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We manufacture and sell state of the art body armor factory direct to the customer, although in certain areas we are represented and refer business to these outlets. All information from the factory is accurate and the prices are excellent. This is the same high quality armor that we have sold to other departments for over ten years. The armor we manufacture and sell has many quality points and specifications that other competitors just can't match. If we're good enough we certainly can satisfy your ballistic protection needs. The following is what we offer as standard features and some unique options on every piece of armor we make:
The PLATINUM 2000 X-2
The history of the V-50 extends back to the military and testing protocals developed to test composites and hard materials using an air backing and fragment simlulators ,which uses a 17 Gr. hard fragment that is very uniform in shape and it's ability to maintain that shape after it impacts the materials(s) being tested. The object was to find the velocity of this fragment that would penetrate the the hard armor 50% of the time, while the other 50% of the time the fragment would be defeated by the armor. To give a comparison the NIJ test is a 48 shot test using bullets rather than fragments, and if you pass, theoretically this would be a V-0, or a zero percent chance of penetration at the velocity of the specified rounds that the test calls for.
Some armor companies are now using V-50 tests using bullets and clay backings which represent methods not specified in the original test protocal. Further they are doing the test on NIJ test samples. Ballistic material manufacturers use the V-50 test to quality check each lot of material. No ballistic material manufactuer will sell their material without some type of testing protocal. The V-50 is the most widely used for this purpose. The vest manufacturers that perform Benchmark V-50 tests on the NIJ test samples are actually producing misleading data, as there is no doubt if you are going to send six sample to the NIJ for destructive testing at a large cost, you want to make sure they pass. That's why invariably vest manufacturers who use benchmark testing will use ballistic materials from the weaver or laminate maker that are on the high side of acceptable performance judged by the V-50 tests that the weavers and laminate makers use to lot test their goods for QC acceptance. THIS WILL GIVE YOU HIGHLY FAVORABLE RESULTS ON THIS BENCH MARK V-50 TEST. Try to obtain the same results on regular production samples.You won't see those results consistantly, and therefor these manufacturers produce test results that make them look better than their production armor will really perform. That's not to say that they don't make good armor, but really the V-50 is not being used as it was originally designed, and is being used to mislead the public into think that their armor is better than it really is creating false standards!
These other manufacturers invariably also used blends of materials instead a uniform layering of one type of premium material. Certainly there is nothing wrong with this , but it can have some diadvantages.The panel will perform differently or in a manner that is dangerous if the panel is accidentally placed in the removable cover backwards. Believe me it happens a lot more than you think. A uniform layering using one material or a blend constructed evenly so no one side will offer different protection is the best way to build a system. If you use a blend of materials it is better to use the V-50 test for each system. But you should use a random sample rather than a picture perfect NIJ test sample or what Safariland calls a benchmark V-50. If you use a uniform layering sytems approach like Advanced Armor Technology by First Defense International Group with ONE premium material then the V-50 , if you conduct them, should be similar to how ballistic weavers or materials manufacturers performs the test, which is V-50 performance by areal weight. Typically they will create a data base outlining an average performance over numerous test panels and numerous lots of material prior to the sale of that material in large volumes. Then they will establish a high and low side of acceptable perfromance limits. Any material performing below the lower limt in the future QC acceptance testing will be cause for rejection of that lot of material. The high and low performance standard is typically expressed as an average with a + or - percentile. One of the reasons for this is as follows; as ballistic materials manufacturers and vest manufacturers started using bullets and clay for the V-50 test, rather than an air backing and hard fragment, the rate of variance produced using a deformable projectiles and a clay backing medium has increased. Variables are now replacing what once were constants. V-50 data now tends to vary significantly more than when the test was originally invented. This is just one more reason not to judge an armor system soley on V-50 data.
Our V-50 data on the Platinum 2000 featruing Twaron Micro Filament against the 9 mm 124 Gr FMJ NIJ test round by areal weight per Sq. Ft.
.9 Lbs /Sq. Ft.22 layers 1578 Ft./Sec.
.93 Lbs/Sq. Ft. 23 layers 1631 Ft./Sec.
1.05 Lbs/Sq. Ft. 25 layers 1717 Ft./Sec.
1.2 Lbs/Sq. Ft. 30 layers 1775 Ft./Sec.
Our V-50 data on the Platinum 3000 featuring Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fiber systems against the 9 mm 124 Gr. NIJ test round:
.90 Lbs/Sq. Ft. 29 layers 1675 Ft./Sec
1.0 Lbs/Sq. Ft. 32 Layers 1740 Ft./Sec.
1.05 Lbs/Sq. Ft. 34 Layers 1766 Ft./Sec.
1.2 Lbs/Sq. Ft. 38 Layers 1834 Ft./Sec.
This is great performance for an Aramid fabric and for Polyethylene flexible laminates from a V-50 stand point, and it is a general look at what splendid performance these materials offer. But remember the V-50 is not the tell all about the performance of the system or the materials. Certainly using the V-50 test by areal weight on random samples instead of using a benchmark system using NIJ test samples will be more accurate, but it isn't the end all answer to performance evaluation. One more example of why this is true. With the wide ranges that a V-50 test can produce conducted in the above manner , the only way to get a real V-50 on a given lot of material is to conduct V-50 tests on at least ten panels and then average the V-50 results on each tested panel togther to create a mean average making sure you are throwing your high and low tests out before averaging the remainder. This is how materials manufacturers create their data base for QC acceptance. The problem with this is that no armor compnay or materials manufacturer can continue conducting this many tests on various lots of materials because it would increase the cost significantly of the fabric to a point where the product would be unaffordable. Keeping this in mind it is safe to say that if a company doesn't have a significant number of V-50 tests per lot of material it probably isn't a very accurate V-50 figure, and that's why they call them " Theoretical Probable Limits Testing ". It's a theoretical velocity, not factual. The more you have for a sampling the more accurate the figure becomes.
The Solid Steel 7.62 mm x 25 mm at 1400 Ft./Sec. + 70 - 0
Since that time we have adapted the Platinum 2000 X-2 panel into several different categories.The Platinum 2000 X-2 for the American Law Enforcement market, and the X-2 plus for the armor piercing threat found commonly in Asia ,Russia, and the ex-eastern states of Russia. The Platinum 2000 X-2 panel can be purchased in the vital organ size front and/or back, or in panels that are the same size as the soft portion of the vest. The concept is simple, break the bullet using the Platinum 2000 X-2 panel, then catch it with the soft portion like a catcher's mitt. This method works very well. The standard Platinum 2000 X-2 panel is for knives and ice picks, as well as a significant upgrade in the ballistic capabilities of the vest behind it, and it comes in the following categories:
25 Ft.Lbs energy rating and the 81 Ft. Lbs energy rating. The 81 Ft./Lbs energy rated Platinum 2000 X-2 panel MEETS the tough California and Texas corrections standard. We recommend the first energy levels as practical protection against knives and ice picks or as they are called in the industry, "Circular Penetrators" or thrusted edged weapons, as the human being can't generally develop the kind of applicable power that 81 ft./Lbs represents. The 81 Ft./Lbs energy level Platinum 2000 X-2 panel is the best for ballistic upgrade, but for ultimate ballistic upgrade choose the X-2 Plus.
Our competition uses either a stiff metal vest or textile ( synthetic fibers ) for body armor or bulletproof vests. The problem with all textile stab armor is that the ballistics are poor and sharp edged thrusted weapons from a test simulator will penetrate them, and they have problems when tested on a backing medium other than ballistic geletin. Put the textile armor on clay, the same backing used in the NIJ test for soft body armor, and these textile systems don't do so well, in fact they will fail miserably. If it can't pass on clay how do think a textile system will do protecting your sternum or ribs with a good stab!! Not so with the Platinum 2000 X-2. You will experience increased ballistics when combined with standard light weight armor, and the Platinum 2000 X-2 will defeat sharp edged weapons that are thrusted better than any textile armor, and it's FLEXIBLE !! All Platinum 2000 X-2 panels when tested on the ballistic gelatin will easily defeat an 81 Ft./Lbs energy ice pick or knife drop test, and if you want a real 81 Ft./Lbs rated flexible vest against the edged weapon or ice pick the X-2 is the only one that's comfortable and thin.
Armored Vehicle Kits
Bullet Resistant Glass: Flat Sheet
Bullet Resistant Glass: Curved Vehicle
Bullet Resistant Clear Plastics: Flat Sheet
LTA Vehicle Glass 6 mm &13 mm
Bullet Resistant Vests
Bomb Blanket Roll Goods
Kevlar Yellow Jacket Armor Panels:50"x41"
Kevlar Black Jacket Armor Panels:50"x41"
Kevlar Armor Panels:50"x41"
Spectra Shield Armor Panels:54"x41"
Steel Armor Plate:4'x8 '
Proflex Armor Panels:50"x41"
Road Rage Protection Package
Run-Fat Tire Inserts
Riot Control Water Cannon
Police Vehicles / Armored Vehicle Systems
Police Vests / Tactical Gear