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April 21, 2014 Posted by Editor in

Grey Ghost Gear Armors the Everyman

Grey Ghost Gear is proud to make its most significant announcement in quite some time. We have partnered with one of the best composite companies in the world to manufacture armor plates—and we will be making them available not just to military and first responders but to all responsible citizens.

We’re going to armor the everyman.

There are 3 models of the new personal armor plates—the 3600, the 3619 and the 4400, with different styles of each model. Each is NIJ certified and each is extremely light; from 1 to 10 lbs, depending on the style selected, and all of them are imminently affordable. The “Active Shooter” model, for instance, is just $200. Others go up to $500—so even the most expensive ones, able to withstand rifle hits from such models as the FN-FAL, AK-47 and Dragunov, is less than $500. That’s roughly half (or less) the cost of similar plates.

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“[This is] cutting edge, new technology and it’s affordable,” says Grey Ghost Gear Director of Business Development Lindsey Lea. “For a few hundred dollars, responsible citizens can be better protected and less encumbered than all but the most specialized of contemporary military personnel. This will allow the average concealed carry type citizen to keep protective gear in a vehicle, at home, at the office, wherever. Maybe in a couple of places.”

The new composite armor includes Level III, Level III+ and Level IV plates by NIJ (National Institute of Justice) 0101.06 Standard. It will be available to military, LEOs and citizens with concealed carry permit (CCW/CHL, etc.) in good standing in their home state. (All state and local laws will apply.)

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A very limited number of the plates will come with printed with “special instructions” to help the user orient them – and it makes a nice message for the bad guy, though he’ll probably never see it.

"The phrase on the front of the plate may seem flippant, but it's not,” says GGG CEO Casey Ingels. “These plates and our intention to put them in the hands of responsible citizens is a natural extension of the Grey Ghost Gear ethos. We are very excited to offer cutting edge ballistic protection, not just to the military and first responders, but the everyman."

One model of these plates, the Level III Stand Alone Model 3600, is actually neutrally buoyant in all 3 styles. SAPI Cut Multi Curve Front/Back Plates, Swimmer/Shooter Cut Multi Curve Front/Back Plates and Gamma Cut Single Curve Front/Back Plates—all of these UHMWPE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) are not only multi shot rated, they will float. They are as light as 2 lbs.

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The 3610 Level III + Stand Alone ceramic/composite design provides light AP protection and is multi shot rated and weighs from 3.1 (small SAPI) to 6.2 (extra large SAPI) lbs. A medium Shooter’s Cut is only 4.3 lbs.

The Model 4400 Level IV Stand Alone ceramic/FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plates) personal armor plates are also multi shot rated. They provide protection against threat profiles as high as the AK-47, FN-FAL and Dragunov and rangefrom 5.4 to 10.9lbs.

These plates were originally developed to solve a problem for a specialized military SOF organization with very specific buoyancy and weight requirements. Waterborne operations with unique equipment loadouts for use in high risk maritime work mandated armor manufactured to exacting standards. GGG is now the sole commercial distributor of that armor.

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Note that many armor manufacturers restrict sale to military and LE purchasers. The Ghost will not be doing that.

“These are designed for everyone,” Lindsey advises further. “We’ll be making these available to our warfighters and first responders sure, these are affordable enough for the general public. It’s a better product and it’s less expensive. If a responsible citizen can carry a gun in their home state, shouldn’t they be able to armor up? We’ll this protective equipment available to every citizen who needs or wants it.”

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  • Richard B Mortensen

    It’s about time someone stood up for the everyman. I’m a discharged Marine, 95% of my friends are discharged Mil. My state, (WA) is not one that limits armor to LEO and Mil. But MOST armor manufacturers/retailers will not sell to law abiding citizens, as if we don’t rate….it’ll be nice to be able to go to the range, and KNOW….I’m protected from stupidity.

  • Robert

    It is very kind of them to NOT be restricting their sales to Military & LEO’s, but they ARE restricting their ‘civilian’ sales to those with CCW’s ‘in good standing with their state’!

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