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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.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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