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Body Armor Ballistic Threats

Affordable Body Armor conducts strict tests on all of it's body armor systems, but beyond our ballistic threat quality tests, Affordable Body Armor enlists the National Institute of Justice to confirm and independently certify all of our body armor products.

Affordable Body Armor products are all tested and proven to be of quality based on the world renowned verification testing performed by the NIJ. The NIJ is a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice and has established standards for the body armor industry to ensure a certified NIJ body armor system has been thoroughly tested and proven to be effectively bullet resistant.

When planning to buy body armor, understanding the NIJ threat levels and which ballistic threats each level is meant to protect against is essential to your personal body armor selection. The NIJ standards include levels such as Level II, Level IIIA, Level III and Level IV standards.

Below is a guide to help you understand which ballistic threat and NIJ level it protects the wearer against.

Level II

Level IIIA

Level IV

Protects against 9 mm FMJ and .357 JSP

Protects against the .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose and .44 Magnum Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point.

Protects against .30-caliber armor piercing (AP).

Comment: This would be our minimal recommendation for ballistic threat protection. Level II provides a cost effective level of protection while providing comfortable wearability, but only provides minimal blunt force trauma protection.

Comment: This Level IIIA ballistic level provides superior blunt force trauma protection and protects the wearer against other uncommon ballistic threats. For individuals interested in body armor this is our most common recommendation.

 Comment: Achieving this level of Ballistic threat protection requires the addition of a ballistic plate. Ballistic plates are available in several types of materials that range from lighter weight - higher cost to heavier - lower costs.

 

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