ISDEF 2017- Saintpro Ballistic Arm Shield

Safe Intelligent Products (Saintpro) is a Swedish security products company that was founded in 2012 by a Swedish security professional. At ISDEF 2017 in Tel Aviv the company displayed some of their new products (out for almost a year now, but currently spotlighted), and mainly of interest to TFB is their forearm ballistic shield within the Saint Shield X3 series, specifically the DX3 (NIJ standard IIIA TT 7,62×25 MSC Flat) and DX3+ (NIJ III plus AK 7,62×39 MSC Flat) systems. These ballistic shields take a different approach to shield systems in general, being able to be attached to a user’s forearm or kept in a nylon holster that can be mounted to a belt. To be deployed, one attaches the folded panels to their forearm and then rips a velcro latch that instantly deploys the two panels around the center one that is attached. With this system, a user can gain ballistic protection up to 7.62x39mm, within a somewhat more mobile and configurable platform than a full ballistic shield. Similar concepts have been experimented with, but none focusing on such a mobile platform as this one.

From Saintpro-

Ideal for vulnerable professions standard equipment
A unique patented “foldable” shield with a combination of light weight, mobility and a non-provoking protection.

It provides less space, while folded.
• In your vehicle
• Carried in a holster
• Carried on the arm (folded).

2 free hands available.
• Making it difficult to grab hold of
• Can be tilted if necessary

This video displays the system working, from the companies website-

And if you understand French, there is a somewhat in-depth video review of the arm shield-

Interestingly enough there is a similar product that uses a Kevlar material behind a nylon covering. This isn’t a plate however and thus can’t stop as much as Saintpro’s does. In addition, it is also meant as more of a full shield instead of a forearm piece. In addition, take a look at the backpack shield that we reported on earlier.

This video rounds up all of their products very nicely, to include their extraction system. The idea for a sort of heavy lift lanyard that is quickly deployable has been in the minds of Infantrymen and Law Enforcement ever since the tactical world really took off. However, there has never been an operational requirement for one. Although I like that Saintpro is bringing their version to market, from the videos it just appears that it takes too long to deploy on a casualty.





Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Scott Tuttle

    does it come with a jedi master to teach you feel the force so you can deflect bullets with it?

    • Russ Kell

      Pfft. Just strap one chest-to-crotch and one taped to your head with eye holes (filed with the appropriate ballistic glass). Problem solved for that frontal charge dynamic 😉

      if nothing else the “WTF” factor might buy you a few seconds.

  • Rick O’Shay

    That first video… they couldn’t have bought a few floodlights or something to make it so you can actually see what’s going on? Black uniform with a black “holster,” deploying a black shield, holding a black gun…. might as well have filmed this thing in a coal mine.

  • Mhh

    What about simple but fast M193…?

    • Ebby123

      From a 20″ barrel,
      at close range,
      some of the time.

      Lets include all the qualifiers.

  • Ebby123

    I can’t believe I’m saying this… but this isn’t the MOST impractical thing I’ve seen in its class.

    This actually has some merit, but only some.

  • USMC03Vet

    Maybe the Swedish should be using this to take back their country?

    • joe tusgadaro

      Yes, too many damn Danes crossing the Oresund bridge for anyone’s liking.

    • swed

      We’re gonna need heavier armor than that to fix this mess.

  • Risto Kantonen

    The Saintshield DX3 is infinitely better than nothing if you’re limited by size or weight. But if that isn’t an issue, then i’d rather have something that provides protection over a larger area. For that reason it’s a bit odd to me that they have chosen an open space scenario to showcase this product.

  • jonp

    Great idea but kinda small?

  • Vhyrus

    All you need to do now is learn how to throw it.

  • looks cool, seeing how fast it pops into deployment

  • Paveway

    So how much does it weigh?

  • Kwong