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April 26, 2011

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Safariland Adds Another NIJ-06 Female Model to Its ABA Xtreme Armor Line


New ABA lightweight armor model designed for reliable performance and enhanced comfort

The XT01F Type IIIA is part of the ABA® Xtreme® Series of concealable armor. With the previous release of the Type II, the XT01F Type IIIA is the latest additional NIJ-06 compliant, female armor model to be added to this brand. Tested against the .357 SIG and .44 Mag. NIJ-designated rounds, the XT01F Type IIIA is a hybrid, female semi-structured design that incorporates high performance Gold Shield®, Curv® (solid) technology and covered dart technology.  The XT01F Type IIIA provides increased performance during edge shots and substantial reduction of blunt trauma in a ballistic event, without compromising comfort female officers desire.

“We will continue our relentless effort to improve on female-specific armor models for the ABA® brand,” says Tim O’Brien, Category Director, Concealable Armor.

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.

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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 American Body Armor ABA®, 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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