Police Riot Shield

Elite Guard VIP posted this on Facebook. It is an impressive transparent polymer shield used for Riot Police. The shield looks like it can take quite a lot of punishment.


They drive a truck over it. Then have some hooligans go to town with an assortment of common weapons. The axe and sword surprised me. I thought the shield would be compromised by either of them but it held up just fine. Then they stepped it up with a 3mm shot shell. I am not familiar with that size, does anyone know what that equates to in normal shotshell size?  I am not sure why the police officer had to stand behind the shield while they shot at it and then later lit it on fire. If you notice they doubled up on the shields when they shot at it with the shotgun. I am curious how well the shield fairs against multiple shots or physical attacks after it was hit with bird shot.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Ambassador Vader

    I think its apprx like a #5 shot but I could be wrong.

    • Giolli Joker

      You’re right.
      According to the chart on Wikipedia, the No.5 EU is 3.00mm while the US version is 3.05mm.

    • Nicholas C


  • TheNotoriousIUD


  • Darkpr0

    If the shield is made out of polycarbonate you’ll find it to be quite resistant to most low-velocity bullets, possibly up to 357 and 44 mag depending on thickness. If they line it with tempered glass as well it probably will help the officer against rifle bullets, though he’ll still need body armor.

    • The Brigadier

      Polycarbonate is useless against most bullets. I saw a video on YouTube of a guy with 10mm thick polycarbonate that didn’t even stop a .22. It is effective against rocks and such, but bullets not so much. Find the recent video about the 1 inch thick titanium plate that stopped everything except the .50BMG round. Until graphene plates are commercially available at a realistic price, titanium is the way to go.

  • Gorilla Biscuits

    Yes, but will it stop the Chicken Cannon?

  • Phil Hsueh

    I wonder how well it would do against a good longsword? Granted, they did test against thrusting attacks with that katana or wakizashi but only with one hand, a longsword has a much pointier blade and I’m not sure that they can be used effectively only one-handed.

    • kipy

      How many medieval rioters are you planing on coming up against?

      • Sekmet

        all of them

      • Phil Hsueh

        You never know what somebody might come up against you with. But in all seriousness, I’m just curious to see how well it would actually hold up against a dedicated piercing weapon.

  • Kirk Newsted

    OK, but it does it block out hippie smell?

    • JSmath

      I guess that’s what the indifferent pepper spraying is for?

  • datimes

    This shield makes the one issued to me 25 years ago look pretty lame. It’s probably a good thing mine is hanging on the wall of the local cop bar now.

    • Suppressed

      I assume you didn’t build/own/manage it, so this post isn’t directed towards you, I just needed to quote it for reference.

      For someone like myself who doesn’t drink and drive but does see our cops drive drunk on a weekly basis (when off duty), has to be submitted to checkpoints, had tires chalk-marked at bars for DUI-targeting to raise revenue, and has been pulled over and accused of DUI for evading frame-bending potholes, the idea of a bar where cops go to get drunk and drive home from is a wee-bit irritating.

      Again though, nothing personal against you datimes. For all I know, you drank O’Douls and lived a 90-second walk away.

      • Nicks87

        Who says you have to drive after drinking at a bar? I take a taxi (or Uber). Plus, I know plenty of people who have a (one) beer with dinner and then drive home, which is not enough to put you over the legal limit. Cops are people just like everyone else, they are responsible for their own actions and if you think cops give other cops a free pass, then you’re wrong on that point as well. As far as cops driving drunk on a weekly basis, show us some evidence or STFU.

      • Ethan

        Yeah.. I get so mad when I see cops wearing shoes… just thinking of all the people throughout history that have been kicked by someone wearing shoes… my brother once kicked me while I was wearing shoes… effin jackbooted pigs. How dare they wear shoes…


        Suppressed, are you for real?

        • Suppressed

          You clearly missed the point.

  • RealitiCzech

    It works okay versus katanas and wood axes, how about halberds and arbalests?


    I wonder if those are real, honest blows or nerfed pretentions à la pro-wrestling?

    • AD

      I don’t know, but they looked pretty real to me.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    My walk to work each morning would be much safer with on of these…
    –Chicago, IL. South Loop.

  • Ebby123

    So much win during the Nun-chuck intro..

    Needed for, you know, riots on the Samurai reservation in Japan.

  • If they value their job they sure won’t do it. I’ve seen it happen twice and in both cases they were fired. One was a State Police Trooper the other local PD. That was over a 28 year time span.
    So, no it doesn’t happen often.

  • Suppressed

    I replied to him explaining my perspective, twice actually. The first time was through disqus and it just disappeared. The second time was through the plugin on the site here itself and apparent is been waiting approval for a few hours.

  • Nicks87

    Oh now cops are wife beaters too? That makes sense because if you’re convicted of domestic violence you cant carry a gun and thus cannot be a police officer. If that were true the career field would have a huge turnover rate and it would be much easier to find a job as a cop and I don’t see many cops flushing their careers down the toilet on a regular basis. I’m not upset by my fellow officer’s alleged behavior but I am upset when people like you make fact less, blanket statements about a profession that you know nothing about. Right now the media is actively trying to turn the public against the police for political reasons and people like you are not helping the situation. Instead of hiding behind an anonymous screen name and talking s**t why don’t you file a complaint about what these officers are doing? Take pictures of them drinking and driving and show them to the city council or another LE agency. Don’t just hop on the internet and say “boo hoo hoo, I have a problem with authority figures so I make stuff up about them to make my own miserable life feel not so pathetic.”

    • Suppressed

      Why don’t I file a complaint? I already answered that, I fear retaliation. And even when we have officers on camera literally killing unarmed people, charges often aren’t even filed or are dropped. You’re a cop or some kind of LEO, you think you could get someone convicted for drunk driving off of a video with no breathalyzer or blood sample? Cmon, you know better than that.

      And yes, cops beat their families at a rate much higher than the general population:

      “As the National Center for Women and Policing noted in a heavily footnoted information sheet, “Two studies have found that at least 40 percent of police officer families experience domestic violence, in contrast to 10 percent of families in the general population. Sep 19, 2014”

      I would think that although the DV is occurring at a much higher rate, one of many reasons cops aren’t losing their jobs over it is that it’s not prosecuted as such because of the thin blue line protects the aggressors. (If you deny the TBL effect, I’m out.)

      The media isn’t turning the public against you, these bad cops are doing a great job of that themselves. And now that everyone has cameras, it’s much harder for them to get away with it.

      Look at you, you’re an example of why people don’t like your profession. I give real examples of stuff I’ve personally seen and you actually said you’re not upset about these officers’ behavior, you’re upset with me for talking about it! Just let that sink in for a moment.

      Also, you’ve repeatedly attacked my character and made personal insults when I’ve tried to have a calm open discussion with you and haven’t done this things. This is just another example of how it’s not the media responsible for your suffering image/reputation, but actually the fault of your own. I can’t imagine how you treat the people you have to interact with on the job if this is any indicator of your behavior towards those who don’t obey/agree with you.

      If you’re continue on the way you have been, then I’ll let you enjoy the last word. If you’re gonna be cool, I’ll be happy to respond.

  • Nicks87

    You should delete them both due to misinformation and nonsense.

  • Doom

    3mm looks like birdshot to me. probably about the most common firearm a Euro cop would have to face outside of illegally obtained guns.