On April 25th, 2018, Milwaukee police officers responded to an apartment on reports of gunshots being fired. Upon arriving, the officers spoke with family members of the man inside the apartment who said he became extremely agitated at the family and fired a gun inside.
The responding officers set up containment of the apartment and called for a crisis negotiator to come speak with the man.
Over the next 10 hours, police negotiators went back and fourth talking to the man to try to peacefully end the standoff. After many hours of talking, the man stopped communicating with officers leading them to believe the man had suffered some sort of medical emergency.
At this point, a SWAT team made entry into the apartment and upon entering, the suspect fired a single shot at officers. The lead SWAT officer was carrying a tactical ballistic shield, which was hit by the shot fired by the suspect.
Thankfully, the shield stopped the bullet and another officer returned fire at the suspect. After the shots were fired, officers were able to wrestle the gun away from the suspect who was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Obviously, SWAT teams train constantly with tactical gear such as the shield, but the thing is, have you ever thought about getting a shield for home defense? Gear such as a shield has its pros and cons depending on the specific situation you’re in.
What I mean is, these shields are heavy, difficult to move with, and of course, they take at least one hand to hold. For instance, if you live alone or would be clearing your house by yourself then a shield may be more burdensome than helpful.
However, if you train with a shield or have other family members to help you in a home defense situation, then a shield could offer added protection while you clear your home.
Bottom line: A tactical shield can be a huge protection in the right situation, but you want to make sure you are still able to defend yourself and are able to engage a threat even if you are holding a shield.
In addition, if you are considering a tactical shield, make sure to check your local laws regarding the legality of owning these types of shields since some states may not allow them for civilians.
With that being said, I want to share with you a few tactical shields you may want to check out if you think this level of protection could make sense for you…
HighCom Bellfire LTS. This company makes an array of body armor products including tactical shields in many different sizes. The Bellfire LTS offers ballistic protection at level IIIA against handgun rounds and has an exterior coating of polyurea, which is designed to withstand multiple shots hitting the shield. One of the best features of this shield is the 4X10 ballistic viewpoint so you can still see what is in front of you without having to expose your head from behind the shield. The Bellfire can also be purchased with LED lights and comes with a five-year warranty. Depending on the specific size you purchase, the shield starts out around $1,500.
Hardcore Defense Bravo Shield. This shield is designed to stop rifle and pistol rounds. One of my favorite things about this shield is that it comes with a removable weapon support bracket. Basically, this is a bracket on the side of the shield where you can rest your long gun while holding the shield. It allows you to hold the shield and be able to fire your gun at the same time. The Bravo shield also includes adjustable straps and allows for ambidextrous use. This shield starts at $1,500 and has no shelf life.
ProTech Patroller Entry Shield. This shield is rated level IIIA, which means it will stop most handgun rounds. It measures 18″ x 24″ and weighs only 8.5 lbs so it’s not a full body shield by any means. It has a curved rectangular shape for protection from multiple angles as well as a comfortable ambidextrous handle. Due to the size and weight of this shield, this would be ideal for storing in a dresser or even in your car for quick deployment. The Patroller sells for $1,200 making it a (slightly) more affordable option.