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Hatch Impactor Fighting Shield Provides Non-Ballistic Protection for the Forearm

January 18, 2012
Jacksonville, Fla.

Safariland®, a BAE Systems business, introduced today the Hatch® Impactor™, a unique, non-ballistic, multi-functional arm shield that is durable and lightweight and provides for protection of the officer in both defensive and counter-strike situations. It is designed to work in concert with defensive baton techniques and/or OC spray.


The Model 5500 Impactor is an excellent tool for controlling combative subjects and is ideal for use by correction officers, first responders and in environments sensitive to public displays of force, such as hospitals, schools and courtrooms. A patent-pending design, it is constructed of a non-ballistic, reinforced polycarbonate for increased impact resistance and tensile strength, which will not warp or crack. It connects to the arm via adjustable, padded arm straps that help absorb and dissipate impact. Its ribbed design adds strength to the shield while maintaining its light weight.


Designed for use on either arm, the Impactor can be used alone or in conjunction with a baton, as it features a control slot for the baton which can also be used for pinning a suspect’s wrist or forearm. Integrated into the handle design is a secure holder for a Defense Technology® brand MK-3 or MK-4 OC spray canister, allowing for easy deployment of the OC. The Impactor is excellent for blocking, front jab, middle block or rear jab techniques to subdue and control suspects.


The Impactor includes a location for adding customized agency identification labels. Reflective ID labels are hook & loop compatible and are offered for Police, Sheriff, Corrections and State.  The Impactor has a MSRP of $169.00 and will be available on February 20, 2012.


For more information about the Hatch brand, please visit


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For further information, please contact:

Marsha Mathias

Manager, Communications


Tel: +1 909 923 7300 x33417


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