This Piece of Gear Could Save Your Life - Riggs Shield
Every once in a while I come across a product that I wish I had during my 13 years on patrol. Recently, I was sent one of those products to test and evaluate. And after spending just a few hours with it, I quickly realized that it was going to be an absolute game changer for not just law enforcement and police officers but also civilians.
The Riggs Shield is a small, hand-held ballistic shield which can easily be held and manipulated with one hand. This makes it easy to deploy and even easier to carry while in use.
Rated NIJ Level IIIA for ballistic protection, the Riggs Shield also offers Level III stab protection. Additionally, it offers blunt force trauma protection against weapons such as baseball bats and pipes.
The Riggs Shield is available with a door mount kit which enables it to be mounted directly on the inside of the driver's door. The allows for fast and easy deployment for police officers on patrol. Civilians could opt for this option too, but would most likely just keep the shield under the driver's seat or slipped in between the driver's seat and center console.
A Picatinny rail is also an available option when purchasing the Riggs Shield. This, of course, allows for a tactical light to be mounted directly to the shield for low light or no light situations.
For civilian use, the Riggs Shield easily fits into a backpack or briefcase, allowing it to be quickly deployed in emergency situations. The solid, polymer handle and heavy duty velcro strap allows the user to easily manipulate this shield in a variety of situations. In particular, active shooter scenarios.
Unlike body armor that has a limited shelf life and should be replaced after 5 years, the Riggs Shield is made from composite materials that lasts for decades.
The Riggs Shield weighs just five (5) pounds, is 16.5" wide and 8.5" wide.
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