Well, another school year begins and parents everywhere fear for their kids. Before we get started, we can go back and forth on how to prevent school shootings, whether or not guns or certain guns should be banned. Whether laws or lack of laws do anything. We could also argue back and forth until we are blue in the face about what a perfect world could be.
With all that being said, the world is not perfect and bad things happen to good people. The question is, do you give yourself or your kids a fighting chance?
Ok, bulletproof backpacks have become a necessity for some and for others a way of life.
When choosing a bulletproof backpack, some things to consider is stopping potential. Velocity is key when considering the protection level you want.
A ballistic panel (soft) or plate (hard) level will dictate what the armor has been tested or even certified to stop.
Many companies will cite the .44 magnum caliber in an attempt to convince you that, “if it can stop Dirty Harry’s round, then it must be up to the task”. That type of thinking would be wrong. You see, the .44 magnum is a monster of a round, it is even used for defense in brown bear country. The reason why the .44 magnum is so potent is due to the weight of the bullet (quite heavy) and its ability to deliver serious energy on the target. A slow heavy bullet will dump a mass of kinetic energy onto a target, thereby, it is a mainstay for stopping power (what you need when a brown bear is charging you). Pistol armor is usually much lighter in weight and usually costs less.
However, a round like the .223/5.56 moves at a much faster speed, which means instead of dumping kinetic energy onto the target, it burns through steel like butter (literally). It requires a different type of armor to provide protection. This is where hard plates usually come into the mix, they are heavier and costs more than soft panels.
Another aspect to consider is whether or not the armor you choose has been tested to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) rating. www.nij.gov Body Armor Standards
For any piece of armor to be awarded the NIJ standard, that piece of armor must got through testing to be guaranteed to perform as intended (stop “x” caliber). That testing, certification and sticker usually demands a higher price.
For those who have never used body armor, it can be quite tricky understanding all of the jargon. I hope this helps to simplify your decision.