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Safariland, LLC
FounderNeale Perkins
HeadquartersJacksonville, Florida
ProductsBody armor, armor systems, tactical accessories, protective gear, "less-lethal" weapons

Safariland, LLC is a United States-based manufacturer of personal, and other equipment focused on the law enforcement, public safety, military, and recreational markets. It was formerly a division of the United Kingdom-based defense and aerospace company BAE Systems PLC.[1] Safariland's body armor has been credited with saving the lives of at least 2,040 police officers who were shot in the line of duty.[2]


The company was founded in Sierra Madre, California in 1964 by Neale Perkins, following his father's request for a custom holster. He named his new company after the African safaris he and his father took together.[3]

In 1996, American Body Armor and its shareholders joined forces to form Armor Holdings, a diversified holding company with three manufacturing sites. Over 11 years, Armor Holdings acquired various brands in the law enforcement industry, including Safariland,[4] which was acquired in 1996.[5]

In July 2007, BAE Systems acquired Armor Holdings, renaming the Armor Holdings Products Group the BAE Systems Product Group,of which Safariland was a part. In August 2008, this division was renamed Safariland.[6]

In May 2012, BAE Systems announced that Safariland would be sold to an acquisition vehicle affiliated with Kanders & Co., Inc.; sale was finalized at the end of July 2012 for US$124 million.[7]

In March 2013, the company acquired Mustang Survival, a manufacturer of safety and survivability equipment targeting marine and aviation applications in the public safety, military and recreational markets.[8]

Also in March 2013, Safariland established a presence in the EU through the acquisition of Arveka TGS UAB, a designer and manufacturer protective products and equipment, in Lithuania.[9]

In September 2013,the company expanded into the explosive ordinance disposal market with the acquisition of Med-Eng, a manufacturer of bomb disposal suits, robots and specialized tools. [10]

In October 2013, they entered the tactical communication market with the acquisition of Tactical Command Industries, Inc. [11]

In January 2015, Safariland acquired Atlantic Tactical, the largest law enforcement equipment distributor in the northeastern United States.[12] The company went on to make other acquisitions in the distribution channel starting in December 2015 with Lawmen's, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and followed in March 2016 with the purchase of United Uniforms in western New York.[13][14]

In June 2015, the company acquired VieVu LLC, a provider of body-worn cameras and digital evidence management software[15] a division which was subsequently sold in May 2018 to Axon Enterprise, Inc[16] including a long term commercial partnership for the provision of holsters.[17][18]

In September 2015, Safariland acquired a majority interest in Rogers Holster, a designer and manufacturer of holsters and accessory components, [19] and completed the acquisition of the remainder of the equity interest by the end of 2015. [20]

In January 2017, the company continued its international expansion with the acquisitions of Aegis Engineering/LBA in the UK and Pacific Safety Products, Inc. in Canada.[21]


Safariland manufactures and distributes a wide range of safety and survivability equipment for the law enforcement, public safety, military and recreational markets, under a number of brands, each of which is tied to the Safariland corporate brand.[22]

Products include body armor under the American Body Armor, Second Chance, and PROTECH brands; holsters, and duty gear under the Safariland and Bianchi brands;  accessories under the Hatch and Monadnock, and other specialty brands; and less lethal products under the Defense Technology brand.[23]

Through its acquisitions, Safariland provides explosive ordinance disposal products under the Med-Eng brand, marine and aviation products through Mustang, personal protective equipment through Aegis/LBA and PSP, and communications equipment under TCI.[24][25]


Banners from April 5, 2019 protest by Decolonize This Place at the Whitney Museum, New York NY, over board vice chair Warren Kanders' ownership of Safariland, noting Safariland's role in manufacturing tear gas and other weapons.

Safariland has come under criticism as a manufacturer of tear gas used by the US Border Patrol to disperse members of the late 2018 migrant caravans who sought to illegally enter the United States through the border from Mexico.[26] Groups and artists including Forensic Architecture, Nicole Eisenman, Decolonize This Place, the Chinatown Art Brigade, and W.A.G.E. have criticized the involvement of Safariland CEO Warren Kanders with the Whitney Museum, demanding he step down from the board.[27] On July 25th 2019 he resigned.[28]


  1. ^ Cam, Deniz. "Meet The Safariland Multimillionaire Getting Rich Off Tear Gas and More In The Defense Industry". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  2. ^ "Trooper Shot Last Year in Missaukee County Recognized". MI News 26 & MI TV 12. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  3. ^ Smith, K. (1966). "Safariland Holsters". American Rifleman. National Rifle Association: 101.
  4. ^ Barnett, Cynthia (October 1, 2012). "Safariland". Florida Trend  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on October 18, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ Bull, Roger. "Jacksonville manufacturer of body armor part of $124 million sale". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  6. ^ "Warren Kanders to Buy Safariland from BAE Systems". Manufacturing Close Up  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). August 2, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ Clinton, Michael (July 30, 2012). "Safariland sale finalized for $124 million". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Safariland Group Acquires Mustang Survival". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  9. ^ "The Safariland Group Completes Acquisition of Certain Assets of Arveka TGS UAB". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  10. ^ "The Safariland Group Acquires the Med-Eng(R) Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Crew Survivability Businesses of Allen-Vanguard Corporation". Yahoo! Finance. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  11. ^ "The Safariland Group Acquires Tactical Command Industries, Inc". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  12. ^ "The Safariland Group Acquires Atlantic Tactical". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  13. ^ Werley, Jensen (28 December 2015). "Safariland makes major East Coast acquisition". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  14. ^ Cannon, James (23 February 2016). "Safariland expands in New York". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  15. ^ "Police body-camera maker Vievu acquired by Safariland". GeekWire. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  16. ^ Brustein, Joshua (4 May 2018). "The Biggest Police Body Cam Company Is Buying Its Main Competitor". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  17. ^ Ringle, Hayley (8 May 2018). "Axon reports record sales, software and sensors bookings and how much it paid for VieVu". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  18. ^ "Safariland subsidiary Vievu to be acquired by Axon". Blue Line. 2018-05-08. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  19. ^ "Safariland acquires 65% stake in Rogers Holster Company - 2015/09/30 - MarketLine Financial Deals". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  20. ^ Group, The Safariland. "Safariland Acquires Majority Ownership Interest in Rogers Holster Company". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  21. ^ "Safariland Group completes acquisition of three companies". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  22. ^ Southall, Ashley (2016-10-12). "New York to Pick Start-Up Over the Industry Leader for Police Body Cameras". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  23. ^ Wagner, Scott W. (22 October 2009). Own the Night: Selection and Use of Tactical Lights and Laser Sights. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 97. ISBN 1-4402-0371-7.
  24. ^ Laska, Paul (April 1, 2008). "Shot Show 2008: a report for the forensic and technical investigator". Law Enforcement Technology  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on September 21, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  25. ^ "Law Enforcement Products". The Safariland Group. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  26. ^ Cam, Deniz. "Meet The Safariland Multimillionaire Getting Rich Off Tear Gas and More In The Defense Industry". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  27. ^ Greenberger, Alex (2019-01-26). "'Whitney Museum, Shame on You': Decolonize This Place Holds Town Hall on Warren B. Kanders Controversy". ARTnews. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  28. ^ Pogrebin, Robin; Harris, Elizabeth A. (2019-07-25). "Warren Kanders Quits Whitney Board After Tear Gas Protests". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-26.

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