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    I was wondering who makes the best looking wide leather fronts for older Ben 1, kinda like the style NY uses? i know i could just got to the shield builder thing but i would like to hear it from people who have one. Thanks

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    I was always happy with my Paul Conway FDNY-style frontpiece.
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    There are lots of custom shield makers nowadays who make a great product. Paul Conway's are fantastic, F&T i have used personally, Sam Browne is top notch and plenty of others.

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    Could anyone post a picture, i was looking at the paul conway 6in with velcro passport, any pics with that? Thanks

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    There is a member of the DCFD that makes the best fronts I have seen.

    You might be able to find out more on their web site. www.dcfd.com

    If I find his name I post it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    I was always happy with my Paul Conway FDNY-style frontpiece.
    I just ordered one of those online about 10 minutes ago. They say "about 3 weeks" till they ship. Wondering if you or anybody else has any insight as to how quick they actually are?

    They mention in the FAQ section that if you call customer service you can have your shield put on rush for an added cost of course. No mention of what that cost is or how fast they will turn your shield order around. I am going to call tommorow and ask. But i am stuck with a cardboard front for now with crayon markings on it just to torture me.

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    WD6956... at least you have a helmet that looks good, besides the capability of having a good looking front. There are poor suckers who still use metros!

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    I just called Paul Conway, to rush one shield, it's $30.00 and it will speed it up to the point of "We will get it shipped this week". Considering the shield only cost $49.99, i think ill just wait. It is nice to know they offer the option though.

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    www.boxalarmleather.com

    Talk with Andrew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfi268 View Post
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    Talk with Andrew!
    I have seen his stuff, it's NUTS. Beautiful. He is on my list of shield guys to try at some point.

    I ended up calling Paul Conway back and paying the $30.00 for the rush on the shield after getting the ok from higher up. Curious to see how it turns out.

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    Well, having a shield put on Rush from Paul Conway will get you your shield fast!. Ordered it Monday night, was on my doorstep today. 3 days for a custom shield is impressive.

    Too bad the shield looks like crap. The construction was great, but the shield font was poorly done. The lettering on the passport panel looks terrible. And i even called to tell them and they did'nt even care. I expected much more from Conway. But as they say, let the buyer beware. Apparently being the biggest and most well know shield maker does not mean much. I now have a $90.00 drink coaster for my table.

    If anybody is planning on ordering from Conway, let me know and ill fill you in on my mess.

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    How about a picture?
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    My department used to issue Conway fronts and they all were the biggest pieces of junk you could buy. Quality and workmanship was crap and the fronts just didn't hold up. I have sense replaced the shields on my helmets in the past from The Fire Store, Bob Stella Hand Painted, and F & T Boston style front and all have held up and looked great. For the money you spent on that Conway front you could of had an awesome Bob Stella custom front that would impress the crew.

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    If you want just a regular leather front The Firestore makes decent looking ones. If you want a hand painted shield Helmetshield.com is one of the best
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    I purchased a shield from a company i found a company while on firerescue1. 911firegear.com. Less than 30.00 for a 100% leather shield. They have a wide body shield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peetmoss View Post
    If you want just a regular leather front The Firestore makes decent looking ones. If you want a hand painted shield Helmetshield.com is one of the best
    I just ordered my 5th FireStore shield and they have all been grade A products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    I just ordered my 5th FireStore shield and they have all been grade A products.
    Agreed on the Firestore shields. I was skeptical, but after getting an order from them, i was very impressed. They blow away the Conway shield i just got. And they cost alot less.

    We will soon have three identical shields, one from TheFireStore, one from Sam Brown and one from Conaway. The goal is to pick the best of the three and then use them from now on. We chose those three companies because they can all deliver quickly. Since the Conway and FireStore shields have already arrived, i can say already Conway is out. Still waiting on the Sam Brown.

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    so over all the fire store makes the best basic shields with velcro passports?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mt Dew View Post
    so over all the fire store makes the best basic shields with velcro passports?
    If your asking me, i would say so. Again, The Sam Brown is not here yet. But comparing TheFireStore to Conway, DEFINATLEY TheFireStore.

    Conways passport font is NOT what the shield builder shows. It's cheezy straight cut ends. The FireStore version is MUCH nicer.

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    Brothers! 911firegear.com makes the exact same shield as the fire store. but approx. 10.00 + less.......Real leather - three layers - reflective panels - metal backer bar. A NY style passport shield that the fire store sells for 46.00, 911firegear sells for 32.00. just trying to save all of you $$$$$

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    http://gloveholders.com/shields.htm

    Ran into this guy at FH expo. The shields are normally around $30 but he had a sale going on during the show. I got the shield within a week or two and am very impressed with the quality and after a few fires its holding up well enough that a few guys have ditched their dept issue shields and ordered their own from Golfire. I would recommend Golfire Shields to anyone.

    This is the shield right after I took it out of the box. I got the pinned insert since we have a different accountability system but I believe he also makes velcro ones.
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    could anyone post a pic of one from the firestore with the velcro passport?

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