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Buffalo Armory Reports 492% Increase For Life-Saving Police Armor Since Orlando Shooting At Pulse Nightclub

Police Departments Across the Country Procure Buffalo Armory's New Life-Saving Body Armor
To Protect First Responders from an Active Shooter with a High Velocity Rifle

Buffalo, NY - August 25, 2016 ® Buffalo Armory, LLC (www.buffaloarmory.com) today announced that following the Orlando Shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, it has seen a sharp increase in first responder interest with sales increasing by 492% since the Orlando tragedy. Buffalo Armory manufactures the revolutionary NIJ III+ Star Armor® 555 armor plate whichprovides a new standard for ballistic performance by: absorbing multi-hits from high velocity rifle weapons; offers freedom of action with its ultra-thin design, and; provides greater value at a fraction of the price for alternative ceramic plates.

In light of the recent attacks on police officers and lone shooter situations, police departments nationwide are gearing up with Buffalo Armory's Star Armor® 555 armor plates which are packaged into Point Blank Enterprise's Active Shooter Response Kits. Each kit, which includes a vest with front and back body armor plates, weighs less than 18 pounds and protects a first responder's vital organs when confronted with an active shooter with a high velocity rifle. When confronted with an active shooter, the officer simply dons the Active Shooter Response Kit over whatever he or she is wearing to take immediate action.

Buffalo Armory President and CEO, Major General John Batiste, US Army (Retired) says "We are partnered with Point Blank Enterprises as our distribution channel partner. Every police car, fire truck and ambulance should be equipped with body armor vests with Star Armor® 555 armor plates to protect our first responders from the active shooter, high velocity rifle threat," says Batiste. "The old days where a first responder would contain an active shooter until the tactical unit arrived are over."

One of the most recent orders came from the Miami Police Department. "We feel it's important for officers to have the Active Shooter Response Kit as another tool to respond to incidents with active shooters," Major Lazaro Ferro said. "It's not just for the officer. It's so that we can take immediate action to get in there and rescue innocent lives that we must save," Ferro said.

Brent Nicholson, General Manager at Buffalo Armory, added, "Our armor produces a better and less expensive solution to protect first responders from an active shooter with a high velocity rifle. Sadly, the rifle is becoming the weapon of choice for today's criminal and terrorist. No longer can first responders simply contain an active shooter until a tactical unit arrives. Action must be taken immediately and police, fire fighters, and EMTs require our protection."

Star Armor® 555 armor plates are NIJ III 0101.06 Certified and NIJ III 0108.01 Compliant. In addition, the armor provides NIJ III+ protection to defeat the M855/SS109 5.56X45, M193 5.56X45, M43 7.62X39, LPS 7.62X54R, and the range of lesser caliber hand guns and shot guns, to include the 223 Remington (5.56 mm FMJ), 30 Carbine FMJ, 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, 38 Special and 12 gauge rifle slugs.

Buffalo Armory Announces Star Armor® 555 Protects First Responders From Active Shooter, High Velocity Rifle Threats

Industry's Most Effective & Durable Armor Offers
First Responders And Troops Unprecedented Life-Saving Protection

Buffalo, NY, November 4, 2015 ® Buffalo Armory, LLC (www.buffaloarmory.com) today announced that Star Armor®, a proven solution embraced by first responders, includes its Star Armor® 555 plate which now protects against NIJ Level 3 and NIJ Level 3+ ballistic standards, to include NIJ 0101.04 level III standards, and the M193 (5.56X45mm, 55 grain ball) and M855 (5.56X45mm, 62 grain Green Tip) threats. This new armor plate delivers a new standard in ballistic performance with multi-hit capability.

President and CEO, Major General John Batiste (US Army, Retired) says, "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."

Life and cost-saving benefits of Star Armor® include:

  • A unique combination of strength and ductility not seen in alternative steel hard armors.
  • Star Armor® body armor plates are very durable, capable of multiple hits.
  • Star Armor® durability stands up to abuse, moisture, and heat.
  • 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.

Lex Watson, Vice President, The Protective Group, A Point Blank Company, says, "Point Blank Enterprises is partnered with Buffalo Armory to produce the Star Armor® 555 steel hard body armor in response to active shooter situations. Buffalo Armory produces 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."

Star Armor®555 has been tested to numerous ballistic standards to include National Institute of Justice, MIL-SAMIT, and STANAG, NIJ III 0101.06 Compliant, NIJ III 0108.01 Compliant, MIL- SAMIT (VI) Part 1 Compliant, and STANAG 1A, 1B, 1C Compliant. It also provides protection against lesser threats such as 223 Remington (5.56 mm FMJ), 30 Carbine FMJ, 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, 38 special and 12 gauge rifle slugs. In addition, Buffalo Armory is working with partners to develop even lighter NIJ3 and NIJ4 solutions with perforated armor and various other metals.

Interest Grows for Star Armor®

BUFFALO, NY - January 22, 2014 - Buffalo Armory LLC, a manufacturer of a novel armor plate and advanced high strength steel solutions, announced today that its key product, Star Armor®, has met another ballistic specification and now exceeds eight different ballistic standards. The most recent testing confirmed Star Armor exceeds MIL-SAMIT level VI specifications, allowing the armor to be used for ballistic doors and blast walls.

Fresh from returning from the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Tradeshow (SHOT), MG John Batiste (US Army, Retired), president and CEO of Buffalo Armory, said the latest addition to Star Armor's qualifications was very well received.

"We have well over 150 samples being tested by various customers around the country," said Batiste, "and we are very pleased with the results they are sharing with us. This confirms that Star Armor definitely lives up to its potential to provide greater protection at less weight and cost for our customers."

In addition to exceeding all three US military requirements for armor, Batiste said Star Armor recently exceeded a number of National Institute of Justice and NATO standards. Customers range from defense and military applications to manufacturers of agriculture and mining equipment, snowplow blades, civilian armored vehicles, safe rooms, as well as body armor, firing range equipment, and targets.

"There are few competitors out there that are wholly American owned," said Buffalo Armory general manager Brent Nicholson, "We're very proud that Star Armor is a truly American engineered and manufactured product. When you couple that with the performance of Star Armor, we are well positioned in the market place."

Buffalo Armory LLC produces Star Armor® and Star Steel® for use in defense and commercial applications. Founded in 2010, the company invested several years in research and development, before entering production in 2013. The company uses American-made steel for raw material, and adds a proprietary process resulting in armor plate with both anti-ballistic and anti-fragmentary properties. Star Amor is also bendable, weldable, and extremely abrasive resistant.

Defense Requirement for US Made Armor Championed by Buffalo Armory

BUFFALO, NY - April 5, 2013 - Buffalo Armory LLC, which recently began producing armor at its Military Road facility in Tonawanda, New York, announced today that the Defense Department issued a notice reinstating a 35 year old requirement that armor material be melted and finished in the United States in order to meet the definition of "domestically produced."

"This is a big win for the American steel industry and the United States military. The United States makes the best steel armor and American companies should be producing the armor that protects our troops," said John Batiste, president and CEO, Buffalo Armory LLC.

In 2009 the Defense Department loosened the definition of �domestically produced® to mean that only the secondary finishing process would have to be done in the U.S., essentially opening the door for foreign made steel to enter the supply chain for armor plate being used on U.S. military vehicles.

Batiste said that Buffalo Armory began working with Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand almost two years ago to gain support in reversing the Defense Department definition. "We are extremely appreciative of all the attention and support we received from both of our senators on this issue," said Batiste.

Buffalo Armory LLC produces Star Armor® for use in commercial and defense applications. Founded in 2010, the company invested several years in research and development, before entering production earlier this year. The company uses American- made steel for raw material, and adds a proprietary process resulting in armor plate that has both anti-ballistic and anti-fragmentary properties. Star Amor is also bendable, weldable and extremely abrasive resistant.

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