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NIJ Certification vs "Meets NIJ Standards"

Currently Spartan Armor Systems™ offers seven (7) different NIJ certified products, but what does “NIJ certified” really mean? In this article we’re going to take a closer look at the process of NIJ Certification, specifically what it means for the end user and why you should buy NIJ certified body armor. If you’ve read our [...]

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Lightweight Body Armor Options

Lightweight body armor is a practical solution for many people, not just hardcore Operators or SWAT members. In fact, there are several options for lightweight body armor that span across several threat levels of protection ranging from IIIA (handgun rated) up to IV (.30-06 armor piercing rated). To clarify, when we say “lightweight”, we are [...]

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A Closer Look at Body Armor Ballistic Levels

Based on what most people see in movies and tv it’s easy to think that all body armor plates will stop all bullet calibers. In reality, when you buy body armor, you have to make some considerations on which bullet calibers you want to stop. To simplify this issue a bit, the National Institute of [...]

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Steel Core Body Armor: Selecting the Right Shape and Curve

For most people, buying body armor plates is something that they’ll do once or maybe twice in their life. We want to make sure you get setup with the right body armor the first time. In this article we’ll be covering the fundamental choices you’ll be faced with when you buy steel core body armor. Swimmers [...]

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How to Tell if Your Body Armor Manufacturer is Legit

Over the past few years we’ve seen numerous tragedies in this county and with the carnage in the first few months of 2020, it’s no wonder why there’s been a huge surge in body armor purchases. The idea of body armor as a means of personal protection has just recently gained more acceptance by mainstream [...]

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Low Lead Time Body Armor Products & Tactical Gear

It would be a bit of an understatement to characterize 2020 as a flaming dumpster fire. We do the best we can to provide accurate lead time predictions based on known variables. Increased demand for body armor, coupled with strain put on the supply chain for materials have unfortunately driven up lead times much higher [...]

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5 Easy Ways to Make Body Armor More Comfortable

Let’s face it, body armor can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. If you’ve ever had a plate carrier or wraparound vest on for more than 20 minutes, you’ve undoubtedly noticed this. Whether it’s increased body temperature or plates rubbing against your body, the discomfort can be distracting to say the least. [...]

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Body Armor in Hollywood: Fact vs Fiction

 Magical guns that don’t require reloading, shooting bad guys 200 feet away without aiming, and using shovels for body armor. You got to love the imagination in the entertainment industry. Despite having access to Google and YouTube, Hollywood has a very limited and often comical misunderstanding of body armor. With all the serious issues going [...]

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Choosing the Right Body Armor Platform

If you’re in the market and looking to buy body armor, the numerous options available can be a bit overwhelming. When you’re shopping for body armor, we suggest first identifying the emergency scenario (civil unrest, active shooters, etc.) you’re anticipating and then plan your gear accordingly. A good place to start is the “platform” or [...]

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Spall and Fragmentation: Myth vs Reality

The Debate Hold on tight, we’re going to dispel some myths and shed light on flawed arguments against steel core body armor. If you’ve spent any time researching body armor, you’ve probably come across forums or videos where someone tries to scare people away from buying steel body armor. This is usually based on flawed testing [...]

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