For more than 45 years Safariland has produced some of the finest and most innovative products for the law enforcement, competitive shooting and military industries. In 1964, following his father's request for a custom holster, Neale Perkins launched a holster business from his garage in Sierra Madre, California. He named his new company after the African safaris he and his father enjoyed together. From these humble beginnings, Safariland quickly went from making a few hundred holsters to more than 5,000 within a few months.
In 1996, American Body Armor and its shareholders joined forces to form Armor Holdings, a diversified holding company with three manufacturing locations and plans for significant additional growth. Over the course of 11 years, Armor Holdings acquired many of the most-recognized equipment brands in the law enforcement industry, including Safariland. Each company brought with it the spirit of innovation and a passion for its customers and products.
In July 2007, BAE Systems acquired Armor Holdings and BAE Systems Products Group was formed. That acquisition created a significant opportunity to grow the business further in the United States and foreign markets. In addition, the acquisition enabled Armor Holdings' customers to benefit from the talent, business resources and technology a leading defense contractor brings to the table.
Throughout these changes, we have maintained the same spirit of innovation and passion for protecting our customers that existed in Neale's small California garage back in 1964. The spirit of our new motto remains largely unchanged: Together, we save lives.