In an ever-changing world, personal safety has never been more crucial. Finding the right body armor can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created this comprehensive guide to help you navigate the bulletproof gear available on our site, Self Defense Mall. From plate carriers to bulletproof vests and bulletproof backpacks, we’re here to help you make the right choice.

Understand Your Needs:

Bullet Blocker’s NIJ IIIA Men’s Fortress Fleece
BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof VIP Plus Vest

Before diving into product choices, it’s essential to evaluate your unique needs. Are you a security professional looking for robust protection, or a civilian desiring discreet protection for everyday life? The gear for each scenario varies significantly.

Know the Levels of Protection:

NIJ Body Armor Levels

Level Type of Armor Protection Capabilities
IIA Soft Armor Designed to safeguard against 9mm FMJ and .40 S&W FMJ ammunition
II Soft Armor Offers protection against 9mm FMJ and .357 Magnum JSP ammunition
IIIA Soft Armor Can withstand impacts from .357 SIG FMJ and .44 Magnum SJHP bullets
III Hard Armor Defends against 7.62mm M80 bullets, commonly used in many rifles
IV Hard Armor Resistant to .30 caliber armor-piercing rifle rounds

Body armor comes in various NIJ (National Institute of Justice) protection levels. Levels IIA, II, and IIIA are soft armors designed to stop most handgun bullets. Levels III and IV, often made of metal or ceramic, are hard armors designed to stop rifle bullets. Understanding these levels helps you select the armor that provides the protection you need.

Comfort and Mobility:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Vest for Women
BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Patriot Vest

While protection level is essential, comfort and mobility should not be overlooked. Heavy, uncomfortable gear can limit your movement and slow you down during critical moments. Look for armor that offers a balance between comfort, weight, and protection.

Size and Fit:

Body Armor Sizing Guide

Size Chest Waist
XS 32 – 34″ 25 – 27″
S 35 – 37″ 28 – 31″
M 38 – 40″ 32 – 35″
L 42 – 44″ 36 – 39″
XL 46 – 48″ 40 – 43″
XXL 50 – 52″ 44 – 47″
XXXL +$200 54 – 56″ 48 – 51″

How to Measure:

  • Chest: Measure under arms and across shoulder blades.
  • Sleeve: Measure from center back of neck, over the shoulder, down the arm to wrist.
  • Waist: Measure around your waistline.

Body armor must cover your vital organs adequately, including your heart, lungs, and major arteries in your torso. Most bulletproof gear is adjustable, allowing for a customized fit.

Special Features:

Bullet Blocker NIJ IIIA Bug-Out Vest
Bullet Blocker NIJ IIIA Jump Pack
BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Large Leg Rig

Special features can make certain types of body armor more suited to your specific needs. Some armor plates are multi-hit capable, some vests have Molle systems for attaching equipment, while bulletproof backpacks may have additional pockets for convenience.

Quality and Durability:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof VIP Vest
BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof VIP Vest

Remember that you’re investing in life-saving equipment. Always opt for high-quality, durable gear tested to meet NIJ standards. Cheaper isn’t always better, especially when it comes to body armor.


BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Instructor Vest
BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Instructor Vest

Any piece of equipment is only as good as the person using it. Even the best gear cannot replace proper training. Familiarize yourself with your equipment, know how to wear it and remove it quickly, and understand its limitations.


Self Defense Mall

Your safety is our priority at Self Defense Mall. We offer a wide range of bulletproof gear to suit various needs and situations. Use this guide to make an informed decision about the best body armor for you. As always, our team is ready to assist with any further queries to ensure you’re well-equipped to stay safe.

Remember, the right bulletproof gear is just one aspect of a comprehensive personal safety strategy. Pair it with situational awareness, emergency preparedness, and appropriate training to significantly enhance your safety.

Product FAQs


Are bulletproof backpacks legal?

Yes, bulletproof backpacks are legal in most areas in the United States. However, laws can vary internationally or in certain jurisdictions, so it’s important to check local regulations.

Will a bulletproof backpack stop an AR 15 bullet?

It depends on the backpack and its protection level. Some bulletproof backpacks or inserts are rated Level III, which can stop bullets from an AR 15.

How much does a bulletproof backpack insert weigh?

On average, a bulletproof backpack insert can weigh between 1-5 pounds, depending on its size and protection level.

Are bulletproof backpacks TSA approved?

Yes, bulletproof backpacks and inserts are typically TSA approved for carry-on and checked baggage. However, it’s advisable to check with your airline and TSA guidelines before traveling.

Is it legal to fly with body armor?

Yes, in the United States, it is generally legal to fly with body armor in your checked luggage. It’s best to check with your airline for specific regulations.

Are bulletproof backpacks heavy?

Bulletproof backpacks are slightly heavier than regular backpacks due to the protective materials, but they’re designed to be as lightweight as possible for ease of use.

What is the lifespan of a bulletproof vest?

Typically, a bulletproof vest has a lifespan of about 5 years. However, it can vary based on the manufacturer’s guidelines, usage, and storage conditions.

Can children use bulletproof backpacks?

Yes, there are bulletproof backpacks specifically designed for children. However, it’s crucial to ensure the backpack is appropriately sized and not too heavy for the child to carry.


Remember, start exploring our range of body armor now and equip yourself with the confidence of bulletproof protection.

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