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March 15, 2011

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Safariland™ Adds SM01F Type II to NIJ-06 Compliant Armor Models of SAVVY® Products


New SAVVY armor models first certified using exclusive Gore-Tex® fabric panel covering

The SM01F Type II is part of the SAVVY, Armor For Women™ line of concealable armor. It joins the SM01F Type IIIA as the first NIJ-06 compliant, form-fit female armor to be added to this brand. Tested against the 9 mm & .357 Mag. NIJ-designated rounds, the SAVVY SM01F Type II along with the Type IIIA, is also the first NIJ-06 certified armor panel to use the exclusive, waterproof protection of Gore-Tex® fabric as a panel covering. The Gore-Tex fabric panel covering is form-fit to the armor panel, seam-sealed and provides odor and stain protection against environmental elements. Gore-Tex fabric can also be provided as an upgrade for other Safariland certified armor models.

The SAVVY SM01F Type II is a hybrid female design that incorporates Core Matrix® technology, high performance Honeywell Gold Shield®, and radial pleating for 360° protection around the bust. The SAVVY SM01F Type II provides enhanced comfort utilizing Precision Fit Technology™, which offers female officers the comfort they desire without compromising coverage.

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“SAVVY has always maintained a commitment to women in the law enforcement community,” says Tim O’Brien, Category Director, Concealable Armor. “This package is another example of how SAVVY provides female officers with the options desired for great fitting, comfortable body armor that doesn’t compromise protection or performance.”  

The NIJ introduced the Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor NIJ Standard-0101.06 to establish minimum performance requirements and test methods for the ballistic resistance of personal body armor. The standard provides improved performance of body armor so that officers receive adequate protection against those threats likely faced over the next decade. According to the NIJ-06 standard, body armor must now be able to defend against increased velocities of ammunition calibers to better reflect current street threats and law enforcement duty weapons. These new performance requirements are critical components to improving the life-protecting equipment being used by law enforcement today.

All Safariland concealable armor models are certified using NIJ approved size templates C1 and C5, which offer law enforcement the widest range of production sizes available. In addition to these models, Safariland offers an array of concealable and tactical products, which are available and posted to the NIJ Compliant Products List (CPL) at http://www.justnet.org/pages/BallisticCPL.aspx

Safariland’s body armor models combine the heritage and expertise of ABA American Body Armor®, Second Chance®, SAVVY® and PROTECH® Tactical. In doing so, Safariland offers the most comprehensive line of body armor available in the industry. Safariland’s NIJ-06 body armor provides law enforcement officers with enhanced performance, durability, comfort and value, which deliver on the company’s motto: Together, We Save Lives™.

About Safariland
Safariland, LLC is a premier provider of law enforcement and security products and services, delivering a full-range of customer-specific solutions.  Offering many of the world’s most recognizable branded products in the public safety market, Safariland is committed to saving lives.  For more information about Safariland and its body armor products, as well as information on the new NIJ-06 standard, please visit www.safariland.com.   

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