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First Responders

We've become a pioneer and an industry leader, providing constantly evolving, first-to-market innovation with the most effective and durable armor solutions, all proudly made in the USA.  Our world-class body armor plates protect first responders in harm's way.  Every police car, fire truck, and ambulance should be equipped with body armor vests with Star Armor® steel hard plates to protect our first responders from the active shooter, high velocity rifle threat.  The old days where a first responder would contain an active shooter until the tactical unit arrived are over.

Star Armor® is a proven solution, embraced by first responders. Our Star Armor® 555 plate protects against NIJ Level 3 and NIJ Level 3+ ballistic standards, to include the M193 (5.56X45mm, 55 grain ball) and M855 (5.56X45mm, 62 grain green tip) threats. Life and cost-saving benefits of Star Armor® include:


  • A unique combination of strength and ductility not seen in alternative steel hard armors.
  • The process is repeatable with traceability from the US steel mill, to the Buffalo Armory induction heat and quench process, to each body armor plate.
  • Unlike ceramic alternatives, Star Armor® body armor plates are very durable, capable of multiple hits.
  • Star Armor® durability stands up to abuse, moisture, and heat - it performs well beyond the ceramic plate five year warranty.
  • Star Armor® plates are thinner than ceramic alternatives, facilitating freedom of action.
  • Star Armor® body armor plates provide great value at a fraction of the price.

In addition, Buffalo Armory is working with partners to develop even lighter NIJ3 and NIJ4 solutions with perforated armor and various other metals.

 “Point Blank Enterprises is partnered with Buffalo Armory to produce the Star555 steel hard body armor in response to active shooter situations. Buffalo Armory produces a high quality steel armor with full traceability that repeatedly exceeds NIJ Level III ballistic standards as a level III+ plate. We value our relationship and together look forward to providing first responders with the protection they deserve against rifle threats.”              Lex Watson, Director of Hard Armor Business Unit, Point Blank Enterprises.

"ATC Materials approached Buffalo Armory regarding a key component in one of ATC's armor products. Other competitive companies were not able to provide suitable and timely solutions. Buffalo Armory responded quickly and developed multiple options to resolve the issue. Buffalo Armory's product was high quality and delivered ahead of schedule, enabling ATC to meet its delivery commitments. We greatly appreciate Buffalo Armory's responsiveness, ingenuity, and integrity." Brian Barry, ATC Materials

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