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Diamondback Tactical Acquires First Choice Armor Assets

September 29, 2010  | 

D-Back Acquisition Co., parent company of Diamondback Tactical, announced today that it has acquired the assets of First Choice Armor & Equipment, Inc.

According to the company, this transaction unites the quality and exceptional delivery capabilities of Diamondback with the technology and broad product portfolio of First Choice, creating a market-leader in personal and tactical protection products for the domestic and international law enforcement and military markets.

"The addition of First Choice brands and capabilities sets the stage for Diamondback's growth strategy," said Lt. Gen. Greg Newbold, USMC (Ret) of Torch Hill Investment Partners, an investor of Diamondback. "The existing technology and manufacturing know-how acquired from First Choice provides Diamondback with state-of-the-art soft and hard ballistic armor technology development and manufacturing capability allowing Diamondback to offer its strong customer base with new and expanded product lines."

Diamondback has announced the appointment of Dan Walsh, former President of First Choice, as Chief Executive Officer of Diamondback Tactical, overseeing all company operations. In addition, Paul Larkin assumes the role of Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Brad Ditchfield continues as Executive Vice President Operations, and Dale Taylor as Executive Vice President Product Development.

"The First Choice team is delighted to join forces with Diamondback," said Dan Walsh. "Diamondback's reputation for high-quality tactical gear and its vision and commitment to the domestic and international personal protection markets, creates a potent combination for future company growth."

With the acquisition of First Choice's assets, Diamondback now manufactures a complete range of personal protection products from concealable and tactical body armor, to hard armor plates, ballistic/riot shields, and vehicle armor. Diamondback is an ISO 9001:2008 and ANAB accredited certified company that has pioneered the development of innovative NIJ 0101.06 certified concealable and tactical armor and is a global leader in ballistic technology and design.

About Diamondback Tactical

Diamondback Tactical, a leading worldwide manufacturer of body armor and tactical gear for the military and law enforcement markets, is a privately held company with manufacturing facilities in Phoenix, Ariz. and Spindale, N.C. Diamondback chooses to keep manufacturing operations in the USA. For additional information visit

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Anne @ 5/25/2011 5:25 PM

Dan Walsh is a horrible horrible person, he walks all over the "little guy" and doesn't give a hoot about anyone who works for the company that he runs. Do not ever work for this company, they treat their employees like crap (especially if they have military family ties)... and the more loyal the employee, the worse they are treated in the end. I challenge you to speak to ANYONE who works at either the Phoenix or Spindale location and they will tell you how miserable their working environment is and how badly they are treated. Please do not purchase from a company that treats their workers so poorly... Please go elsewhere! Not to mention they are going bankrupt and have been going back on contracts and orders they have promised so you might not even get what you've already paid for!

Anne @ 5/25/2011 6:38 PM

Sorry, I meant Dale Taylor... he took the presidency position when he pushed Dan out. Dale is the biggott I was talking about in my previous post. Please do not support what this company stands for or it's products.

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