Shootings have unfortunately become a fact of life that we have to learn to live with. We can’t predict where and when they will happen, but there are a few things we can do to help keep ourselves and our loved ones safer.
Walking around in body armor isn’t an option for most civilians, but there are ways we can reduce our chances of being harmed by a stray or aimed bullet. Wearing a backpack armor is an inconspicuous way to give us a little more protection in the event we’re caught in such a situation.
The demand for bulletproof backpacks has risen sharply in the last few years and many companies are jumping on board to make this kind of product, but what should know before buying one for yourself or a loved one?
Most bulletproof backpacks aren’t designed to be rife-proof, they can only protect you against lower-powered firearms such as handguns and pistols.Bulletproof backpacks aren’t cheap and they can range in price from around $200 up to $500There are cheaper bulletproof inserts that can be placed into a regular backpack and usually cost in the neighborhood of $100Special care needs to be taken with a bulletproof backpack. They usually have a 5 year expire time, shouldn’t be left out in the sun and care has to be taken to avoid exposing them to excessive heat. It should be replaced if it happens to be damaged.Bulletproof products are certified by the Justice Department. When buying a bulletproof backpack make sure to check it is NIJ certified with an IIIA rating. This rating covers most standard handgun bullets. Level IV armored backpacks and inserts are also being made by some companies. Level IV offers protection from higher-powered rounds.
It might be a scary thing to be considering the purchase of a bulletproof backpack, but it is something that may just help save your life, or a loved one’s.