Why buying NIJ certified body armor is important – your life may depend on it.

As a consumer of most items we buy, it is a race to the bottom to find the lowest price for the item you want. This approach is not one that should be used when buying body armor.

When you buy body armor you are trusting that when you need it, it will stop bullets for the threat level you are wearing.

There are many websites and businesses out there that sell body armor as it has become, big business. But play close attention to wording, as it matters.

NIJ Certified is one of the most important checkboxes to look for. NIJ is the National Institute of Justice that certifies armor. Their website to check if a company sells armor that is certified is https://www.nij.gov/topics/technology/body-armor/Pages/compliant-ballistic-armor.aspx

There is a huge difference between Tested to NIJ Standards and NIJ Certified. Or the worst-case scenario, No mention of testing at all.

When armor is only tested to NIJ standards it means that a company has made a ballistic product (soft armor or Hard) and sent it to an independent testing lab. They test it to NIJ standards once. If it stops the bullets it is rated to, then it passes. That one time.

When armor is NIJ certified, it means that also the armor product has gone to an independent testing lab that is up to NIJ standards for testing and is tested. And if it passes, moves onto NIJ to be certified by them. This stamp of approval is huge. It means also that the company had to spend quite a bit of money for the testing process. When it comes to certifying hard armor products, it is very costly and several samples are submitted and tested to meet NIJ standards. After passing all steps and stages with NIJ, it is certified and goes on the NIK CPL list for compliant armor.

Let’s go back to testing. Not certified, tested once in a ballistics lab. When a ballistic product is NIJ certified, it continues to be tested to make sure that build of armor, is stopping what it is supposed to, with what NIJ calls a fit test. The FIT test is when NIJ shows up at a manufacturer an announced and pulls samples of the same armor that is certified by them to be re-tested to make sure it is still compliant. Again, that manufacturer pays for that test, and they happily do. Because it means they care to make sure the armor they sell will do what it supposed to. NIJ takes it back to their lab and tests that sample or samples. So, for the period has it certified for, which is generally 5 years (Differs by Manufacturer). It is continually tested. This translates into safety for you. We are talking about bullets here and a lifesaving product.  Do you want to buy armor that is tested once, or trusts that it is continually tested? Some will say and tell you that it does not matter that a product is NIJ certified – But It does. It should be noted that most LE agencies only buy armor that is NIJ certified.

To close, make sure the body armor you buy is NIJ certified, your life depends on it. Don’t get wrapped up in cool graphics and lowest cost. Look for Data on the product and verify that data here https://www.nij.gov/topics/technology/body-armor/Pages/compliant-ballistic-armor.aspx.

We hope this helped in making your armor buying decision. If we can help, answer questions about armor or get you protected, we are here to help.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of Shellback Tactical.

Carrying a tourniquet and the options out there.

These days it is more dangerous than ever for first responder Law Enforcement personnel. Over that last few years, more and more officers are being shot or shot at. This is an alarming trend but a reality check of the current climate we live in. With that said, while you are out on the streets as a patrol officer. These days there is a greater chance of you being involved in a high threat violent encounter. The criminal aspect of Society these days does not seem to care or respect Law Enforcement and will take you on.

I would encourage a gunshot med kit, but many still don’t carry one. But for sure carry a tourniquet. These days it is easy to carry one on duty, with many carry options out there. Having one could very well save your life, a citizen’s life or the life of your partner.

When shot the one thing without fail that needs to happen. Is to get the bleeding stopped. A tourniquet used correctly will accomplish this. There have been countless lives saved by tourniquets, so why not have one of these lifesaving tools with you. We will get into different tourniquets in another post, but here is a snapshot of the popular ones that are available on the market. Whichever you choose, research and practice how to use it.

  1. CAT (Combat Application Tourniquet)
  2. SOF-T (Special Operations Forces Tourniquet)
  3. RAT (Rapid Application Tourniquet)
  4. SWAT T Tourniquet

Stay safe, keep your partners safe and Cover your 6.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of Shellback Tactical

SHELLBACK TACTICAL – PLANO TEXAS POLICE DEPARTMENT SELECTS BANSHEE PLATE CARRIER

Shellback Tactical is proud to announce that the Original Banshee Plate Carrier in Black has been selected by the Plano Police Department (Plano, TX). The Plano Police Department is the 4th largest agency in Texas and located just 30 mins North of Dallas. With the recent unfathomable, cowardly, tragic incident that occurred in Dallas against Law Enforcement. This Life-saving equipment is important more than ever.

For the evaluation. The Plano Police Department put a team together to evaluate plate carriers for the agency. They evaluated approx. 10 potential carriers. After their in depth evaluation, they selected the Banshee Plate Carrier for several reasons. Ease of use, the range of officers the carrier would fit, price point, quality and long term durability. They will be issuing and fielding 350 Banshee Plate Carriers to start into their patrol division. The Banshee has also been adopted as their official carrier and will be issued to all new hire officers as well.

Shellback Tactical is happy to have been evaluated and selected. In the current environment of Law Enforcement being targeted, it is great to see another Police agency preparing and investing in their personnel.

If your agency is interested in more details on the evaluation or outfitting its personnel with Plate Carriers, Hard Armor, Helmets, and complete active shooter kits. Please contact customers@shellbacktactical.com for info, quotes (RFQS). We are here to help. Shellback Tactical’s roots are in Law Enforcement with the owner being a retired LEO himself. Protecting as many Law Enforcement as possible has become our highest priority. Soon, Shellback Tactical is sending personnel to the Plano-Dallas Metro area to meet with several other agencies regarding their needs for active shooter protective gear. If you are an agency that would like more information on our visit, you can also email customers@shellbacktactical.com

Shellback Tactical founded in 2003 by a Police Officer. We have over 18 years of Law Enforcement experience and we have been designing gear and other life-saving equipment for over 12 years. Trust in us and our experience to get your agency and officers protected.

ECO Active Shooter Response Hard Armor Kit – Getting Law Enforcement Protected is Our Mission

Shellback Tactical Gear in recent months has made it, it’s mission to Get Law Enforcement Officers Protected with Protective Plate Carriers and Body Armor. In recent months as violent cowardly attacks have escalated against Law Enforcement. This has hit close to home for the owner of Shellback Tactical who spent 18 years in Law Enforcement and retired to a new calling. As a Police officer, the owner of Shellback Tactical started making nylon tactical gear in the USA with the mission of getting officers protected with gear for front line patrol operations. 12 + Years later the business has grown, but the mission has not changed. Shellback Tactical is one of the few USA Made nylon manufacturer businesses in the Industry that has been started and built by a police officer.

Officers having to purchase some of their own protective active shooter rifle stopping armor kits is a regular thing with budget constraints. This adds up quick and many officers are not in a position to afford this life-saving gear. Law Enforcement agencies who make a decision to buy gear for their officers also have to work within a set budget. They face, here’s the budget or the total amount allocated to spend. The next question is, How many personnel can we get outfitted.

Shellback Tactical, known for the Original Banshee Plate Carrier. Created and now introduces their new ECO active shooter armor kit. The ECO kit standing for economic help take the guess work out of the decision. By creating an incredible kit, that not only has all components Made in the USA, from the Body Armor to the Plate Carrier Vest itself. But it’s one of the lowest price points on the market for a kit like this. Making the ordering easy with one product SKU and all the lifesaving equipment is part of it. Makes the ordering process easy. The nylon component of the kit also carries a Lifetime Warranty, just like all other Shellback Tactical products. The best part is this kit a sub $400 kit.

Need more information or a Quote? Contact customers@shellbacktactical.com to start the process.

Details

ECO Active Shooter Response Hard Armor Kit

$394.99 Lowest Priced USA Made Hard Armor Kit. This USA MADE Active Shooter Response Hard Armor Kit Named ECO for Economical is your ticket to protection at a budget minded price. Coming from Shellback Tactical, you know right away all components can be trusted, are built tough and USA Made. Whether you need to outfit 1 or several hundred, this kit just may fill the need. Don’t trust just any kit or gear. Trust Shellback to get you kitted.

The ECO Active Shooter Response Hard Armor Kit includes our Patriot Plate Carrier. A high quality, one size fits most solution, paired with matching Shellback branded Hard Armor Level IV plates. With the current state of the country and world being uncertain daily, Order yours and Get the Protection you need. The price for the complete kit? $394.99

ECO KIT INCLUDES:

  1. SHELLBACK TACTICAL – PATRIOT PLATE CARRIER
  2. Two 10X12 Shellback Tactical Level IV Economical PREVAIL Series Hard Armor Plates Model 1145 – Single Curve/Shooter Cut 7.8 Lbs Each Plate Tested to NIJ 06 Standards

 

 

BANSHEE QD PLATE CARRIER – SELECTED BY THE LONG BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

Shellback Tactical is proud to announce that through a bid and selection process the Banshee QD (Quick Deployment) plate carrier has been selected by the Long Beach Police Department. The Banshee QD Plate Carrier will be part of a kit that they are distributing to their patrol division. They will be issuing approx 600 Banshee QD’s and Kits that include a med kit and armor.

Shellback Tactical is proud to have been selected to be apart of this life-saving equipment. We applaud the Long Beach Police Department for investing in their personnel.

If your agency is also interested in outfitting your agency with Plate Carriers, Hard Armor, med kits and commonly referred to as active shooter kits. Please contact customers@shellbacktactical.com for info, quotes(RFQ) and we would be happy to help.

Shellback Tactical was founded in 2003 by a Police Officer. We have over 18 years of Law Enforcement experience and we have been designing gear and other life-saving equipment for over 12 years. Trust in us and our experience to get your agency and officers protected.

NEED A QUOTE FOR PLATES CARRIERS, ARMOR PLATES AND ACTIVE SHOOTER KITS CONTACT customers@shellbacktactical.com

NEW – BANSHEE 2.0 ELITE PLATE CARRIER W/ ELITE CUMMERBUND

NEW – BANSHEE 2.0 ELITE PLATE CARRIER W/ ELITE CUMMERBUND

It’s here and for real this time 

The BANSHEE 2.0 ELITE Plate Carrier (AKA Banshee 2.0) is here. This new unique advanced plate carrier was created from feedback and input from customers, military and law enforcement feedback on what they wanted to see on a plate carrier. The Banshee Elite from the feedback and several prototype designs was born. Unparalleled comfort, mobility, and design.

The Shoulders on the BANSHEE ELITE are fully adjustable and padded. Slightly wider than the original banshee the shoulders lay flatter on your body and have a hidden quick release buckle. The shoulders front and back have Hypalon material with 4 slits that are pliable allowing for easy access to the buckles. The bottoms of the Hypalon shoulders are not sewn down allowing for easier routing of comm wires or hydration lines. New Update – The shoulders include a set of our Banshee Ultimate shoulder pads with all Elite carriers.

The front and back of the BANSHEE feature 6 rows of PALS webbing and pile tape for flags and other identifiers. The interior of the front and back carrier on the body side is also comfort padded with 3D mesh sewn in an airflow pattern allowing for heat disbursement. Rifle plates are loaded from the bottom front/back and secured with a hook/loop closure. The drag handle on the BANSHEE ELITE is sewn through and secured down with hook and loop.

The front of the BANSHEE ELITE is feature packed. On the top of the front of the carrier is an Integrated Admin Pouch. The admin pouch area secures closed with hook and loop. This admin area allows for storage of small items, tools, batteries, chem lights etc. On the front of the carrier on each side are 2 vertical nylon sewn strips to accommodate QASM buckles to accommodate chest rigs. The front flat closure stops at the bottom and does not run under allowing for fast easy donning and doffing.

The BANSHEE ELITE plate carrier comes standard with the BANSHEE ELITE Cummerbund that is removable and fully adjustable. The cummerbund has 6 interior pockets (3 each side) that will accommodate .223 5.56 AR Style. Fits all brands of magazines in this caliber. The pockets have adjustable bungee pull tabs. Exterior and Interior of cummerbund have 3 rows of PALS webbing to accept side plates or other pouches.

Staying with the successful concept of the original Banshee this carrier is One Size. Also standard is a secondary nylon strap system with quick release buckles (also removable) if the cummerbund is not needed. The front pocket of the Carrier has a hook and loop kangaroo pocket to allow for accessories and magazines. Accommodates Banshee 2-mag pouch.

NEW UPDATE – The back of the carrier in a separate pocket from the plate pocket opens and can accept a 2-liter hydration bladder. Integrated option to add hydration.

USA Made-Full Berry Compliant – Backed by our No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty.

Specs:

  • 500D Cordura
  • MULTICAM has matching webbing and loop/Velcro
  • Advanced plate carrier that is feature packed.
  • Extreme versatility with several PALS web attachment points covering the front, back, and shoulders of the vest.
  • Fully adjustable and padded front and back shoulder areas. Padded with 3D mesh.
  • UPDATE – Banshee Ultimate shoulder pads included
  • UPDATE – Separate pocket from the plate pocket opens and can accept a 2-liter hydration bladder
  • Hypalon shoulders with 4 slits for comms/hydration open at bottom
  • Two areas of loop for identifiers
  • Fits over soft body armor/Uniforms
  • Integrated admin pouch
  • Integrated kangaroo pouch
  • Elite Banshee Cummerbund (6 integrated pockets with Hypalon strips inside) PALS webbing interior/exterior
  • Front and Back interior of carrier padded with 3D Mesh sewn with an airflow pattern
  • Integrated nylon vertical strips to accommodate QASM buckles. To add a chest rig if needed.QASM Buckles not included
  • Heavy Duty bar tacking at key stress points
  • Wire, antenna or hydration hose guides
  • Low Profile/ Lightweight
  • Quick Release Buckle secondary securing system
  • Drag Handle lays flat- Secures with Hook and Loop
  • Made in the USA
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Plate pockets load from the bottom and will accept up to 10×12 Level 3 and 4 ESAPI OR SIMILAR PLATES and Plate Backers
  • Need Level IIIA soft armor – The Banshee Elite fits the Banshee Soft Armor package.
  • USA MADE
  • Lifetime Warranty

BANSHEE PLATE CARRIER – NOW WITH MATCHING MULTICAM WEBBING

Banshee Plate Carrier – NOW with Matching MULTICAM WEBBING

The BANSHEE Rifle Plate Carrier was designed to meet and exceed the needs of Law Enforcement, Military, and Private Military operators. This Ultra lightweight, low profile, high-quality plate carrier has a great load carrying capacity. Designed for protection, utility, mobility in a compact lightweight design.

Ideal gear for Law Enforcement patrol officers for use in High Threat active shooter situations, Multi-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) and Counter Terrorism direct actions.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently approved the Banshee PC and it is on their approved gear list. Available/Approved for individual officer purchase.

The Shoulders on the BANSHEE rifle plate carrier are fully adjustable and padded with a new advanced design feature not seen in other rigs. The shoulder areas once adjusted slides into itself and lock in securely with a hidden quick release buckle. The shoulders have 2 rows of PALS webbing with elastic nylon sewn in between the PALS webbing allowing for comms or hydration tubing.

The front and back of the BANSHEE feature 5 rows of PALS webbing and two 2 inch rows of Loop sewn on for flags and other identifiers. The front and back of the panels of the carrier on the body side are also padded. Rifle plates are loaded from the bottom front/back and secured with a hook/loop closure.

The BANSHEE rifle plate carrier comes standard with a removable cummerbund. Cummerbund runs through the carrier, is fully adjustable (one size fits most) and has PALS webbing on the interior and exterior to accept side plates or other pouches. Also standard is a secondary nylon strap system with quick release buckles (also removable) if the cummerbund is not needed. Both Cummerbund and secondary system integrated on all Banshees. The front pocket of the Carrier has a hook and loop kangaroo type pocket to allow for accessories.

Value and features are packed into this plate carrier. USA Made-Full Berry Compliant Plate Carrier

Specs:

  • UPDATE – New Multicam Banshee’s now with matching Multicam webbing
  • 500D Cordura
  • Lightweight Shoulder Pads Included
  • New Color Options
  • Lighter than before
  • The most advanced plate carrier to outperform anything on the market and withstand whatever you throw at it.
  • Extreme versatility with several PALS web attachment points covering the front, back, and shoulders of the vest.
  • Fully adjustable and padded front, back and shoulder areas.
  • Two area of loop for identifiers
  • Fits over soft body armor/Uniforms
  • Heavy Duty bar tacking at key stress points
  • Wire, antenna or hydration hose guides
  • Removable Cummerbund with interior and exterior PALS for side plates-NEW
  • Low Profile/ Lightweight
  • Quick Release Buckle secondary securing system
  • UPDATE – Drag Handle NOW SECURES DOWN WITH LOOP FASTENER
  • Made in the USA
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Dimensions of the Cummerbund each side that accepts soft armor 17in x 6in
  • Weight of the BANSHEE empty 2lbs 5 oz
  • Will accept up to 10×12 Level 3 and 4 ESAPI OR SIMILAR PLATES and Plate Backers. Currently, the pockets will not accept the XL ESAPI plates.
  • Now approved by the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.)- NTOA (NATIONAL TACTICAL OFFICER ASSOCIATION) APPROVED

PATRIOT PLATE CARRIER – SHELLBACK TACTICAL

The NEW PATRIOT Plate Carrier is an ideal carrier for active shooter applications, Law Enforcement, Military. Based frame wise off the hugely successful Original Banshee Plate Carrier that has just what you need in a plate carrier and nothing you don’t. Lightweight, low profile, high quality, and still has a great load carrying capacity. Designed for protection, utility, mobility in a compact lightweight design. Its look of a clean design is sure to do the job.

Ideal gear for Law Enforcement patrol officers for use in High Threat active shooter situations, Multi-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) and Counter Terrorism direct actions.

Removable padded shoulder pads similar to the Banshee shoulders with the 3 strips allow you to run comms or hydration effortlessly over the shoulders. The PATRIOT will also accept the Banshee soft armor package for the front and back as well as the Cummerbund.

Value and features at a great economical price. Ideal to outfit agencies officers with active shooter kits. USA Made-Full Berry Compliant Plate Carrier with Lifetime Warranty

Specs:

  • 500D Cordura
  • Lightweight padded load comfort Shoulder Pads Included
  • Large front and back areas for ID placards
  • Extreme versatility with several PALS web attachment points covering the front, back, and shoulders of the vest.
  • Fully adjustable and padded front, back and shoulder areas
  • Easy access front cummerbund flap with Hypalon pull
  • NO buckles on shoulders
  • Fits over soft body armor/Uniforms
  • Heavy Duty bar tacking at key stress points
  • Wire, antenna or hydration hose guides on shoulder pads
  • Cummerbund has interior and exterior PALS for side plate pouches
  • Low Profile/ Lightweight
  • Drag Handle that secures down with loop
  • Made in the USA – Berry Compliant
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Dimensions of the Cummerbund each side that accepts soft armor 17in x 6in
  • Weight empty 2lbs

BANSHEE PLATE CARRIER – COUNTERFEIT UNAUTHORIZED PRODUCT/DEALER CONSUMER ALERT – SHELLBACK TACTICAL

Banshee Rifle Plate Carrier – Shellback Tactical Counterfeit Unauthorized Consumer Alert. Information to consumers and unauthorized dealers.
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Banshee Plate Carrier – Counterfeit Unauthorized Consumer Alert – SHELLBACK TACTICAL by Shellback Tactical Gear

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SHELLBACK TACTICAL – PREVAIL SERIES HARD ARMOR PLATES

PREVAIL Series Hard Armor – Shellback Tactical – NOW AVAILABLE

prevailverb – prevailing – prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious

The Shellback Tactical Hard Armor Plates named the PREVAIL Series Armor to create a mindset and re-enforce that if you need plates like this you are in a high threat life threatening critical incident. And with these plates you will feel confident to Prevail and always go home.