https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpNG8zRlKMQ If you missed it at SHOT Show 2024, Mike gave us a brief rundown…
While most officers who are shot at are still attacked by criminals wielding handguns, it is becoming more common for law enforcement to face bad guys with rifles, including active shooters. So there is growing demand from law enforcement agencies for hard armor.
Hard armor is currently the only option for stopping centerfire rifle rounds such as the AR-15’s 5.56mm NATO and the AK-47’s 7.62 x 39mm. It’s also an excellent defense against high-powered handgun rounds. The downside to hard armor is that it can be heavy and uncomfortable, but thanks to new designs and materials that’s changing.
In recent years, the ballistic helmet has become much more important in law enforcement operations. It used to be rare to have ballistic helmets in the equipment bags of patrol officers, as they were pretty much reserved for SWAT. The need for patrol officers to respond quickly and decisively to active shooters changed that and now more agencies are supplying their first responding officers with protective headwear.
Two of the leading providers of law enforcement ballistic helmets are Armor Express and Team Wendy.
Armor Express is best known for its concealable body armor, but for the past few years, the company has been a major player in the ballistic helmet market through its agreement with Germany’s Busch PROtective. The flagship of the Armor Express helmet line is the Busch PROtective AMP-1 TP, a lightweight composite helmet that meets Europe’s VPAM ballistic protection standard, which is more stringent in its test protocol than the U.S. NIJ standard. The
AMP-1 TP features a wheel dial for size adjustment, accessory rails, and comfort padding. Armor Express supplies the AMP-1 TP to the DEA, the U.S. Marshals Service, and other agencies. Read more…