Alpha Shield™

The Hardcore Defense "Alpha" products are intended for defense against handgun projectiles. Made from our original premium military-grade ballistic steel, their strength and robustness has been proven in multiple torture tests. We use a stronger steel than necessary to achieve the NIJ IIIA testing - when bullets are flying a factor of safety is a good thing! The rectangular shape with no lower taper maximizes coverage and provides for a stable base when resting the shield on level surface.
See below for specifications, features, and shipping information.

Specifications and Features:

  • NIJ Level IIIA
    • 9 mm 124 grain full metal jacket at 1400 fps
    • .44 Magnum 240 grain LSWC at 1400 fps
    • Also stops lesser threat rounds including .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.  
  • Proprietary military-grade ballistic steel provides unrivaled edge hit and multi-hit performance.
  • Bolts can withstand full power strikes directly on the handle bolts.
  • Cutouts on both sides up top for ambidextrous use
  • Cushioned handle and thick forearm pad provides a comfortable and secure grip, thermal insulation, and absorbs impact energy
  • Centerline high mounted grip provides easy balance and reduces felt weight
  • Modest cutouts and no lower taper maintains maximum coverage
  • Standard version comes with environmentally-protective black matte powder coating
  • Optional Rhino-lining provides superior scratch and ding resistance and improved spall protection
  • No shelf life limitations.  No storage limitations.
  • 15" x 25", 14 lbs with powder coating, 15 lbs with Rhino

Interested in some real world testing of our products by independent reviewers?  Check out the following Live Fire Videos on Youtube:

Manufacturer's comment regarding the above videos:  the Alpha Shield was designed from the start to stop handgun cartridges only.  It generally stops big, blunt, and lower velocity projectiles well.  High velocity centerfire rifle cartridges like those used in assault and hunting rifles will penetrate the shield.  For protection against rifle threats, please consider the Delta Shield or Bravo Shield.

FREE SHIPPING within the continental USA!  (We cannot ship to any P.O. boxes!)  International customers please click here for more information.

Current ship time is approximately 1-2 business days after receipt of order.

Purchaser is responsible for complying with all local, state, and federal laws regarding purchase and use of ballistic protection products. Hardcore Defense assumes no liability for illegal use or misuse of the product.  It is usually legal for civilians to purchase and own body armor and ballistic shields within the United States.  Residents of Connecticut and any individuals convicted of a felony are prohibited from owning bulletproof vests and other body armor;  whether a ballistic shield counts as "body armor" is open to debate and interpretation may vary by jurisdiction.