During any moment of civil unrest in our streets, you or someone you love may be put in precarious positions.
Oftentimes demonstrations can turn from peaceful to violent in a matter of seconds.
In response to the many innocent people who are at risk during massive protests, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of civilians ordering body armor for potential civil unrest.
We have many blogs about what each type of armor represents and protects you from.
We want this to be your guide for choosing the right armor for you and your family.
What Type of Body Armor Should I Choose For My Family?
This is the part that only you can answer, but we can get you there if you understand how to determine which combination you’d like for each person.
For example, everyone typically has a differently shaped body from head to toe, so, we can’t expect everyone to fit one size or style of armor. We wanted to include our guidelines when selecting body armor so you get what's right for you the first time.
There are many things to consider when choosing body armor, but the top considerations should be the level of coverage on your body, the overall weight of the armor, and what type of protection you think you need.
DURITIUM® IV+HS Body Armor Plates
Level IV is currently the highest certification the NIJ offers, but there are plates on the market that offer protection that exceeds the testing standard. While the US military uses a different rating scale than the NIJ does, they’re easy enough to compare side-to-side.
The NIJ Level IV standard states “Compliance at Type IV for hard armor or plate inserts requires that samples be tested in a conditioned state with .30 caliber armor piercing (AP) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8 g (166 gr) and a velocity of 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).”
Stopping a hit from a 7.62 NATO armor-piercing round is a pretty impressive feat. Remember how I mentioned there are products that exceed the standard?
Say hello to our Duritium IV+HS armor plates. During NIJ testing these composite polyethylene and ceramic hybrid plates stopped not one, but six armor-piercing rounds from a 7.62x63 (30-06) chambered rifle.
Additionally, We have the proof with independent NIJ-Listed lab results that show our Duritium® Level IV+HS plate can take an otherworldly 11 7.62 x 54mm AP bullets.
How Can We Increase The Survivability of our Children?
Not everyone is going to be able to wear armor due to the sizing issues, but there are other ways we can help you protect your children without strapping armor on them.
Our BallisticBoard® allows you to insert the armor into your backpack without anyone knowing the difference.
This can be extremely beneficial to your family because even if you’re in a crisis your kids don’t have to know everything about the situation.
Place a backpack on them with our BallisticBoard® insert and you’re ready to stop any handgun bullet with multiple hits.
As for everybody else, many Americans carry concealed ready to respond, but there are quite a few that don’t for many different reasons and places where you just can’t carry them legally even if you are licensed. Something you can incorporate into your daily carry bag is a level 3a backpack insert. These can easily slip into a backpack, messenger bag, or briefcase giving you instant ballistic protection against most handgun rounds.
You need quality ballistic protection that doesn’t add significant bulk or weight to your daily routine. You need something that doesn’t compromise your ability to function like a normal person but that can protect you when bullets start to fly.
Why Choose ShotStop to Prepare For Civil Unrest?
ShotStop may be a business but we all believe family is the most important thing in our lives.
We take the personal protection of our families as seriously as possible and we trust both our BallisticBoard® and body armor to save the lives of our family if ever needed.
As you conduct your own research on which company you want to buy from, you’re going to see a lot of misinformation about being NIJ-Listed. The fact of the matter is that not very many companies are honest or upfront about their armor.