Q: What does the NIJ Level IIIA rating mean and how do you get it?

A: The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) ballistic standard for body armor includes five levels: Level IIA, Level II, Level IIIA, Level III, and Level IV. The NIJ sets these standards based on the type and velocity of ammunition that the body armor is capable of stopping.

Level IIIA body armor is the highest level of protection that is typically considered concealable, lightweight body armor. It is rated to stop most handgun rounds, including 9mm, .357 Magnum, and .44 Magnum. The ballistic material used in Level IIIA body armor is typically UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene), Kevlar, or a combination of both.
To receive a NIJ Level IIIA rating, body armor must be able to stop bullets fired from a .357 SIG and .44 Magnum pistol, as well as lower-level rounds like 9mm and .40 S&W. The armor must also limit the amount of blunt force trauma that is transferred to the wearer by the impact of the bullet.

Q: What is UHMW-PE material?

A: This type of insert is made of high-performance UHMW-PE (Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) material that meets the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level IIIA standard for ballistic protection. This level of protection is capable of stopping most handgun rounds.

Q: What are the advantages of using soft armor inserts made of UHMW-PE material?

A: Bulletproof inserts made of UHMW-PE material are lightweight, flexible, and comfortable to wear. They offer protection against ballistic threats without sacrificing mobility or comfort. They are also resistant to water, UV light, and chemicals, making them durable and long-lasting.

Q: Can these inserts made of UHMW-PE material be worn alone for protection?

A: No, soft armor bulletproof inserts made of UHMW-PE material are designed to be inserted into bags, backpacks, or vests for added ballistic protection. They are not meant to be worn alone as stand-alone armor.

Q: How long do the bulletproof inserts last?

A: Soft armor bulletproof inserts made of UHMW-PE material can last up to five years with proper care and storage. Avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures, moisture, and direct sunlight. Replace them if they show signs of wear or damage.

Q: Are soft armor bulletproof inserts legal to own and use?

A: Yes, soft armor bulletproof inserts made of UHMW-PE material rated at NIJ Level IIIA are legal to own and use in most countries. However, laws and regulations may vary by jurisdiction, so it's best to check with local authorities to ensure compliance.

Q: Can soft armor bulletproof inserts made of UHMW-PE material stop rifle rounds?

A: No, soft armor bulletproof inserts made of UHMW-PE material rated at NIJ Level IIIA are designed to stop most handgun rounds. They are not rated to stop rifle rounds or other high-powered ammunition.

While we hope you never find yourself in a situation where ballistic protection is necessary, these bulletproof inserts guarantee you are always prepared. Remember that personal protection is just one aspect of staying safe during an active shooter situation. It is important to also be aware of emergency protocols and procedures, as well as ways to support those who have been affected by the incident.