Safariland and Hardwire launch next generation ballistic protection

Innovative Design Offers Lightest, Thinnest Ballistic Panel Protection Available

Jacksonville, Florida – Safariland®, a brand of The Safariland Group®, a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, announced today the next generation of Hardwire® Ballistic Panels. Hardwire optimizes the strength of compressed Dyneema fibers to create the thinnest and lightest level II and IIIA ballistic panels available.

“The collaboration between Safariland and Hardwire will continue to bring advanced armor protection to end users,” James Duncan, VP/GM of Armor for Safariland said. “This strategic relationship incorporates the thinnest, lightest and highest performing armor panels into our state of the art tactical and concealable vests. Hardwire is an exceptional company that shares Safariland’s vision, and together we are learning how to maximize the effectiveness of armor and how to protect those who serve.”

“Hardwire’s advanced ballistic properties afford the bullet’s shock wave more time to spread out before getting to the body,” George Tunis, CEO of Hardwire LLC, said. “The panel is 100% Dyneema, but it’s more than material alone that makes it work. It’s the Hardwire process and strategic layering of the materials that results in game-changing performance. We use a bullet’s own rotation and exploitable weaknesses to shock the projectile into submission. Meaning, the bullet doesn’t attack the vest, the vest attacks the bullet.”

The second generation Hardwire Ballistic Panel offers the thinnest profile available in soft body armor while weighing just .51 and .68 pounds per square foot for level II and IIIA, respectively. This minimalist design allows for Hardwire Armor to be worn all day without interfering with routine tasks. Hardwire panels stand up to a range of special threat rounds above NIJ standard and the technology was originally developed for use by the elite U.S Special Operations Command and Marine Corps.

Safariland Armor continues to lead through innovation and design that sets the standard in ballistic protection. By continuing to bring cutting-edge body armor designs to market, Safariland provides its customers with high-performance, life-saving armor systems.

By combining Safariland’s proprietary ballistic panel shapes with carrier systems designed to maximize both comfort and protection, this next generation Hardwire ballistic technology takes ballistic protection to a new level. These new Hardwire Level II and Level IIIA ballistic panels will be available for use in all of Safariland’s concealable and tactical vest designs and platforms.

The partnership between Safariland and Hardwire offers a new standard in shock dissipation physics, momentum transfer efficiency, and ultimately, ballistic protection. Taking a round should not be the end of the fight. With the goal of enhanced survivability and minimized injury, Safariland and Hardwire are designed to save the lives of first responders.

Safariland 7TS Tactical Holster


Ryan Johnson has been a police officer for nine years and a SWAT team member for four. We joined him on the range to find out more about the different ways he sets up his rig as a tactical operator, and why he chooses to use an adaptable system like the 7TS™ Series Tactical holsters.

“They’ve got their three-hole pattern on the back. It’s great for mounting on UBLs or the QLS locking systems like I have here,” says Johnson. “I put them on the drop legs or UBLs for different belts that I’m using. Really good setup, keeps them modular, that way you’re not setting them up with one system that you can’t change around.”

In addition to adaptability, Johnson appreciates the speed at which he can switch up his gear. “One of the adaptors I use on 7TS holsters is the MOLLE locking system. This thing is great for going in and out of plate carriers, or heavy entry kits,” Johnson adds. “If I’m running a drop leg to clear some body armor…this stuff is awesome. You get right in and out of it super quick and then if you’re going to run a belt setup it comes right out, and you’re able to get right into a belt setup attached to your UBL.”

One of the other adaptable features of the 7TS Series Holster is the ability to add and remove lights to firearms as needed. “A huge factor for me in using this is you’ve got these various lights on different setups. This holster will allow for a stream light to run in here as well as a gun mounted with Surefire X300,” says Johnson. “It’s really good when you’re running different weapons platforms with different lights and such, because you can get all of those things in and out of there, retaining all that same retention on the gun.”

“The stuff that they make is great. I like the modularity Safariland has come up with, and you’re able to quickly adapt to whatever mission you might have.” -Ryan Johnson


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