The Safariland Group Blog

Are You Wearing Your Body Armor Backwards?

August 3, 2010 at 08:15
Posted in Body Armor
As strange as it may sound, there is a very good chance that you, or one of your fellow officers, will go on duty tonight wearing body armor that may provide far less ballistic protection than expected. Modern body armor is designed to protect the wearer from deadly high-velocity handgun rounds using a sophisticated combination of bullet-stopping materials, strategies and tactics. Unfortunately, these highly sophisticated panel structures are usually directional in nature. That means if they... Read More »

New NIJ Standard for Body Armor Sets Performance and Testing Requirements for Ballistic Resistance

November 10, 2009 at 11:30
Posted in Body Armor
Body armor is changing for the better, thanks to new performance standards set by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime-control and justice issues. The new NIJ Standard-0101.06, as it’s officially called, specifies revised minimum-performance requirements that body armor must meet to satisfy the needs of criminal-justice agencies. It also establishes the methods... Read More »

How To Check Your Shield's Performance

January 14, 2009 at 18:36
Posted in Hard Armor
You should evaluate your shield's performance prior to use, even if your agency purchased it for you. Performance refers to a shield’s ability to stop NIJ standard* rounds/velocities, as well as rounds/velocities beyond the standard’s requirements (special threats). You should always request a copy of the manufacturer’s shield test results. I also run through this mental checklist... Read More »