San Tan Gear Rapid Deployment Shield
The Rapid Deployment Shield's four ballistic panels can be extended for full-body coverage.

Law enforcement ballistic body armor has saved countless officers’ lives over the years, but this technology continues to improve, offering more protection, comfort and versatility.

As the duties of the patrol officer evolve, so to must the gear and equipment to keep pace. One of the most significant changes over the past two decades is how officers must respond to active-shooter scenarios by taking immediate action.

One way to improve officer safety when responding to these types of calls is with the addition of ballistic shields. Unfortunately, many of these tend to be both bulky and heavy. However, San Tan Gear, a supplier of unique tactical gear and training to law enforcement, has developed the Rapid Deployment Shield, or RDS.

This soft armor shield offers ballistic NIJ Level IIIA protection against all handgun rounds with four panels that can be deployed folded or extended, offering full-body coverage. The shield rapidly and easily goes from a readily stored 15 by 24 inches to 53 by 24 inches in size.


The Rapid Deployment Shield shield has ambidextrous handles and Velcro attachment straps, and it can be placed on vehicle doorframes for added protection. An optional 680-lumen light can also be installed for low-light or nighttime situations. The light operates easily via the grip handle and features steady-on and strobe functions.

Since the RDS is flexible, it can be used in tight quarters where a traditional solid shield won’t fit, and it can be worn as a backpack to keep your hands free until needed.

For more information on the Rapid Deployment Shield, please visit or call 480-289-9390.

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