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

Armor Express debuts new AMH-2 Helmets, Foam Encapsulated Armor and more at the 2017 SHOT Show

Armor Express: Armor Express once again is ramping up their game; putting pressure on the one company above them that stands in the way to their rightful place at the top of the industry. This year, they launched a brand new line of shields, helmets and plates. In addition, they launched a new color for their overt carriers-Midnight/LAPD Navy along with matching MOLLE Pouches!

I was given an up close introduction to the new AMH-2 helmet, which Armor Express is now producing in partnership with Busch Helmets. In the AMH-2, Armor Express will be offering more head protection than any other manufacturer has ever been able to offer. They have gone out to seek helmet testing above and beyond anything the NIJ can offer; the vaunted VPAM Certification. Not only did they pass the test, they blew it completely out of the water! Along with the helmet, which comes equipped with rails as a standard, there are several available easy-on/easy-off accessories.

Armor Express Helmet shot 27 times-point of impact
Armor Express Helmet shot 27 times-point of impact
Armor Express Helmet shot 27 Times-backface
Armor Express Helmet shot 27 Times-backface

Next up is a major upgrade to the Ara-Shock ICW Plate. Formerly coated with a line-x style coating, Armor Express now uses a foam encapsulation procedure to make an already lightweight plate even lighter! At just 4 ounces, it is easily the lightest level IIIA in-conjunction plate on the market. Plus, as an added bonus, the new procedure puts additional flexibility back into the plate, taking this great piece to a new level of comfort.

Ara-Shock ICW Encapsulated in Foam (on right)
Ara-Shock ICW Encapsulated in Foam (on right)

If there is one area that was in dire need of improvement, it was their shields. Armor Express has mended that by showing that they too can be a major player in the shield market with the launch of the LightHawk line of shields. One thing immediately apparently is the new, expansive viewport, which allows for a much fuller field of view. The new handle/carry system adds a new level of comfort and manageability, which reduces fatigue. All that coupled with the incorporation of the LED light (optional) is simply brilliant. The M1 (Level IIIA with new shape and several size configurations), the S1 (Level IIIA comes in time tested rectangular shape with several available sizes) and the R1 (Level III+ comes in 2 sizes and new shape allows use of handgun or long gun) can cover any need while giving the user the shield manageability they long for. As a bonus, the reverse sides (interiors) are covered with a soft Velcro, which will allow for mounting of mirrors, entry tools and the ability to have additional equipment easily at hand.

 

Unparalleled protection, which is something we have come to expect from Armor Express. See photos for details, and contact On Duty Gear for more information.

The New Armor Express Raven Tactical Carrier

Armor Express just released the details of their new Raven tactical body armor carrier at the 2015 SHOT Show.

Armor Express Raven

The Raven tactical carrier was specifically designed with the fast-paced, low-profile operator in mind.  The Trilogrid laser cut MOLLE webbing, along with the aggressive structure of the vest make it a high-speed, fully customizable tactical carrier solution.  The Raven features a single point quick release system that is considered one of the most efficient in the body armor industry.  As easy to reassemble as it is to release, this system offers real-world applications, and encourages you to incorporate it into your daily tactical training regimen.

Armor Express Raven Tactical Body Armor Carrier

Armor Express Raven Features

  • Trilogrid Laser cut MOLLE webbing platform
  • Ambidextrous horizontal knife sleeves
  • Utility ports on shoulder pads and front of carrier
  • 3D spacer mesh inner lining for air channel and heat reduction
  • Kangaroo utility pouch for document and equipment storage
  • Rear carry handle
  • Fully adjustable cummerbund with pockets accommodating soft armor inserts
  • Bottom loading rifle plate pockets on front and rear of carrier
  • Non-skid shoulder grip to improve weapon mounting and control
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.

 

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)

Armor Express’ new Bulldog Carrier at the 2014 SHOT Show

Armor Express’ new Bulldog Carrier at the 2014 SHOT Show

We interviewed Adam Spinniken from Armor Express at the 2014 SHOT Show about their New Bulldog Armor Carrier.

The BulldogTM was designed for Corrections Special Operations Units but still offers usability for other SWAT personnel. The BulldogTM is designed around USSOCOM’S BALCS patterns that allow 4 main sizes. The vest is intended to be worn tight on the body for improved mobility and comfort. The vest consists of Front and Back Torso components, left and right shoulder components. The vest is NOT quick release-able and it was designed specifically for thinner conjunction plates. The integrated Dynamic Cummerbund System can be adjusted / removed with minor maintenance. The shoulder straps are fully adjustable to accommodate all shapes and sizes. The vest also features a built in tether attachment for emergency rescue situations. A removable MOLLE panel attaches to the rear outer carrier for quick mission adjustments.

Armor Express Bulldog

Armor Express Bulldog Carrier

Armor Express Bulldog Corrections Special Ops Carrier

Armor Express Bulldog Carrier Features:

  • Bottom loading rifle plate pockets on front and rear of carrier; accommodate NIJ threat level III In-Conjunction-With (ICW) hard armor rifle plates
  • Dynamic cummerbund for added comfort, chest expansion, and mobility
  • Over the shoulder ballistic protection
  • Removable rear panel for quick mission load-out adjustments
  • Fully adjustable shoulders and waist
  • MOLLE webbing for more modularity and attachments
  • “Man-Down” cable attachment point for hands-free extraction
  • Cummerbund accommodates soft armor side protection
  • Reinforced 1″ rear carry handle
  • Horizontal knife sleeve on front of carrier
  • Hydration and communication wire channels on shoulder pads
  • 3D spacer mesh inner lining for air channel and heat reduction
  • Ballistic shoulder pads
  • Front outer admin pocket for document or equipment storage
  • Non-skid shoulder grip to improve weapon mounting and control

Corrections Special Operation Units – The Bulldog includes features
specifically tailored to the field of corrections. The prominence of MOLLE
webbing, along with the aggressive structure of the vest make it ideal for
adapting to the demanding, versatile needs of corrections scenarios.

SWAT scenarios – The Bulldog can be used as a crossover vest for tactical scenarios. The Bulldog does not accommodate deltoid, groin, throat, nape, or collar armor – and the hard armor plate pockets only accommodate thin, ICW hard armor.

Armor Express Lighthawk XT, Lighthawk PC and Hardcore DM Now Available

We have just updated our tactical body armor section to include standard and upgraded packages for the Lighthawk XT body armor carrier with either Halo IIIA or Quantum IIIA body armor panels.  We have also added the Lighthawk PC and Hardcore DM body armor carriers.

Here is a breakdown of the new tactical armor:

Armor Express Lighthawk XT Tactical Body Armor

Armor Express Lighthawk XT

  • Utilizes Concealable Armor Panels
  • Dynamic Cummerbund System with 6”x10” soft armor pockets
  • Quick Release Cable System
  • 1″ MOLLE Webbing Platform
  • 3-Dimensional Spacer Mesh Lining
  • Rear Hydration Pocket
  • Exterior Accessible Front and Rear Hard Armor Plate Pockets
  • Front Utility Pouch
  • Drag Strap
  • Custom ID Tag Attachment Points
  • Non-Skid Platform
  • Removeable Sling Hooks

Armor Express Lighthawk XT Upgraded Package

Lighthawk XT Tactical Body Armor

  • Shoulder Flanks with Integrated Ballistic Collar
  • Throat Protector
  • Groin Guard
  • Structured Deltoids (Set of 2)
  • Nape Protector
  • 6 Pouch Pack (ANY 6 excluding Gas Mask Pouch)
  • Communication Wire Restraints
  • ID Tags – Set of 2 (Front and Rear)

On Duty Gear’s “Bella” in an Armor Express K-9 Police Dog Carrier

Here are some pictures we just took of our canine employee Bella, a 130 lb Bull Mastiff, decked out in an Armor Express K-9 Armor Carrier. She has been a great sport with the sizing, wearing and picture taking. We are planning on bringing her to some departments and shows in the future to showcase what a great product Armor Express makes to help protect our canine officers.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Armor Express K-9 Canine Body Armor Carrier

Canine Body ArmorWe’ve got your K-9 partner covered with the new and improved custom sized K-9 armor. With improved comfort, mobility and reduced weight, the new K-9 amror offers outstanding functionality.

The K-9 features a robust crowd control handle, two 2″ D-rings for short or long leads, an elastic pocket for flashlights and tracking devices, as well as an optional left and right ID tags.

Made from durable nylon material, the K-9 has six 2″ buckles for ease of getting into, adjusting and removing. The K-9 provides maximum coverage to the vital organs, and even has a rear extension panel to accommodate longer torsos.

armor express body armor

Armor Express Vortex Body Armor, ARA-Shock ICW Plates Now Available

Following up on our earlier post about the Razor armor, Armor Express has also released the Vortex™ Body Armor and the ARA-Shock ICW Plates.

The Vortex is a Level IIIA armor that at only 1.12 lbs and .21″ thick, weighing 10% less than a Quantum panel and 7% less than a Halo, but can still pass a V50-.44 at 1651 ft/s with only a 37.1mm back face signature (44mm is allowed).

The Vortex, Razor and the ICW plates are all available at On Duty Gear, provided you are a First Responder or Military personnel.

Armor Express Vortex

The new Vortex™ body armor offers users the combined characteristics of strength, comfort, and performance that Kevlar® brand products have been delivering for decades. Vortex™ armor comes standard with a Revolution™ carrier and a 5″ x 8″ Ara-Shock™ ICW armor plate.

The Vortex™ consists of 100% Dupont® Kevlar® brand fibers using Armor Express’ Comfort Craft stitching technique.

ARA-Shock ICW Plates

Upgrade your level II or IIA soft armor up to level IIIA ballistic protection. This semi rigid armor plate is only 0.18″ thin!

armor express vortex logo

armor express razor

Armor Express Razor Passes NIJ Testing, Now Available at ODG

Back in January we announced that Armor Express had developed two new body armor panels, the Razor™ and the Vortex™. Both have passed the NIJ testing and the Razor™ is now for sale at On Duty Gear. The Razor™ uses a new process to create an armor panel that is not only thinner and lighter than previous designs, but also costs less! This one has us excited! We will be adding the Vortex, along with Armor Express’ new ultra-thin Ara-Shock™ ICW armor plate later this week.

Armor Express Razor Body Armor

Razor™, the latest breakthrough in armor technology, is Armor Express’s lightest weight and thinnest body armor system ever! Based on innovative fabric technologies from Dupont® and DSM®, the Razor™ sets the mark for comfort and performance. The Razor™ is made from a proprietary blend of cutting edge Kevlar® and Dyneema® fabrics stitched together utilizing Armor Express’ Comfort Craft manufacturing process.

Armor Express Razor™ Specifications

Model Designation: RZR-B-II

NIJ 0101.06 Threat Level: II

Test ID #: AEX09-001929

NIJ Certification Sizes: C1 – C5

Gender: Neutral

Ballistic Material: Kevlar® XP Aramid & Dyneema® UHMWPE

Pad Cover: Seam-sealed, waterproof Ripstop Nylon

Weight (Areal Density): .81 lbs/ft²

Thinness: 0.18 Inches

V-50 – 9mm: 1,739 ft/s

V-50 – .357 Mag.: 1,669 ft/s

Certification BFS – 9mm: 32.3 mm

Certification BFS – .357 Mag: 34.7 mm

Warranty: 5 Years

Armor Express Vortex Level IIIA Body Armor

On Duty Gear is proud to carry the new Vortex body armor by Armor Express.  It takes the place of the Emperor while offering a lot more flexibility and more protection.

armor express vortex logoThe new Vortex™ body armor offers users the combined characteristics of strength, comfort and performance that Kevlar® brand products have been delivering for decades. Vortex™ armor comes standard with a Revolution™ carrier and a 5×8 Ara-Shock™ ICW armor plate.

100% Dupont® Kevlar® brand fibers and using Armor Express’ Comfort Craft stitching technique.

Vortex Threat Level: IIIA

vortex body armor

Armor Express has continued to invest in exciting new technologies. Guided by their Performance, Comfort, and Value design philosophy, their latest NIJ 0101.06 certified Razor and Vortex armor raise the bar for performance and comfort.


Armor Express RAZOR Level II Body Armor

At On Duty Gear, we love this new armor by Armor Express. The RAZOR™ is lighter and thinner than the Seraph, and cheaper than the Halo. It is a great addition to our body armor line by a great company like Armor Express!

razor logoRAZOR™, the latest breakthrough in armor technology, is our lightest weight and thinnest body armor system ever! Based on innovative fabric technologies from Dupont® and DSM®, the Razor™ sets the mark for performance and comfort. The Razor™ comes standard with a Revolution™ carrier and the ultra-thin 5×8 Ara-Shock™ ICW armor plate.

Made from a proprietary blend of cutting edge Kevlar® and Dyneema® fabrics stitched together utilizing their Comfort Craft manufacturing process.

Razor Threat Level: II

armor express razor

Armor Express has continued to invest in exciting new technologies. Guided by their Performance, Comfort, and Value design philosophy, their latest NIJ 0101.06 certified Razor and Vortex armor raise the bar for performance and comfort.