Armor Express Hard Core H3 Body Armor Carrier from the 2018 SHOT Show

Paul breaks down the new Hard Core H3 vest from Armor Express:

Armor Express Hard Core H3

The Hard Core H3 exhibits lightweight, low profile architecture with fully adjustable shoulders and waist.It uses BRAVO cut panels which offer enhanced coverage and a more accurate fit. The H3 features the Dynamic Cummerbund System allowing the user to breathe and move much more efficiently. The shoulder strap geometry offers enhanced ergonomics and communication channeling. The H3 features the Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) system for improved heat management and air circulation. The generous MOLLE design offers superior user customization. The Hard Core H3 accommodates Peraflex System pouches for streamlined loadouts.

Armor Express Hard Core H3 Innovative Features

Hard Core H3 Standard Features

  • Top loading exterior accessible front and rear rifle plate pockets
  • Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) system
  • Padded Dynamic Cummerbund
  • Reinforced drag strap
  • D tag attachment points
  • Front kangaroo pouch
  • Advanced shoulder pads
  • Ambidextrous utility pockets
  • Upper admin pocket

Hard Core H3 Optional Features

  • Cummerbund soft armor inserts
  • Ballistic shoulder pad inserts
  • Peraflex System Pouches (see Lighthawk catalog for full Peraflex System Pouch listing)
Shooting the Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show

Shooting the Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show

We had a chance to talk with Glock today about their new Gen 5 19X and take a couple of shots with it at the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range.

The design changes are welcomed.  It feels as though they reworked the trigger to allow for a smoother and quicker reset which results in a great all-around feel.  The backstrap change-out is a breeze and the incorporation of the tool to assist with the take-down of the 19X is a great addition.

Here are some more photos we shot of the Glock 19X today at the range:

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (1)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (2)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (3)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (4)

Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge with Armor Express

Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge with Armor Express

Yesterday we shot a video where Matt Davis from Armor Express used a 44 Magnum on himself to demonstrate the trust he puts into the body armor he sells.

He used a 44 magnum with 244 grain Hydra-Shock, wearing an Armor Express body armor plate with a phone book behind it to prevent blunt force trauma.

Here are some more pics from the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge

Blauer’s New 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Response Parka

New from  Blauer! 

The new Response Parka is PPE in every sense. The pathogen resistant ASTM F 1671 B.Dry membrane will keep you dry and comfortable in all conditions. High contrast X-walk retroreflective striping helps you be visible in low-light conditions. Specialty responder pockets abound, with upper and lower storage to fit all of your gear. The lightweight flexible shell design allows for year round use with multiple 3-in-1 insulated lining options that zip into the shell. Blauer’s new versatile jacket sets the standard in public safety protection.

  • Dark Navy (9848): Contrasting 3M™ Scotchlite™ X-Walk Retroreflective Striping
  • Hi Vis (9848V): Meets NEW ASTM 107-2015 Type P Class III Standard for visibility
  • ASTM F 1671 Pathogen-Resistant B.DRY membrane liner
  • Waterproof, Windproof, Breathable
  • Features and pocketing made for public safety
  • System Outerwear Compatible – Pick a standalone liner or combine
Blauer 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Parka
Blauer 9848 Pathogen Resistant B.Dry Parka

New Streamlight Strion DS at the 2017 SHOT Show

Streamlight just announced their new dual-switch Strion DS flashlight at the 2017 SHOT Show. This dual switch version of the Strion sports 375 lumens with a 2 hour runtime using a rechargeable Lithium ion battery.

Streamlight Strion DS Flashlight

  • DUAL SWITCH TECHNOLOGY – Access multiple lighting modes via the push-button tail switch or head-mounted switch. Switches operate independently.
  • TEN-TAP® programmable switch allows user to select one of three different programs: 1.) high/medium/low with strobe (factory default); 2.) high only without strobe; 3.) high/medium/low without strobe
  • Three modes and strobe:
    – High for a bright super-bright beam: 375 lumens; 12,000 candela; 219m beam distance; runs 2 hours
    – Medium for bright light and longer run time: 150 lumens; 5,000 candela; 141m beam distance; runs 5 hours
    – Low for a less intense beam and extended run time: 40 lumens; 1,300 candela; 72m beam distance; runs 20 hours
    – Strobe for disorienting or signaling your location: runs 4.5 hours
  • C4® LED technology for extreme brightness
  • Optimized electronics provide regulated intensity
  • Lithium ion battery is rechargeable up to 1,000 times; fully recharges in 3 hours
  • Clamp style charger holder with digital control circuit that prevents over-charge
  • PiggyBack® charger doubles your run time by charging a spare battery (sold separately) so you can keep on working; reduces down time
  • IPX4 water-resistant; 2m impact resistance tested
  • 6000 series anodized machined aircraft aluminum; Borofloat high temperature glass lens
  • Anti-roll head prevents the light from rolling away when you set it down
  • 6.40” (16.26 cm); 5.4 oz (153 grams)
  • Serialized for positive identification
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Shooting the Walther Creed at the 2017 SHOT Show

Paul got a chance to shoot the new Wather Creed at the 2017 SHOT Show.

Walther Creed Features

  • 3 DOT Polymer Sights
    • Rapid aiming and target aquisition
    • Rear sight screw adjustable for windage
    • Low profile – won’t snag clothing
  • Custom Accessory Rail
    • Picatinny rail
    • Mounts optional flashlight or laser
  • Smooth Trigger
    • Constant 6.5 lb trigger pull
    • Smooth for greater accuracy and control
  • Slide Serrations
    • Front and rear slide serrations
    • Non-slip surface to operate the slide
    • Distinctive Walther styling
  • Slide Stop Lever
    • Slide lock back on empty
    • Slide stop extended for easy gloved operation
  • Magazine Release
    • Conveniently positioned for thumb operation
    • Ambidextrous for right or left hand operation
  • Ergonomic Walther Grip
    • Non-slip, cross-directional grip surface
    • Better control
    • Comfortable shape
  • 3 Safeties
    • Two drop safeties
    • Firing pin block for safe carry
  • Tenifer Coating
    • Tenifer coating on slide and barrel
    • Resists corrosion
    • Matte finish

 

Tru-Spec unveiling new packs at the 2015 SHOT Show

Tru-Spec has a new line of backpacks they are coming out with at the 2015 SHOT Show.  All of the packs feature conceal carry pockets, padded tablet or laptop pockets and a “Grab-and-Go” carry handle.

Tru-Spec Trek Sling Pack

Tru-Spec Trek Sling PackThe Trek Sling is a great all-around pack, but is built for conceal and carry.  It has three pockets that can be used to carry a weapon and magazines with the ability to attach a holster externally.  The interior pocket is well suited for to fit a tablet.

  • Grab -and-Go carry handle
  • Padded adjustable sling
  • Tablet sleeve
  • Concealed carry quick access pocket

Tru-Spec 3-Day Elite Backpack

Tru-Spec 3-Day Elite Backpack

The 3-Day Elite has a stable build that is built for comfort and breathability.  It has pass-through holes for hydration or ear phones and features a rain fly in the bottom.

  • Grab -and-Go carry handle
  • Padded air mesh back panel & straps
  • Rigid back board
  • Fits 17” Computer
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Zippered concealed carry kidney pad pocket
  • Removable padded waist belt

Tru-Spec Pathfinder 2.5 Backpack

Tru-Spec Pathfinder Backpack

The Pathfinder has a lot of the features of the 3-Day Elite.  It has separate pockets that can hold either a 15″ or 17″ laptop and can hold up to 2.5 liters of water.

  • Grab -and-Go carry handle
  • Padded air mesh back panel & straps
  • Rigid back board
  • Fits 17” Computer
  • Fleece lined sunglass pocket

Tru-Spec Stealth Backpack

Tru-Spec Stealth Backpack

  • Grab -and-Go carry handle
  • Padded Tablet Sleeve
  • Concealed carry Kidney pocket
  • Padded air mesh back panel & Straps
  • Fleeced lined sunglass pocket

 

New Armor Express C-Shock Concealable Rifle Plate

New Armor Express C-Shock Concealable Rifle Plate

Armor Express just released a new rifle plate, the C-Shock.  Only a half inch thick and 1.7lbs, the C-Shock fits into a 5″ x 8″ pocket.  Contact On Duty Gear for more information.

  • Rifle plate fits into your concealable carrier 5×8 pocket
  • Covered in a durable polyurea (rubberized) coating
  • 0.5″ thick
  • 1.7 lbs
  • Single Curve
  • Special threat testing information below

 

C-Shock Special Threat Tested Against

SPEER .357 Cal SIG 125gr FMJ FN
SPEER .44 Cal MAG 240gr SJHP
5.56mm x 45mm 55gr Ball (M193)
5.56mm x 45mm 62gr Ball (M855) Green Tip
7.62mm x 39mm 123gr PS

Armor Express C-Shock Concealable Rifle Plate

Bella at our new Clinton Township, MI store in her Armor Express K-9 Vest

Bella at our new Clinton Township, MI store in her Armor Express K-9 Vest

Bella is our K-9 awareness dog here at On Duty Gear.  Today she stopped into our new Clinton Township store for a surprise inspection wearing her custom fit K-9 carrier by Armor Express.

bella in armor express vest at clinton township store
She started off strong, cruising though the checkout area and posing by the boot display… which then led to her finding a few nice spots to lay down.

 

Results from the Body Armor Shoot at Ann Arbor PD

Results from the Body Armor Shoot at Ann Arbor PD

On August 7th, On Duty Gear did a body armor shoot with Keith Klies of Armor Express at the Ann Arbor Police Department shooting range.  We shot the Razor Level II and Seraph Level II (front and back panels) with 35 rounds combined.

Video of the Armor Express Seraph Level II being shot:

Armor Express Razor Level II Results

Vest Model Threat Level Panel Size  – Gender Front/Back Panel Date of Mfg Serial # Additional
Razor 2 1714  – Male Front 08/04/14 14080xxxxx Navy carrier

Razor Level II Front Shot Placement

Armor Express Razor II Shot Placement

Shot # Bullet Threat Level Wt; Model; Type Weapon BFS PASS    FAIL Chronograph / Misc
1 Federal (AAPD duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig 27 P
2 Federal (AAPD duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig n/a n/a didn’t measure
3 Federal (AAPD duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig 10 P with 7 x 10 ICW plate
4 Federal (AAPD duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig 10 P with 7 x 10 ICW plate
5 Federal (U of M duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig 20 P angle shot
6 Federal (U of M duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig 0 P angle shot with ICW
 7 – 20 Gold Dot (DHS duty) 9mm 125 grain Glock n/a P didn’t measure

 

Armor Express Seraph II Results

Vest Model Threat Level Panel Size  – Gender Front/Back Panel Date of Mfg Serial # Additional
Seraph 2 3017-front; 2817-back Front & Back 08/04/14 14080xxxxx Navy carrier

Seraph Level II Front Panel Shot Placement

Armor Express Seraph II Front Panel Shot Placement

 

Armor Express Seraph II Back Panel Shot Placement

Armor Express Seraph II Back Panel Shot Placement

 

Shot # Bullet Threat Level Wt; Model; Type Weapon BFS PASS    FAIL Chronograph / Misc
1 Federal (U of M duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig 226 23 P
2 Federal (AAPD) .40 cal 180 grain Sig 229 17 P non-duty round
3 Federal (AAPD duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig 27 P
4 Speer Gold Dot .40 cal 165 grain Sig 229 21 P
5 Gold Dot (DHS duty) 9 mm 125 grain Glock 18 P
 6 – 11 Federal (U of M duty) .40 cal 165 grain Sig n/a n/a very tight group – stacked

Shots 12 thru 15 were in the back and side panels

 

12 Federal .40 cal 180 grain Sig minimal – didn’t measure P back panel – angle shot
13 Gold Dot (DHS duty) 9 mm 125 grain Glock minimal – didn’t measure P side panel
14 Gold Dot (DHS duty) 9 mm 125 grain Glock 27 P side panel
15 Gold Dot (DHS duty) 9 mm 125 grain Glock 16 P side panel – overlap section

Notes: Clay temp was approximately 97 degrees.

Propper General Multi-Purpose Bag Video – On sale for $99.99

Propper General Multi-Purpose Bag Video – On sale for $99.99

Here is a new video we just got from Propper that shows off their General Multi-Purpose bag.  Currently on sale at On Duty Gear for $99.99, this bag usually sells for $129.99.  Sale ends on September 25th.

 

 

Propper General Multi-Purpose Bag F561375330
The Gen Multipurpose Bag adds tactical functionality to a standard briefcase-style design. Exterior pockets contain compartments for all of your accessories, while the large main compartment opens wide to access a divider with a CCW Adjustable Pistol Sleeve and 3-Channel Organizer. Customizable storage and easy access to contents makes this perfect for the daily commute or as an overnight bag.

  • Rubber molded zipper pulls
  • Easy-access dual zipper opening with tapered grab handles
  • Non-slip shoulder pad
  • Two adjustable hook and loop retention straps for an umbrella or flashlight
  • Exterior ID holder
  • Exterior loop field for patches
  • Comes with removable divider with loop-facing liner that includes a FREE 3-Channel Organizer and Adjustable Pistol Sleeve ($22.98 value) which accommodates most handguns
  • 1000D Cordura nylon
  • 18.5″ H x 11.5″ W x 7.5″ D

 

 

New Assault Throat Microphone by Code Red Headsets

New Assault Throat Microphone by Code Red Headsets

Code Red just sent us some information on a new assault throat microphone that they are releasing.  This new mic has a modular design which allows the operator to run the cord through the shoulder strap on a vest or attached to a molle strap. The radio connector can be easily replaced if the agency changes radio models.

Code Red Assault Throat Microphone

The Assault throat mic has interchangeable connector cables that can be used between the most popular radio brands out there. The modular throat mic design is popular with tactical, warrant and gang teams. Also great for any high noise area such as concerts and races.  Connectors will be available for all of the popular public safety radios. Heavy duty push-to-talk with a metal reinforced swivel clip located on back of the military PTT.

Talking to Armor Express about the Revolution Plus Carrier

Talking to Armor Express about the Revolution Plus Carrier

We had a chance to talk to Adam from Armor Express about their new Revolution Plus armor carrier at the SHOT Show.  He give a brief overview then Paul asks him a few questions about the care of the carrier.

 

 

Armor Express Revolution Plus

Armor Express Revolution Plus Carrier

Armor Express Revolution Concealable Body Armor Carrier

NEW – The Revolution Plus carrier comes with proven SCENT-LOK® odor control liner.

  • Lightweight microfiber outer shell
  • Anti-microbial inner lining is moisture wicking, fast drying and odor absorbing
  • Microfiber “wearstrip” creates greater durability
  • Shoulder epaulets hold carrier in place
  • Front plate pocket
  • 8 Points of adjustment
  • 4″ Removable side elastic straps – Velcro(r) closure
  • 2″ Removable elastic shoulder straps – Velcro(r) closure
  • Interior suspension system to stabilize ballistic pad
  • Tapered lower front corners for better fit
  • Zippered bottom closure
  • Available in both male and structured female

The Revolution™ is AE’s top of the line concealable carrier system. Loaded with new features, the Revolution™ sets the mark for superior design with attention to detail, while offering maximum comfort, breathability and durability.

The shoulder area now offers 3mm thick Breathe-O-Prene® padding. The low profile padding is porous in nature allowing warm moisture laden air to pass through as it cushions the area thus helping to relieve any potential discomfort.

The Revolution™ utilizes a superior Microfiber Nylon for its exterior shell material. The slightly denser material results in greater durability and longevity. It is also water repellent and anti-static treated. The inner lining consists of Breeze Knit™, a moisture wicking, antimicrobial material that provides evaporative cooling.

The newly contoured hook and loop attachments give the Revolution™ a sleek, streamlined look. The new Easy Grip Side Straps™ (patent pending) feature a two-finger grab point allowing users to easily disconnect the strap for donning and doffing. These straps also showcase a new zigzag stitch where the hook transitions into the elastic. This addition results in a very smooth strap with exceptional strength, again demonstrating our unwavering attention to detail.

The Revolution™ also offers the microfiber Wearstrip™ on the lower inside lining of the carrier and an inner suspension system. This Wearstrip™ helps to prevent holes from forming along the bottom edge of the carrier as abrasion commonly occurs from the carrier rubbing against the Officer’s duty belt. The inner suspension system works to hold the protective panels in place and prevent them from sagging.

Dual plate pockets are located on the front of the carrier allowing for a 5”x8” or 7”x10” insert to be added offering more protection.

The Revolution™ is available in both male and structured female princess cut designs.

Revolution Data Sheet (PDF)

Update on the new Propper Boots and Bags

October 15th, 2013

We have an updated timetable for the new Propper boots and bags.  Per our source at Propper, the new boots will start launching next week and should be able to ship by the end of the month.   The bags will be following the same release schedule.

We will also have additional high res images by the end of the week.

We will keep you updated as we get additional information.