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Body Armor 101. Know What You're Buying

The National Institute of Justice is an agency within the U.S government that is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The agency dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. The NIJ is the agency that sets the testing standard for body armor. The current standard for body armor testing is NIJ Standard-0101.06 for ballistic resistance. The NIJ has an information page located HERE  these are the standards and obligations that body armor companies have in order to to be compliant. They must meet standards on workmanship, labelling and testing. The NIJ has a program of approved testing facilities that test the armor to the strict standards of the National Institute of Justice.

One of the standards for testing facilities is that it has to be located in the U.S. A list of approved testing facilities is located in this LINK If you're looking purchase body armor ask the company if their vest(s) meet NIJ standards. Then ask them the name of the facility it was tested in and the location of the facility. If they tell you the company was anywhere other than in the U.S. It IS NOT NIJ Tested and Certified. The NIJ has a list of body armor companies who've had their armor tested by the approved laboratories. The link to the list is located HERE Search the list and look for the company selling armor to you. There is a reason why some companies sell their armor much cheaper than others. Body armor can be purchased from companies in China, India, Pakistan and South America. These vests are cheaper than Armor made in Canada or the U.S. In order for that armor to be NIJ tested and certifed it must be tested in an NIJ approved laboratory in the United States.

This is a quote from the NIJ page. The link is HERE When In Doubt Check It Out Labels can be deceiving Products that bear the ballistic panel label stating, “This model of armor has been determined to comply with the NIJ Standard-0101.06 by the NIJ Compliance Testing Program and is listed in the NIJ Compliant Products List,” should be what they are advertised to be. However, you won’t really know for sure unless you: 1) Look at the model designation identified on the armor’s ballistic panel label. 2) Check the Compliant Products List. HERE to determine whether the armor model in question has actually gone through NIJ’s Compliance Testing Program. Buyer beware! Double check all products. The only way to be sure that what you have is the real McCoy is to check the NIJ Compliant Products List. Find it here. If it isn’t listed on the CPL, it isn’t NIJ compliant. Period." Still unsure call us 1-866-218-5883

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