Updated: Jul 16
Kinetic Concepts comprehensive review of the RTS Tactical Mini Shield. In this review, we will take a closer look at the features, design, and performance of this mini shield. Our goal is to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the product that will help you make an informed buying decision.
The RTS Tactical Special Shields are designed to provide maximum protection in high-risk situations. The shields are made of high-quality materials that can withstand multiple impacts from bullets and other projectiles. The shields feature a unique design that allows for quick and easy deployment, making them ideal for law enforcement and military personnel.
The design of the RTS Tactical Shields is based on years of research and development. The shields are ergonomically designed to provide maximum protection while still allowing the officer to put affective rounds on the target. The shields come in three different sizes to fit different body types. It is comfortable to hold the mini shield because of the trauma pad and strap, however the straight bar where you grip the shield does begin to compromise your forearm over time. RTS Tactical has been made aware of this and they are currently seeking solutions to integrate a different cross bar to increase comfortability.
The performance of the RTS Tactical Shield is outstanding. During our testing, we found that there are multiple different way to use the shield depending on the users preference. That is something you do not get an option with traditional shields. With traditional shields there is usually only one way to run them. The shield were also easy to maneuver, allowing users to quickly and efficiently respond to threats and make adjustments.
(Protection) Polyethylene Level lll Rifle Rated Shields do not provide protection against common street threats such as 5.56mm and 7.62x39mm calibers (Most common rifle rated shield available to LE).
The RTS Tactical Special Threats Mini Shield DOES protect you against the following:
5.56x45mm 62 gr. M855 (Green Tip)
Russian 7.62x39mm 123 gr. MSC (M43)
(Affordability) Probably one of the most important aspects if they are really trying to get these shields to the officers on the street. Street cops are not going to pay $1,500 to $3,000 for a shield. RTS Tactical does solve that problem.
(Maneuverability) Having used all kinds of different shields at work, something sleek and maneuverable (whiles still maintaining adequate protection) is one of the most sought after qualities of those who use shields. RTS Tactical achieves this through its structural design.
Not ideal for long clearings requiring a shield. Until RTS provides a solution to the cross bar you will get tired fairly quickly. The straight bar simply forces your wrist and forearm into a compromising position that is not natural. To avoid this you can find different resting positions for the shield i.e. your duty belt, while holding coverage.
(Window) Obviously there is no viewing window as you might see on other shields. This means that you will have to expose your head more than usual in order to see around the shield.
(Malfunctions) One of the common ways to clear malfunctions while running a shield is to cycle your slide or shroud of your red dot off the shield. These is easily done on shields that are not metal without damaging your pistol. I realize that is a doomsday scenario and there are other ways to accomplish that i.e. off your holster. Either way you have to train around it. RTS Tactical could add a thick rubber coating to the shield to eliminate this worry.
Comparison with Competitors
In comparison to other mini shields on the market, the RTS Tactical Special Threats Mini Shields stand out for its level of protection, price, and design. While other shields may provide "adequate" protection, the RTS shields offer the highest level of protection possible. Additionally, the shields are priced more than competitively, making them an excellent value for their quality.
If you are interested in purchasing an RTS Tactical shield you will get 10% off your first order and they also have payment plans.
In conclusion, the RTS Tactical Shield is really one of a kind given the above mentioned reasons. The mini shield is a high-quality product that is designed to provide maximum protection in high-risk situations. The shields feature an ergonomic design, excellent performance, and are priced beyond competitively. If you are looking for a reliable and effective mini shield, we highly recommend the RTS Tactical Special Threats Mini Shields.