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Vehicle Armor For Security Vehicles

Armored security vehicles are the backbone of many different types of companies.  Banks have used them for decades to transport cash and coin between businesses and their security storage locations.  

Citizen Armor offers vehicle armor for security vehicles.  These vehicles can be for both patrol and secured transport.  With more and more businesses having to transport sensitive cargo, an armored security van is the best option.

Armored Security Vehicle Benefits

Our armored security vehicles give your business the security and anonymity they need.  We specialize in providing ballistic protection that doesn’t require any expensive suspension modifications.  Our armor weighs a fraction of the competition while providing the same protection.  We also provide custom security electronics that tie into control centers to monitor your vehicles and personnel.  From body worn cameras to biometric locks and ignition systems, our goal is to provide you with world class armored vehicles. 

Covert Valuable Good Transport

Big box trucks have been the standard for many years, but they also are very recognizable.  Having a van that’s armored is a more covert way of delivering or picking up valuable cargo, without generating a lot of attention.  

6 Sided Armored Ballistic Protection

Our vehicle armor for security vehicles protects personnel and cargo from attacks in 6 primary areas.  These are the front, rear, floor, sidewalls, doors, and roof.  Our armored security vans are equipped with NIJ Level IIIA or IIIA+ armor for doors, walls, and columns with optional ballistic protection for headrests and visors.  

The glass for our armored vans is applied with little to no modifications to the doors and still allows the windows to function in the door.  Our armored shield glass is NIJ Level IIA / UL752 Level I and our windshield insert is NIJ Level II / UL752 Level I.  Any window that is not treated with ballistic glass has our Smash and Grab™ security film for comprehensive window protection.  

Built In Safes & Storage

Our armored van cargo areas can be customized with built in safes, high strength metal shelving, secret compartments, lockable compartments, and more.  No matter what your transport needs are, we have the ability to meet them. 

Vehicle Surveillance & Security Electronics

A big part of ensuring the safety of your personnel and cargo is having quality surveillance and security systems.  Citizen Armor is proud to offer a wide range of options for armored vans.  We offer 360 degrees of surveillance with AHD cameras, waterproof night vision exterior cameras, body worn cameras for personnel, and more.  We outfit our armored vans to be secure from break ins and theft and have remote kill switches if a vehicle needs to be recovered.

A primary feature of our vans is biometric secured ignition and door locks.  This high tech security measure among others offer peace of mind for not only those transporting but for business owners as well.  Other security features can include strobe lights, hidden mag locks, alarm with remote call, routers, proximity sensors, redundant locks, extra batteries, and more.  If you can dream it, we can fabricate and install it. 

Armored Security Van Applications

Our armored security vans can be used for a wide variety of secured transport roles.  Whether it is cash in transit, controlled substance transportation, or any other sort of valuable goods.  We provide the safety and security you need with the covert plain van appearance.  It’s best to avoid armed conflicts, but with our bulletproof vans, your valuables and personnel will be well protected. 

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Female Body Armor | Engineered For Form Following Function

Through the past few decades as women have increasingly joined the armed forces and law enforcement, the need for body armor made for females has also increased.  USA Today reported that all branches of the military are seeing an increase in female soldiers.  Most notably is the US Air Force, with 21% of its members being female.  Even outside of the armed forces, more and more consumers are interested in female body armor for civilians. Due in large part to the general perception of civil unrest mixed with recent conditions of quarantine and competition for supplies.

Primary Differences in Female Body Armor

Weight

One of the most important differences between male and female body armor is weight.  Older bulletproof vests are made from heavier materials and simply weigh more.  Efforts have been made to reduce weight for both males and female bulletproof vests.  This helps reduce fatigue while improving mobility.

Size

One of the primary issues with body armor for females has been size.  Statistically women are smaller than men, and vests made for males are generally too large for females.  When vests are too large they can put pressure on the rest of the gear a soldier is wearing.  This can push equipment belts and sidearm holsters into their bodies.  When soldiers are distracted by their gear they are less effective in whichever role they are fulfilling.

Coverage

Some body armor manufacturers have chosen to accommodate the female form by cutting back on coverage.  A well known armor company has a “swimmer’s cut” option which does provide some protection for vital organs.  

Citizen Armor provides the same coverage for female body armor as we do with options for males.  Our lightweight soft body armor materials allow for better custom fitted female body armor without sacrificing coverage to provide a more comfortable fit. 

Shoulder Cutouts

Shoulder cutouts are areas of the vest that are made smaller for female vests.  This is especially relevant when discussing using firearms while wearing the body armor.  The correct position to fire most rifles is fairly specific in the shoulder area.  To be anchored correctly and shoot accurately, body armor for females had to be designed to ensure that this area is clear.  This advancement in body armor allows females to position the butt of rifles property to reduce trauma while operating a firearm.

Shape

There are certain obvious biological differences between men and women.  Female body armor is designed and fabricated to be more form fitting while still fulfilling its function.  This means that the waist area is more fitted and contoured to the shape of the female form  in addition to improved accommodations for larger chests.  Body armor manufacturers accomplish this by using a technique called darting.  Darting is the use of overlapping fabric to create angles which can provide a more fitted design, specifically around the breast area. This ensures a closer fit of ballistic materials to ensure increased comfort and protection.   

How Many Armor Companies Offer Female Bulletproof Vests?

Outside of those who supply the military with bulletproof vests,  civilians have a number of sources for female body armor.  Most of these options are from body armor companies that produce vests with older technologies which are cumbersome, heavy and ill fitted for females.  

Citizen Armor  has proudly designed and manufactured two female body armor options.  These are the V-Shield Ultra Conceal Female Vest and the Civvy Covert Female Vest

Each of these vests are available in smaller form fitting sizes specifically designed for women.  They are both concealable and Level 3A NIJ tested.  Not only are they designed for protection, but also boast all day comfort for female wearers.  The fabrics used in our vests are selected for comfort and their moisture wicking and durable characteristics. In addition, our female vests have a starting weight of only 2.2 lbs for vital protection and only 3 lbs for full armor coverage.  We pride ourselves in designing for the modern age using cutting edge technology, to provide effective armor solutions for both men and women.

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8 Best Civilian Tactical Training Courses

8 Best Civilian Tactical Training Courses

The purpose of civilian tactical training courses are to teach civilians how to prepare for dangerous situations.  Tactical training courses are hosted by professional-grade specialists.  Core tactical subjects include hand to hand combat, close quarter combat, and weapon proficiency. The skills needed to defend oneself include basic safety for handling weapons, how to fire them, and how to resolve weapon malfunctions such as jamming.

8 Best Civilian Tactical Training Courses

Civilian tactical training takes the same shape as some military training courses.  It ranges from the basics of handling firearms to advanced close quarter combat techniques, advanced driving, physical conditioning, and mental toughness.   These are the leading tactical training courses available to civilians.  

1. Ronin Tactics

Ronin Tactics offers tactical training to law-abiding civilians.  The skills they teach help regular men and women to better defend themselves and their families.  Skills include both defensive and offensive lethal techniques.   Courses are available for teams, groups, and corporations.  Specific courses center around pistols, carbine rifles, shotguns, a precision gun course and edge weapons (knives).

2. Green Eye Tactical

Green Eye Tactical was founded by Eric Dorenbush, a former U.S. Special Operations Operator.  With his extensive combat experience, Eric has adapted his modern and combat proven techniques into tactical training courses available to both law enforcement, military, and civilians.  Courses teach tactical skills for pistols, rifles, and close quarter combat.  In addition, Green Eye Tactical offers courses in marksmanship, concealed carry tactics, land navigation fundamentals, vehicle tactics, and small unit tactics.  

3. Tactical Response

Led by James Yeager, Tactical Response offers a wide range of courses for civilian tactical training.  Founded in 1996, the sole purpose of their organization is to provide the highest end firearm and tactical training to law-abiding civilians.  Course offerings include: active shooter, advanced fighting pistol, advanced fighting rifle, advanced fighting shotgun, immediate action medical, and many more.

4. SIG Sauer Academy

SIG Sauer has been a major firearm manufacturer since their formation in 1976.  Since 1990, the SIG Sauer Academy has offered advanced training courses that cover trauma management, team building, bullets and vehicles, low light pistol, and more.  With over 140 acres in New Hampshire, their indoor and outdoor facility offers over 110 courses to both professional operators and civilians.  

5. 360 Tactical Training

Based out of Houston, Texas, 360 Tactical Training is devoted to firearm and tactical training at the highest level for both pros and civilians alike.  Their focus is teaching reality based skills which work with our natural reactions to stress in a fight.  Civilian tactical training courses include: pistol training, rifle training, shotgun training, carbine rifle training, AK-47 training, livefire civilian response to active shooters, close quarters carbine, and more.

6. Solutions Group International

The SGI tactical training course for civilians offers a variety of tactical skills.  They offer these courses to the general public and are taught by the same instructors who train military and law enforcement operatives.  Their tactical training courses are designed to teach the fundamentals of combat marksmanship and improve overall chances of survival in a violent encounter.  Courses include hand to hand combat, pistol, rifle, shotgun, advanced vehicle evasive response, trauma care, and much more.

7. Team O’Neil Rally School

Tactical skills for civilians don’t end at knowing how to handle firearms, they extend to tactical driving as well.  While the courses focus on rally driving, the concepts of high speed maneuvers translate into useful skills.  Their government courses are restricted to Department of Defense members, but you’re hard pressed to find a better group of instructors to learn advanced driving skills from.

8. GoRuck

In addition to firearms and driving, tactical skills should include physical fitness and mental toughness.  The GoRuck Challenge has become an event that gathers those that are serious about survival.  With both 2 day and 3 day events you’ll be able to immerse yourself in mountaineering, first-aid and survival.   A major cornerstone to survive is your ability to move quickly and evade in an active shooter situation.  

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“The Sound of Freedom”

Citizen Armor is proud to help eradicate child trafficking by being Freedom Fighters with the Child Liberation Foundation . The Sound of Freedom movie is a pivotal step forward in ending the suffering of children all over the world.

“The Sound of Freedom” is the real life story of people fighting child trafficking.  According to the Child Liberation Foundation, “The Sound of Freedom” It tells the tale of brave individuals who fight to eradicate child trafficking.  As much as “The Sound of Freedom” is a thrilling movie it also helps raise awareness of human trafficking issues.  The movie is scheduled to be released in 2020 and is aimed to do more than simply entertain, but help change the world.

How Does “The Sound of Freedom” Change the World?

“The Sound of Freedom” is set to help change the world, how might you ask?  In today’s world we need reminders of issues.  We have days dedicated to appreciate our mothers, fathers, birthdays, and holidays.  These days draw attention to things that matter.  “The Sound of Freedom” draws attention to an issue that matters to all of us, the trafficking of children, especially for sexual exploitation.  The movie will help raise awareness in the modality of entertainment.  It isn’t an easy issue, but it needs to be a conversation so that change will take place worldwide.  

There are currently over 5.25 million children enslaved in child trafficking.  A large percentage of those children are being exploited sexually.  They are also being forced into hard labor which is dangerous.  This is a conversation that needs to be on the forefront until it is eradicated.  “The Sound of Freedom” is aimed to help do just that, get the conversation going among more people.  This helps raise awareness and raise funds to fight against traffickers.  Funds are also allocated to help eradicate the demand for child trafficking.  This takes the form of adjusting how people objectify other human beings and promoting increased legislation against human trafficking.  Funding is also used to actively find child trafficking rings, raid them, liberate children, and prosecute traffickers.

“The Sound of Freedom”

“The Sound of Freedom” features a star studded cast including Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino, Manny Perez, Bill Camp, Gerado Taracena, Eduardo Verástegui, and many more.  Click here for a full cast list on IMDB.  In preparation for his role Jim Caviezel shadowed operatives in the field.  During this experience Caviezel witnessed a child rescue operation in Latin America.

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UL752 Bulletproof Glass

There are 8 levels of UL572 bulletproof glass.  Citizen Armor focuses on Level 2 and Level 5 of the UL572 standard.  Level 2 is rated to stop handgun rounds, while level 5 is rated to take a single rifle shot.  This standard of bullet resistance is relevant for both vehicle armor and building armor.  The UL752 rating system helps understand ballistic protection levels for glass. 

Truth In Bulletproof Terminology

The truth is that no product is 100% bulletproof.  Each product is bullet resistant up to different levels of threats.  Products are designed, tested, and designated into categories of ballistic performance.  The Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) sets forth the UL752 Standard for Bullet-Resisting Equipment.

UL752 Ratings Do Not Allow Spalling

The UL752 specifications do not allow for spalling.  Spalling is the deformation and fragmentation of a material such as glass after an impact.

“1.2 As used in these requirements, the term “bullet-resisting” signifies that protection is provided against complete penetration, passage of fragments of projectiles, or spalling (fragmentation) of the protective material to the degree that injury would be caused to a person standing directly behind the bullet-resisting barrier.” –  standardscatalog.ul.com

To be certified as UL752 compliant each product must be tested to offer absolute protection.  If a product spalls after impact and the shrapnel that could injure occupants of a building or vehicle it will not pass as a UL752 certified product.  

UL752 Level 2 Specifications

Level 2 is designed to withstand the impact of .357 magnum jacketed lead soft point projectiles.  This level also protects against the 9mm and .22 caliber projectiles.

UL752 Level 5 Specifications

Level 5 is rated to stop a full metal copper jacket 7.62mm rifle with a lead core. This means it is also designed to stop the ever popular 308 Winchester.

UL752 Ratings Are Not Always Rankings

Ratings,, follow a system of levels that build upon one another.  For example level 2 being superior to level 1 and so on.  The UL752 system does not always work this way.  

For levels 1 to 3 each progressive level is superior to the others.  Once a product is rated above these levels the standard varies.  Just because something is rated to withstand a level 8 threat it doesn’t mean it meets the standard for level 7 automatically.  It is important to evaluate the level of expected threats and install the right type of bulletproof glass product. 

Contrary to expectation, the UL752 system isn’t a matter of rankings but rather a way to describe products. This helps you, the consumer, choose the right type of bulletproof glass product for your application. 

Get Armored With Citizen Armor

Let us help you choose the right bullet resistant glass for your vehicle or building.  We specialize in providing the protection you expect for commercial buildings, guard booths, civilian vehicles, armored transport vehicles and more.  

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What Are Bulletproof Vests Made Of?

Bulletproof vests are made from a variety of high tensile strength fibers.  What is inside of a bulletproof vest depends on the manufacturer.  Manufacturers of bulletproof vests use various high strength materials, such as aramid fibers, carbon nanotubes, polyethylene and graphene microfibers. These fibers are combined into layers to increase the ballistic properties.  The polyethylene used in bulletproof vests is an Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE).  UHMWPE was originally developed to be used in replacing steel belts in tires.  This makes it a great material for bulletproof vests due to its strength and hydrophobic properties.  We’ve come a long way since the first bulletproof vests were made of silk.

Vests made with UHMWPE are not only waterproof but offer cost effective ballistic protection.  There are 5 levels of ballistic protection recognized by the National Institute of Justice. The levels are IIA, II, IIIA, III, and IV.  The lowest level of protection is a level IIA.  As the level of protection a vest provides increases up to level IV so will the quality of the materials, the weight, and the cost of bulletproof vests.

Level IIIA is currently the highest level of protection available in a soft body armor product.  Soft body armor is often preferred as it allows for a wider range of motion and weighs considerably less than hard armor plates.  This level of bulletproof vest is able to provide protection from virtually any handgun round.

Higher levels of protection such as III and IV are achieved with hard armor plates and are typically restricted to law enforcement and military units.  Common materials for these armor plates include steel, ceramic, and UHMWPE polyethylene.

Citizen Armor uses the cutting edge technology of Protek Armor.  Protek™ Graphene Armor features the industry leading performance of graphene microfibers which produce lightweight and ballistically superior soft body armor. 

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Who Invented The Bulletproof Vest? 

The bulletproof vest was invented by Casimir Zeglen in 1893. 

The focus of inventing the bulletproof vest came after the assassination of Carter Harrison Sr. Zeglen. He was a Roman Catholic Priest of a parish with over 40,000 followers in Chicago.  He collaborated with Jan Szczepanik to improve the initial design of the bulletproof vest in 1901. Although there has been debate about Szczepanik’s role or possibly the original inventor of the bulletproof vest, most sources agree that the modern vest was invented by Zeglen.

Patent US577999 Bulletproof fabric, from Casimir Zeglen
Patent US577999 Bulletproof fabric, from Casimir Zeglen

Bulletproof Vest History

The first recorded mention of bulletproof armor seems to be around 1538.  It was in this year that Francesco Maria della Rovere commissioned Filippo Negroli with manufacturing a bulletproof vest.  While history makes no mention of Negroli producing and testing his bulletproof vest, there are records of a version of bulletproof vests being tested as early as 1561 by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. 

The Role Of Silk And Bulletproofing

In 1881 George E. Goodfellow made note of how silk “had significantly reduced the penetration of one of the bullets“.  Following this discovery, Goodfellow started trying to understand how silk could be used to protect people from bullets. He fabricated a vest that was made from 30 layers of silk. As much as he pioneered the use of silk in bulletproof materials, he returned to being a devoted physician.

This research laid the foundation for Zeglen as he fabricated and tested a bulletproof vest made of silk.  The major difference between using silk fabric and Zeglen’s design was the custom sewing methods utilized to make a higher performance ballistic fabric.

Modern Bulletproof Vest Advancements

As with all technology, bulletproof vests have improved over time in design.  Higher performance ballistic materials have been developed that protect better, are lighter weight, and last longer.  The most recent advancement in bulletproof technology is the use of graphene microfibers. Citizen Armor vests with graphene microfibers are tested to NIJ level IIIA, and are more flexible and lightweight than other soft body armor.

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