Less Lethal Alternatives introduces Safe Life Defense a company specializing in body armor and based out of Las Vegas Nevada. One of their products is the Safe Life Defense Multi Threat IIIA vest. This vest protects against handgun fire ranging from a .22 caliber to a .44 magnum as well as 12 gauge shotgun slugs.To be rated level IIIA, armor must protect the wearer from .44 magnum with a mass of 240 grains and a velocity of 1340 ft/s. But protection doesn’t end there, this vest also protects critical organs from edged weapon attacks. This innovative level of protection is offered exclusively through Safe Life Defense and provides an unmatched level of multi-threat protection. This enhanced soft armor not only provides protection against the same threats as our traditional iiia, but also includes NIJ Level 1 spike protection for up to 36 jules of stab force and protection against armor piercing handgun ammunitionThis vest is versatile allowing for either concealed or exterior wear.
There is a common misconception that body armor is only legal for law enforcement of professional security organizations, but this isn’t the case. Body armor is legal in all 50 states with ONLY the following three restrictions:
• Body Armor is illegal if you have been convicted of a violent felony.
• Body armor may not be shipped to a civilian in Connecticut. Body armor purchases in Connecticut may only occur “face to face.”
• Body armor is not intended for criminals. Wearing body armor while committing a crime will increase penalties greatly.
The Safe Life Defense armor has two additional rifle plate pockets for added protection. It is constructed with custom DuPont Kevlar, the carrier is water resistant, and features a cooling mesh liner. Safe Life Defense offers a standard 5 year warranty on their body armor.
Recently Less Lethal Alternatives came across Skarr Armor a company that is certified by the National Institute of Justice as a reliable armor manufacturer. The company specializes in high-quality ballistic vests, plates, and helmets. One of their products is the SKVC-01BK vest, this vest is ideal for exterior or concealed wear and complies with NIJ IIIA, latest 0101.06 standards. These armor standards mean that the vest protects against: all 22, 25, 32acp, 38 special, 380 acp, 9mm, 40, 45, 357sig, 357mag, 10, 44 special, 44 mag. The Skarr Armor 3rd Gen. Kevlar ballistic panel measure only 3/8″ thick per panel that are double heat-sealed waterproof panel case. The dual layer polycarbonate trauma plates provide absorption of impact force. This vest covers the front, back, and sides (waist specific) of the wearer. The Skarr Armor cross joint waistband design offers both easy access & durability, the elastic shoulder strap for better reach and fit. The removable carrier cover for easy cleaning and the vest has additional hidden chest pockets for rifle plates. Sizing for this product can be found below:
XS – 30″ to 33″
S – 34″ to 36″
L – 39″ to 43″
XL – 44″ to 47″
XXL – 48″ to 51″
XXXL – 52″ to 55″
[Measure at belly button]
The Armor T-Shirt is a product by Miguel Caballero developed with the highest quality materials capable of carrying ballistic panels with medium flexibility and discretion, perfect to wear under garments in any daily activity. This inner shirt is certificated by the most demanding norm NIJ 0101.06 (National Institute of Justice of the United States) . It features an ergonomic design, antibacterial, deodorants and thermoregulation materials. Each T-shirt comes with a user manual that provides care instructions and warranty specifications.
Lining warranty: 1 year
Ballistic Panels warranty: 5 years
Sizes come in: M, L, XL , XXL
For additional info please view criteria from NIJ on ballistics armor testing:
NIJ BODY ARMOR CLASSIFICATION Personal body armor covered by this standard is classified into five types (IIA, II, IIIA, III, IV) by level of ballistic performance. In addition, a special test class is defined to allow armor to be validated against threats that may not be covered by the five standard classes. The classification of an armor panel that provides two or more levels of NIJ ballistic protection at different locations on the ballistic panel shall be that of the minimum ballistic protection provided at any location on the panel.
Type IIA (9 mm; .40 S&W) Type IIA armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with 9 mm Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 373 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1225 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .40 S&W Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets with a specified mass of 11.7 g (180 gr) and a velocity of 352 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1155 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Type IIA armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with 9 mm FMJ RN bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 355 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1165 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .40 S&W FMJ bullets with a specified mass of 11.7 g (180 gr) and a velocity of 325 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1065 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). 2.2 Type II (9 mm; .357 Magnum) Type II armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with 9 mm FMJ RN bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 398 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1305 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point (JSP) bullets with a specified mass of 10.2 g (158 gr) and a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
Type II armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with 9 mm FMJ RN bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 379 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1245 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .357 Magnum JSP bullets with a specified mass of 10.2 g (158 gr) and a velocity of 408 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
Type IIIA (.357 SIG; .44 Magnum) Type IIIA armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr) and a velocity of 448 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1470 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 gr) and a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Type IIIA armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with .357 SIG FMJ FN bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr) and a velocity of 430 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1410 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .44 Magnum SJHP bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 gr) and a velocity of 408 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).