Why buying NIJ certified body armor is important – your life may depend on it.

As a consumer of most items we buy, it is a race to the bottom to find the lowest price for the item you want. This approach is not one that should be used when buying body armor.

When you buy body armor you are trusting that when you need it, it will stop bullets for the threat level you are wearing.

There are many websites and businesses out there that sell body armor as it has become, big business. But play close attention to wording, as it matters.

NIJ Certified is one of the most important checkboxes to look for. NIJ is the National Institute of Justice that certifies armor. Their website to check if a company sells armor that is certified is https://www.nij.gov/topics/technology/body-armor/Pages/compliant-ballistic-armor.aspx

There is a huge difference between Tested to NIJ Standards and NIJ Certified. Or the worst-case scenario, No mention of testing at all.

When armor is only tested to NIJ standards it means that a company has made a ballistic product (soft armor or Hard) and sent it to an independent testing lab. They test it to NIJ standards once. If it stops the bullets it is rated to, then it passes. That one time.

When armor is NIJ certified, it means that also the armor product has gone to an independent testing lab that is up to NIJ standards for testing and is tested. And if it passes, moves onto NIJ to be certified by them. This stamp of approval is huge. It means also that the company had to spend quite a bit of money for the testing process. When it comes to certifying hard armor products, it is very costly and several samples are submitted and tested to meet NIJ standards. After passing all steps and stages with NIJ, it is certified and goes on the NIK CPL list for compliant armor.

Let’s go back to testing. Not certified, tested once in a ballistics lab. When a ballistic product is NIJ certified, it continues to be tested to make sure that build of armor, is stopping what it is supposed to, with what NIJ calls a fit test. The FIT test is when NIJ shows up at a manufacturer an announced and pulls samples of the same armor that is certified by them to be re-tested to make sure it is still compliant. Again, that manufacturer pays for that test, and they happily do. Because it means they care to make sure the armor they sell will do what it supposed to. NIJ takes it back to their lab and tests that sample or samples. So, for the period has it certified for, which is generally 5 years (Differs by Manufacturer). It is continually tested. This translates into safety for you. We are talking about bullets here and a lifesaving product.  Do you want to buy armor that is tested once, or trusts that it is continually tested? Some will say and tell you that it does not matter that a product is NIJ certified – But It does. It should be noted that most LE agencies only buy armor that is NIJ certified.

To close, make sure the body armor you buy is NIJ certified, your life depends on it. Don’t get wrapped up in cool graphics and lowest cost. Look for Data on the product and verify that data here https://www.nij.gov/topics/technology/body-armor/Pages/compliant-ballistic-armor.aspx.

We hope this helped in making your armor buying decision. If we can help, answer questions about armor or get you protected, we are here to help.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of Shellback Tactical.

ECO Active Shooter Response Hard Armor Kit – Getting Law Enforcement Protected is Our Mission

Shellback Tactical Gear in recent months has made it, it’s mission to Get Law Enforcement Officers Protected with Protective Plate Carriers and Body Armor. In recent months as violent cowardly attacks have escalated against Law Enforcement. This has hit close to home for the owner of Shellback Tactical who spent 18 years in Law Enforcement and retired to a new calling. As a Police officer, the owner of Shellback Tactical started making nylon tactical gear in the USA with the mission of getting officers protected with gear for front line patrol operations. 12 + Years later the business has grown, but the mission has not changed. Shellback Tactical is one of the few USA Made nylon manufacturer businesses in the Industry that has been started and built by a police officer.

Officers having to purchase some of their own protective active shooter rifle stopping armor kits is a regular thing with budget constraints. This adds up quick and many officers are not in a position to afford this life-saving gear. Law Enforcement agencies who make a decision to buy gear for their officers also have to work within a set budget. They face, here’s the budget or the total amount allocated to spend. The next question is, How many personnel can we get outfitted.

Shellback Tactical, known for the Original Banshee Plate Carrier. Created and now introduces their new ECO active shooter armor kit. The ECO kit standing for economic help take the guess work out of the decision. By creating an incredible kit, that not only has all components Made in the USA, from the Body Armor to the Plate Carrier Vest itself. But it’s one of the lowest price points on the market for a kit like this. Making the ordering easy with one product SKU and all the lifesaving equipment is part of it. Makes the ordering process easy. The nylon component of the kit also carries a Lifetime Warranty, just like all other Shellback Tactical products. The best part is this kit a sub $400 kit.

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ECO Active Shooter Response Hard Armor Kit

$394.99 Lowest Priced USA Made Hard Armor Kit. This USA MADE Active Shooter Response Hard Armor Kit Named ECO for Economical is your ticket to protection at a budget minded price. Coming from Shellback Tactical, you know right away all components can be trusted, are built tough and USA Made. Whether you need to outfit 1 or several hundred, this kit just may fill the need. Don’t trust just any kit or gear. Trust Shellback to get you kitted.

The ECO Active Shooter Response Hard Armor Kit includes our Patriot Plate Carrier. A high quality, one size fits most solution, paired with matching Shellback branded Hard Armor Level IV plates. With the current state of the country and world being uncertain daily, Order yours and Get the Protection you need. The price for the complete kit? $394.99


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