If you’re in the market for protective gear that won’t let you down in a crisis, RTS Tactical is a must-visit site loaded with products designed to keep you safe

by Jace Bauserman

Granted, most of the content we present at Shoot On centers on defensive and sporting arms, and rightly so. Aside from clear thinking and prudence being our primary means of staying safe, firearms are our second line of defense. Yet in spite of our intent to always avoid conflict, violence may be visited upon us at any time. The abject evil that has elevated in our society over the last four years has heightened the senses and awareness for most of us. Witness the seeming increase in home invasions, carjackings, violent mob rampages, and unprovoked random assaults in our larger cities.

Thus, personal defense should necessarily extend beyond the firearm. While hardened home defense and plated armor is neither practical or affordable for most of us, there are several products on the market that we can employ to raise that third level of protection.

RTS Tactical is one company that has been outfitting our heroes and self-aware citizens with the most advanced protective tactical gear for several years. While the company’s product focus is high-level ballistic protection for law enforcement and military personnel, RTS Tactical offers a number of items that are ideally suited for in-home and mobile protection for civilians. We got a first-hand look at several of the company’s offerings at this year’s SHOT Show, and came away impressed not only with RTS Tactical’s commitment to advancing anti-ballistic technological , but also with their innovation in applying that technology to products suitable for civilian personal defense.

Here are five items you should consider…

RTS Tactical Bulletproof Memory Foam Pillow

Home invasions seem to be on the rise. According to the United States Department of Justice, more than 2,000,000 homes will experience a break-in or burglary this year. That’s a scary number. RTS Tactical’s Bulletproof Memory Foam Pillow was developed for just this scenario. This pillow features NIJ 0101.06 Level IIIA 20X13 Soft Armor sandwiched between comfortable and breathable memory foam inserts. With handles integrated into the back of the pillow case, the pillow can be rapidly deployed for use as a ballistic shield. The Level IIIA armor insert stops handgun-caliber bullets up to .44 Magnum, as well as shotgun slugs and buckshot.

RTS Tactical Level IIIA EX770 Backpack Panel Insert 11×16.5

Designed to provide maximum protection against small arms fire, the lightweight, low-profile build of the Level IIIA EX770 Backpack Panel Insert 11×16.5 reigns supreme for discreet mobile protection. The pliable body armor insert meets NIJ (National Institute of Justice) Level IIIA Body Armor specifications, which means protection from a variety of small arms fire like 9mm, .44 Mag., .357 Mag., etc.. The insert is also rated to stop 12-gauge shotgun shells and slugs. Since daypacks have become a modern replacement for the briefcase, this panel is a no-brainer addition for your school- or college-aged children, or for your everyday carry bag.

RTS Tactical Rapid Deploy IFAK

When the crap hits the fan, in-the-field injuries can happen. When they do, be ready with the RTS Tactical Rapid Deploy IFAK. A loaded-to-the-gills medical kit with top-end components, the IFAK combat-ready kit ensures rapid one-hand deployment. The kit allows you access to all components while staying locked into the goings-on in the field. RTS Tactical’s latest IFAK design sports a more compact and thinner profile than previous models. The kit’s build is bonded cordura with high-performing zippers and MIL-SPEC bungee cords. The kit comes with a lifetime guarantee. This is one for your home, your car, and your day bag.

RTS Tactical Hero’s Level IIIA+NIJ 06 Concealable Vest

Civilian body armor may seem impractical to most people, but there are many instances where it just makes sense.  Some of the Shoot On staff wear concealable soft armor on every road trip, especially when travelling across multiple states, because stopping for gas and snacks along an unfamiliar highway is always reason for caution.

The Hero’s Level IIIA+NIJ 06 Concealable Vest is RTS Tactical’s most concealable multi-threat-resistant armor. This vest is for you if you want all-day comfort, maneuverability, and protection. You can wear the vest over or under clothing, and the blend of nylons and 100 percent USA-made Dupont Kevlar delivers the enviable combination of comfort and protection. Level IIIA+ front and back armor panels provide wrap-around protection, and the armor can stop all common handgun rounds and most shotgun rounds, including slugs. Tried and true, the Hero’s Concealable Vest underwent many quality control standard tests during development. The vest is available in multiple sizes. 

RTS Tactical Level III+ Rifle Special Threats Mini Shield

Excellent for the bedside and the vehicle, the Tactical Level III+ Rifle Special Threats Mini Shield is a rifle-rated shield that keeps you totally protected from common street rounds, including “green tip” 5.56mm and 7.62x39mm. This quick-deployment shield is less than .25-inches thick and is encapsulated in a Polyurea coating to make it durable and to suppress spall or fragmentation upon bullet impact. The shield will not crack or deform from heat exposure, and the heavy-duty handle and quick-release strapping system boosts mobility.

The mind and the firearm are key to protection, but augmenting your home and personal defense strategy with products like these boost the odds of surviving a violent encounter in your favor.

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Born and raised in southeast Colorado, Shoot-On contributor Jace Bauserman cut his hunting teeth chasing ducks, geese, quail, and pheasants near his southeast Colorado home. The seed that was planted stuck, and Bauserman’s outdoor pursuits grew. He started chasing elk and mule deer in the Colorado mountains with his 7mm Rem. Mag., and coyotes, fox, and bobcats across the plains. In 2003, Bauserman started writing about his adventures. Today, Bauserman is an accomplished outdoor writer. He has served as editor-in-chief of Bowhunt America and Bowhunting World magazines and has penned thousands of articles for top-tier outdoor publications.

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