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Tactical Glossary of Terms
Verification testing on products that determine the ballistic performance results (i.e. BFS, V-50, etc…).
Any round/velocity test conducted outside of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard protocol.
An indicator performance test that determines the velocity at which a round will stop (50% chance of a stop) and fail (50% chance of a penetration).
Uni-Directional synthetic fibers used for building a ballistic package.
Woven fabric used for building a ballistic package.
Hardened chemical substance used for building a ballistic plate; typically found on the strike face.
The side of a ballistic element that faces a threat.
The side of a ballistic element that faces the body (torso).
Fragments of a round or other various projectiles; typically measured by size in grains (i.e. 2 gr, 4 gr, 16 gr, etc…).
Pieces of fragmentation from a round that splinter off a hard surface.
Size of the weave within a yard of fabric; fabrics (garments) that have a higher denier counts are more rugged and have a longer wear (i.e. 500-denier, 1000-denier, etc…)
Internal Wire Channel
A concealed opening in the carrier garment that allows you to hide radio wires within the vest and out of the way.
Elastic waist attachment that helps stabilize the back panel to reduce the “turtle shell effect” (shifting of the carrier up and down when fully-loaded).
A three-part modular system consisting of the shoulder, collar and throat; provides upper torso protection. The term “yoke” is specific to all PROTECH carriers.
Modular Molle System (MOLLE®)
A weave attachment system that allows you to arrange your equipment pouches in a custom configuration, based on an officers specific application.
A low-profile, scooped collar that reduces interference between the vest collar and ballistic helmet when an officer needs to tilt their head back; Unrestricted collar provides added comfort and mobility.
Dual Retention Pads
Two non-slip pads, one located on the right torso and the other located on the left torso, that help the operator stabilize a weapon.
Quick Release System
A pull handle built into the carrier design that allows an operator to quickly release from the carrier/plates in a waterborne or medical emergency.
A fabrics ability to wick (push) moisture away from the body for added comfort.
Load Carrying Systems
Non-ballistic garments that provide maximum MOLLE platform for full loads; Also offers the operator the ability to upgrade to rifle protection utilizing type (level) III and IV armor plates.
The ability to utilize the left or right hand/arm; An ambidextrous handle on a ballistic shield allows the operator to hold the shield with the left or right hand.
PROTECH shield that has become a household name identifying all ballistic shields in the industry; The PROTECH Body Bunker is a free-standing shield that provides type (level) IIIA protection in the shield body, viewport and wings.
A transparent ballistic element of a shield that allows a shield operator to view any threats in the front of the shield; a shield’s viewport should also allow for maximum peripheral vision at the same ballistic protection as the shield’s body.
Cushioned foam or strap used in ballistic shields that prevents the operator’s body from resting on the inside of the shield; this design helps aid in protection against BFS injury in the case of a ballistic event.
Design typically found in ballistic and non-ballistic shields; wings on the shield allow the operator to function (rescue, negotiate, etc…) without holding the shield.
Provides a 45-degree cant so the operator may hold the shield using the forearm; this style requires more strength from the muscular system.
Horizontal bar attached to the back of the shield that allows the operator to hold the shield with hand/arm vertical to the ground; this style relies of strength from the skeletal system.
Shield designed to suit the need of operators/teams conducting high-risk/dynamic or slow-probe entries.
A design that eliminates the use of holes a ballistic shell/surface.
A curved design found in PROTECH armor plates; the design curves from left to right to help better contour to the chest.
A curved design found in PROTECH armor plates; the design curves from left to right and top to bottom for added comfort.
An attribute of a ballistic element that provides protection against multiple ballistic impacts.
Brimless, military style helmet; ACH is an acronym for Advanced Combat Helmet. PROTECH’s Delta 4 series of ballistic helmets are designed after the ACH Warrior style and offers a 4-pt, adjustable suspension system for better stability and retention.
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