For SWAT officers or tactical operators commonly operating in intense situations like high-risk warrant searches, riots, active shooters, and other dangerous circumstances, a ballistic shield and/or a bulletproof blanket are some of the most important equipment they can carry in order to neutralize threats quickly. They are specifically made to deflect bullets and other dangerous projectiles.
WHAT ARE BALLISTIC SHIELDS MADE OF?
Materials such as UHMWPE or pre-preg aramid fibres can be used to make ballistic shields. They may include features like clear armored viewing ports, ambidextrous handles, and night-time spotlights, and they can be handheld or mounted on wheel-based frames. They come in a variety of sizes, with some only protecting the upper torso and others protecting the entire body.
Ballistic shields come in a variety of sizes and shapes with the most common ones being 20 x 30 inches and 24 x 36 inches, and full-body protection is also available. Most shields and blankets from companies like BulletSafe,Chase Tactical, andAtomic Defense have an armor rating of Level III or Level IIIA.
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