Miami, Florida (January 10th, 2023)
The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) has tested and recommended the RTS Tactical Level III+ Rifle Special Threats Mini Shield. This shield is designed to protect law enforcement officers from rifle rounds and special threats. The NTOA is an organization of law enforcement professionals who test products and provide training for tactical operations.
The RTS Tactical Level III+ Rifle Special Threats Mini Shield was put through rigorous testing, including shooting from different distances and angles as well as being exposed to various environments. After passing all of the tests, the NTOA gave the shield its stamp of approval. This shield will now be added to the list of approved products for law enforcement agencies across the country.
Tested by a Police Officer from Iowa
I put the RTS Tactical Mini Shield through its paces and overall stood up to my expectations of being a quality piece of equipment. The shield is rated III+ (Rifle Special Threats), roughly measures 18x12, and weighs just over 11 pounds. The support/grab handle, padded comfort arm brace, and quick detach lower strap all feel and function well. I would not put this shield on the front of my stack, due to size, but definitely in my patrol vehicle for patrol applications and active shooter incidents. RTS does make two larger-sized shields in this model (14x24 and 16x30) that I have used on our team and they serve the purpose of team use. The size of the shield makes it easy to store in a vehicle. The only downside I found to this shield is it feels small when you get behind it.
Tested by a member from Louisiana
The RTS Tactical Level III+ Rifle Threats Mini Shield would be an excellent addition to any LEOs kit. With its compact size, it fits easily into the trunk of your unit. The padded backing of the shield gives you the comfort you want when carrying a shield for any amount of time. The main issue I have with this product is its weight. It is much heavier than you would expect for the shield size, but with that being said it is something I would be willing to deal with for a product that could potentially save my life. With all of that being said I will talk about its performance while at the range. It was fairly easy to hold the shield and still be able to fire my duty pistol at targets. The shield also withstood multiple drops onto the concrete and the only damage that I could find was chipped paint. Overall I was extremely pleased with this product and think it would be a valuable asset to any department.
Tested by a member from Michigan
This Mini Shield seems to have a unique place in law enforcement which was previously overlooked as an asset by many organizations. Previously, shields were issued to special units and patrol was left out of the loop as there was no need for a shield, if a situation arose the special unit would be called in. A school active shooter in Texas changed that mindset. Regardless of the response that day, many saw a need to train and equip patrol to better handle those situations where you could not wait for SWAT. This shield does just that with its small footprint it can easily fit in the trunk of any patrol vehicle. The affordable price allows departments to outfit every patrol vehicle. An officer could buy one of their own as many of us had to buy our own plate carriers and armor.
RTS Tactical will be in the Law Enforcement Section at Shot Show 2023 Booth #62403 come by to see this and more of our new products.