2 soft body armor systems for response to active killers
CopGear develops USA-made body armor gear for active-shooter response
CopGear, a wholly-owned subsidiary of New York Police Supply, unveiled the Spartan Defense System that includes two options: the Spartan Warrior System and the Spartan Light System. The two inexpensive modular soft body armor systems can fit in the trunk of a police cruiser.
Both systems are perfect for plainclothes troops who don’t normally wear soft body armor on a daily basis but may need a quick, reliable armor defense system when responding to an active-shooter scene.
The Spartan Warrior System
The system includes two 10- by 12-inch military grade ¼-inch thick, single curved Level III Star 555 steel plates rated for 5.56 and/or 7.62 x 39 steel core or FMJ and 7.62 x 51 NATO FMJ (.308 cal) rifle rounds.
Each plate weighs 8 pounds. But, considering it might only be worn for a short period, it is worth its weight in gold.
It also has a heavy duty “man down” drag strap on the back of each vest.
The Spartan Light System
The light system is rated Level III-A and will handle handgun rounds up to and including .357 Mag. 125 grain JHP and .44 Mag. 240 grain HP as well as edged weapons and explosive shrapnel.
Two hook and loop dual over-the-head straps and quick release adjustable buckles on each side allow for quick deployment and will fit over just about any uniform shirt.
In the Field
I’m a stickler for any police product that bears the “Made in the USA” label and all Spartan Defense products do.
I’ve tested both versions and torn them apart looking for flaws. I can’t find any.
Both systems come with a waterproof nylon carry case with 2 front pockets, reinforced shoulder strap and carry handles, and a heavy brass zipper on the main compartment.
The Spartan Warrior and the Warrior Light systems go for under $425.
Interested parties can reach CopGear, Inc. via New York Police Supply at NYPoliceSupply.com or through their toll-free number at 800.262.2832.
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