Once again my kids are returning to school for another year. This is the year I insert soft ballistic inserts into their backpacks.
There are very few things that can save your life that are legal in all 50 states, on airplanes, and at school. Ballistic inserts for bags are one of them! You can turn an ordinary backpack, briefcase, laptop case or purse into a life-saving protective shield.
Due to the great demand by parents, university students, and professionals a new industry has been created with these “inserts.” I needed to know which ones to purchase for my kids backpacks so I set out to do a head to head comparison.
The Experiment – Comparing Backpack Bulletproof Inserts
I purchased comparable products (All NIJ Level IIIA) from 6 different companies and took them to the range with our Director of Training, Riley Bowman. We used a variety of guns and calibers along with some clay to help us measure backface deformation. This video shows all the details:
In the below chart you can click through to each of these company's products. The price listed is for the product that is as close to 10×13 inches as possible.
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Taking all things into consideration I feel the Citizen Armor is the best of the group we tested. Depending on what matters most to you some of these other products might be preferable. Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions.