Delta Special™

The Hardcore Defense "Delta" products are intended for defense against assault rifle fire including 5.56x45 mm (AR-15) and 7.62x39 mm (AK-47) projectiles. They are not rated to stop the heavier .308 round, but instead use a thinner and lighter steel specially tempered to be able to resist higher velocity strikes from 5.56 mm projectiles. Pure steel shields rated to stop the higher energy .308 rounds need to use a thicker and more ductile grade of steel, the latter of which reduces performance against the 5.56 mm M193 FMJ projectile. If you are only facing handgun and assault rifle fire as would be expected in an active shooter situation, why pay the extra money and carry the extra weight for a Level III shield?
For customers seeking full Level III+ protection without compromises, please consider our steel-titanium laminate Bravo Shield.
See below for specifications, features, and shipping information.

The Delta Special™ is Hardcore Defense's most popular shield and falls between the Alpha and Bravo shields with respect to protection, weight, and cost.  The Delta Special™ was designed for sheriffs, patrol officers, school resource officers, and others looking for protection against AR-15s, AK-47s, and similar threats without the extra weight of a full Level III shield.

Features & Specifications:  

  • NIJ Special Type*:
    • 5.56x45 mm 55 grain M193 full metal jacket at 3100 fps
    • 5.56x45 mm 62 grain M855 green tip penetrator at 3100 fps
    • 7.62x39 mm 123 grain PS full metal jacket at 2400 fps
  • Ballistic steel, Rhinoliner® coated for corrosion resistance
  • 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
  • Arm strap for increase control
  • Modest cutouts and lower tapering maintains maximum coverage
  • Dual upper cutouts for ambidextrous use
  • No shelf life or storage restrictions
  • 15" x 25", 19 lbs

Tested by an independent test lab in accordance with NIJ Standard 0108.1, using the NIJ III test protocol but with the threat rounds specified above.  Test reports available upon request.

Our Delta line of products are made from our most premium ballistic steel, specifically tempered to maximize resistance to 5.56 mm.  The steel is only slightly thicker than that of the Alpha line of products which keeps weight very reasonable for a rifle rated product.  For comparison, the Bravo Shield™ steel is thicker to absorb the higher energy .308 projectiles, and the Bravo's titanium faceplate allows it to resist 5.56 mm bullets with even greater strike velocities.  If you're regularly doing tactical entries, you probably want the Bravo.  For more general use, the Delta Special or Delta Pro may be a better balance of protection, weight, and cost.

Like all Hardcore Defense shields, the Delta Special™ contains no ceramic or ballistic fiber components, has no shelf life or storage limitations, and can withstand grouped hits and edge hits better than typical ballistic fiber shields.

The Delta Special™ uses the exact same handle assembly as the Bravo Shield™ and can withstand direct hits on the bolt heads

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 individuals convicted of a felony are prohibited from possessing bulletproof vests and other body armor;  whether a ballistic shield counts as "body armor" is open to debate and interpretation may vary by jurisdiction.