Equipment & Apparel

Ballistic Armor Update: 2019

Bill Siuru, Ph.D., PE The 26th Annual Report on the Latest Advances in Ballistic Armor Technology and Design The big news for 2019 is the issuance of NIJ Standard 0101.07 (or the pending issuance) which comes over a decade after the release of NIJ Standard 0101.06. This new standard improves the test methods, along with the performance requirements, for the level of ballistic resistance body armor must have to protect the torso from handgun and rifle fire. The NIJ Standard…

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Body Armor Update: 2016

The 23rd Annual Report on the Latest Advances in Ballistic Armor Technology and Design “During the past three decades, ballistic-resistant soft body armor has saved the lives of more than 3,000 police officers,” making it critical safety equipment for law enforcement, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) reports. Ballistic armor technology is constantly changing: incorporating new materials, improving performance and enhancing wearability. This article will provide some background to help you make the right body armor choices. We’ll end with…