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Stop Stick’s Bonowi FlexShield offers rifle protection in an easy-to-carry shield that inflates and expands using CO2.

April 4, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Customer Stories, Stop Stick Products

Stop Stick’s Bonowi FlexShield offers rifle protection in an easy-to-carry shield that inflates and expands using CO2.

Policemag.com: by David Griffith
https://www.policemag.com/patrol/article/15667298/first-look-inflatable-armor 


At last year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) show, Stop Stick showed a surprising item: a ballistic shield. The story of how a company whose name is almost synonymous with tire deflation spikes got into the ballistic shield market begins with a group of investors in Germany.

They saw a good thing in Stop Stick and wanted to access the American market for another of their acquisitions—Bonowi (pronounced Bono-vee), makers of tactical products. So, they bought the Ohio-based Stop Stick and created a new division—Stop Stick Tactical Protection—to market Bonowi products in the States. The Bonowi FlexShield is the most popular Stop Stick Tactical product.

Bill Erwin, director of business development for Stop Stick Tactical Protection, says the FlexShield is designed to be folding armor that will easily fit in the increasingly crowded cargo areas of patrol vehicles or in the offices of school resource officers. The folded shield can be carried in a briefcase-style case that is 24 x 15 x 5 inches. It expands to 25 x 25 inches and inflates using a CO2 canister.

The FlexShield offers protection from the chin to the groin for most officers. The protection area can be vertically extended by hooking together two shields with the provided fastening tabs.

The shoulder strap also offers another benefit, maneuverability. “It’s designed for fast action,” Erwin says. “It also allows you to sling it around your body when you’re still on scene and no longer need the shield, but still want it readily available.”

The FlexShield comes with a Level IIIA soft armor threat protection, Level III (certified to stop common AR and AK rounds) rifle plates, CO2 cartridge, and carrying case.

Link to article by David Griffith of policemag.com: https://www.policemag.com/patrol/article/15667298/first-look-inflatable-armor