear when your life depends on it, but I’m way past aspiring to be an operator. I already served my time in the Marine Corps and I’ve got lots of special operations veterans in my rolodex — and we’ve all got one thing in common. None of us are bullet proof. Not like Batman is.
Colonel Sam Johnson (Retired) describes the heavy, bulky body armor plates he wore while serving in several tours in the Army over 30 years and compares them to ShotStop's lightweight, thin body armor that is saving lives.
Plate carriers are among the most fiercely debated pieces of kit on the market today and it’s easy to see why. With so many options and prices that can range from thirty bucks to three hundred, just about everybody has an opinion on what you need for your purposes.
A quick look at our Duritium III+PA plate, live from the show floor of the 2019 Ohio Tactical Officers Association Conference, June 4, 2019. Thin, lightweight body armor that is durable (15 year warranty) and comfortable.
Fifteen pounds. That seems to be what separates a high-performing Marine from eventually becoming a combat casualty, according to new research carried out by a Marine captain at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Buffman R.A.N.G.E tests multiple rounds against ShotStop’s Duritium III+GT special threat body armor plate.
An experienced panel of law enforcement and military experts discuss today’s body armor options, how they differ from the past, and what YOU need to know about the armor that’s supposed to protect your life.
Plastic is officially defined as “a synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers such as polyethylene, PVC, nylon, etc., that can be molded into shape while soft and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form.” While the newer, lightweight body armor panels are not really “plastic',“ they are made of these same polymers, particularly polyethylene.
Colonel Sam Johnson explains his experience with body armor during his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as his experience with ShotStop’s lighter and thinner body armor.
This plate is unique in many ways. First of all, it’s very thin, as you can see. It’s just over a half inch thick, the weight is very competitive in the marketplace for this protection level. It’s about 4.8 pounds for a shooter cut, 10 x 12.
Duritium III+PA is extremely lightweight and thin at just 0.7 inches and 2.7 pounds for the 10x12 shooter cut.
ShotStop body armor takes multiple hits in this torture test. Will it stop 30 bullets? Check it out.
Duritium III+PS is lightweight body armor, 100% Duritium® polyethylene, .95 inches thick, just over 3 pounds for the 10x12 shooter cut.
704 Tactical’s full review of ShotStop’s lightweight Duritium® III+PS Body Armor Plate.
Duritium IV+HS is a multi-hit armor-piercing protection at just under 6 pounds for Level IV shooter cut.
When you’re in the field, the last thing you want to hear is “use extreme care” related to your body armor plates. But this is exactly what the warnings are when it comes to ceramic body armor plates.
When it comes to the load law enforcement and military operators carry, we’ve all heard the phrase, “Ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain.” What may not seem like much of a difference when you hear that one body armor plate is a couple pounds lighter than another actually makes a huge difference to the person wearing it. Every ounce truly matters.
ShotStop® Ballistics’ 2019 product line up: our Duritium® rifle plates, the different models that we have and how each one fits with the needs of the law enforcement officer and war fighter.
For the men and women who serve on our front lines, the right body armor is the essential life-saving technology for soldier protection against lethal ballistics and dangerous combat scenarios. But it’s been more than thirty years since any disruptive technologies in ballistics protection have been brought to market. Until now.
#OurHeroes Sam Johnson, Colonel Retired, and a core member of the ShotStop team, shared this story from this past weekend…