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Bullet Proof


There is no such thing as Bullet Proof.


Now let us explain. "Bullet Proof" is a phrase that is commonly used to describe all kinds off ballistic armor (EG: "the bulletproof vest"). Police and military rarely, if ever, use that phrase. They call it body armor, or ballistic protection. Because that is what it is, a form of protection. Now under most circumstances, and against the right kind of bullets, these materials are "bullet proof" but only under those circumstances under which they were designed to be. There is always a bigger or faster bullet that will go right through whatever "bullet proof" armor you have. So what we must do is set up standards for what level of protection a piece of body armor will provide. In America we mainly use the NIJ ballistic threat levels. These levels go from 1 (which is essentially never used any more), to 2A, 2, 3A (this is the level of all of our armor), 3, and 4. All levels are rated to stop any round that a lower level will stop. Levels 3 and 4 are specifically for rifle rounds, and are usually heavy steel or ceramic plates that are inserted into carriers or vests to protect vital organs in the torso. 

Level 3A, or NIJ IIIA, is the level of most police and military vests, and the level of all of our inserts and pre-armored bags. Level 3A has been certified to stop a 44 Magnum handgun with 44mm (or 1.7 inches) of back space deformation (BSD) or less. This BSD is the amount the armor will push into the body as it stops the bullet. The result is like being hit with a hammer. Our panels are designed specifically to reduce or completely eliminate this BSD. 

NIJ IIIA armor will stop 95+% of all handguns out there. A 44 Magnum is an extremely powerful handgun round, only a few esoteric and rare handguns are more powerful. Things like the Desert Eagle 50 cal, or the Smith and Wesson 500 magnum. There is also the mythical FN 5.7x25 round. This round was designed for the military specifically to defeat soft Level IIIA body armor. However the ammunition civilians can typically get are not as powerful as the original military spec. 

So while our panels will stop a lot of different kinds of bullets, like any armor, they are not truly "bullet proof". We do use the term "bullet proof" but only in the common definition not as an absolute description of our product. So when we say "bullet proof" we mean NIJ Level IIIA rated, not that it will stop any bullet fired at it.




Ephesians 6:13 - Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground