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Predator Body Armor

Understanding Body Armor & the National Institution of Justice (NIJ) Standards 
When contemplating body armor, it is important to understand the different levels of protection that are available & where classifications come from. Most armor companies label their armor after the NIJ Standard-0101.06, a universal and consistent rating system for personal body armor that which assigns ratings based on the level of safety against various calibers. Our armor plates are tested to meet & exceed the NIJ Standards they are rated for. 

Body Armor vs Bulletproof Vests
One of the most common misconceptions we see is that bulletproof vests are a "one size fits all" application. We can probably thank Hollywood as one of the biggest contributors for that. Many film producers don't illustrate nuance or accuracy when it comes to portraying how body armor actually functions. It is important to educate yourself on the variety of body armor applications and protection ratings associated with each option. 

A good starting point for anyone new to the world of body armor would be to identify the most probable threat and make purchasing decisions based on that. For example, are pistol caliber or rifle caliber guns more prevalent where you're at? Does your armor need to be discreet and concealable? Of course, our staff is always available and happy to help via email with any questions! 




























Level lllA Armor 
Predator Armor's Level IIIA Soft Armor has been tested by an independent NIJ credentialed laboratory to certify that it meets NIJ level IIIA specifications; it will stop .9mm to .357 SIG FMJ, as well as .44 MAG SJHP. The Hybrid Kevlar system used in Predator Armor's Level IIIA Soft Armor is unmatched within the Soft Armor industry, providing top-rated stopping ability while still remaining thin, durable and comfortable.

Level lllA 'Backpack Armor'
Predator Armor's Level lllA Backpack Armor is designed in 10.5" x 14" panels to fit into the laptop compartment of most common backpacks or main pockets of a purse, laptop bag, or briefcase. It's purpose is to provide bulletproof ballistic protection from all of the most-used handgun calibers on the market, turning a regular backpack into a bulletproof backpack" 
Tested in an independent NIJ credentialed laboratory, these Level lllA panels will stop 9mm to .357 SIG FMJ, all the way up to .44 MAG SJHP. Similar to our Level lllA Armor panels, our Backpack Armor uses our proprietary Hybrid Kevlar system and is unmatched in the Soft Armor industry, providing top rated stopping ability while remaining thin, durable, and comfortable. 

Level lll Armor
Predator Armor's Level lll Armor is made from AR500 ballistic treated steel and has been certified by an independent NIJ credentialed laboratory that it meets NIJ Level lll specifications. Level lll Armor will stop all handgun rounds, but is designed specifically to stop higher caliber rifle rounds. Predator Armor's Level lll has been tested to stop the NIJ standard of 7.62x51 steel jacket rounds at a velocity of 2780 fps. You can purchase this armor as a base plate or you can add an optional kevlar wrapping that will catch all fragmentation & spall.
*Note: We highly recommend looking into 'frag' mitigation options whenever running steel armor plates, whether purchasing a sleeve through a 3rd party or adding our proprietary kevlar wrap. 


Level lll+ Armor
Predator Armor's Level lll+ Armor is made from AR650 ballistic treated steel and was designed to fill the gap between Level lll & Level IV armor. Although Level lll+ is not an official rating of the NIJ, it was created for more advanced protection than Level lll requirements, stopping specific rounds such as 5.56x45 (M855 ball or "green tip" ammunition) and .30-06 JSP rounds. You can purchase this armor as a base plate or you can add an optional kevlar wrapping that will catch all fragmentation & spall.
*Note: We highly recommend looking into 'frag' mitigation options whenever running steel armor plates, whether purchasing a sleeve through a 3rd party or adding our proprietary kevlar wrap. 

Trauma Pads
Predator Armor Trauma Pads work perfectly in tandem with our Level lll & Level lll+ body armor to increase comfort and mitigate blunt force trauma. Trauma Pads are essential in dissipating the transferred energy from a bullet striking body armor by widening that energy transfer over a larger surface area, making impact significantly less painful. Check out the application for this technology here: Trauma Pad Test

Body Armor Protection Rating Levels
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