BulletSafe has just released their ARAK ballistic shield for law enforcement and other individuals interested in protection from common AR-15 and AK-47 rifle rounds. The new ARAK (“AR” 15, and “AK” 47) ballistic shield is designed to provide Level III ballistic protection while remaining lightweight, and very affordable. NIJ Level III ballistic protection requires vests, armor plates, or shields to protect the user from lead core 5.56mm, and 7.62mm rifle rounds. This includes cartridges from the extremely popular AR-15, and AK-47 style rifles, but also includes .308 lead core rifle rounds as well. For protection against steel core (armor piercing) rounds, the user would need to upgrade to Level IV.
The desire to provide inexpensive ballistic armor protection is one of the founding principles and motivations behind CEO Tom Nardone’s entrance into the ballistic armor field. Nardone helped develop bullet proof fuel tank liners for a Defense helicopter provider using Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWP). The polyethylene that could provide just as good protection as Kevlar, but at a much lower price. When soft body armor vests continued to stay high in price using Kevlar, Nardone decided to start his own company and offer protection at prices often half as much as competitors.