1. What is the NIJ?

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The NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. This stands for National Institute of Justice. This organization determines the standards for Body Armor Performance. There is a classification of body armor by levels of ballistic performance. One of those standards for example is NIJ Standard 0101.06. Some of those levels you will find here at Max Body Armor such as Level IIIA, Level III, and Level III+.

This includes not only protecting you from bullet penetration but capturing the greatest amount of bullet fragments as possible with a specialized coating.

Our armor has been NIJ0101.06 CERTIFIED and has gone through rigorous 3rd party testing, including several special-threat rounds.

2. What is a projectile?

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For our purposes, a projectile is a bullet fired from a handgun, rifle, or shotgun.

3. What is velocity?

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The speed of something in a given direction, and in our case, speed of projectiles.

4. What is a threat?

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For our purposes, a threat is a projectile(s) and its velocity (speed).

5. What is ballistics?

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Ballistics is the science of projectiles (threats) and firearms or the study of the effects of being fired on a bullet, cartridge, or gun essentially.

6. What is a “+” or “Special Threat”?

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A+”symbol or “Special Threat” is a projectile with a certain velocity over and above normal basic standards, in our case NIJ 0101.06 standards. 

7. What is Multi-hit?

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Multi-hit is a term meaning the body armor can be hit multiple times without failing or allowing penetrations of the projectiles into the body.

So, if shot 3-4 times in the plate, you do not have any extra holes in your body.

8. What is Bullet Fragmentation?

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This is the characteristic of breaking into tiny pieces (fragments).

When a bullet hits something it can fragment. These fragments are still carrying velocity and can cause serious bodily harm or death.

9. What is a Long Gun?

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This is a reference to a carbine, rifle, or shotgun with a stock you typically shoulder mount to fire.

10. What is a Carbine?

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This is a long-barreled firearm with a shorter barrel than a standard rifle of that type. Meaning that in most cases a carbine is a shortened version of full-length rifles designed to shoot the same ammunition.

11. What is ammunition?

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In the case of modern small arms (portable firearms especially rifles, pistols, shotguns, and light machine guns) generally ammunition is made up of four component parts:

1.) a bullet, 2.) a cartridge case, 3.) gunpowder and 4.) a primer.

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