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PROTECH Tactical Introduces APV QR (Quick Release) Carrier

December 01, 2011
Jacksonville, Fla.

Safariland®, a BAE Systems line of business, announced today the addition of the new APV (All Purpose Vest) QR (Quick Release) Carrier. The APV QR incorporates all the same features of the standard APV tactical vest with the addition of a quad release QR system which is ideal for maritime operations or for agencies requiring quick doffing capabilities. The vest is designed around the BALCS (Body Armor Load Carriage System)/SPEAR (Special Operations Forces Equipment Advanced Requirements) ballistic shape used by the U.S. military for high speed and mobility. The ballistic panels in this all-purpose quick release vest are interchangeable with the standard APV tactical vest and the upcoming APV LV (Lo-Vis) covert vest, which is anticipated to be released in early December, to offer mission flexibility for any operation without compromising protection.


The quick release mechanism allows the front and rear of the vest to be released through a single pull of a deployment handle located in the center upper torso on the front carrier. This provides the ability to remove the carrier quickly and effectively when the need arises. The quick release functionality has been streamlined by using a unique quad release buckle system which is situated on the bottom front portion and the shoulder areas of the vest for ease of reassembly after the vest has been deployed.


The APV QR carrier is equipped with:

·         360° modular attachment system to accommodate PROTECH Tactical TP pouches and accessories

·         External, auxiliary (dump) pouch with optional detachable M4 magazine pouches

·         Adjustable shoulders to provide a custom fit

·         Adjustable dual weapon retention system for specific weapon retention and individual shooting positions

·         Internal bottom-loading front and back plate designed specifically to hold multi-size SAPI/ESAPI type III or type IV hard armor plates


The carrier also features dual-side closure systems giving the officer the option of either utilizing the removable outer cummerbund to insert 6” x 6” mini-side plates for added protection or removing the outer cummerbund and utilizing the elastic strapping closure system for a more low-profile application.


An extensive offering of ballistic accessories can be purchased for both the APV QR including:

·         Ballistic yoke (includes shoulder, neck and throat protection)

·         Ballistic upper arm (bicep) protectors

·         Standard ballistic groin protector or an enhanced, diamond-shaped groin protector for greater femoral artery protection


The APV QR utilizes the same sizing system as the U.S. military offering six standard sizes with standard fixed lengths. Please see the below chart or reference the Tactical Sizing Guide for more details.


APV Sizing Chart





Small Regular

26” – 30”

31” – 34”


Medium Regular

31” – 35”

35” – 38”


Large Regular

36” – 40”

39” – 42”


Large Long

36” – 40”

39” – 42”


X-Large Regular

41” – 45”

43” – 46”


X-Large Long

41” – 45”

43” – 46”



The APV tactical vest is available in SM01, BR01 or MR01 NIJ-0101.06 compliant Type IIIA ballistic packages.


For more information on the APV or any other tactical armor offerings visit:


Safariland body armor models combine the heritage and expertise of American Body Armor®, Second Chance®, SAVVY® and PROTECH® Tactical. In doing so, Safariland offers the most comprehensive line of body armor available in the industry. Safariland NIJ-06 body armor provides law enforcement officers with enhanced performance, durability, comfort and value, which deliver on the company’s motto: Together, We Save Lives™.


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For further information, please contact:

Marsha Mathias

Manager, Communications


Tel: +1 909 923 7300 X33417



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