Magazine article Law & Order

Pro-Gard Viper Shield Rapid Deployment System

Magazine article Law & Order

Pro-Gard Viper Shield Rapid Deployment System

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The best way to have a shield in every car

Pro-gard Products is now offering enhanced partitions for all police vehicles that offer a unique and innovative means for rapid deployment of a NIJ Threat Level III-A ballistic shield. Their Viper(TM) Shield Enhance Partitions mount a compact, easy-to-maneuver ballistic shield to the rear side of the partition that deploys in an instant.

It is one thing to have a ballistic shield somewhere in the trunk or cargo bay. It is quite another to have it tucked just an arm's reach away-secured on the backside of the prisoner partition and just a T-handle pull and door open away. No more moving all the gear that accumulates in the trunk or cargo area to get the shield. The one-hand carry allows the of^cer to aim a handgun in the non-support hand.

While the Viper Shield can be used when responding to an Active Shooter, this is not just another piece of Active Shooter gear. Instead, it is designed for 24/7/365 routine patrol. This Viper Shield solution puts a ballistic shield within an arm's reach of the patrol of^cer for any of a dozen reasons a shield would be needed. The average patrol of^cer may go an entire career without responding to an Active Shooter at a school or workplace. However, many patrol of^cers make a high-risk vehicle stop once a month or a warrant service not requiring a SWAT callout.

Viper Shield

The Viper Shield Rapid Deployment System mounts a compact (16-inch wide, 25-inch tall) ballistic shield to the partition. The shield is small enough to be portable but big enough to protect the of^cer's head and upper torso. It is also very light (9 pounds) for any ballistic shield. The Viper Shield Technology System is credited to Chad Martin, patrol of^cer and co-founder of Viper Innovative Products.

The ballistic shield has an NIJ III-A rating. In general terms, it will stop any handgun bullet, including 44 Magnum, and any shotgun load, including slug. …

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