Vector Law Enforcement Ballistic Shields
The original use of handheld portable shielding to protect both military and law-enforcement agencies were first noted as far back as the 1950s and became of great notoriety between the 60s and 70s during the civil unrest in northern Ireland where the use of the shields were televised worldwide almost on a daily basis.
During these early years when the threat level escalated something much stronger than the typical transparent polycarbonate shield were needed which resulted in the development of ballistic shield when peacekeepers were faced with heavily armed resistance, including firearms.
Until companies like Vector Ballistic Shields came into existence with thier highly portable and unique design all prior ballistic shields were rather large, heavy, and cumbersome, and in the early years did not even have the same level of threat protection as you can find in modern day law enforcement ballistic shields.
In the larger or common size ballistic shields that you normally see in use by law-enforcement, the shields that you normally see in use by law-enforcement, the shields are usually designed for a specific use whether it is to use to simply create a impenetrable wall, A shield or to deflect projectiles including anything from rocks and bottles all the way up to and including high powered rifle ammunition, or used for breach protection when entering a hostile enclosed building environment.
Body Armor VS. Vector Ballistic Shields
The difference between body armor protection levels and ballistic armor protection is significant;
Body armor is typically rated in three levels:
Level II – Tested to stop 9mm and .357 Magnum ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Level IIA – Tested to stop 9mm and .40 S&W ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Level IIIA – Tested to stop .357 SIG and .44 Magnum ammunition fired from longer barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Level IV Body Armor is the highest threat level personnel body armor can be rated by NIJ, and requires the addition of "Ceramic Plates. "
Vector Ballistic Shields Real World Training
The only Level III Shield of its kind on the market.
Defeats blunt force impacts from baseball bats, knives and needle sticks
Made in the USA from American Sourced and American Manufactured Steel
NIJ Level III – Stops multi-hit 5.56 Green Tip and 7.62 rounds plus all multi-hit handgun rounds including: .38 special, .40 S&W, 9mm, .357 Magnum, .357 Sig, .44 Magnum. Also: Shotgun 00 Buck & 30.06 Rifle.
The vector shield is a highly mobile level IIII shield which when properly trained becomes an officer most versatile self defense protection tool. We strive to create as authentic and real-world scenarios that an officer may encounter while they are working patrol, undercover, swat team training, active shooters situations, felony vehicle stops...and much more!
Our training and tactics are ever evolving and are based on current events and lessons learned by officers, and new threats that are always being discovered.
Vector Ballistic Shields Is A Industry Leader
On May 12, 2020 Vector Shields was issued an offical United States Patent (USPTO) #10,648,779
The innovative design, construction, and highly versatile use of the Vector Ballistic Shields is not only a game changer, it is a true Life Saver for Law Enforcement personnel.
A quote from an Officer with the Massachusetts State Police:
There are many uses for the Vector that have made being a member of a SWAT Team somewhat easier such as warrant services, motor vehicle takedowns, bus assaults, aircraft assaults, and entries in tight locations such as attics and closets. Aggressive animals upon entry into a residence are also a real threat. The Shield allows us to use less force than if we did not have the Vector.
As a member of a very busy unit, I speak for all team members when I say, “Thank you for caring about all law enforcement with the design and manufacture of this awesome piece of equipment.”