In August of 2019, ATF awarded Mett-t a government contract #15A00019FAQ000365 for our Shields. This contract included US Marshals and DEA. ATF tested several clear ballistic Shields over a period of about 1 year. This was a very rigorous test that included; testing the handles, testing the forearm strap and mounts, shooting the bolts and shooting to failure. Mett-t’s Shields came out on top and were chosen.
Realizing the need for head and neck protection, Ft. Meyers Police Department
just purchased 50 additional I.R. Shields for their first responders.
In recent months several police officers have succumbed to head and/or neck
shots during confrontation with subjects across the country. Police officers
are in the cross- hairs; shooting confrontations with subjects are on the rise.
The ballistic vest has been a life saver since its creation. Unfortunately,
head and neck shots are now killing our LEOs. Protecting these areas can only
be accomplished using a ballistic Shield. Please see our I.R. Shield and
Headrest Mounting System in our Products list.
The following videos give a demonstration of the clear ballistic shield usage.
Reload with shield in hand:
Handling mailfunction fire arms with shield:
To ensure that our Shields adhere to the strict NIJ testing standards, several in-house tests have been conducted using various types of ammunition with multiple hits. More hits than the National Institute of Justice requires.
The pictures below show one of our (1 inch NIJ II) I.R. Shields shot with numerous rounds of various caliber; to include a .44 magnum which is considered a NIJ III-A rated round.
The Shield seems to catch the round with no or minimal or no ricochets. There is also minimal spalling, white out and no de-lamination or separation. Even after multiple hits, the Shield is still transparent enough to identify additional threats.
Notice the Shield to the left with multiple hits of various caliber rounds.
- minimal white out
- minimal spalling
- no de-lamination
- no separation
- still transparent enough to engage additional threats
A Closer look.
The above Clear Ballistic Shield Tests have been carried out using different types of ammunition.
A closer look shows the various types of ammunition used:
- .45 cal.
- .357 mag.
- 9 mm
- 5.7 x 28 mm
- .44 mag