Everything Needed, When Needed

Law enforcement officers may soon be able to wear their rifle bag as a source of body armor.


The "Universal Plate Carrier Technology" pouches are located in the upper chest, back and lower abdomen. The upper chest and back hold a 10-inch by 12-inch plate while the lower abdomen holds an 8-inch by 10-inch plate. With the insertion of ceramic or steel ballistic plates the bag's ballistic resistance increases. The plates provide Level III or IV protection for 10 hits from an M-16, six from an AK-47 or three hits from a .308 rifle. The standard vest typically runs to an officer's waist or gun belt while the RDAB protects a few inches further. "Basically, rifle protection runs from collar bone to groin," says Blakeley.

Step 4: Connect the straps, securing vest to body.
Side straps on the outside secure the panels to the torso and back. However, these straps provide no ballistic protection. The front/back panels protect when going head-to-head or face-to-face. With this issue, the RDAB should be used in conjunction of the regular or standard vest.

The RDAB's protective insertion plates can range from 3 to 5 pounds. It and two plates range from 14 to 17 pounds not including the weight of the gun, ammunition or any additional attached equipment.

The RDAB is available in OD green and black. .

The RDAB is an all-in-one bag combines the officer's rifle or long-gun weapon system with an additional layer of ballistic protection. The ability to unite two vital pieces of equipment into a single device creates an important convenience for law enforcement.

Consider the time required for a patrol officer to return to his vehicle to obtain a needed ballistic plate. Think about the impact on an officer's safety if he lacks a quick source of ballistic protection. Now consider the potential impact to an officer's response and safety when he has additional ballistic protection and his rifle/long gun weapon available in one reach.

The RDAB is both a tactical rifle bag and provides ballistic protection law enforcement officers require, bridging the gap between tactical SWAT and tactical officer equipment.

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