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Pointman® Riot Shield

The Handheld Riot Shield (NBS) is designed for use in corrections and law enforcement applications.
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New York City Police Department’s Preferred Riot Shield for Crowd and Riot Control Applications.

Pointman Riot Shield is the durable, innovative, and lightweight solution for superior protection to minimize injury risk during crowd control situations.

Capable of withstanding strikes from bottles, bricks and rocks with its shatter-resistant design. For example, at the National Institute of Justice Annual Mock Prison Riot™, the Pointman Riot Shield absorbed blows from batons, chairs, 2x4s, and crowbars with no damage to the shield or user.

Pointman Riot Shield is flexible — capable of being folded in half repeatedly with no creasing damage, and its interlocking edges allow personnel to form a unified, solid barrier with multiple shields. It is also available in right- or left-handed configurations.

It is available in several different models to meet your specific needs, including 36″ or 48″ lengths with surface shapes varying by model.

Defenshield, Inc. stands ready to meet your physical security needs in the government, military, law enforcement and the private sector. We are a veteran-owned manufacturer of high-quality ballistic and non-ballistic protective equipment with more than 15 years of experience.

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Law Enforcement Physical Security Shields

Equip your police and military officers with a riot shield that delivers robust, durable, non-ballistic protection during riots and crowd control. The Pointman® Riot Shield offers many new and patented features that distinguish it from other shields on the market. Key features of the Handheld Riot Shield include:

  • Interlocking flared edges
  • Sturdy aluminum handles
  • Deterrent bump
  • Heavy-duty armbands
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Shield guarding thigh pad
  • Lightweight at only six pounds (36-inch unit)

The Handheld Riot Shield for law enforcement features ambidextrous handles. This design allows police officers to quickly and easily change grip to accommodate tools, weapons and other peripherals. Military and law enforcement personnel can also use a two-handed grip on their riot shield for additional reinforcement.

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Federal Purchasing Assistance

Defenshield Handheld Riot Shields (NBS) are available through the GSA Schedule for federal agencies and to state, local, and municipal law enforcement under the Justice Department 1122 program. All Defenshield products are also listed on the DHS Authorized Equipment List. Funding is available through the DHS Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).

Superior Protection With a Lightweight Design

Defenshield will build lightweight, protective riot shields according to your specifications. We offer several models of the non-ballistic Handheld Riot Shield, including 36-inch and 48-inch lengths. We can also customize our law enforcement and prison riot shields to feature your agency’s logo.

Law enforcement, military and prison security organizations around the world partner with Defenshield to meet their physical security requirements. We’re a global leader in engineering and manufacturing ballistic and non-ballistic protective equipment.

Please contact us using the form below, email or call 904-679-3942 with any questions.

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National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0108.01 Ballistic Level Breakdown

Rating Ammunition Weight
Number of
Level I .22 long rifle high velocity lead 40 2.6 320 +/- 12 1050 +/- 40 5
Level I .38 special round nose lead 158 10.2 259 +/- 12 850 +/- 50 5
Level IIA .357 mag. jacketed soft poin 158 10.2 381 +/- 15 1250 +/- 50 5
Level IIA 9mm full metal jacket 124 8.0 322 +/- 12 1090 +/- 40 5
Level II .357 mag. jacketed soft poin 158 10.2 425 +/- 15 1395 +/- 40 5
Level II 9mm full metal jacket 124 8.0 358 +/- 12 1175 +/- 40 5
Level IIIA .44 mag. lead semi-wadcutter gas checked 240 15.55 426 +/- 15 1400 +/- 50 5
Level IIIA 9mm full metal jacket 124 8.0 426 +/- 15 1400 +/- 50 5
Level III 7.62mm (.308 Winchester) full metal jacket 150 9.7 838 +/- 15 2750 +/- 50 5
Level IV .30-06 armor piercing 166 10.8 868 +/- 15 2850 +/- 50 1

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The following items are some basic questions to ask when preparing your Defenshield order.

What is the nature of the threat – small arms, rifle rounds, armor piercing, IED blast?

Will the unit be used indoors or outdoors?

Will the unit be used for riot control or hostage negotiations?

Do you require conspicuous deterrence or camouflage?

Will the unit need to match the aesthetics of it’s surroundings – wood or stone finishes?

Will you need traffic control signage, unit logos or law enforcement badges displayed on the unit?

What is the size of the space where the unit will be used?

Will the unit need to fit through doorways, into elevators?

What are you protecting – people, objects?

(For maximum blast mitigation, units must be secured or lagged.)

What surface are you using the unit on – gravel, dirt road, finished concrete, wood floor?

Will the unit be frequently relocated?

Will you be transporting the unit over long distances or within a few feet?