French GIGN entry team stacking up during an exercise [1500x998]

What will be stored in that zipper pouch on the riot shield? Is for inserting plates that are ceramic something like that? It could be the battery of the shield, too. The battery may provide ...

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  • What would be stored in that zipper pouch on the riot shield? Is that for inserting ceramic plates or something like that?
  • It could be the battery of the shield, too. The battery might provide power to the flashing lights or the flood lights in the shield. The one I used had a a plate and the battery in the front pouch.
  • You don't usually have the battery where incoming rounds can hit it!
  • The shield rarely gets shot at. If it is getting shot, your fancy lights are of secondary concern anyway.
  • In the design process, all functional units are usually away from the danger areas. I doubt the battery would be up front, is what I am saying. Shields are MADE for absorbing impact, therefore producers often do not worry about the prevalence of such a threat.
  • To reinforce, I do not actually know what that is in this particular photo. I just threw a guess. The shield that I saw in the Army Military Police stored their battery in the front, as did they store some miscellaneous tools and bandages. The reason for them to be on the front side is to avoid spalling damage to the user in case of impact or explosion. The shockwave, or the impact of the projectile, transfers energy through the object, shield in this case, and makes everything on the other side to be a piece of "inside shrapnel", or spall. For spalling to occur, no penetration is necessary. If a high energy impact strikes the shield, and the trauma shears, bandage rolls, pieces of battery and metal wire start flying towards the user, they become deadly pieces capable of killing or incapacitating the user. Here is the wikipedia article about it. Lastly, equipment like this is not usually actually designed to be used after impact. Helmets, vest, shields and other protective gear are usually meant to be used once. The design process usually involves that they stay in one piece after impact, but it does not require them to be usable afterwards.
  • Spall : Spall are flakes of a material that are broken off a larger solid body and can be produced by a variety of mechanisms, including as a result of projectile impact, corrosion , weathering , cavitation , or excessive rolling pressure (as in a ball bearing). Spalling and spallation both describe the process of surface failure in which spall is shed. The terms spall and spalling have been adopted by particle physicists ; in neutron scattering instruments, neutrons are generated by bombarding a uranium target with a stream of atoms . The neutrons that are ejected from the target are known as spall. Image from article i Interesting: Spallation | Timothy Spall | Rafe Spall | Robert Spall Parent commenter can toggle NSFW or delete . Will also delete on comment score of -1 or less. | FAQs | Mods | Magic Words
  • Honestly sounds crazy but if that's the way it works, that's the way it works. I wonder how often fail rates occur. Thanks for the information. You would think that more often than not: 1. Explosives used against the shield would cause damage to the front anyhow, damaging the battery and 2. Spall is 'less damaging' than front impact. But there you go.
  • The battery can take a decent punch in terms of flying stuff or shockwaves that come from a small distance, but any direct hit into the shield by something that explodes or is powerful rifle fire is by far enough to make the lights or equipment pouches on the shield to be of no concern and to also make sure the shield will go to the trash bin. Spall can often in the case of armored vehicles be the main factor that disables or destroys the vehicle. The British even use a special HESH round for a specific spalling effect.
  • Good information man, thanks.
  • Here a test shield has been fired at. Notice how the shield is absolutely wrecked. LCOA DeadStop does offer multi-hit capable shields, too, but they cost a lot more.
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