FAQ

FAQ
  • Who can purchase body armor? 

You can purchase body armor if you are at least 18 years of age, a US Citizen and purchasing body armor legally according to your state laws, province, or territory.  Please read our terms and policies by clicking here. 

Order Fulfillment / Lead Times

CURRENT LEAD TIME ON BODY ARMOR IS UP TO 20 BUSINESS DAYS. Shipment can then take 3-5 business days by FedEx ground.

It is our intention to get you your order as soon as possible; if your item is ready to ship before the expected lead time, we will ship out the order immediately. If your purchase requires additional time to be produced or processed, we will notify you by email or phone.

DFNDR Armor has the right to change lead times as necessary to ensure 100% quality control in our manufacturing and quality process.

Pre-orders will always be the first to ship on new product releases.

What is DFNDR Body Armor made of? 

DFNDR armor uses the most advanced ballistic composites in the world. Working with Honeywell Composites gives DFNDR Armor a distinctive advantage, offering the highest performance body armor plates you’ll ever wear.  The core of DFNDR Armor is made with a Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber-based composite. That includes millions of strands of fiber bonded together with a resin matrix. This material is being used in our development of next-generation body armor systems for the U.S. military.

Who uses DFNDR Armor Plates?

Civilians interested in personal protective equipment. Law enforcement and Police Departments. The United States Military.

Students put the DFNDR Armor plates in their backpacks in case of a high risk situation, providing them immediate body armor protection. Veterans that protect their community and want to be prepared in the event of a threat.  Public and private security personnel.

Is it legal to own body armor? 

Yes, it is legal to own body armor. Our body armor is available to citizens in all U.S. States except the state of Connecticut. If you are a resident of Connecticut you must be active Law Enforcement or Military and provide necessary credentials, or you will not be in accordance with the governing laws of your state.

We sell to responsible Civilians, Law Enforcement Officers, and Military personnel who are residents of the United States.

Multi-Hit Capacity? Stab Resistant? Stand Alone System? 

DFNDR Armor is tested to withstand 6 rounds of the specified ammunition referenced. Our Armor designs are stand alone systems and always evaluated to withstand multiple impacts. In addition, our DFNDR armor system is independently testing to be stab resistant to blade threats.

Is DFNDR Armor NIJ Certified? What Testing does DFNDR Armor undergo? 

The DFNDR Level III(+) torso Rifle Plate is certificated to NIJ Level III Click here to view testing results. It’s important to make sure that any armor design is independently tested or NIJ certified.  Our designs are evaluated at our private lab and subsequently tested at certified, private independent testing facilities.

What is a Level III+ Armor Rating? 

Level III ‘+’ armor is an independent industry classification for armor systems that are special threat tested to stop more severe munitions. These are special threats that the Level III typically does not stop. The NIJ does not certify to the classification of Level III+.  Threats defeated are located in our specification tables.

Will DFNDR Armor work with your Carrier?

DFNDR Plates will work with most carriers.  Our plate height and width dimensions are designed to meet standard specifications.

Be aware that not all plate carriers are universal.  DFNDR Armor is sized to standard size and SAPI spec sizes.

Spall and Fragmentation 

DFNDR Armor mitigates or eliminates spalling/fragmentation.  DFNDR Armor is designed to trap the bullet in the armor, ensuring that any projectile remnants aren’t deflected in a direction that could injury you or a co-operator in a high threat situation.

What maintenance is required for the DFNDR Armor system? 

We recommend that you keep the DFNDR plates away from extreme heat. For cleaning instructions please click here, or contact us at (888) 206-1301.

Levels of NIJ Certified Body Armor

The following information was provided directly from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, NIJ standards. Ballistic Resistance of body armor, NIJ Standard-0101.06 – visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij

The follow contains information on level IIA, level II, level IIIA, level III, and level IV. 

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.

2.1 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).

2.3 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).

 

2.4 Type III (Rifles)

Type III hard armor or plate inserts shall be tested in a conditioned state with 7.62 mm FMJ, steel jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147 gr) and a velocity of 847 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2780 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).

Type III flexible armor shall be tested in both the “as new” state and the conditioned state with 7.62 mm FMJ, steel jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147 gr) and a velocity of 847 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2780 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). For a Type III hard armor or plate insert that will be tested as an in conjunction design, the flexible armor shall be tested in accordance with this standard and found compliant as a stand-alone armor at its specified threat level. The combination of the flexible armor and hard armor/plate shall then be tested as a system and found to provide protection at the system’s specified threat level. NIJ-approved hard armors and plate inserts must be clearly labeled as providing ballistic protection only when worn in conjunction with the NIJ-approved flexible armor system with which they were tested.

2.5 Type IV (Armor Piercing Rifle)

Type IV hard armor or plate inserts shall be tested in a conditioned state with .30 caliber armor piercing (AP) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8 g (166 gr) and a velocity of 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Type IV flexible armor shall be tested in both the “as new” state and the conditioned state with .30 caliber AP bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8 g (166 gr) and a velocity of 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).

For a Type IV hard armor or plate insert that will be tested as an in conjunction design, the flexible armor shall be tested in accordance with this standard and found compliant as a stand-alone armor at its specified threat level. The combination of the flexible armor and hard armor/plate shall then be tested as a system and found to provide protection at the system’s specified threat level. NIJ-approved hard armors and plate inserts must be clearly labeled as providing ballistic protection only when worn in conjunction with the NIJ-approved flexible armor system with which they were tested.