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5 Things to Know When Buying Ballistic Shields
Dale Taylor, CEO of Blueridge Armor, estimates about 60% of the shields out there offer protection against handgun rounds while only about 40% are rifle rated. True cost is a factor, with the rifle-rated shields costing more, but weight also comes into play.
February 7, 2023
Body Armor 101: How to Choose
To better understand the choices, let’s go step by step through the various types of armor, threat levels, and certification processes.
July 15, 2019
Body Armor Protection Levels: What Do They Mean? Which One is Right for You?
What do the various levels of body armor protection mean? How do you choose which one is best for you?
April 22, 2019
A Blueprint for Making Better Armor
The National Institute of Justice has proposed a much-needed revision to the terminology and testing procedures used for certifying vests and hard plates.
May 3, 2018
NIJ Certification: What Does It Mean?
There is a lot of confusion these days surrounding body armor – mostly about what it can and cannot do. What rounds will certain levels stop? Should you get soft armor? Hard armor? Steel plate? Ceramic? Concealed? Outer tactical carrier? Part of the confusion stems from three initials: NIJ. How important are those initials when it comes to ballistic protection? The lives of your officers may depend on them.
May 1, 2018
A Revolution in Body Armor
The second generation of 06 Standard-certified vests includes II and IIIA armor that weighs less than a pound per square foot while offering remarkable flexibility.
July 8, 2016
Unmanned Experts Chooses Aeryon's sUAS as Go-To Platform for Public Safety Applications
UMEX has been operating under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (DOJ NIJ) to investigate the effectiveness of sUAS in expediting accident scene clearance.
December 4, 2014
Body Armor Comfort and Protection
By using a wide variety of new ballistic materials and through proprietary design technologies, the makers of soft body armor are starting to produce some innovative vests that meet the NIJ .06 standard, provide excellent threat protection, and give wearers improved comfort.
September 4, 2014
Ballistics Study Leads to Changes at Federal Agency
A team of researchers led by Sam Houston State University identified a number of areas of improvement in a national database of forensic ballistics evidence used to link guns to violent crimes.
December 11, 2013
How To Buy a Ballistic Vest
Finding the right body armor is often a personal endeavor, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
January 27, 2013
Understanding Armor Plates
Soft body armor ballistic vest packages are rated levels 1 through 4 by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) based on how much protection from ballistic rounds they are rated to provide. Similarly, armor plates are available in two different types or classes tested and recognized by the NIJ: type 3 and type 4.
January 24, 2013
NIJ Body Armor Video
The National Institute for Justice produced this video covering testing procedures and the importance of officers wearing their ballistic vests. Source: NIJ
March 6, 2012
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