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DKX Armor now available

We have finally got out hands on some DKX armor. For those of you who don’t know this is armor that weighs 2.9 lbs per plate, float, and are rated to be level 3 NIJ certified armor.

These are the lightest level 3 plates we have seen, and it’s a difference you really need to feel to appreciate. Most other level 3 armor is right around the 5lb mark or more.

Take a look at our online store to see more details and some videos of it in action.

If you are a LEO or contractor looking to get a demo of these plates in action contact us to schedule up a meeting and special group buy in pricing.

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Body armor basics

We often get a lot of questions from people who are first time purchasers or users of body armor about what they need or just the products in general. Hopefully we can address a few of those common questions here.

The basics of what you need

The first question we often get asked is “is this body armor” or “is this vest bullet proof”. Usually folks ask this when looking at one of our plate carriers. Most plate carriers do not have any ballistic resistance by themselves and need either hard plates, or soft armor.

At a minimum this means you need a plate carrier and at least one plate of armor to get any protection out of the product. Ideally you want to have 2 plates to balance the weight of your gear and give yourself better coverage.

Some carriers will have some protection level included into them, but be sure to check their rating level and verify that they are certified for that level of protection.

What level of resistance do you need?

The next question is often “what does this stop” or “This is bullet proof?” . The first thing to remember is that nothing is bullet proof, only bullet resistant to a certain tested level. What this means is that the manufacturers of the armor go through and test a set number of their armor to meet a standard level of resistance. That resistance is a set number of hits within a certain area from a specific caliber. That sets the baseline of what the armor should perform in the field. Based on that you can find the armor that should meet the job you need. Often armor is refered to with the NIJ standard of armor protection it provides. That standard is to rate armor based on it’s type from type 1 to type 4. Take a look at the following chart to get an idea of the various protection levels.

Armor Level Protection
Type I
(.22 LR; .380 ACP)
This armor would protect against 2.6g (40 gr) .22 Long Rifle Lead Round Nose (LR LRN) bullets at a velocity of 329 m/s (1080 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 6.2 g (95 gr) .380 ACP Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets at a velocity of 322 m/s (1055 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
Type IIA
(9 mm; .40 S&W; .45 ACP)
New armor protects against 8 g (124 gr) 9×19mm Parabellum Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets at a velocity of 373 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1225 ft/s ± 30 ft/s); 11.7 g (180 gr) .40 S&W Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets at a velocity of 352 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1155 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 14.9 g (230 gr) .45 ACP Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets at a velocity of 275 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (900 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Conditioned armor protects against 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ RN bullets at a velocity of 355 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1165 ft/s ± 30 ft/s); 11.7 g (180 gr) .40 S&W FMJ bullets at a velocity of 325 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1065 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 14.9 g (230 gr) .45 ACP Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets at a velocity of 259 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (850 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides protection against the threats mentioned in [Type I].
Type II
(9 mm; .357 Magnum)
New armor protects against 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ RN bullets at a velocity of 398 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1305 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 10.2 g (158 gr) .357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point bullets at a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Conditioned armor protects against 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ RN bullets at a velocity of 379 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1245 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 10.2 g (158 gr) .357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point bullets at a velocity of 408 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides protection against the threats mentioned in [Types I and IIA].
Type IIIA
(.357 SIG; .44 Magnum)
New armor protects against 8.1 g (125 gr) .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets at a velocity of 448 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1470 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 15.6 g (240 gr) .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets at a velocity of 436 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Conditioned armor protects against 8.1 g (125 gr) .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets at a velocity of 430 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1410 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 15.6 g (240 gr) .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets at a velocity of 408 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides protection against most handgun threats, as well as the threats mentioned in [Types I, IIA, and II].
Type III
(Rifles)
Conditioned armor protects against 9.6 g (148 gr) 7.62×51mm NATO M80 ball bullets at a velocity of 847 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2780 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides protection against the threats mentioned in [Types I, IIA, II, and IIIA].
Type IV
(Armor Piercing Rifle)
Conditioned armor protects against 10.8 g (166 gr) .30-06 Springfield M2 armor-piercing (AP) bullets at a velocity of 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides at least single hit protection against the threats mentioned in [Types I, IIA, II, IIIA, and III].

(Chart Source Wikipedia)

As you can guess the higher the protection the more expensive the plate is usually. However technology has been advancing and newer tech plates are coming to market at lower prices. Be sure to get a plate that has been certified for a specific rating as well. We have seen vendors who simply make their own system and never get it tested, and claim it to be of a certain level. If the manufacturer doesn’t have a certified solution, it’s a sign it might not hold up to what they say. An exception to this rule would be custom made clothing, such as suits, and jackets as each piece will be uniquely different.

Basic care and understanding of your system

Knowing how your armor works is key to understanding what it can take and caring for it as well. For example some plates are only rated to a specific level if they are used with a carrier or soft plate of a specific level as well. These are referred to as in-conjunction plates, and are hard armor and soft armor combined to make a single solution. Most soft armor solutions are made from Kevlar and have a limited useable life before the fibers break down, as well as specific care needs so as not to damage those fibers.

Each product will have specific care needs and maintenance needed. However you can take these as general things to keep in mind:

  • Keep your system dry. Water will break down Kevlar fibers over time and lower your protection level.
  • If your system gets wet try and let it dry out before using it again. This will prevent mold from forming and further reduce wear on the fibers.
  • Follow cleaning instructions to the letter!! Many people ruin a new armor system by not taking care of cleaning them, such as washing a carrier with the soft plates still inside of it.
  • Avoid dropping or rough handling of hard plates! Many of these are made of ceramic, and while capable of stopping a bullet are very fragile. A drop onto the hard ground can crack the plate on the inside and ruin it’s ability to stop a bullet.

Legality to own

This is probably the last question we get when folks are buying their armor… or sometimes the first. People are surprised that they can legally own body armor in most places. Notice the keyword there, MOST places. While our state and many around us allows us to own and sell them to civilians, there are some states that only allow law enforcement to have them. This is why you will see some vendors only sell them to military or law enforcement, or require a statement from your local law enforcement that you can have them in your possession.

Our stance on the issue has been that you should research your local and state laws to make sure that they are legal for you to own, and use. We prefer to be able to sell to anyone and believe our customers will be responsible enough to use armor solutions correctly and not for illegal purposes. Everyone should have a basic right to protect themselves, be it offensively or defensively with armor solutions.

Always check the laws before purchasing any armor solution, and take care in what you do when wearing armor, as any crime committed with armor on will have higher penalties.

Check with your local and state law enforcement on the legality of owning body armor in your state before purchasing any solution as a civilian.

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AR500 Plates have arrived!

We have finally received our plates from AR500 and will be selling them at $90 per plate. We had to raise the price a little bit to offset the shipping costs for this initial order. If we get enough demand for them we will be lowering the price.

Currently, due to paypal’s strict rules on what they allow to be processed with them we will only be selling the AR500 plates over the phone, and at gun shows.

If you are interested in some plates please contact us either via telephone or our contact form and we will get back in touch with you.

We are still waiting for their carriers to come in at this time.

Update:
We have a steady flow of armor coming in now and it is also available for purchase on our website! Get your AR500 Body Armor plates while you can!

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New Armor On The Way

We have recently signed up with AR500 and have an order in for a variety of armor plates. We hope to get them in within the next 4 to 8 weeks, so you should be able to see them at the next Fredericksburg, VA gun show.

Expect to see a couple of full setups, as well as some trauma plates, side plates, and carriers as well.

For those of you not familiar with their products, the AR500 plates are rated at type 3 bullet resistance. They are a steel plate, so for those of us who may only be able to afford one set of plates this is definitely an investment that will pay off as they are far more durable and “reusable” than ceramic plates.

Here is a sample video to show off what you can expect from them:

When we get them in we will post up on our website and facebook page about them.

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Cyber Monday and Black Friday 2012 Sale

We are offering a 10% discount on all of our items from now until 11/27/2012 when you use the promo code BLACKFRI when you checkout.

Save on survival kits, tools, emergency supplies, food, and much more.

Get your family the gift of preparedness this year!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Promotion code 2012

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Survival Kit & Gear Checklist

Many folks often ask or are looking for a quick basic checklist of gear that they should have in a survival or disaster kit for emergency preparedness. It can be difficult to know what you need to put in it for your first kit.

So we have put together this short list of items you should keep on eye on to make sure you have for any general survival kit.

  • 3 Days worth of food per person (Adults need at least 1200 calories per day)
  • 3 Days worth of water (16 to 32oz of water per person depending on activity levels)
  • Battery or Crank power flashlight and spare batteries for it.
  • Battery of crank power AM/FM radio. An additional HAM or FRS radio would be a great addition
  • Blanket and/or sleeping bag to keep warm during the night or bad weather
  • First aid kit that can take care of basic cuts, more advanced is recommended with gauze pads and medical tape
  • Sanitation, such as hand wipes, soap, toothbrushes, towels, and tissues.
  • A backpack or duffel bag to keep all your survival gear, in the event you need to leave quickly
  • Spare change of clothing for at least one day
  • Important papers and documents, such as insurance information, and identification
  • Physical cash and money, be sure to have a couple dollars in a variety of coins as well as at least $50-$100 in small bills

Those are the bare basics of what you need in a survival kit, for more in-depth information as to why you might want these items you should read our full blog post “Building and customizing a survival kit“.

You can of course purchase a premade 72 hour survival kit from us that includes many of these items already.

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