Once the flat panel has been pressed and then curved in the autoclave, a bezel is inserted to hold the glass-view in place as well as a handle to create a final product. From there, the product is put through company testing as well as external testing. “Anyone in the marketplace has to have credibility,” says Wassem. “We did the V050 test, which is a standard test to see if a ballistics shield can withstand a shot from a .44 Magnum at 15 feet. Then, we sent it off to HP White and Chesapeake Labs, two very respectable labs, and gave them a 15×15-foot panel to see if the product can withstand five shots; one in each corner of the shield and one in the middle. One of the good things about using a hybrid composite is that the shield absorbs the bullet, creating a 1-inch deformation, instead of ricochet or splintering off.”
Overall, the composite shield is 30 percent lighter than similar products and will last between five and 10 years. However, LCOA suggests that if caught in the line of fire, trade the used one in for a new, shiny, lightweight, un-dented new one.