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Point Blank Ask an Expert

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The Point Blank Ask an Expert program is intended to answer any and all questions you have related to Law Enforcement Body Armor.

Expert Michael Foreman is available to provide an informed answer to assist with your Body Armor purchases. Below you will find past questions and their corresponding answers for reference.
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Michael Foreman is a 35-year law enforcement veteran. Currently, Foreman serves as Point Blank Solutions Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Foreman retired as a Chief for the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Assignments included, patrol, K-9, vice, narcotics, criminal investigations, drug interdiction, fugitive unit, training, and gang unit. He served eighteen years in SWAT, holding several positions including that of SWAT Commander. For twelve years Foreman was the designated High-Risk Incident Commander for Orange County.

Question: I was just issued the Safariland Xtreme IIa. Is there anything out there that would make this vest more comfortable to wear. Like maybe an aftermarket product to keep the vest in place?

Officer Fincher,

 

Unfortunately I am unaware of an aftermarket item that would make your vest more comfortable to wear or that would hold it in place. The key to comfort is a proper fitting vest. Your vest should fit properly in the standing position and sitting position while in your patrol vehicle. If you have any concerns with your fit, you should visit your vest provider. We address this matter by providing a Self-Suspending Ballistic System (SSBS) on all PACA and Point Blank Body Armor vests. The SSBS holds the armor panel in place and does not allow the panel to drop to the bottom of the carrier.

 

The use of a proper undershirt can assist with comfort, allowing you to stay dry and providing an improved comfort against the body. One option if your agency permits is the use of a Tailored Armor Carrier. This is a carrier that matches the look of your uniform shirt and allows you to use and wear the armor as an outer-carrier. Most users find the wearing of the vest to be more comfortable in the outer-carrier as compared to the concealable vest. While this is not the solution you were looking forward, it is a consideration for the future.

 

First and foremost wear your vest at all times when working, your safety and returning home safe at the end of your shift is priority one. We take great pride in protecting the protectors.

 

Stay Safe.

 

 

 
Question: I was wondering if wearing a hard trauma plate with concealable body armor, can cause ricochets? I have heard from a good number of people who believe this, but no one I have taked to has any first hand experience. I was wondering if this was true or just an urban myth. Thank you.

Brian,

Thanks for taking the time to read PoliceOne.com and investigating matters involving your body armor. Officers today overwhelming choose soft trauma plates for two reasons, performance of the soft trauma plate and concern for spall affect. Spall is the breaking up of the projectiles into pieces becoming smaller projectiles. The trajectory of those pieces is unknown. In speaking with one of the major hard armor manufacturer we checked to see what test results they had regarding this issue. It was reported that the only time ricochet was observed with steel plates was when the plate was tested at a high obliquity, 60 degrees or higher. When the hard armor plate is worn with the vest the plate is generally flat or only slight angle. During my countless hours on the Range, I observed the spall effect many times when shooting steel targets, small projectiles would impact those on the firing line from time to time. We encourage the use of the soft trauma plate with your concealable vest. Using the soft trauma plate would eliminate the possibility of the spall effect.

If you are looking for enhanced protection to supplement your body armor we suggest the use of a Special Threats Plate. These plates are constructed of unidirectional or polyethylene material and are available in 5x8 or 8x10 sizes. These Special Threat Plates will stop additional rounds that are considered special threat rounds. I have attached an informational flyer on this product for your review. We recognize that many Officers want to enhance their level of protection and for this reason all of the body carriers produced by Point Blank Body Armor and PACA Body Armor include the 5x8 / 8x10 combination pocket on both the front and rear. While many companies offer the front pocket, we are the only manufacturer to make the front and rear pocket a standard feature.

Hopefully this helps you in your decision making. Our goal is Officer Safety and Saving Lives.

Stay Safe.

Download the STP Product Sheet for more information (.PDF).

 
Question: What NIJ-06 certified body armor offers you the most protection from street-level threats while providing maximum comfort?

Constructed of 100% DuPont™ Kevlar® XP™, Point Blank and PACA Body Armor’s new NIJ .06 certified body armor delivers incredible bullet-stopping power under a variety of extreme field conditions and is also up to 10% lighter than other commercially available technologies designed to defeat the most challenging NIJ Level IIIA ballistic threat -- the 44 Magnum. According to independent laboratory tests conducted by DuPont, Kevlar® XP™ consistently stops most bullets within the first three layers of a ballistic panel. The remaining layers absorb the energy of the bullet and tests have shown that Kevlar® XP™ decreases back face signature (BFS) by 15% or more, thereby reducing potentially serious ballistic and trauma injuries. Both systems are also engineered to protect against "special threats" ammunition including 9mm SXT 127 grain and FN 5.7x28, among others.