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An officer's body armor only performs at its best when it is properly taken care of. This product care section should serve as an educational platform to teach you the proper ways to care for your newly acquired body armor.
It is extremely important that you read and fully understand this section prior to using your armor.
MaintenanceTaking a pro-active approach to maintain the integrity of your body armor will prove to be a vital part of ensuring its longevity and durability.
- Use a clothes dryer
- Use tape
Cleaning your armor panels and platesYour armor panels are what contain ballistic-resistant fibers that perform in an effort to stop a bullet. PROPER CLEANING OF YOUR ARMOR PANELS IS ESSENTIAL. Improper care of your armor panels can lead to premature fiber degrading and compromise the ballistic integrity of your armor.
- DO NOT MACHINE WASH
- DO NOT ALLOW TO SOAK IN STANDING WATER
- DO NOT PLACE USE CLOTHES DRYER TO DRY
- DO NOT DRY IN SUNLIGHT
- DO NOT USE HARSH CHEMICALS (Such as strong detergents, bleach or fabric softener)
Be sure to engage the shoulder suspension which secures the armor panel to the carrier garment.
- Remove the armor panels, trauma inserts and special threat plates from the carrier.
- Gently wipe the armor panels with a damp sponge and a mixture of cool water and mild antimicrobial soap or mild laundry detergent.
- Wipe off excess soap with clean water and a damp sponge.
- Wipe dry. DO NOT HANG OR LINE DRY. DO NOT PLACE IN THE SUN.
- Ensure panels are completely dry before reinserting into the carrier.
- Make sure the panels are reinserted properly with the “strike face” side facing away from your body.
Cleaning your Carrier and Tactical Accessories
- Remove all armor panels (front and back, groin, biceps), special threat plates, pouches and ID patches before attempting to clean the carrier.
- For non-removable accessories such as some yokes, biceps and groins use a clean, damp cloth and mild anti-microbial soap to wipe them clean.
- Detach all fixed hook and loop fasteners.
- Use a soft, clean cloth in a back-and-forth motion to remove dust, dirt and loose matter.
- To treat tough spots on the carrier’s exterior, use a soft brush with antimicrobial soap and water. Wipe off excess soap with a clean, damp cloth.
- Lie carrier on a flat surface and allow to air dry.
- Make sure the carrier is completely dry before inserting armor panels, trauma inserts and special threat plates.
Vest Assembly (including accessories, if necessary)
- Lay the front of your carrier garment on a flat, smooth surface and unzip.
- Identify the “Strikeface – Wear This Side Away From Body” warning located on the NIJ label on the front of the armor panel.
- Once verified, insert the armor panel “Strikeface-Out” into the carrier garment.
- Attach hook tabs located on the front shoulder area of the armor panel to the loop surface on the inside of the front and back carrier garment. These hook and loop tabs suspend the armor panel inside of the carrier garment.
- If using tactical accessories such as yoke, biceps or groin, identify the “strikeface” label and insert “strikeface” out
- Attach all accessories (yoke, biceps and groin) before donning vest.
- With options and equipment attached, secure/adjust the shoulders first.
- Make sure the front of the vest is positioned to cover the collar bone or indentation in the center of the neck.
- Fasten the waist straps with moderate tension, making sure to attain a minimum of a 2” overlap on each side of the vest.
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